from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A candidate for confirmation.
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- noun A
candidatefor confirmationor affirmation of baptism. A person, usually a youth, who is going about the process of being confirmed.
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He notes the use of services to indicate a single service (this is common throughout the United States); the decay of reverend to revernor, reverner, revenor or revener; the use of confirmand to designate a candidate for confirmation; the use of to announce to indicate notifying a pastor of an intention to partake of communion (Ger. sich anmelden); and the use of confessional-address (beichtrede.)
(As one of those gray-haired elders now, I confidently told a minute's old confirmand last year that this day would become very important to him.
The link with the charismatic movement may be a red herring, but there is at least a tangential link in that the standard Western confirmation prayer (both medieval and in the classic BCPs from 1549 on) centers on the bishop praying for the confirmand to receive strengthening from the Holy Spirit and his seven-fold gifts (ala