This year a wonderful opportunity came my way. The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has invited me to photograph a number of their confirmation services. So far, I’ve experienced a lot of gratification doing them. They have challenged me mentally while refreshing me spiritually. They’ve made me a better photographer and they’ve renewed my faith.
Many people confuse the act of baptism and confirmation. Baptism is the sacrament of being initiated into the Christian Faith. What then, is a confirmation service? The word “confirmation” comes from the Latin, confirmare, which means, “to strengthen,” “to fortify,” or “to complete.” The act of confirmation denotes a mature re-commitment to the vows of baptism. This is done during a public sacrament where one honors their spiritual journey and renews their commitment to Christ within a Christian community.
I took these photographs during a recent confirmation service at St. George’s in Flushing Queens. In this service, you’ll see that members of the congregation joined Bishop Provenzano for the laying on of hands.
For those who don’t know, St. George’s in Flushing has a long, storied history. It was chartered in 1702, and the present church was completed in 1854. Today, enjoying landmark status, it serves a strong, vibrant and diverse congregation. In fact, the Bishop’s sermon given in English was translated into both Chinese and Spanish. Lastly, the current rector, Reverend Wilfredo Benitez is an amazing, accomplished photographer too. Check out his website here http://www.benitezrivera.com/