The Minister says to the Catechumens,
You have come today to the house of God to profess your faith. You were dedicated to God when you were baptized, and now that you are old enough to act of your own accord, you desire to openly put on Christ. To this end,
Do you make your own the promises that were made on your behalf at your baptism?
Do you renounce Satan and his works, the world and its glories, the flesh and its sinful desires?
Do you promise, depending on God’s help, to steadfastly continue in the Christian faith, and to keep the commandments of God all the days of your life?
The Minister asks the Catechumens,
Are these your promises, before God and his Church?
The Minister says,
God give you grace to faithfully keep these promises.
In the hope that you may faithfully fulfill these promises, you are received into the number of the faithful, to be partakers in the holy sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
[To the congregation]
And I call on you, brothers and sisters, to witness the promises that these young people have made; and I exhort you to offer up your prayers to God on their behalf.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, we bless you, that you have been pleased to call us to a knowledge of yourself; and especially, that, having given grace to (names of catechumens) to be introduced into your church through baptism, you have also graciously permitted them to confirm, this day, the promises made at their baptism. We pray that as they have now solemnly dedicated themselves to you, you would ratify in heaven what we do in your name and in your church on earth. Grant that they may persevere in the confession of their faith, so that they may be Christians not only by birth and baptism but from now on by knowledge and choice. Grant that their faith may triumph over the world. Make them fruitful in knowledge and in faith, in holiness and in comfort, all the days of their lives, and having served you till their death, may they obtain by your grace the gift of eternal salvation.
We pray these things through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying…
The Minister concludes with a benediction:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore. Amen.
Adapted by S.J. Nixon