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new life; to have a lively faith in God's mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of his death; and to be in charity with all
[Here may be sung a Hymn, after which the Minister shall ask the children the Questions concerning the Ministry which follow, the children responding:
Question. What orders of Ministers are there in the Church?
Answer. Bishops, Priests, and Deacons; which orders have been in the Church from the earliest times.
Question. What is the office of a Bishop?
Answer. The office of a Bishop is, to be a chief pastor in the Church; to confer Holy Orders; and to administer Confirmation.
Question. What is the office of a Priest?
Answer. The office of a Priest is, to preach the Word of God; to baptize; to celebrate the Holy Communion; to pronounce Absolution and Blessing in God's Name; and to minister to the people committed to his care.
Question. What is the office of a Deacon?
Answer. The office of a Deacon is, to assist the Priest in Divine Service, and in his other ministrations, under the direction of the Bishop.
Minister. The Lord be with you,
Let us pray
VRANT, O Lord, that they who shall
in their own persons renew the promises and vows of their Baptism, and be Confirmed by the Bishop, may receive such a measure of thy Holy Spirit, that they may grow in grace unto their life's end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
IRANT, O Father, that those who re
ceive the blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, coming to those holy mysteries in faith, and love, and true repentance, may be filled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and receive remission of their sins; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MERCIFUL Lord God, who dost
vouchsafe to feed us with that Bread which came down from heaven and giveth life unto the soul; So strengthen and sustain us, we beseech thee, with thy most gracious gifts, that we may resist all temptations, and walk in the way of thy commandments, to the glory of thy holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellow
ship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen. [The Minister of every Parish shall diligenily, upon Sundays and Holy-days, or on some other convenient occasions, openly in the Church, instruct or examine so many Children of his Parish sent unto him, as he shall think convenient. (And all Fathers, Mothers, Masters, and
Mistresses, shall cause their Children, Seroants, and Apprentices to come to the Church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear and to be ordered by the Minister. So soon as Children are come to a competent age, and can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and are suficiently instructed in the matter contained in these Ofices, they shall be brought to the Bishop. And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for Children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Minister of every Parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the Names of all such Persons within his Parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the Bishop to be confirmed.
X. THE ORDER OF CONFIRMATION
House of Deputies) concurring: That the following change be made in the Order of Confirmation, or Laying on of Hands upon those who are Baptized, and Come to Years of Discretion, and that the proposed alteration be made known to the several Dioceses in order that it may be adopted by the next General Convention in accordance with the provisions of Article X of the Constitution. (1) Amend the first rubric, page 273, so as to
read as follows:
the People standing until the Lord's Prayer. (2) Transfer the Lesson, page 274, from the place
where it now stands, and insert it immediately
after the first rubric of the Office. (3) Omit from the Office the Preface, now standing on page 273 of the Prayer Book.
(4) On page 274, strike out from and including
"Then shall the Bishop say, Do ye here,”
OST thou here, in the presence of God,
obey and follow our Lord Jesus Christ, re-
Answer: I do.
Answer. I believe in God the Father Almighty, etc.
Bishop. Wilt thou obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life? Answer. I will, by God's help. (Here may be sung the Hymn, Veni,
Creator Spiritus. (The Bishop shall then confirm them on this wise.
(5) Strike out the first rubric on page 275 and in
its place insert the following: