Biblical Basis

John 20:22 – “(Jesus) breathed on them (the disciples) and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit'”;
Acts 8:17; 19:6 – believers receive the Spirit, esp. through laying on of the apostle’s hands
Acts 10:44-48 – the coming of the Spirit is closely associated with the Baptism of new believers

Central Words
“(Name), be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Central Actions

Laying on of hands (the bishop lays his hands on the head of the confirmed).


Being strengthened by the Holy Spirit; being “confirmed” in the fullness of the Christian faith.


Bishops; in some cases also Priests