In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early
age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to
make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the
responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by
the bishop.

Those baptized as adults, unless baptized with laying on of hands by a
bishop, are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith
and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence
of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands.

When there is no Baptism, the rites of Confirmation, Reception, and the
Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows are administered in the following form.

If desired, the hymn Gloria in excelsis may be sung immediately after
the opening versicles and before the salutation “The Lord be with you.”

The Nicene Creed is not used at this service.

It is appropriate that the oblations of bread and wine be presented by
persons newly confirmed.

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with forms for Reception and for
the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows

A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung

The people standing, the Bishop says

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

In place of the above, from Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost

 Alleluia.  Christ is risen.
PeopleThe Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

In Lent and on other penitential occasions

 Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
PeopleHis mercy endures for ever.

The Bishop then continues

 There is one Body and one Spirit;
PeopleThere is one hope in God’s call to us;
BishopOne Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;
PeopleOne God and Father of all.
BishopThe Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd also with you.
BishopLet us pray.

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The Collect of the Day


At the principal service on a Sunday or other feast, the Collect and
Lessons are properly those of the Day.  At the discretion of the bishop,
however, the Collect (page 203 or 254) and one or more of the Lessons
provided “At Confirmation” (page 929) may be substituted.

The Lessons

The people sit.  One or two Lessons, as appointed, are read,
the Reader first saying

A Reading (Lesson) from ___________.

A citation giving chapter and verse may be added.

After each Reading the Reader may say

 The Word of the Lord.
PeopleThanks be to God.

or the Reader may say  Here ends the Reading (Epistle).

Silence may follow.

A Psalm, hymn, or anthem may follow each Reading.

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying

 The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
according to __________.
PeopleGlory to you, Lord Christ.

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After the Gospel, the Reader says

 The Gospel of the Lord.
PeoplePraise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon

Presentation and Examination
of the Candidates

The Bishop says

The Candidate(s) will now be presented.

PresentersI present these persons for Confirmation.
orI present these persons to be received into this
orI present these persons who desire to reaffirm
their baptismal vows.

The Bishop asks the candidates

Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?

CandidateI do.


Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?


I do, and with God’s grace I will follow him as my Savior
and Lord.

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After all have been presented, the Bishop addresses the congregation, saying

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to
support these persons in their life in Christ?

PeopleWe will.

The Bishop then says these or similar words

Let us join with those who are committing themselves
to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

The Baptismal Covenant

BishopDo you believe in God the Father?
PeopleI believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
BishopDo you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
PeopleI believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
BishopDo you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
PeopleI believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,

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     the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting.
BishopWill you continue in the apostles’ teaching and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the
PeopleI will, with God’s help.
BishopWill you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever
you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
PeopleI will, with God’s help.
BishopWill you proclaim by word and example the Good
News of God in Christ?
PeopleI will, with God’s help.
BishopWill you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving
your neighbor as yourself?
PeopleI will, with God’s help.
BishopWill you strive for justice and peace among all
people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
PeopleI will, with God’s help.

Prayers for the Candidates

The Bishop then says to the congregation

Let us now pray for these persons who have renewed their
commitment to Christ.

The petitions on pages 305-306 may be used.

A period of silence follows.

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Then the Bishop says

Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and
resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin
and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your
Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service.  Renew in
these your servants the covenant you have made with them at their
Baptism.  Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to
perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ
your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

For Confirmation

The Bishop lays hands upon each one and says

Strengthen, O Lord, your servant N. with your Holy Spirit;
empower him for your service; and sustain him all the days
of his life. Amen.

or this

Defend, O Lord, your servant N. with your heavenly grace,
that he may continue yours for ever, and daily increase in
your Holy Spirit more and more, until he comes to your
everlasting kingdom.  Amen.

For Reception

N., we recognize you as a member of the one holy catholic
and apostolic Church, and we receive you into the fellowship
of this Communion.  God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless, preserve, and keep you.  Amen.

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For Reaffirmation

N., may the Holy Spirit, who has begun a good work in you,
direct and uphold you in the service of Christ and his
kingdom.  Amen.

The Bishop concludes with this prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, let your fatherly hand ever be
over these your servants; let your Holy Spirit ever be with
them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of
your Word, that they may serve you in this life, and dwell
with you in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. The Peace is then exchanged Bishop The peace of the Lord be always with you. People And also with you. The service then continues with the Prayers of the People or the Offertory
of the Eucharist, at which the Bishop should be the principal celebrant.

If there is no celebration of the Eucharist, the service continues with
the Lord’s Prayer and such other devotions as the Bishop may direct.

The Bishop may consecrate oil of Chrism for use at Baptism, using the
prayer on page 307.

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