4. BaptismalCovenant

The U.S. Book of Common Prayer of 1979 completely changed the baptismal rite, which had been full of militant renunciation of sin, to one in which initiates vow to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself,” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” It has transformed the Episcopal Church and made it far more mission-oriented, because all believers renew their vows at every subsequent baptism. After two generations it has permeated our thinking and speech. ¶ The U.S. Book of Common Prayer (1979) completely changed the baptismal rite, which had been full of Calvinist renunciation of sin, to one in which initiates vow to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself,” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” It has transformed the Episcopal Church and helped make it more mission-oriented than ever before; all believers renew their vows at every subsequent baptism.

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