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Bishop’s Note – Closing Prayer of Baptism

In our examination of the 2019 BCP Service of Holy Baptism we’ve come to the concluding prayer. The candidates have been chrismated – anointed with chrism oil – and “marked as Christ’s own for ever.”
Following chrismation, the candidate is often presented with a candle representing the light of Christ. I always invite the parents or the newly baptized to light the candle each year on the anniversary of their baptism and remember the magnitude of the event.
Following the presentation of a candle the celebrant prays a prayer of thanksgiving that encapsulates the meaning of baptism: anointing of the Holy Spirit, forgiveness of sins, adoption and being made a member of the church.
Of course, all of this is more than any man or woman can comprehend. Rather, we need to live into what it means to have the Holy Spirit dwelling with in us, to be forgiven and adopted as a child of God. 
As we begin the season of Lent, this is a perfect time to re-examine our relationship with the Lord and what our own baptism means.
I pray you a blessed and holy Lent!
Bp. Menees

If garments or candles are presented, they are given here.

When all have been baptized and signed the Celebrant says

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, received them as your own children by adoption, made them members of your holy Church, and raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit, that they may enjoy everlasting salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Celebrant continues

                              Let us welcome the newly baptized.

Celebrant and People

We receive you into the fellowship of the Church. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in the royal priesthood of all his people.

The Peace is now exchanged.

Celebrant             The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People                   And with your spirit.

The liturgy continues with Communion, beginning at the Offertory.

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