The traditional sects of Christianity have held to the view of Confirmation. It is administered to adolescents who have come to the age of reason and understanding, marking a completion of initiation that started at infant baptism.
The Roman Catholic church considers this practice as a sacrament. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285, “the sacrament of confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.” So, although the confirmed was initiated into the faith and attached to a local body on being baptized as an infant, the act of Confirmation is seen as a sealing of the covenant, wherein, now having attained an age to decide for himself, the confirmed person completes the act by being confirmed. This is usually performed by a bishop.
The mainline Protestant church is of the view that Confirmation marks the coming of age of the confirmed and is seen as a requirement for membership into the local church.
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