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pray thee to grant, that henceforth he may be dead unto sin, and live unto righteousness. And seeing he has, through the holy ordinance of baptism, been buried with Christ into his death; grant, that henceforth, in him, the old Adam, together with all his lusts and desires, may be daily crucified, and finally, with the whole body of sin, entirely abolished; graciously grant, that as this child hath been made partaker of the death of thy Son Jesus Christ, he may also participate the benefits of his triumphant resurrection; and finally, with all that believe, be made an heir of thy everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Confirmations take place publicly in the Church. The Catechumens (after previous examination) being arranged before the Altar, the Minister puts the following Questions to them.
you, in the presence of God, and of this congregation, renew the solemn vow and promise, made at your baptism; ratifying and confirming the same-Renouncing the devil and all his ways?
A. Yes, we renounce them.
2. Do you sincerely believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, as taught in the apostle's creed? A. Yes.
3. Is it your sincere desire and intention, now, in the last Supper of our Lord, to renew your baptismal vows and covenant; and will you obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in them all the days of your life?
A. Yes, it is our sincere, desire so to do.
These Questions being answered to satisfaction, the Catechumen kneel down before the Altar; and the Minister laying his hand on the head of each, makes the following prayer, or any other that he may judge proper.
Thou Shepherd and Bishop of thy fold, behold this thy young servant with love and favour; suffer him never to be torn from thy hand, nor deluded from thy fold! O may he ever remain faithful unto thee, and at last receive the full completion of thy promises, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
After each individual is confirmed in this manner, they rise, and the Minister makes a suitable address, first to the congregation at large, and then to the persons whom he has confirmed; after which they retire, and the form of preparation for the Lord's supper
FORM OF PREPARATION FOR THE
After the Preparation Sermon, which is commonly held the day preceding the Administration of the communion, the Minister addresses the communicants as follows:
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Secondly. I ask whether you firmly believe in your hearts, that Jesus Christ has come into the world to save sinners; and that all those who believe in him,do receive, by the knowledge of his salvation, the remission of their sins? Are you truly desirous to be delivered from them; and have you confidence in his declaration and promise that he will be merciful to such-forgive all their sins, and cleanse them from all their iniquities? Yes.
Thirdly. I ask, whether you are firmly resolved, from henceforth to submit yourselves to the gracious operations of the Holy Ghost-so that you may in future no more purposely and voluntarily offend against God; but may be enabled to hate and avoid sin in every shape, to put on the new man, and walk circumspectly before God? If this is the sincere intention and resolution of your hearts, announce it in the presence of God, by saying yes?
[Here the General Confession may be used. See page 3. then the following Collect.].
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