Receiving the Creed

It is appropriate that the Apostles' (or Nicene) Creed be given to the candidates for baptism on the Third Sunday in Lent. The Apostles' Creed is preferable as it is recited on the occasion of their baptism at the Great Vigil of Easter.

Immediately after the sermon, the candidates and their companions are called forward. The candidates may kneel or bow their heads. The companions place a hand upon the shoulder of the one they are companioning.

One of the catechists says

Let the candidate(s) for baptism now receive the Creed from the Church.

The people and presider say the Creed standing. The presider concludes

May God remain with you always. Amen.

The candidates and companions may be prayed for and then return to their places or they are dismissed.
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