Added cover title: Christian initiation : study document.
"The Doctrine and Worship Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada. Chairman: The Rt. Rev. H.V.R. Short. Task Force on Christian Initiation Study Document: The Rev. Dr. W.R.K. Crockett, The Rev. P.W. Davison, The Rev. D.R. Holeton, Dr. J.H.R. Dempster (Chairman) in association with the joint working group of the House of Bishops and Doctrine and Worship Committee: The Rt. Rev. G.F. Arnold (Chairman), the Rt. Rev. J.T. Frame, the Rt. Rev. L.S. Garnsworthy, the Rt. Rev. B. Valentine, the Rev. Canon A.G. Baker, the Very Rev. D.J. Carter, the Rev. O.W. Coffin, Dr. J.H.R. Dempster, Mr. F.W. Slinglerland. General Editor: The Rev. Canon A. Gordon Baker". -- t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography: pp. 33-35.
"The subject of christian initiation has been under study by the Doctrine and Worship Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada since 1969. In 1971 and again in 1973 the committee reported to General Synod, recommending certain changes in the liturgical practice of the church. In 1973 the committee also presented a proposed new rite of christian initiation. These recommendations were approved in principle by the two synods, and referred to the House of Bishops (and back to the Doctrine and Worship Committee) for further study, and for possible implementation on a trial basis in selected areas of the country. These reports to General Synod, together with the main resolutions passed by the two synods and the proposed new initiation rite, were published as Number 1 in this series of papers.
Late in 1973 the House of Bishops issued guidelines (reprinted here as an appendix) with respect to christian initiation and the admission of children to holy communion, which differed somewhat from proposals considered by synod. Their discussion and decision, and the response received from various dioceses to the actions of General Synod have indicated that the Canadian Church is not yet of one mind as to the best pattern to adopt -- or indeed, as to whether any change is necessary or desirable. .... The present document is published by the Doctrine and Worship Committee as a contribution to such study and, hopefully, as a means of facilitating it throughout the church. It attempts to summarize the relevant scriptural and theological background, to consider the social context within which the church finds itself today, to look at the principles of liturgical design, and to recognize the principal alternatives and points of controversy with respect to christian initiation. It is the committee's hope that this study will help the church to find its way forward". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface -- Background -- The Meaning of Baptism and Membership in the Church -- The Liturgical Expression of Christian Membership -- Which Direction Forward -- Appendix : A Statement from the House of Bishops -- Guidelines : Baptism and Children : Receiving Holy Communion -- Suggestions for Discussion -- Bibliography.