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Baptism or Confirmation

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Proper: First Part - The Great Vigil of Easter - Christian Initiation, or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Those who are to be baptized renounce the devil individually. Then they are questioned about their faith and are baptized.

Adults are confirmed immediately after baptism, if a bishop or a priest with the faculty to confirm is present.

If no one is to be baptized and the font is not to be blessed, the priest blesses the water with the following prayer:

My brothers and sisters, let us ask the Lord our God to bless this water he has created, which we shall use to recall our baptism.

May he renew us and keep us faithful to the Spirit we have all received.

All pray silently for a short while.

With hands joined, the priest continues:

Lord our God, this night your people keep prayerful vigil. Be with us as we recall the wonder of our creation and the greater wonder of our redemption.

Bless this water: It makes the seed to grow, it refreshes us and makes us clean.

You have made of it a servant of your loving-kindness: Through water you set your people free, and quenched their thirst in the desert.

With water the prophets announced a new covenant that you would make with man.

By water, made holy by Christ in the Jordan, you made our sinful nature new in the bath that gives rebirth.

Let this water remind us of our baptism; let us share the joys of our brothers who are baptized this Easter.

(We ask this) through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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