In the ceremony of Confirmation, which follows the Confirmation Class (rippikoulu), God is asked to strengthen the faith of those who are being confirmed.
The congregation prays for them and they receive God's blessing. During the Confirmation ceremony those being confirmed confess their Christian faith by reciting the Creed and commit themselves to being disciples of Jesus.
After Confirmation they may independently partake of the Holy Communion and are also entitled to become godparents.
Most Finnish youth take part in Confirmation classes and are confirmed in the year in which they become 15. From the age of 16 confirmed church members can vote in church elections. After reaching the age of 18 they may be candidates for positions of trust in the church and the local congregation. In Finland Confirmation of the youth is a memorable event for families.
In Confirmation Class you will study the basics of the Christian faith. Nine out of ten Finns attend Confirmation Class. There are also Confirmation Classes for adults.
If you are an adult with no prior knowledge of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, it is also an opportunity to deepen your knowledge about Christianity. In the group you can discuss questions of life and faith with others. When you have completed your confirmation class you can decide whether you want to be baptised and become a member of the church and the local congregation. Baptism and joining the church are optional. Some people attend confirmation classes only to deepen their knowledge of Christian faith.
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