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The Right Reverend George D. Young III, fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee, will visit St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Harriman at 4 p.m. April 22.
This is a special visit for the purpose of offering the sacrament of Confirmation to Sarah Hooper, Lani Patterson, Mason Patterson, Bill White and Linda White.
A reception welcoming the bishop and honoring the church’s new members will immediately follow.
Confirmation is a rite of initiation in Christian churches, normally carried out through anointing and/or the laying on of hands and prayer for the purpose of bestowing the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
There is an analogous ceremony also called confirmation in Reform Judaism, the most theologically liberal denomination within Judaism.
Within Christianity, confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant made in Holy Baptism.
In some denominations, confirmation also bestows full membership in a congregation upon the recipient.
Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches and many Anglicans view Confirmation as a sacrament.
In the East, it is conferred immediately after baptism. In the West, this practice is followed when adults are baptized, but in the case of infants not in danger of death it is administered, ordinarily by a bishop, only when the child reaches the age of reason or early adolescence.
Young was ordained and consecrated fourth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee on June 25, 2011.
He was elected Feb. 12, 2011, during the electing portion of the 27th Annual Convention of the diocese, succeeding the retiring Right Rev. Charles Glenn vonRosenberg.
The bishop has 45 parishes and five worshiping communities in East Tennessee and northern Georgia under his pastoral and administrative care.
His responsibilities are to visit each congregation, preaching, celebrate the Holy Eucharist and confirm individuals into the Episcopal Church in the apostolic tradition of the laying on of hands.
He ordains priests and deacons and joins in the ordination of other bishops of the church. In these rites, through the laying on of hands, the continuity with the early church of the apostles is demonstrated.
Young presides over annual diocesan conventions and has administrative responsibility over diocesan activities.