The Baptismal Covenant

A mini catechism used at baptisms and on Easter and other special occasions, the Baptismal Covenant opens with a question-and-answer version of the statement of faith that is the Apostles’ Creed and adds five questions regarding how we, as Christians, are called to live out our faith.  

 

Celebrant      Do you believe in God the Father?

People           I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

 

Celebrant      Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

People           I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                     and born of the Virgin Mary.

                     He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                     was crucified, died, and was buried.

                     He descended to the dead.

                     On the third day he rose again.

                     He ascended into heaven,

                     and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                     He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

 

Celebrant     Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

People           I believe in the Holy Spirit,

                    the holy catholic Church,

                    the communion of saints,

                    the forgiveness of sins,

                    the resurrection of the body,

                    and the life everlasting.

 

Celebrant     Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and 

                    fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the 

                    prayers?

People           I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant     Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever 

                    you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People           I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant     Will you proclaim by word and example the Good

                   News of God in Christ?

People          I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant     Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving

                  your neighbor as yourself?

People          I will, with God’s help.

 

Celebrant     Will you strive for justice and peace among all 

                  people, and respect the dignity of every human 

                  being?

People          I will, with God’s help.

 

(Book of Common Prayer, p. 304-5)

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