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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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?
Are you ready with your own mouth and from your own heart to affirm your faith in Jesus Christ?
Testimony by the candidates may follow.
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At the entry of the ministers, a hymn may be sung.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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