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Admission to Holy Communion

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official4127
Date
1971 January - February
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
[Act 135]
Date
1971 January - February
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
[Act 135]
Mover
The Right Reverend H.R. Hunt
Seconder
The Right Reverend M.L. Goodman
Prologue
Moved by: Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan
Seconded by: Dr. J.E. Merriman
"1. That the last rubric on page 561 of the said Prayer Book, which reads, 'and there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed', be deleted.
2. That the following rubric be added after the rubrics on page 66 of the said Prayer Book,
'Persons baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity may receive the Holy Communion.'"
Moved by: Professor D.C. Masters
Seconded by: Dr. D.H. Gould
That the Memorial be tabled. DEFEATED
Dr. Merriman then requested that a vote be taken on the two sections separately.
Text
"That Resolution, 'Admission to Holy Communion', in its two parts, be referred to the Doctrine and Worship Committee for study, in the light of decisions made during this Synod on Christian Initiation, and a report be submitted to the next session of General Synod." CARRIED
Notes
[Recorded as No. 135 in Acts of Synod, p. 72. List of Acts includes actions which are NOT resolutions/acts.]
Subjects
Lord's Supper - Admission to - Anglican Church of Canada
Lord's Supper - Child participation - Anglican Church of Canada
Baptism - Anglican Church of Canada
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Doctrine and Worship Committee
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The Baptism Project : Eugene Fairweather's contribution to the `Book of Alternative Services' or how ERF saved both the baby and the bath water

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article30637
Author
Holeton, David R. (David Ralph), 1948-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Liturgy Canada
Date
2003 June
Author
Holeton, David R. (David Ralph), 1948-
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Liturgy Canada
Date
2003 June
Volume
10
Issue
1
Page
1-8, passim
Notes
This entire issue, which is inset into vol. 9 no. 4 (Pentecost 2003) is here presented as "a theological contribution to The Baptism Project, LC's [i.e. Liturgy Canada's] attempt to foster dialogue about the process of Christian Initiation. Dr. Holeton offers an extensive and, we believe, very important historical account of Fr. Fairweather's significant contribution both the BAS and, even more importantly, to a renewed understanding of the theologically necessary link between Baptism and Eucharistic fellowship." -- From Editorial by John Hodgins to vol. 9 no. 4 (Pentecost 2003), p. 3.
"Eugene Fairweather's contributions to the work of the national Doctrine and Worship Committee (D&W) and to the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) lay primarily in two areas: unmuddling the impasse between the House of Bishops (HoB) and D&W in the work towards new rites of Christian Initiation and drafting the rites of Ordination" (p. 1).
The article is a concise and penetrating analysis of the development of the "new" theology of baptism and Christian initiation (including the issue of admission to Communion) which took place in Canada between 1969 and 1985. It focuses on the controversy and conflict between the Doctrine and Worship Committee (and its sub-committees and task forces) and the House of Bishops. Fairweather's pastoral, political and theological contributions are described, especially his crucial report delivered to the October 1981 [* See paragraph below] meeting of the Joint Task Force on Christian Initiation entitled "Christian Initiation : our Present Situation" which included "A Modest Proposal" and set out seven key principles about baptism and Christian initiation.
*N.B. A typo, two thirds of the way down the second column on page 4, says October 1982 instead of 1981. Footnotes 12-14 on page 8 confirm that the report was in fact presented in October 1981
Subjects
Fairweather, Eugene R. (Eugene Rathbone), 1920-2002
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Baptism - Anglican Church of Canada
Baptism (Liturgy) - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Lord's Supper - Admission to - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Book of Alternative Services
Liturgical renewal - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Doctrine and Worship Committee
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops
Chrism - Anglican Church of Canada
Holy oils - Anglican Church of Canada
Ordination - Anglican Church of Canada
Ordinals (Liturgical books) - Anglican Church of Canada
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Christian Initiation

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official1325
Date
1982 February
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 7-2-82
Date
1982 February
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 7-2-82
Mover
Bishop Ferris
Seconder
Bishop Peers
Text
That mature affirmation of faith with laying-on-of-hands by the Bishop, and prayers for the Holy Spirit, be normative in the Anglican Church of Canada and that further episcopal laying-on-of-hands is appropriate at significant points in the Christian life. CARRIED 7-2-82
Notes
It was agreed that the Joint Committee on Christian Initiation be asked to give consideration to additional rubrics for clarification. Suggestions are to be sent by the members of the House forthwith to Dr. Fairweather, Trinity College, Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1H8. After consideration, these will be directed to the Committee on Doctrine and Worship.
Subjects
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Imposition of hands - Anglican Church of Canada
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Christian Initiation

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official6901
Date
1982 February 8-12
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 5-2-82
Date
1982 February 8-12
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 5-2-82
Mover
Bishop Short
Seconder
Bishop Lawrence
Text
That the Committee on Doctrine and Worship be requested to prepare an Alternative Confirmation Service on the pattern of the American Rite. CARRIED 5-2-82
Subjects
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Liturgy - Texts
Liturgical renewal - Anglican Church of Canada
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Christian Initiation

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official6902
Date
1982 February 8-12
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 6-2-82
Date
1982 February 8-12
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 6-2-82
Mover
Bishop Bothwell
Seconder
Bishop Short
Text
That this House receives the seven principles in the report of the Joint Task Force on Christian Initiation (January 1982), as an important statement of the theological principles underlying the new Alternative Christian Initiation Rites and commends them for study. CARRIED 6-2-82
Notes
"Some Basic Principles" taken from pages 4-5 of "Christian Initiation : Our Present Situation : A Report of the Joint Task Force on Christian Initiation of the House of Bishops and the Doctrine and Worship Committee of General Synod, dated 21 January 1982. [From hard copy of report in General Synod Archives]
The joint task force proposes the following principles as worth considering in our present situation:
1. Baptism in water in the name of the Trinity is both the essential and the sufficient sacramental sign of incorporation into the Body of Christ, the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The full meaning of Christian conversion, discipleship, and life is expressed and, in principle, conveyed, in this sacrament.
2. As the one sacramental sign of incorporation into the Body of Christ, Baptism is the sole sacramental condition of admission to Communion. Consequently, no separate sacramental/liturgical actions should be interposed between Baptism and Communion.
3. The primary and essential condition of Baptism, in the case both of children and of adults, is the living reality of the church as the community of grace and faith. Adult candidates are rightly expected to affirm their personal allegiance to the church's common faith, while children are accepted in expectation of their nurture in the same faith. But both are received on an equal footing, as recipients of the grace which the church confesses and accepts in faith. Consequently, all the baptized, both adults and children, are eligible for admission to the Lord's table; indeed, their Baptism demands such admission.
4. Granted that Baptism implies profession of, or promise of nurture in, faith, the necessity of catechesis obviously follows. Those who are received into the community of faith must be helped to enter into the community's faith, at their own level of receptivity. It is therefore improper to administer Baptism apart from catechetical instruction -- of the individual, in the case of adult Baptism, and of the parents and other sponsors, in the case of infant Baptism.
5. Supplementary ritual actions, such as post-baptismal unction, should be seen as explicitations of the content of Baptism, rather than as separately meaningful sacramental signs. They should not, therefore, be imposed as conditions of admission to Communion, over and above baptismal initiation.
6. "Confirmation," in the sense of a rite separate from Baptism, and therefore extrinsic to the basic sacramental action of Christian Initiation, belongs in the context of ongoing catechesis. It should be construed and practised as the affirmation and consecration of renewed and enlarged commitment.
7. Neither the basic initiatory rite of Baptism nor the punctuation of catechesis by "Confirmation/Affirmation" requires, in principle, the presence and action of the bishop. While the bishop is the supremely appropriate minister of word and sacrament in the church, his one indispensable role is the ministry of Ordination. Consequently, presbyters, as well as bishops, may baptize, anoint, and impose hands, as the church in its discretion determines.
Subjects
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force On Christian Initiation
Baptism - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
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Christian Initiation

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official8448
Date
1972 December 4-8
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1972 December 4-8
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Bothwell (Coadjutor of Niagara)
Seconder
Bishop Maguire (Montreal)
Prologue
Bishop Short presented a Proposed Rite of Christian Initiation which had been prepared for presentation to the General Synod 1973 by the Committee on Doctrine and Worship, and a proposed amendment to Canon XIV which this would require.
The new Rite departed from the Use customary in the Anglican Church over a long period of years. It was the result of a good deal of reflection on the general dissatisfaction with methods of Christian Initiation evident over a period of years. Much is said in our present liturgy which is not what we say in our teaching. Confirmation does not make any change in a person's membership in the Church and the Confirmation rubric in the B.C.P. has often led us astray in our thinking. The Orthodox Church has retained the integrity of the rite by baptizing, and using anointing with Chrism and an early communion. Our custom and that of the Roman Catholics, which separates baptism and confirmation, has developed out of practical need not out of theological considerations. Hence our present dissatisfactions. The proposed new Rite is an answer to an instruction from General Synod. It is not expected to replace the old rite immediately but will probably take some years to become the normal rite. It will be necessary to continue both old and new rites for it is impossible to wait until there is a definite moment when a new start can be made. A similar rite has been accepted by the House of Bishops (PECUSA) for use within limits set by General convention which accepted it for trial use. In addition to the new rite, there will be need for some form of personal commitment at a later period. The proposed rite restores the position of the Bishop as the chief minister of Christian Initiation. Bishop Short then led the House through the Rite with the Preface and Notes and Bishop Seaborn dealt with the General Synod 1973 proposed resolutions. The House then went into group discussion.
On re-assembling, the findings of the groups were given and are summarized as follows:-
- very real practical problems will arise if baptisms are added to the work load of the bishop.
- it was asked if the new rite would change the present norm for Baptism which is now Infant Baptism.
- the bishops felt there would be a good deal of confusion throughout the Church by a continuation of two rites.
- some felt a proposed Service of Commitment should be presented to General Synod at the same time as the new rite.
- some thought there is need for a trial period, under diocesan permission, before the rite is presented as a Canon.
- it was noted there are no instructions to Sponsors.
- some thought there would be difficulty in making the use of Chrism mandatory.
Text
"That the House of Bishops' recommends to the Doctrine and Worship Committee that the proposed canonical change re Christian Initiation be not introduced at the 1973 General Synod." CARRIED
Subjects
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Baptism - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Liturgy - Texts
Liturgical renewal - Anglican Church of Canada
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Christian Initiation

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official4081
Date
1971 January - February
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1971 January - February
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Dr. J.R.H. Dempster
Seconder
Reverend F.H.W. Crabb
Text
Be it resolved that this General Synod:
(a) Affirms the essential unity of the act of Christian Initiation consisting of Baptism (with water in the name of the Trinity) together with the laying-on-of-Hands and first Communion, by which a person is reborn of water and the Spirit and incorporated as a full member of the Church, sharing in the Body of Christ.
(b) Directs the Doctrine and Worship Committee to continue its study of Christian Initiation and if possible to recommend to the next General Synod appropriate liturgies and pastoral procedures to implement this principle.
(c) Approves the interim use, at the discretion of Diocesan Bishops, of experimental liturgies which combine Baptism (for candidates not already Baptized), the Laying-on-of-Hands, and first Communion, as recommended by the Task Force on Christian Initiation, under these conditions:
i) The Bishop should officiate;
ii) Children should first receive Communion at an age deemed suitable by their parents in consultation with the parish priest and in the context of the life of the parish;
iii) for young children, the preparation and commitment required by the present Confirmation rite are not expected; the parents, however, should receive careful instruction, and the children will, at an appropriate age, be given the opportunity for a public affirmation of faith in and commitment to Christ.
(d) Directs that these resolutions, together with the report of the Task Force on Christian Initiation, be referred for consideration and counsel to the Anglican Consultative Council at its forthcoming meeting.
After direction on voting procedure had been sought from the Assessors, the Primate put the revised Resolutions on Christian Initiation, section by section, to the House.
Section (a) was ADOPTED IN BOTH HOUSES.
Section (b) was ADOPTED IN BOTH HOUSES.
Section (c) was DEFEATED IN THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS.
Section (d) was ADOPTED IN BOTH HOUSES.
Subjects
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Baptism - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Lord's Supper - Child participation - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. Task Force On Christian Initiation
Liturgical renewal - Anglican Church of Canada
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Christian Initiation

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official4161
Date
1973 May
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 53
Date
1973 May
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 53
Mover
Canon A.D. Brown
Seconder
Archdeacon F.G. Ongley
Prologue
Dr. J.R.H. Dempster introduced the Doctrine and Worship Committee Resolutions on Christian Initiation.
Moved by: Dr. J.R.H. Dempster
Seconded by: Bishop R.K. Maguire
THAT this General Synod,
1. having considered the proposed Order for Holy Baptism, together with its appended forms for the Re-Affirmation of Baptismal Vows and for the Reception of Persons from another Christian Denomination, requests the House of Bishops to give careful pastoral consideration until the next General Synod to the effects on the life of our Church of using this Order, this consideration to include the possibility of authorizing carefully defined trial use as an alternative to the forms of service of Holy Baptism and Confirmation contained in the Book of Common Prayer;
2. and further, that this General Synod intends, and requests the House of Bishops to declare, that where trial use is duly authorized, persons initiated by the said proposed Order of Holy Baptism shall be firmly recognized as members of the Holy Catholic Church and admitted to Holy Communion (unless ineligible for other cause), and that no supplementary act of Christian Initiation shall be deemed necessary.
It was agreed that all motions relating to Christian Initiation be placed before Synod at this time.
Text
Moved by: Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan
Seconded by: Canon A.G. Baker
THAT sub-sections 3. and 4. be added to the motion as follows:
3. That General Synod request the House of Bishops to give, where necessary, dispensation from the last rubric at the end of the order of Service of Confirmation in the Book of Common Prayer;
4. That Christian Initiation be the subject of intensive study, both from the theological and pastoral points of view throughout the Canadian Church;
and that the responsibility for this study, including the provision of materials, and the initiation and support of specific projects for study be entrusted to the Doctrine and Worship Committee;
and that the subject be on the agenda of the next General Synod.
A long and carefully presented debate followed, with speeches from representatives of many groups in both Orders.
The debate concluded at 10:00 p.m.
THAT the motion be put. CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
The vote on the original motion, moved by Dr. J.R.H. Dempster, seconded by Bishop R.K. Maguire, including the addition proposed by Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan and Canon A.G. Baker, which had been accepted by the mover and seconder, was then put, and CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 53
Notes
The session concluded with the Primate calling the members to a period of prayer, followed by the repetition of the Grace in unison.
Subjects
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Baptism - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada - Reception of baptized Christians
Anglican converts
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Lord's Supper - Admission to - Anglican Church of Canada
Dempster, J.R. Hugh (John Robert Hugh), 1928-2002
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Christian Initiation

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official4162
Date
1973 May
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 56
Date
1973 May
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 56
Mover
Chancellor H.R.S. Ryan
Seconder
Chancellor R. Soward
Text
THAT this General Synod instruct the appropriate authorities to take the necessary steps for the introduction at the next Synod of legislation repealing the last rubric at the end of the Prayer Book Service of Confirmation, and substituting a rubric stating appropriate conditions for admission to Communion and request the House of Bishops to approve and encourage the giving of dispensation by diocesan bishops from the requirements of the rubric until it is repealed.
CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS Act 56
Notes
[Text of last rubric at the end of the Confirmation Service (p. 561) in the Book of Common Prayer (1959): "And there shall none be admitted to the holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed".]
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. Book of Common Prayer 1959
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
Lord's Supper - Child participation - Anglican Church of Canada
Lord's Supper - Admission to - Anglican Church of Canada
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Christian Initiation - Affirmations

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7456
Date
1977 August 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
1977 August 5-9
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Bishop Hollis
Seconder
Bishop Read
Text
"We encourage adults who make significant new steps of faith to make a public confession of faith and to receive the laying-on-of-hands from the Bishop." CARRIED
Notes
The House requested Bishops Hollis and Valentine to amend the House of Bishops Guidelines in the light of our above action. These Bishops have power to add to their number.
Subjects
Christian initiation - Anglican Church of Canada
Confirmation - Anglican Church of Canada
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