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OUR Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive oui debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Then shall the Minister pronounce this Benediction:
And now may the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you: to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
[It is the duiy of the baptized children of the Church to become Cate chumens, as soon as they are old enough to commit to memory the Cate chism, and to be benefited by the Pastor's instructions. In no case ought their attendance to be delayed beyond their thirteenth year. Their Catechization looks forward to their Confirmation, which formg its solemn completion.
Before Confirmation is adıninistered, the Minister and Elders shall be satisfied that the candidate understands the fundamental truths of the Christian religion, and is governed by them in his life.]
After a Sermon, or an Address, the Minister shall read the names of the Catechumens, who shall then present themselves at the altar; whereupon the Minister shall begin thus :
Following the example of the holy Apostles, and those who succeeded them, the Church bestows upon those who have been baptized, either as adults or in their infancy, after they have been properly instructed, the blessing of Confirmation, by prayer and the lay. ing on of hands.
The laying on of hands was first practised as a re ligious act by devout parents upon their children, whereby they imparted unto them the parental blessing, and confirmed them in faith and piety. By the laying on of hands also, such as were called to be public ministers in the Church were invested with the authority and grace of the sacred office; and so
also by the same solemn act, the Apostles of our Lord communicated the gift of the Holy Ghost for the confirmation of believers after their baptism. Then, addressing the Catechumens, he shall say:
DEARLY BELOVED: As children of your heavenly Father, called to a holy priesthood in the Church, to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God by Jesus Christ, you are now to receive the solemn rite of Confirmation by the laying on of hands, as your full and formal consecration to His holy service.
In this sacred ordinance, you on your part renew and ratify the promise and vow made in your baptism; whilst the Church, in God's stead, claims you publicly for His service, blesses you in His name, and confirms you in His covenant, invoking upon you in larger measure the Holy Ghost, by whose help alone you are able to fulfil your vows by leading holy and obedient lives.
Then shall the Minister address to the Catechumens the following questions, to which the answer shall be given audibly by each one.
Dost thou now, in the presence of God and of this Congregation, renew the solemn promise and vow made in your name at your baptism? Dost thou ratify and confirm the same, and acknowledge thyself bound to believe and to do all those things which your parents then undertook for you?
Ans. I do.
ways and works, the world with its vain pomp and glory, and the flesh with all its sinful desires?
Ans. I do.
Then the Minister shall say:
Profess now your faith before God and this congre. gation.
Here, the Congregation standing, the Catechumens led by the Minjster shall repeat the Apostles' Creed, as follows:
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hades; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Minister. Our help is in the name of the Lord;
Congregation. Who hath made heaven and earth.
M. Blessed be the name of the Lord;
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who out of infinite mercy in Christ Jesus, hast caused these Thy servants
to be born again of water and of the Holy Ghost, and hast given unto them the remission of their sins; strengthen them, we beseech Thee, O Lord, through the Holy Ghost, the Comforter; and daily increase in them the manifold gifts of Thy grace, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord, now and forever. Amen.
Then, the Congregation still standing, the Catechumens shall kneel, and the Minister, laying his hand on the head of each one successively,
The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and
your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Here all shall kneel.
M. Let us pray.
ALMIGHTY GOD, our heavenly Father, we rende Thee thanks for the great mercy Thou hast been pleased to show toward these Thy servants, by giving them power this day publicly to own and accept for themselves Thy covenant of salvation made with them before in the sacrament of Baptism, and by confirming unto them at this time the same grace through the solemn benediction of Thy holy Church. And now, O Lord, we beseech Thee to verify and fulfil in them the truth of this glorious covenant unto the end, that as they have been introduced into the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and made to have part in its privileges and hopes, they may be