The sacramental rite in which the candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a Bishop" (BCP, p. 860). Those who were baptized at an early age (and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a Bishop) are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilites of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a Bishop (BCP, p. 412).
The candidates reaffirm their renunciation of evil, and renew their commitment to Jesus Christ. They reaffirm the promises made by them or for them at the time of baptism. Those present in the congregation promise to do all in their power to support the candidates in their life in Christ. The Bishop leads the congregation in renewing the baptismal convenant. The Prayers for the Candidates from the baptismal liturgy may be used as the Prayers for the Candidates for Confirmation/ Reception/Reaffirmation (BCP, p. 417). The Bishop lays hands on each condidate for Confirmation.
The Episcopal Church's theology of Confirmation has continued to evolve along with its understanding of Baptism. Confirmation is no longer seen as the completion of Christian initiation, nor is Confirmation a prerequisite for receiving communion. Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's body the church (BCP, p. 298). Accordingly, Confirmation has been increasingly understood in terms of a mature, public reaffirmation of the Christian faith and the baptismal promises.
Confirmation is usually on a day when our Bishop will be with us. Our Bishop will confirm candidates into the One, Holy, Apostolic Church through The Episcopal Church. It is a family event and a celebration of love in so many ways. Usually, after the service, all are invited to a reception in their honor.