Pierson Shaw, Jr. Related information C. Abstract PDF Abstract. Share this:. By Author C. Volume: 33, Issue: 1, pp. Volume: 31, Issue: 1, pp. Churches in the Ukrainian Public Square. Related Articles. Books of Interest. The adult affirmation of our baptismal vows. The sacramental rite in which the candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" BCP, p.
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Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop BCP, p. Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed.
The Episcopal Church's theology of Confirmation has continued to evolve along with its understanding of baptism. Confirmation is no longer seen as the completion of Christian initiation, nor is Confirmation a prerequisite for receiving communion.
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Accordingly, Confirmation has been increasingly understood in terms of a mature, public reaffirmation of the Christian faith and the baptismal promises. Some dioceses require that candidates for Confirmation be at least sixteen years old to insure that the candidates are making a mature and independent affirmation of their faith. The sacramental rite of the church in which a woman and a man "enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows" BCP, p.
The union of husband and wife is understood to be intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God's will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord BCP, p. At the Declaration of Consent, both the woman and the man promise to love, comfort, honor, and keep their spouse, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to their spouse as long as they both live BCP, p.
The congregation witnesses the couple's promises, and the members of the congregation promise to do all in their power to uphold the couple in their marriage. At the Marriage, the couple may pledge their lives to each other by the giving and receiving of rings as symbols of their vows.
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When desired, other appropriate symbols of their vows may be used instead of rings. In the Episcopal Church it is required that at least one of the parties be a baptized Christian, that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses, and that the marriage conform to the laws of the state and the canons of the church.
Actual baptism services are nearly identical for either group. However, priesthood responsibilities in overseeing, conducting and performing the baptism may differ slightly for children or converts.
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The differences have to do with administration. However, any person baptized will undergo and experience the same process. Baptism is the first ordinance in the gospel. It is a physical witness of making certain sacred covenants with Heavenly Father. Before anyone is baptized, efforts have already been made to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ.
They must understand why it is important to be baptized and what promises they are making. Missionaries generally help teach potential converts. Parents and local church leaders ensure that children are taught what they need to know. As directed by top church leaders, baptismal services should be simple, brief and spiritual. Also,all other guidelines must be followed.
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Most meetinghouses contain baptismal fonts for this purpose. If they are not available, any suitable body of water can be used, such as the ocean or a swimming pool.