Confirmation is the Christian rite of an adult making a full commitment to the church after being introduced to it through baptism. In a way, baptism is like accepting a marriage proposal, while confirmation is the wedding. A confirmation can certainly be celebrated with family and friends, but like a wedding, its invitations need more formal wording than those of a casual party.
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Things you need
- Bible or reference materials
Open with an appropriate Bible verse to set a joyful but reverent mood. One example is 2 Corinthians 5:17: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" You could also use the more general Psalm 118:24: "Today is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." If the young person was required to memorise a Bible verse as part of the confirmation process, use that verse instead.
Introduce the invitation with the names of the hosts. This can be the young person's parents, godparents, confirmation sponsor or a combination of these. Follow it with the actual invitation request. For example, write "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the honour of your presence at the confirmation of their son Joseph" or "Mr. John Smith requests the honour of your presence at the confirmation of his godson Joseph."
Write each phrase of the invitation on a separate line. For example:
Mr. John Smith and Ms. Jane Doe
request the honour of your presence
at the confirmation of their son
Add the date. Write out the full month, day and time. This includes names of the numbers instead of numerals. For example:
Tuesday, the twenty-fifth of May
at twelve o'clock
Write out the year in the same format. For example, two thousand twelve, not 2012.
Add the name of the church. Write the street address, along with the city and full name of the state on the next line. Do not use abbreviations in the address.
State the location and the type of any party you are having after the ceremony. For example, write, "Dinner will be served at the Smith residence," followed by the address. "A reception will be held" at the address may be more appropriate if a full meal will not be served.
Keep a copy of the written draft when ordering or printing your invitations.
Tips and warnings
- No abbreviations other than "Mr." "Mrs." and "Ms." should be used. Titles such as "Doctor" should be written out.
- The word "and" should not be used when writing out the date.
- According to Emily Post, the phrase "the honour of your presence" should be spelt "the honour of your presence" -- in the British fashion. This rule is specifically applied to the wording of wedding invitations, however, so the "u" is up to you.
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