Infant baptism leaves a problem.   Unless one believes that the very act of baptism is a sign that the infant has, indeed, become regenerate regardless of the undoubted fact that the child will have had no understanding of what was being done to it or for it, one needs some formal opportunity for that child to endorse what was done at baptism.   The service of confirmation provides this.   It is the bishop who presides at the service, underlining that the candidate is being received as a member by and into the universal church; during the service he lays hands on the candidates and prays for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within them.

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