12.2.2.1 Age of confirmation and prerequisites

The age of confirmation varies. It depends on the religious maturity and/or the stage in life at which adolescents are generally able to assess the consequences of their actions on their own and assume responsibility for their life of faith.

Adolescents are brought up in the faith in their parental home, in divine service, and through religious education in the Church. Besides serving to prepare for confirmation, Confirmation Instruction–as the last phase of Church instruction–serves primarily to ensure that the confirmands

  • know the essential principles of our doctrine, in particular the ten Articles of Faith,

  • increasingly appreciate the value of faith,

  • earnestly endeavour to conduct their lives in accordance with the gospel, and

  • align their lives with the goal of faith, the return of Christ.

Attending the divine services and Confirmation Instruction is a prerequisite for being confirmed.

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