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Gifts of the Spirit 

At baptism, at the sanctifying of the water, the celebrant prays that by the power of the Holy Spirit "those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior" (BCP, p. 307). In a general sense, the life of faith-including forgiveness and renewal-can be understood as a gift of the Spirit. After the action of baptizing with water, the celebrant prays for specific gifts for the newly baptized from the Lord in the Spirit, including an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and love God, and the gift of joy and wonder in all God's works (BCP, p. 308). The "sevenfold gifts" imparted to all by the Holy Spirit are mentioned by the hymns Veni Creator Spiritus (Hymns 503-504) and Veni Sancte Spiritus (Hymns 226-227), one of which is sung prior to the prayer of consecration at ordinations of bishops, priests, and deacons. See Charismata, or Charismatic Gifts; see Charismatic; see Charisms. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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