Order for the Baptism of Adults
When a person who has not been baptized in infancy, desires to confess his
faith in Christ and to receive Holy Baptism, he shall first be instructed in the
Christian Faith as it is set forth in the Small Catechism.
The baptism of adults shall be administered in the church, in the presence of
the Congregation, except in cases of urgent necessity. When administered
privately, public announcement of the baptism shall be made at the next
Service of the Congregation.
The Candidate shall present himself for baptism, and the Minister, addressing
the Congregation, shall say:
Dearly Beloved: Forasmuch as all men are conceived and born in sin, and by
thought, word, and deed, transgress God’s Holy Law; and forasmuch as our
Saviour Jesus Christ hath said, Except a man be born of water and of the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God: I beseech you to call upon
God, the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that, of His goodness and
mercy, He will receive this person by baptism into the Church of the
Redeemer, and make him a living member of the same.
Let us pray.
Almighty and Everlasting God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: We call
upon Thee for this Thy servant, and beseech Thee to bestow upon him the gift
of Thy baptism and Thine everlasting grace by the washing of regeneration.
Receive him, O Lord, as Thou hast promised by Thy well-beloved Son, saying:
Ask, and it shall be given unto you; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say:
Hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: All power is given unto Me in
heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them
to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with
you always, even unto the end of the world. He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved.
Then shall all say:
Our Father, Who art in heaven; Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil; For Thine is the
kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then shall the Minister ask the person to be baptized:
Doust thou renounce the devil, and all his works, and all his ways?
Answer: Yes, I renounce.
Dost thou believe in God the father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth?
And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy
Ghost, Born of the Virgin mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified,
dead, and buried; Descended into hell; The third day rose again from the
dead; Ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father
Almighty; Whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead? And in the
Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints; The
Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; and the Life everlasting?
Answer: I believe.
Dost thou and your children desire to be baptized into this Christian Faith?
Answer: I do.
Dost thou promise to abide in this Faith?
Answer: Yes, by the help of God.
Dost thou promise, as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, to
remain faithful to its teachings, and to be diligent in the use of the Means of
Answer: Yes, by the help of God.
Then shall the Candidate kneel, and the Minister shall baptize him by applying
the water three times as he saith:
I baptize thee:
In the Name of the father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then the Minister, laying his hand on the head of the person baptized, shall
Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath begotten thee
again of water and the Holy Ghost, and hath forgiven thee all thy sins,
strengthen thee with His grace unto life everlasting. Amen.
Peace be with thee.
Then shall the Congregation rise, and the Minister shall say:
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate this Thy
servant by water and the Spirit, and hast forgiven him all his sins: Strengthen
him, we beseech Thee, with the Holy Ghost, the Comforter; and daily increase
in him Thy manifold gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding;
the spirit of counsel and might; the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the
Lord, now and forever; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth
and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world with out
Then shall the person baptized rise, and the Minister, giving his right hand,
In the Name of the Lord Jesus, Whom thou hast confessed and promised to
serve, I hereby declare thee a member of this Congregation, and authorize
thee to receive the Lord’s Supper and to participate in all the spiritual
privileges of the Church.
Then shall the Minister say to the Congregation:
And now, I admonish you, the members of this Congregation, to acknowledge
and receive this your fellow-member as your brother and heir with you in
Christ Jesus, and ever to pray that God may perfect the work which He hath
begun in him by His Holy Spirit.
Then shall the Minister say:
The Blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be with
thee always. Amen.
When adults are admitted to the Church by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the
Rite of Confirmation shall not be administered to them.
If adults are to be baptized and others are to be confirmed at the same
Service, Baptism shall first be administered according to the foregoing Order,
beginning with the Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, and concluding with
the words: Peace bee with thee, after the baptism. The persons baptized
shall remain at the Altar, or if baptized at the Font they shall now come to the
Then shall follow the Confirmation, according to the Order provided, as far as
and including the Prayer of Blessing.
Then shall the persons baptized and those confirmed rise, and the Minister,
giving his right hand to each, shall say: In the Name of the Lord Jesus, etc.,
and the Service shall continue according to the Order for Confirmation,
except that the Lord’s Prayer shall be omitted.