What is the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith?
There is a new rite contained in the Common Worship initiation services called the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith. It is intended for people for have been baptised and confirmed and who want a formal way of marking either that they have returned to the practice of the Christian faith or that their faith has become meaningful to them in a new way.
Affirmation of Baptismal Faith is preceded by preparation. If it takes place in the context of a confirmation service it is presided over by the bishop. When this is not the case a parish priest may preside. The affirmation consists of the following elements:
- A declaration that those involved have been baptised and wish to renew their faith.
- The renunciation of the devil and all that is evil and declaration of turning to Christ from the baptism service.
- An affirmation of faith using the words of the Apostles’ Creed.
- A threefold declaration of commitment to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
‘I answer the call of God my creator.
I trust in Christ Jesus as my saviour.
I seek new life from the Holy Spirit.’