Baptisms and Confirmations: Navigating the Prayer Book

Paschal Candle and Baptismal Font

Q: At my parish we are having a baptism in a few weeks and then are having confirmations along with a baptism on Pentecost. Can you help with the bulletin layout for those services?

A: Congratulations on welcoming these new members of your parish! I know that it can sometimes be confusing as we jump around the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) for these services. See if this helps:

For Baptism

For the Opening Acclamation, see BCP, p. 299.

After the Sermon–

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates (BCP, p. 301)

The Baptismal Covenant (BCP, p. 304)

Prayers for the Candidates (BCP, p. 305)

Thanksgiving Over the Water (BCP, p. 306)

The Baptism (BCP, p. 307)

The Peace (BCP, p. 308)

For Confirmation 

For the Opening Acclamation, see BCP, p. 413.

After the Sermon–

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates (BCP, p. 415)

The Baptismal Covenant (BCP, p. 416)

Prayers for the Candidates (BCP, p. 305)

The Confirmation (BCP, p. 418)

For Reception (BCP, p. 418)

For Reaffirmation (BCP, p. 419)

The Peace (BCP, p. 419)

For Baptism and Confirmation

After the Sermon–

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates for Baptism (BCP, p. 301)

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates for Confirmation (BCP, p. 303)

The Baptismal Covenant (BCP, p. 304)

Prayers for the Candidates (BCP, p. 305)

Thanksgiving Over the Water (BCP, p. 306)

The Baptism (BCP, p. 307)

The Confirmation (BCP, p. 309)

For Reception (BCP, p. 310)

For Reaffirmation (BCP, p. 310)

The Peace (BCP, p. 310) 

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