Re the following Memorial from the Diocese of Saskatoon, asked that a Committee on Confirmation be constituted and that this Memorial be referred to the said Committee.
Re Prayer Book
Whereas it is apparent from the earliest times of the Christian Church that persons who have desired to be communicants within the Christian fellowship have been both baptized and confirmed (by the laying-on-of-hands or some equivalent rite);
And Whereas this custom has had the positive and constructive intent both of safeguarding the Church's conviction that Baptism and Confirmation are necessary for fullness of life in Christ for the communicant, and of strengthening the life and witness of the whole Church;
And Whereas the final rubric on page 561 of the present Canadian Book of Common Prayer is both legalistic and negative in tone and practical result, stressing only exclusion of those who fail to comply with a church custom, and failing to identify the Church's positive conviction of the importance of Baptism and Confirmation for the communicant;
Be It Resolved that in the next revision of the Canadian Book of Common Prayer changes be made to delete the final rubric on Page 561 of the present Book, and to add the following rubric, or words to the same effect, so as clearly to associate it with the Order for Holy Communion:
"It is required that all persons who desire to be regular communicants of the Anglican Church of Canada shall be baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity and have received episcopal Confirmation.";
And Be It Further Resolved That the General Synod of 1967 be requested to initiate appropriate action to nullify the present rubric and to establish the proposed new rubric, without waiting for a revision of the Book of Common Prayer.
That Message U17 be referred back for clarification. CARRIED Message L-26.