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Contents Divine Worship: The Order of Holy baptism

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Divine Worship: The Order of Holy Baptism and Confirmation for Adults and Older Children . . . . . . . . . . 17 The Promises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Blessing of the Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 The Baptism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 The Confirmation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Divine Worship: The Order of Holy Baptism for Infants . . . . . 29 The Promises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 The Blessing of the Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 The Baptism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 The Duties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Divine Worship: The Order of Reception into Full Communion with the Celebration of Confirmation . . . . 41 The Confirmation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Conditional Baptism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Emergency Baptism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The Blessing of the Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Baptism of One in Imminent Danger of Death . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 The Public Receiving of One who has been Privately Baptised . . 53 Appendix: Blessing of Salt to be used in Baptism . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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Divine Worship: The Order of solemniSation of Holy Matrimony Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 The Celebration of Holy Matrimony within a Nuptial Mass . 61 Admonition and Scrutiny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Liturgy of the Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Solemnisation of Holy Matrimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Liturgy of the Eucharist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

The Celebration of Holy Matrimony outside Mass . . . . . . . . . 71 Admonition and Scrutiny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Liturgy of the Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Solemnisation of Holy Matrimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

The Celebration of Holy Matrimony between a Catholic and a Non-baptised Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Admonition and Scrutiny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Liturgy of the Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Solemnisation of Holy Matrimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Appendix I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Psalms for the Procession of the Bridegroom and Bride to the Sanctuary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Readings from Holy Scripture for the Liturgy of the Word . . . . 95


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Divine Worship: The Order of Funerals

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 The Order for a Vigil for the Deceased with Reception at the Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Liturgy of the Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Funeral Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Absolution at the Bier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Committal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Blessing of a Grave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

The Order for Funerals outside Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Service in Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Absolution at the Bier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Committal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 The Blessing of a Grave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

Appendix II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Additional Prayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156


the Personal ordinariate of the chair of st Peter

Divine Worship: Occasional Services Decree of Publication for the Personal Ordinariate of the chair of St Peter In accord with the norms established by decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites in Cum, nostra aetate (27 January 1966), this Divine Worship: Occasional Services is published by the authority of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter. The three constitutive sections of Divine Worship: Occasional Services were individually approved and promulgated by the Apostolic See. Divine Worship: Order of Funerals was canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 22 June 2012 (Prot. N. 169/12/L). Divine Worship: Order of Solemnisation of Holy Matrimony was also canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 22 June 2012 (Prot. N. 360/12/L). Divine Worship: Order of Holy Baptism was canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter by decree of the same Congregation on 12 December 2013 (Prot. N. 785/13/L). Divine Worship: Occasional Services may be used by the communities of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter from Sunday, 2 February 2014. Given at the Curia in Houston, Texas, on 19 January 2014, the Second Sunday after Epiphany. Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, P.A. Ordinary Dr. Margaret Chalmers Chancellor


the Personal ordinariate of our lady of walsingham

Divine Worship: Occasional Services Decree of Publication for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham In accord with the norms established by decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites in Cum, nostra aetate (27 January 1966), this Divine Worship: Occasional Services is published by the authority of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The three constitutive sections of Divine Worship: Occasional Services were individually approved and promulgated by the Apostolic See. Divine Worship: Order of Funerals was canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 22 June 2012 (Prot. N. 168/12/L). Divine Worship: Order of Solemnisation of Holy Matrimony was also canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 22 June 2012 (Prot. N. 359/12/L). Divine Worship: Order of Holy Baptism was canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham by decree of the same Congregation on 12 December 2013 (Prot. N. 786/13/L). Divine Worship: Occasional Services may be used by the communities of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham from Sunday, 2 February 2014. Given at London, at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Gregory, Warwick Street, on 19 January 2014, the Second Sunday after Epiphany. Rev. Msgr. Keith Newton, P.A. Ordinary Rev. Kristian Paver JCL Chancellor


the Personal ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross

Divine Worship: Occasional Services Decree of Publication for the Personal Ordinariate of our lady of the southern Cross In accord with the norms established by decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites in Cum, nostra aetate (27 January 1966), this Divine Worship: Occasional Services is published by the authority of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. The three constitutive sections of Divine Worship: Occasional Services were individually approved and promulgated by the Apostolic See. Divine Worship: Order of Funerals was canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 22 June 2012 (Prot. N. 357/12/L). Divine Worship: Order of Solemnisation of Holy Matrimony was also canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 22 June 2012 (Prot. N. 358/12/L). Divine Worship: Order of Holy Baptism was canonically approved for use by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross by decree of the same Congregation on 12 December 2013 (Prot. N. 787/13/L). Divine Worship: Occasional Services may be used by the communities of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross from Sunday, 2 February 2014. Given at Perth, Western Australia, on 19 January 2014, the Second Sunday after Epiphany. Rev. Msgr. Harry Entwistle, P.A. Ordinary Mr. Brian Moyle Notary


Divine Worship: the Order of holy Baptism

for use by the Ordinariates erected under the auspices of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus


INTRODUCTION 1. Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.1 Through water and the Holy Spirit, men and women are freed from the power of sin and death and are reborn as sons of God and members of Christ’s body, the Church. Faithful to the command of Christ,2 the Church has celebrated Baptism from the very day of Pentecost as St Peter himself declares: “Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”3 Baptism is therefore the sacrament by which men and women, freed from original sin, respond to the Gospel call for conversion and adhere to Christ by an unbreakable bond forged by the Holy Spirit. 2. In celebrating the sacrament of Baptism, Christians proclaim their Paschal faith in fidelity to the Gospel so that they may be purified of their sins and rise to newness of life in Christ Jesus. Divine Worship: The Order of Holy Baptism for use by the Ordinariates erected under the auspices of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus gives expression to the Anglican liturgical patrimony which has nourished many in their faith in forgiveness of sins through the regenerating waters of Baptism. Its use is restricted to the Personal Ordinariates established under the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus.4 3. In cases of pastoral necessity or in the absence of a Priest or Deacon incardinated in an Ordinariate, any Priest or Deacon incardinated in a Diocese or in an Institute of Consecrated Life or Society of Apostolic Life may celebrate the sacrament of Holy Baptism according to Divine Worship: The Order of Holy Baptism for members of the Ordinariate who request it.5 1

Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1213.

Cf. Matthew 28:19

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Acts 2:38

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Cf. Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus, Art. III.

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Cf. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Complementary Norms to the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus, no. 6 §2.

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4. Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark or character of belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation.6 Because of this indelible character, Baptism may never lawfully be repeated once it has been validly celebrated, even if by fellow Christian Churches or Ecclesial Communities. 5. For any circumstances that are not covered in this Order, reference should be made to the normative Roman Ritual, Rite of Baptism, or the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults.

The Baptism of Adults 6. Since the beginning of the Church, the Christian initiation of adults responding to the preaching of the Gospel is accomplished in the reception of the sacraments of Holy Baptism, Holy Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. Through these sacraments, the faithful are made members of the Body of Christ and sharers in the Priesthood of Christ, in Christ’s prophetic and royal mission. Indeed, “the communion of the baptised in the teaching of the Apostles and in the breaking of the eucharistic bread is visibly manifested in the bonds of the profession of the faith in its entirety, of the celebration of all of the sacraments instituted by Christ, and of the governance of the College of Bishops united with its head, the Roman Pontiff.”7 7. The Personal Ordinariates share in the mission of the whole Church of handing on and nourishing the faith received from the Apostles. Through the continual proclamation of the Gospel by the Church, adults in every age are called by the Holy Spirit to conversion of life and to follow Christ the Lord as his disciples. Through Holy Baptism, adults who are baptised are conformed to Christ in the likeness of his death so as to rise with him to newness of life with all their sins forgiven. 8. Given the unity of the Sacraments of Initiation, unless there is a grave reason to the contrary, an adult who is baptised is to be confirmed in the same celebration and is to participate in the eucharistic sacrifice also by receiving Holy Communion.8 Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1272.

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Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus, Introduction.

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The Baptism of Infants 9. “Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God.”9 The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. Infants are baptised into the faith of the Church, a faith which is professed for them by their Parents and Godparents during the sacramental celebration. For the grace imparted in Holy Baptism to unfold, children must be formed in the faith in which they have been baptised. In this way, they gradually learn God’s plan for salvation in Christ and ultimately accept for themselves the faith in which they have been immersed.

Offices and Ministries of Holy Baptism 10. The ordinary Ministers of Holy Baptism are Bishops, Priests and Deacons. In this sacramental celebration, they act in the name of Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. The word Celebrant in the following rubrics refers to any of these ordained Ministers. 11. It is the duty of parish Priests to prepare those adults who present themselves for Holy Baptism, instructing them in the faith of the Church and forming them in a manner of life consistent with the Gospel of Christ. With the assistance of catechists, parish Priests also prepare the Parents and Godparents of children presented for Holy Baptism so that they might understand their essential role in the celebration of the sacrament and in the Christian formation of their children and godchildren. The preparation of candidates for Holy Baptism is, in fact, the vital concern of all God’s people, the Church, which hands on the faith received from the Apostles.10 It is fitting, therefore, that catechists and other members of the lay faithful take an active role in the catechetical preparation of those to be baptised. 12. According to the ancient custom of the Church, no one is admitted to Holy Baptism without a Sponsor (Godparent), a member of the Christian faithful who assists in the preparation of Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1250.

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the candidate for Baptism and, after Baptism, assists the new member of Christ’s Church in persevering in the faith and moral life. 13. In order to assume the role of Sponsor (Godparent), a person must have completed their sixteenth year of age, not be the father or mother of the one to be baptised, and be a Catholic who has received all the Sacraments of Initiation and who leads a life of faith. A non-Catholic Christian may serve as a Christian witness of Holy Baptism only alongside a Catholic Godparent.11 There may be one male Sponsor (Godparent) or one female Sponsor (Godparent) or one of each.12

The Celebration of Holy Baptism 14. The water used for Baptism should be clean, true water. Except in cases of necessity, the Priest or Deacon should only use water blessed during the sacramental celebration. It is fitting that the baptismal water blessed during the Easter Vigil should be kept, if possible, for use throughout the Easter season to signify more clearly the relationship between Baptism and the Paschal Mystery of Christ. 15. Holy Baptism is administered either by the infusion of water over the head or by immersion. In the former case, the Priest or Deacon pours water on the head of the person three times, at each of the sacred Names of the Blessed Trinity. 16. The words for the valid administration of Holy Baptism are: “N., I baptise thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”, or “N., I baptise you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” 17. With the exception of the sacramental formula for the administration of Holy Baptism, the words “Holy Ghost” may be used in place of “Holy Spirit” throughout the rite according to local custom. 11

Cf. Code of Canon Law, Can. 874.

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18. When Baptism is administered during the celebration of Holy Mass, the baptismal rite follows directly after the homily, omits the Lord’s Prayer, and concludes with the Thanksgiving and, in the case of infant Baptism, with the Duties. The Mass continues with the Prayers of the People, which should include petitions for the newly baptised. 19. Because of its intimate connection with the celebration of Baptism, the Apostles’ Creed replaces the Nicene Creed at such celebrations. 20. When Baptism is administered during the celebration of Holy Mass, the Ritual Mass for Baptism may be used in place of the propers of the day except on Sundays, Solemnities, and Feasts. 21. When Baptism is administered during Mass on Sundays, Solemnities and Feasts, Mass vestments in the liturgical color of the day are worn. Outside of Mass, the Celebrant is vested in a white stole over either an alb or cassock with surplice; a cope may also be used at more solemn celebrations. Where it is the custom, the Celebrant may begin the rite in a violet stole, changing to a white stole after the Blessing of Water and before the administration of Holy Baptism. 22. Parish Priests should ensure that the names of those baptised are recorded in the baptismal register of the parish, noting also the Minister, the Parents and Godparents, and the place and date of Baptism.


Divine Worship: The Order of Holy Baptism and Confirmation for Adults and Older Children The celebration of Baptism and Confirmation for Adults and Older Children ordinarily occurs during Mass. For a serious reason the Sacraments may be celebrated outside of Mass, in which case a Liturgy of the Word is to be celebrated. This rite begins after the Homily and replaces the Nicene Creed. The person to be baptised with his Sponsor takes his place before the Celebrant who says:

What do you desire of God’s holy Church? Answer: Baptism. Then shall the Celebrant proceed as follows:

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early beloved, seeing that God willeth all men to be

saved from the sinful nature which they inherit, as well as from the actual sins which they commit, and that our Saviour Christ saith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the Holy Spirit; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to this man (or woman or child) that which by nature he cannot have; that he may be baptised with Water and the Holy Spirit, and received into Christ's holy Church, and be made a living member of the same.

Then shall the Celebrant say:

Let us pray. Almighty and immortal God, the aid of all who need, the helper of all who flee to thee for succour, the life of those 17


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who believe, and the resurrection of the dead; we call upon thee for this thy servant (this thy handmaid or this child), that he, coming to thy holy Baptism, may receive remission of his sins by spiritual regeneration, and being received into thy holy Church, may live steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity. Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. So give now unto us who ask; let us who seek, find; open the gate unto us who knock; that this thy servant (this thy handmaid or this child) may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen. Here the Celebrant shall ask the name of the person to be baptised, and when he responds, then shall the Celebrant make the sign of the cross upon the person’s forehead, saying:

We receive this man (woman or child), N. into the congregation of Christ’s flock; and do sign him with the sign of the Cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and valiantly to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue as Christ’s faithful soldier and servant unto his life’s end. Amen. Here the Celebrant may take a few grains of blessed salt between his right thumb and index finger, and, placing the salt in the mouth of the person to be baptised, say:

Receive the salt of wisdom: may it be unto thee a pledge of everlasting life. The person to be baptised and his Sponsor shall answer: Amen. Celebrant and People pray together:

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to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to this thy servant (handmaid or child), that he may be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting salvation; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. THE PROMISES The Celebrant shall address the person to be baptised as follows:

Well-beloved, you have come hither desiring to receive holy Baptism. We have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive you, to release you from your sins, to sanctify you with the Holy Spirit, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Renunciation of Sin Celebrant: Do you renounce the devil and all his works, the

vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the sinful desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them? Answer: I renounce them all; and, by God’s help, will

endeavour not to follow, nor be led by them. If the person to be baptised has not already been anointed with the Oil of the Catechumens, the Celebrant here anoints the person on the breast at the base of the neck or on both hands, saying once only:

I anoint thee with the Oil of salvation, in Christ Jesus our Lord, that thou mayest have eternal life.


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Profession of Faith Celebrant: Let us recite the articles of our belief.

Then shall be said by the person to be baptised, together with the Celebrant and the People, the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only 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 hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on 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. The Celebrant shall address each person to be baptised as follows: Celebrant: Do you profess this faith? Answer: I do. Celebrant: Do you desire to be baptised in this faith? Answer: That is my desire. Celebrant: Will you endeavour to keep God’s holy will and

commandments, and walk in the same all the days of your life? Answer: I will, God being my helper.


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Then shall the Celebrant make the following supplications, and after each of them the People shall answer Amen:

O merciful God, grant that like as Christ died and rose again, so this thy servant (this thy handmaid or this child) may die to sin and rise to newness of life. Amen. O Lord of hosts, before the might of whose presence the armies of evil are put to flight, deliver this thy servant (this thy handmaid or this child) from the power of Satan. Amen. Grant that all sinful desires may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in him. Amen. Grant that he may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph, against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen. Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our office and ministry, may be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O blessed Lord God, who dost live, and govern all things, world without end. Amen. If the water has already been blessed, the Celebrant omits that which follows, and goes at once to Name this man (woman or child).

THE BLESSING OF THE WATER Celebrant: The Lord be with you. Answer: And with thy spirit. Celebrant: Lift up your hearts. Answer: We lift them up unto the Lord. Celebrant: Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God. Answer: It is meet and right so to do.


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Then shall the Celebrant say:

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God, for that thy dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood; and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go teach all nations, and baptise them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. With hand outstretched over the water he continues:

Regard, we beseech thee, O Lord, Holy Father, with thy Beloved Son, the supplications of thy congregation, and send the Holy Spirit upon the water of this font. He makes the sign of the cross in the water saying:

Sanctify ✠this Water to the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that this thy servant (this thy handmaid or this child), now to be baptised therein, may receive the fullness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful children; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and evermore. Amen. THE BAPTISM The Celebrant shall take the person to be baptised by the right hand, and shall ask the Sponsor the name. The Sponsor may lay his right hand on the candidate’s right shoulder.

Name this man (woman or child). And then, repeating the name of the person after him, the Celebrant baptises the person saying:

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He immerses the person or pours water upon the person’s head.

and of the Son, He immerses the person or pours water upon the person’s head a second time.

and of the Holy Spirit. He immerses the person or pours water upon the person’s head a third time.

If for good reason the rite of Baptism is not followed immediately by Confirmation, the Celebrant shall then anoint the baptised on the crown of the head with holy Chrism, saying:

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath regenerated thee by Water and the Holy Ghost, and hath given unto thee remission of sin, vouchsafe to anoint thee with the Unction of his Holy Spirit, and bring thee to the inheritance of everlasting life. Amen. Here the Celebrant may put upon the newly baptised the white vesture, commonly called the Chrysom, saying:

We give this white vesture for a token of the innocency bestowed upon thee, and for a sign whereby thou art admonished to give thyself to pureness of living, that after this transitory life thou mayest be partaker of the life everlasting. Amen. Then the Celebrant shall give a lighted candle (lit from the Paschal Candle) to the newly baptised, saying:

Receive the Light of Christ, that when the bridegroom cometh thou mayest go forth with all the Saints to meet him; and see that thou keep the grace of thy Baptism. Amen.


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Then shall the Celebrant say one of the following prayers of thanksgiving:

We yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this thy servant (this thy handmaid or this child) with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. Grant, O Lord, that being buried with Christ by Baptism and made partaker of his death, he may also be made partaker of his resurrection; so that serving thee here in newness of life, he may finally, with the rest of thy holy Church, inherit thine everlasting kingdom; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. Or:

May God, who hath received thee by baptism into his holy Church, pour upon thee the riches of his grace, that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people thou mayest daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit, and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory. Amen.

When Confirmation immediately follows, an appropriate psalm, hymn, or anthem may be sung between the celebration of Baptism and Confirmation, if there be a procession from the font to the chancel. When Confirmation is celebrated at a later time, Mass continues with the Prayers of the People which include prayers for the newly Baptised. If the Baptism is celebrated outside of Mass, the Lord’s Prayer is said at this point and the Celebrant concludes by saying to all present:

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named: Grant you all to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that, Christ dwelling in your hearts by faith, you may be filled with all the fullness of God; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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The Lord ✠bless you, and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and give you peace, now and evermore. Amen.

THE CONFIRMATION The Sponsor, a Deacon or other Minister, shall present those to be confirmed, saying:

Reverend Father in God, I present unto you this man (woman or child) to receive the laying on of hands and anointing in the Holy Spirit. Celebrant: Our help is in the Name of the Lord; Answer: Who hath made heaven and earth. Celebrant: Blessed be the Name of the Lord; Answer: Now and forever. Celebrant: Lord, hear our prayer. Answer: And let our cry come unto thee.

The Celebrant shall then say:

Dearly beloved, by Holy Baptism, God our Father gave this his adopted son (or daughter) new birth to eternal life. Let us therefore pray him to pour out upon him the Holy Spirit, to strengthen him in his faith, and to anoint him that he may be more like Christ the Son of God: that he may continue his for ever, and daily increase in the Holy Spirit, more and more, until he come unto God’s everlasting kingdom.


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All pray in silence. Then, with hands extended towards the persons to be confirmed, the Celebrant says:

Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hast brought these thy servants to new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, freeing them from sin: send upon them, O Lord, the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety; fill them with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Then shall the person to be confirmed kneel before the Celebrant. The Sponsor places his right hand on the candidate’s shoulder. The Celebrant lays his hand upon each as he signs him upon the forehead with the holy Chrism, saying:

N., be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Answer: Amen. Then shall the Celebrant say to him:

Peace be with thee. Answer: And with thy spirit.

During the anointing a suitable chant may be sung. After the anointing the Celebrant washes his hands. Then the Celebrant, with hands joined, says only once:

Defend, O Lord, this thy servant (child) with thy heavenly grace, that he may continue thine for ever; and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit, more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. All respond: Amen. The Celebrant concludes the rite of Confirmation, saying:

Seeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that this man (woman or child or this thy servant) is regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christ's Church, by Baptism and the Seal of the Holy Spirit, let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these


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benefits; and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that this man (woman or child or this thy servant) may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning. The Mass continues with the Prayers of the People, which include intentions for the newly baptised. The newly baptised may be invited to take part in the presentation of the gifts. The proper form of the Hanc Igitur is used during the Canon of the Mass. Should this celebration take place outside of Mass, the rite may conclude with the following blessing:

Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; hold fast that which is good; render to no man evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honour all men; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. And the blessing of God Almighty, ✠the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen.

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