|The Book of Common Prayer|
Baptism in Extremis
If a dying comrade has not been baptized and wants to be; and no Chaplain is within reach; you can baptize your friend. Pour a little water on the brow (or any other place if brow is hurt or bandaged) 3 times, saying his first name, as "John" and this:
I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Sign him with the sign of the cross and say the Our Father ...
If your comrade expires, say this Commendation over him:
Depart, O Christian soul, out of this
(Give Chaplain the facts, when you
The Way of Penitence
"Confession is good for the soul." So
runs the ancient proverb, the crystallized verdict of human experience.
This form of confession requires
privacy whether in a church, home, hospital, or other place. It is
usually best to arrange with the clergy in advance for this service,
but any priest is ready and willing to hear a confession on the spur
of the moment if there is emergency.
Chaplain. The Lord be in
thy heart and upon thy lips, that so thou mayest worthily confess all
thy sins, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
(There are several variants of the above. The penitent then states the specific sins he can remember, and should end with the following:)
Penitent. For these and all my other sins, which I cannot now remember, I am very sorry, I promise to do better, I beg God to forgive me; and you, Chaplain, to give me penance, advice and absolution.
After the uninterrupted confession,
the chaplain may find it helpful to question the penitent, so that advice
about possible reparation, or restitution, or how to face the future
more successfully may be given.
ABSOLUTION. ¶ The assurance of God's forgiveness.
Chaplain. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him; Have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then, always, the Blessing:
Chaplain. The blessing of
God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be upon thee and
remain with thee always. Amen.
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