Customs and Rituals

Do Christians practice any other forms of initiation ceremony?

Confirmation, or Chrismation as it is called in the Eastern churches, has historically been closely linked with baptism, in some cases even conferred immediately afterward. But in some churches confirmation represents the remnant of an ancient puberty rite, in which the baptized Christian is strengthened by the Holy Spirit. To the baptismal use of water symbolism, confirmation adds anointing and laying on of hands as symbols of further sealing the candidate’s full membership in the Christian community. In some Western churches a bishop administers confirmation, but priests can do so under some circumstances as well.


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