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Confirmation is a sacrament, ritual or rite of passage practised by several Christian denominations. The word means strengthening or deepening one's relationship with God. Confirmation is a popular practice in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Churches where infant baptism is also performed.
Confirmation is a rite of initiation in several Christian denominations, normally carried out through anointing, the laying on of hands, and prayer, for the purpose of bestowing the Gift of the Holy Spirit. In Christianity, confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant created in Holy Baptism.
In Lichfield Diocese the Bishops have agreed that the "age of discretion" required (the age at which the candidate for confirmation can fully understand the meaning of the step of faith being undertaken) is 11 years. The Bishop may confirm children who are in the final year of primary school for pastoral reasons if the Bishop feels it appropriate.