The term "Confirmation" is derived from the word " firmare " which in Latin means "to confirm." Confirmation involves the decision to confirm one´s own baptismal promises and the decision is made freely and voluntarily. For someone who is baptized and has received the Eucharist, Confirmation marks the moment of full Christian initiation with all the rights and obligations involved.
Another important aspect of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, "They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2, 1-4).
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon the baptized. "To experience the Holy Spirit " means, according to the Bible, to meet God and allow him to speak to us. To realize that his power is at work in our lives and can work in us and through us. The Holy Spirit provides power and encouragement to people to take responsibility for themselves and their community. Thereby Confirmation deepens, in a special way, the meaning of being an adult.
Confirmation preparation includes lessons about the Christian faith. In these classes those to be confirmed have the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on their faith and life. Priests, sisters and lay people take care of the instruction. The Diocese has issued a catechism and workbooks in Icelandic. Priests or Religious Sisters organize special classes in all parts of Iceland for those children who only speak and understand Polish or English.
Children who live far away from the places where organized catechesis takes place can participate in correspondence courses.
For more information, contact your local parish priest.