Upon the day appointed, all that are to be confirmed shall stand in order before the Bishop, who is sitting at the faldstool before the altar. The people stand until until the Lord's Prayer.

 The Rector of the Parish or other priest or minister shall say:

RIGHT REVEREND (or Most Reverend) Father in God, I present unto you these persons to receive the Laying on of Hands.

 Then the Bishop, still sitting at the faldstool with mitre and crosier, or some Minister appointed by him, may say,

HEAR the words of the Evangelist Saint Luke, in the eighth Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

WHEN the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: for as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

 Then the Bishop stands with mitre, holding his hands outstretched over the candidates, and shall say:

MAY the Holy Spirit come upon you, and may the power of the Most High keep you from sin. R: Amen.

 Next he gives up his mitre, extends his hands, and says:

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY everlasting God, who once didst give new life to these servants of ours by water and the Holy Spirit, forgiving them all their sins; send forth upon them from heaven thy Holy Spirit, the Advocate, along with His sevenfold gifts. R: Amen.

Bishop: The Spirit of wisdom and understanding.

R: Amen.

Bishop: The Spirit of counsel and fortitude.

R: Amen.

Bishop: The Spirit of knowledge and piety.

R: Amen.

Bishop: Fill them with the Spirit of holy fear, and seal them with the sign of the cross of Christ, in token of everlasting life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reig-neth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. R: Amen.

QUESTIONING

Then shall the Bishop sit at the faldstool with the mitre and crosier and say:

DO ye here, in the presence of God, and of this con gregation, renew the solemn promise and vow that ye made, or that was made in your name, at your Baptism; ratifying and confirming the same; and acknowl-edging yourselves bound to believe and to do all those things which ye then undertook, or your Sponsors then undertook for you?

 And every one shall audibly answer together:

I do.

Then shall the Bishop say:

DO ye promise to follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?

 And every one shall audibly answer together:

I do.

 Then shall the Bishop give up the mitre, stand, and say:

Bishop. 	+Our help is in the Name of the Lord;

Answer. 	Who hath made heaven and earth.

Bishop. 	Blessed be the Name of the Lord;

Answer. 	Now and forever more.

Bishop. 	Lord, hear our prayer.

Answer. 	And let our cry come unto thee.

Bishop.	Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who hast vouchsafed to regenerate these thy servants by Water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given unto them forgiveness of all their sins; Strengthen them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and ghostly strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. R: Amen.

LAYING ON OF HANDS

 Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall sit at the faldstool with mitre (or else stand in front of them in their positions, if this is more convenient) and lay his hand upon the head of every one severally, saying:

DEFEND, O Lord, this thy Child with thy heavenly grace; that he may continue thine for ever; and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.

ANOINTING

 Then, once the Bishop has laid hands on all candidates, he shall take off the episcopal gloves and replace the ring. Then shall each candidate again come before the Bishop, sitting at the faldstool (or shall the Bishop stand before each candidate in their place if more convenient). Then shall the Bishop say, as he anoints the forehead of the candidate in the sign of the cross:

N. (confirmation name of the candidate), I seal thee with the sign of the cross; and I confirm thee with the chrism that sanctifieth; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R: Amen.

 Then he strikes the confirmed lightly on the cheek with the first and second fingers of the right hand, saying:

PEACE be with thee.

 Then he presents his right hand so that the candidate may kiss the episcopal ring, taking care that the thumb on which the oil is still present is not touched. Afterwards, a linen cloth may optionally be placed around the head of the candidate where the anointing was done, or else they may have their foreheads cleaned with a tissue cloth or piece of bread, which later should be burned and the ashes scattered on bare earth.

 After all have been confirmed, the Bishop cleans his hands and again takes the episcopal gloves. An appropriate hymn may be sung during this time.

 Then shall the Bishop rise, giving up the mitre, and say:

Bishop. 	Lord, show us thy mercy.

All. 	And grant us thy salvation.

Bishop.	 Lord, hear my prayer.

All. 	And let my cry come unto thee.

Bishop. 	The Lord be with you.

All. 	And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

 Then shall the Bishop turn to the altar and say the Lord's Prayer, the People kneeling and repeating it with him.

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

 Then the Bishop continues.

O GOD, who didst give to thine apostles the Holy Spirit, ordaining that they and their successors should hand down that Gift to the rest of the faithful; look with favor on our lowly service, and grant that the same Holy Spirit may come upon these persons whose brow we have anointed with holy chrism and sealed with the sign of the holy cross. May their hearts be consecrated as a worthy dwelling for thy glory. We ask this in thy name, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. R: Amen.

 Then shall the Bishop say:

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who makest us both to will and to do those things which are good, and acceptable unto thy Divine Maj-esty; We make our humble supplications unto thee for these thy ser-vants, upon whom, after the example of thy holy Apostles, we have now laid our hands, to certify them, by this sign, of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever be over them; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy Word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee and the same Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world with-out end. R: Amen.

O ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be pre served in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. R: Amen.

 Then the Bishop shall turn towards the candidates, who remain kneeling, and shall take the mitre and crosier. Standing, he shall bless the candidates, saying:

THE Blessing of God Almighty, the Father +, the Son +, and the Holy + Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen.

 

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