Eleven boys from The Armidale School and two girls from PLC Armidale were confirmed on Thursday by the Bishop of Armidale Rick Lewers at a ceremony where the public declaration of their faith was celebrated with family and friends.
At the service, held in the TAS chapel, Bishop Lewers told the confirmees that as they had pledged their allegiance to Christ, they could find strength from him and what he endured during the last 24 hours of his life.
“Jesus knows what it’s like to be betrayed by a kiss, abandoned by a friend, wrongly accused, and bullied to death. Even as he hung on the cross with two criminals on either side- one mocked him with abuse and he remained silent, whilst the other recognised him for who he was, and Jesus offered him paradise that day,” the Bishop said.
“Today, making the promises you do, you can know that you can look to Jesus and know he has been through all those things.”
Family and friends joined the confirmees at the service, at which the TAS Chapel Choir sang.