Crumbs
October 30, 2020
284. Week of Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
Baptism and confirmation
          Be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life   Revelations 2:10
          Dear Christian! You, no doubt, were baptised in infancy. There you received the grace of God procured for you by Christ. There the Holy Spirit kindled faith in you. Hence there you were regenerated and made a child of God. Hence you in fact did yourself what your sponsors did for you with their mouths: you renounced the devil and all his works and all his pomp, and pledged yourself to the Triune God, to be His own in life and death, in time and eternity. Since that time this Word of our Lord applies to you: "Be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life." Did you always remain faithful? Or having fallen, did you return to your baptismal grace through faith in Christ? - Mark well what God's will and regulation is with respect to His baptised little children. As soon as possible they are to be nourished with the Word of God, diligently, daily, and properly, that they may remain faithful. This is what Jesus meant when saying to Peter: "Feed my lambs." (John 21:15) This the Holy Spirit admonishes the fathers to do, saying that they should bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4) For this purpose well-regulated Christian congregations maintain Christian parish schools. To this same end our children receive special instruction for Confirmation. At Confirmation, which is a laudable custom of our Church the children after due instruction, publicly, in the presence of the congregation, with their own mouths repeat the promise which once they made through their sponsors: to renounce the devil and all his works and all his pomp, and to remain true to the Triune God, even unto death. And this baptismal vow, this confirmation vow, should endure throughout life. Let him that reads this hear what the Saviour says: "Be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life."
          PRAYER: - O Lord, gracious Trinity who in my Baptism regenerated me to be Your child, I now repeat my vow that I will renounce the devil and all his works and all his pomp, and will remain true to You unto death. To this end grant me the power of Your Holy Spirit, O Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, my Saviour, and finally give me the crown of life which You have graciously promised me. Amen.

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