Generally, a parent's letter to a child marking the passage of religious confirmation highlights topics such as pride, support and recognition of accomplishment. It also typically outlines the responsibility of continuing in a particular faith, outlining specific tasks or work such as evangelism, charitable acts or missionary duties that are expected of an adult of the particular denomination.
Confirmation letters from a parent to a child also may outline the parent's spiritual journey. They often note the previous passage of other sacraments of the particular faith, such as the Christian rites of baptism, first Communion and confession.
Confirmation is seen as a rite of attaining adulthood in many Christian and some Jewish sects. It affirms that the candidate shares the beliefs of the denomination and wishes to continue in the faith of the group.
The minimum age that a young person is confirmed varies by denomination and church, but generally begins around adolescence. Many churches and some synagogues operate classes that culminate in the rite, allowing candidates to learn the history, beliefs and sacraments of the religion. Often, a candidate is sponsored by a confirmed adult of the faith other than his parent during the process of confirmation.
Confirmation is not limited to adolescents, however. Most faiths allow legal adults to obtain confirmation, if desired, as a public declaration of faith for the creed.