Many of us are shaped by or even “inherit” the religious tradition in which we were raised by our families. Some of us, as we live and grow in our life of faith, discover that another Christian denomination and tradition is a better “fit”. Some who come to the Anglican Church already baptised as a Christian have a desire to publicly solemnize this new commitment. For them, the rite “Reception into the Anglican Community” may be appropriate. No new vows are made as the Anglican Church recognizes the initiation rites of the other Christian traditions. In this rite, the bishop lays hands on the candidate and prays:
N, we recognize you as a member of the one holy catholic and
apostolic Church, and we receive you into the fellowship of
this Communion. God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless,
preserve, and keep you. Amen.
Contact one of our clergy for more information. The rite is most suitably celebrated on the occasion of a bishop’s pastoral visit.