Confirmations, Christenings, and baptisms are all very crucial happenings to Christians. Confirmation and baptism are rites of admission and acknowledgment of bestowment of the Holy Spirit. For infants, their baptism is sometimes referred to as Christening.
In Confirmation, a bishop or pastor bestows the Holy Spirit onto an individual through anointing (smearing of perfumed oil or a similar substance), laying of the hands, and prayer – all three actions allow symbolic and formal introduction of the Holy Spirit. (more…)