Monday, April 12, 2004
When this action has been completed [i.e. baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -ja], the Priest, at a place in full sight of the congregation, prays over them, saying
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.
Then the Priest places a hand on the person's head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross [using Chrism if desired] and saying
Levi Ellis Amos, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever. Amen.
The Celebrant says
Let us welcome the newly baptized.
Celebrant and People
We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.
(The Book of Common Prayer , "Holy Baptism," page 308)
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