In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early
age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to
make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the
responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by
Those baptized as adults, unless baptized with laying on of hands by a
bishop, are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith
and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence
of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands.
When there is no Baptism, the rites of Confirmation, Reception, and the
Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows are administered in the following form.
If desired, the hymn Gloria in excelsis may be sung immediately after
the opening versicles and before the salutation "The Lord be with you."
The Nicene Creed is not used at this service.
It is appropriate that the oblations of bread and wine be presented by
persons newly confirmed.