The rite of confirmation was, in the early church, part of the process of baptism. As the church grew and the roles of bishop, priest and deacon became more distinct, and as the baptism of adults gave way to the baptism of children, baptism and confirmation became separated.

In modern times, confirmation has been taken up by those who were baptised as infants but now would like to make a mature confession of faith. In other words, to affirm for themselves those promises made by others on their behalf at their baptism.

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