Proper Gifts for Episcopalian Confirmation
29 SEP 2017
Confirmation is the moment at which someone, usually a youth, publicly accepts God into their life and makes a commitment to live their life as an Episcopalian. The ceremony involves the laying of hands on an individual by a Bishop. Confirmation usually occurs after age 12, although individual churches can use their discretion in approving confirmands. Confirmation gifts celebrate the choice the confirmands are making in their spiritual journeys.
There are two important books for every Episcopalian - a bible and a copy of the "Book of Common Prayer (BCP)." The BCP is used world-wide within the Episcopalian (Anglican) family as a resource for daily prayer. Most Episcopalians use the King James version of the bible. Other good books for confirmands include "The Anglican Family Prayer Book" by Anne E. Kitch and "101 Reasons To Be Episcopalian" by Louie Crew.
Jewelry allows confirmands to visibly convey their faith to the wider world. Crosses - pendants, earrings, cuff links - are common gifts. A more unique gift is a mobius bracelet, a never ending circle that has words inscribed inside and out. Consider a bracelet inscribed with the Lord's Prayer, Psalm 23 or James Dillet Freeman's Prayer for Protection.
A cross is a symbol that can provide a long-lasting memento for confirmation. Each cross can be chosen to reflect the tastes of the confirmand. A Celtic cross combines tradition and history. A Central American painted cross honors the Episcopal belief of justice for the oppressed. A crucifix highlights the struggle of Christ's life and death.
4 Gift of Time
Consider sharing your time with a confirmand. Commit to spending regular time and share your wisdom, experience and personal spiritual journey. Members of a church could pool their time by each taking on a day a month, over the course of a year.