“Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the holy Spirit” Acts 8:14-17.
At Confirmation, one continues his or her commitment to following Christ as a member of the Church, which began at Baptism. Just as Baptism is a personal Easter for Christians who die with Christ in the baptismal waters in order to rise with Him, Confirmation is a personal Pentecost in which the presence of God’s life-giving Spirit empowers Christians to witness to Christ.
In the Early Church it is likely that most people who were being baptised were adults, so they were also confirmed at the same time. You can be any age to receive Confirmation, so long as you are old enough to understand the questions the bishop will ask: about turning away from sin and to Christ, and the promises you make as a disciple.
Confirmation services are led by the Bishop, who represents in a special way Jesus’ first Apostles. Once you have received Confirmation you are able to receive Holy Communion at the Mass (or Eucharist). Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist together represent the fullness of Christian Initiation.
Do I need to be baptised?
Yes. But if you haven’t already been baptised this can happen at the same service.
What preparation is required?
Everybody’s needs are different, depending on age and experience. Preparation may involve attending some classes at church, or some one-to-one sessions with the clergy.