Anglican Confirmation Liturgy – 3

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Order for Celebration of Holy Communion continues with

PREPARATION OF THE TABLE

TAKING OF THE BREAD AND WINE

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

This Short Proper Preface may be used

And now we give you thanks
because by water and the Holy Spirit
you have made us a holy people in Jesus Christ our Lord;
you raise us to new life in him
and renew in us the image of your glory.

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Anglican Confirmation Liturgy – 2

The Liturgy of Initiation

PRESENTATION OF THE CANDIDATES

The candidates may be presented to the congregation. Where appropriate, they may be presented by their godparents or sponsors.

The bishop asks the candidates

Have you been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit?
I have.

Are you ready with your own mouth and from your own heart to affirm your faith in Jesus Christ?
I am.

Testimony by the candidates may follow.

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Anglican Confirmation Liturgy -1

Confirmation Service

Preparation

At the entry of the ministers, a hymn may be sung.

THE GREETING

The bishop greets the people, using these or other suitable words

Bishop: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: Blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

or from Easter Day to Pentecost

Bishop: Alleluia Christ is risen.
People: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

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The Rite of Confirmation in the Anglican Church – 4

8. Confirmation and holding office in the Church of England

The Canons lay down that those who wish to exercise certain leadership roles in the Church of England, including ordained ministers, readers and licensed lay workers need to be confirmed as a sign of their commitment to living as disciples of Christ as the Church of England understands it.

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The Rite of Confirmation in the Anglican Church – 3

4. The age of confirmation

Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptised, who is old enough to answer responsibly for themselves, and who has received appropriate preparation. In the Church of England it has been traditional for people to be confirmed in their early teens, but there is no set age for confirmation. In many dioceses, however, the diocesan bishop has set a minimum age for Confirmation. If this is the case your parish priest will be able to tell you what the minimum age is.

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The Rite of Confirmation in the Anglican Church – 2

2. The different confirmation services in the Church of England.

As in the case of baptism, there are two types of confirmation service in the Church of England, those that follow the confirmation service in The Book of Common Prayer and those that use the pattern of confirmation service contained in Common Worship.

Most confirmation services today follow the Common Worship pattern.

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The Rite of Confirmation in the Anglican Church – 1

1. The meaning of confirmation

What we now call confirmation was originally part of a wider ceremony of Christian initiation and only became a separate rite when bishops were no longer able to preside at all baptisms.

As a separate rite, confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which the participation in the life of God’s people inaugurated at baptism is confirmed by the bishop by the laying on of hands, and in which those who have been baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.

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