Consecration service

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A consecration service is a special form of Christian worship service in Protestant churches , in which the blessing of God is given to a person personally with the laying on of hands .

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  • The confirmation service is also called the blessing service because - in addition to the confession of the confirmands and the prayer for them - the focus is on the blessing.
  • In contrast to the regional church understanding, in the Evangelical-Methodist Church the consecration service is a festive service at the end of church lessons, during which no statement of faith from the young people, not even the previous baptism, is expected. The "confirmation" (fixation) takes place there with a creed in the "limb recording".
  • In the Evangelical Anabaptist Congregations , the term consecration service means the blessing of an infant (instead of baptism). Baptism is only carried out at the personal request of a person concerned, after his conscious decision for God and Jesus.
  • The introduction to a (full-time) service of a church can be combined with a consecration service. This happens especially with deacons , but also with catechists , church musicians and similar professions. There are different regulations of the respective church.
  • Acceptance into the lifelong service and life community of a deaconess or deacon community, combined with a corresponding promise by the person to be given.
  • In the past, the blessing of a child who was not baptized in a church service, a young mother at the first church attendance after birth, the blessing of the bride at marriage or a married couple at anniversaries, the pastor at ordination as well as the blessing of a deceased was called a blessing.
  • In Austrian German, the farewell to the deceased is called consecration , especially with church support, see church burial .


  • Handbook of Liturgy. Liturgical Science in Theology and Practice of the Church . Göttingen 1995, ISBN 3-374-01524-7

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Christian Grethlein : Consecration. In: Religion Past and Present . 4th edition. Vol. 2, p. 1173.
  2. Austrian dictionary. 38th edition, p. 272.
  3. Gerald Gump: The church consecration - the burial. Consecration Service Unit of the Vicariate Vienna-Stadt, September 8, 2003, accessed on April 15, 2018 .