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Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

From the Book of Divine Worship - Holy baptism - Rite Two.

The Celebrant says:

The Candidate(s) for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

Adults and Older Children

The candidates who are able to answer for themselves are presented individually by their Sponsors, as follows

Sponsor

I present   to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Celebrant asks each candidate when presented:

Do you desire to be baptized?

Candidate

I do.

Infants and Younger Children

Then the candidates unable to answer for themselves are presented individually by their Parents and Godparents, as follows:

Parents and Godparents

I present   to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

When all have been presented, the Celebrant asks the parents and godparents:

Celebrant

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Parents and Godparents

I will, with God's help.

Celebrant

Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?

Parents and Godparents

I will, with God's help.

Then the Celebrant asks the following questions of the candidates who can speak for themselves, and of the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of the infants and younger children:

Question

Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer

I renounce them.

Question

Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

Answer

I renounce them.

Question

Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?

Answer

I renounce them.

Question

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?

Answer

I do.

Question

Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

Answer

I do.

Question

Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?

Answer

I do.

When there are others to be presented, the Bishop says:

The other Candidate(s) will now be presented.

Presenters

I present these persons for Confirmation.

Or this:

I present these persons who desire to reaffirm their baptismal vows.

The Bishop asks the candidates:

Do you reaffirm your renunciation of evil?

Answer

I do.

Bishop

Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

Answer

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

After all have been presented, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying:

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

People

We will.

The Celebrant then says these or similar words:

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

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