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Publication Date: 21 Apr 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 160
Author: Simon Jones
ISBN-13: 9780281075379, 9780281075386

Celebrating Christian Initiation

A Practical Guide To Baptism, Confirmation And Rites For The Christian Journey
By Simon Jones
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Drawing on research carried out as part of the Baptism Project, and making helpful connections with popular catechetical material from sources such as Pilgrim, Simon Jones considers how, where, and for whom rites of Christian initiation are celebrated, and how baptism has been rediscovered as fundamental to the Church’s identity and mission.

Very little has been written recently about the celebration of rites of Christian initiation. Focussing primarily on the material in Common Worship (including the new texts for baptism) as well as drawing on other liturgical traditions, this book fills the gap with a concise yet comprehensive treatment that takes full account of the latest needs and developments.

Provisional contents
1 Introduction
2 The Context and Setting of Baptism
3 Rites on the Way: Approaching Baptism
4 Baptism
5 Confirmation
6 Rites of Affirmation: Appropriating Baptism
7 The Use of Water in other Rites
8 Christian Initiation according to the Book of Common Prayer (1662)
About the Author
Simon Jones is Chaplain and Fellow of Merton College, Oxford and an Honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford and Chichester Cathedral. He teaches Liturgy in the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion and at St Stephen’s House. He is a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission, and was involved in drafting the alternative Common Worship baptism texts (which received final synodical authorisation in 2015).

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