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Confirmation Day

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Confirmation is a rite in many Christian Churches.

Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches, and a large portion of Anglicans, view it as a sacrament, which in the East is conferred on infants immediately after baptism, but in the West is usually administered later.

According to canon law for the Latin or Western Catholic Church, the sacrament is to be conferred on the faithful at about the age of discretion (generally taken to be about 7), unless the Episcopal Conference has decided on a different age, or there is danger of death or, in the judgement of the minister, a grave reason suggests otherwise (canon 891 of the Code of Canon Law). The number of Episcopal Conferences that have set a later age has diminished in recent decades, and even in those countries a bishop may not refuse to confer the sacrament on younger children who request it, provided they are baptized, have the use of reason, are suitably instructed and are properly disposed and able to renew the baptismal promises (letter of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published in its 1999 bulletin, pages 537-540).

In Protestant Churches, the rite tends to be seen rather as a mature statement of faith by an already baptised person, usually an adolescent, and thus as a rite of passage, which, though not as big a change as a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, holds a similar meaning.

Several secular, mainly Humanist, organizations direct "civil confirmations" for older children, as a statement of their life stance, an equivalent alternative to traditional religious ceremonies for children of that age.

Some regimes have as a matter of policy fostered the replacement of Christian rituals such as confirmation with non-religious ones. In the historically mainly Protestant German Democratic Republic (East Germany), for example, "the Jugendweihe (youth dedication) gradually supplanted the Christian practice of Confirmation." The Jugendweihe, a concept that first appeared in 1852, is described as "a solemn initiation marking the transition from youth to adulthood that was developed in opposition to Protestant and Catholic Churches' Confirmation."

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Catholic Confirmation Gifts

Catholic Confirmation Gifts By Melissa Core

Buying Catholic confirmation gifts can be hard at the best of times. Trying to figure out what to get someone is often a stressful situation for many people. Many times you may want to give a gift to a friend or relative who is devoutly Catholic that captures their faith. It can be hard to find good Catholic confirmation gifts that will help you share your faith with other Catholics. Sometimes you need to consult your family.

The Internet can be a great help with this problem. The world wide web has allowed many entrepreneurs to cater to very niche markets. On the web it is possible to find any of the many retailers of Catholic confirmation gifts. Thanks to the e-business models these retailers use they can save money on their costs and as a result passing the savings along to you.

If you are lucky enough to have some kind of local Catholic gift store it may be a little bit more expensive then an on line retailer but the money stays within the community, perhaps even within the same church you attend. The store may also offer some community interaction in the form of social gatherings or classes. However if you are seeking a very specific item or don't happen to live near a Catholic gift shop you may need to search the web.

The number of different types of Catholic confirmation gifts that can be found on the Internet is really quite astounding. Just about anything you can think of is available. Items can range from the basic functional no frills items to lavish and exquisite. All manner of beautiful necklaces, gold or silver crosses, crucifixes. Baptism supplies and vestments are easily found as well. These and other supplies and aides are reasonably priced on most web sites.

Most on line retailers also offer a wide selection of more general Catholic gifts for different occasions. There are mugs for Mom and Dad which quote scripture and thank them for being good parents. It is easy to find gifts for most every occasion. Catholic gifts and cards are made for all major holidays and observances which would be important to a faithful Catholic.

When you are confronted with the dilemma of what to get when you need a great Catholic confirmation gift. Take your search on line to the world wide web and you will probably be surprised at how much you find. Turning to on line retailers for your Catholic gift purchases can make your shopping experience much less stressful, you shop from the comfort of your home, and your purchases are shipped directly to your door. You may also be pleasantly surprised with the low prices you find as well.

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