Norway Confirmation (Konfirmasjon)

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Confirmation (Konfirmasjon)[edit | edit source]

Pre-Reformation[edit | edit source]

In the Catholic times confirmation was a sacrament which could only be performed by a Bishop. Confirmation was not necessary and usually took place during the visitation of the Bishop. The usual age of confirmation varied from six to twelve years of age. Not a lot is known about this practice in the middle ages.

Reformation[edit | edit source]

At the Reformation Confirmation became a sacrament. Now even though every priest could perform confirmations they became more rare than they were earlier. The practice evolved to include the youth’s Christian schooling. A royal resolution in 1736 introduced the practice of confirmation as a necessity. A by-product of this practice was the creation of the school for the common people. In 1759 it was decreed that everyone should be confirmed by the age of nineteen.

References[edit | edit source]

1. ”Norsk Historisk Leksikon: Kulture og samfunn ca. 1500-ca. 1800”, 2nd ed., by Steinar Imsen and Harald Winge, Cappelen Akademisk Forlag, as, Oslo 1999. FHL Book Nr. Ref 948.1 H26i.