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name of God the Father Almighty, in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Ghost. I conjure thee by the living God, by the true God, by the holy God, by that God who hath ordained thee for the benefit of mankind, and commanded thee to be blessed by his servant, (Lévit. ii. 13.) for those that come to the faith, that in the name of the blessed Trinity thou mayest become the holy means of expelling the enemy. Wherefore we beseech thee, O Lord our God, that in sanctifying thou wouldst sanctify, and in blessing bless this creature of salt, that it may be to all that receive it a perfect remedy, abiding in their hearts in the name of the same Lord Jesus Christ, who is to come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire. Amen.
¶ Then putting some of the Salt into the Child's Mouth, he says,
N. receive the salt of wisdom, and may it be to thee a pledge of life everlasting.
P. Peace be with thee.
A. And with thy spirit.
Let us pray.
O God of our forefathers, O God the author of all truth, we humbly beseech thee, graciously. vouchsafe to look down upon this thy servant N. and since he has tasted the first food of salt, permit him not to hunger any longer for the want of heavenly food; but may he be fervent in spirit, joyful through hope, and ever obedient to thy word. Bring him, O Lord, we beseech thee, to the laver of regeneration, that with thy faithful, he may obtain those everlasting rewards which thou hast promised. Thro' our Lord, &c. Amen.
I command thee, O unclean spirit, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, that thou mayest go out, and depart from this servant of God, N.; for he who with
his feet walked upon the sea, and stretched forth bis right-hand to Peter that was sinking, commands thee, thou cursed and condemned wretch. Therefore, O accursed Satan, remember thy sentence, and give honour to the living and true God; give honour to Jesus Christ his Son, and to the Holy Ghost, and depart from this servant of God, N.; for our God and Lord Jesus Christ hath vouchsafed to call him to his Holy grace and blessing, and to the font of baptism.
¶Then he signs the Forehead with the Sign of the Cross, saying:
And this sign of the holy cross, which we imprint upon his forehead, mayest thou, O cursed devil, never dare to violate. Thro' the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ Then laying again his Hand upon the Child's forehead, he says:
O blessed Lord, Father Almighty, everlasting God, the Author of light and truth, I implore thine everlasting and just mercy, in behalf of this thy servant, N. that thou wouldst vouchsafe to enlighten him, give him true wisdom; that fitted for the blessed effects of baptism, he may hold a firm hope, a righteous council, and a holy doctrine. Thro' Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Priest then laying the Extremity of his Stole upon the Child, introduces him into the Church, saying:
N. Come into the temple of God, that thou mayest have part with Christ to life everlasting. Amen.
The Priest then, jointly with the God father and God mother, recites the Apostles' Creed, and after it the Lord's Prayer, then as follows:
I command thee, whatever unclean spirit thou
* The STOLK is one of the vestments of the Priest.
art, in the name of God the Father Almighty, and in the name of Jesus Christ his Son, our Lord and Judge, and through the power of the Holy Ghost, that thou depart from this servant of God N. which our Lord hath been pleased to call to his holy temple. That it may be the temple of the living God, and the habitation of the Holy Ghost. Thro' the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who is to come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire. Amen.
He then, wetting his Finger with his Spittle, touches first the Ears, saying, Ephpheta, i. e. Be opened, and then the Nostrils, adding:
To the odour of sweetness, but be thou put to flight, O devil, for the judgment of God will be
He then, addressing himself to the God-father and God-mother, says:
P. N. Dost thou renounce Satan? A. I do renounce him. P. And all his works? A. I renounce them. And all his pomps? A. I do renounce them.
After these solemn Renunciations, the Priest anoints the Child between the Shoulders and upon the Breast with holy Oil, saying:
I anoint thee with the oil of salvation, in Christ Jesus our Lord, that thou mayest have life everlasting. Amen.
¶ He then says:
N. Dost thou believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth? A. I believe. P. Dost thou believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord, who was born into the world, and who suffered for us? A. I do believe. P. Dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting? A. I do believe. P. N. Wilt thou be baptized? A. I will.*
Then the God-father and God-mother, both holding or touching the Child, the Priest pours Water upon the Head of the Child, saying at the same time, these Words:
N. I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
N. B. If a child be weak, and in danger of death, it will suffice, if any man, or woman, pour water upon it, saying the foresaid words.
If there is any doubt whether the Child hath been baptized or not, then the Priest shall use the following Form:
N. If thou art not baptized, I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
¶ Then the Priest anoints the person baptized on the Top of his Head with holy Chrism, saying: †
May the Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath regenerated thee anew of water and the Holy Ghost, and who
⚫ When, for some particular reason, baptism has been previously received, and the ceremonies only remain to be supplied, this question, together with ablution and form are omitted.
* The ceremony of anointing in baptism is believed to be an apostolical tradition, and was retained by Protestants for many years, as is evident from their first Common-Prayer-Book; in which, after the delivery of the white vesture, with the proper prayer, the rubric says: Then the priest shall anoint the infant on the head, saying: "Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath re
generated thee by water and the Holy Ghost, and hath given unto "thee remission of all thy sins; may he vouchsafe to anoint thee "with the unction of his holy spirit, and bring thee to the inheritance "of everlasting life. Amen." It is then ordered that the putting on the chrism and anointing shall be used severally with every child. (See Edward VIth's edition of the Common-Prayer-Book, article Public Baptism.) (hrisma is a Greek word signifying unctione
hath given thee the remission of all thy sins, anoint thee with the chrism of salvation, in the same Christ Jesus our Lord, to life everlasting. Amen. P. Peace be to thee. A. And with thy spirit.
The Priest then covering the Head of the Child with a white Garment, says:
Receive this white garment, and mayest thou carry it without spot to the judgment-seat of our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou mayest have life everlasting. Amen.
Then he puts a lighted Candle into the Hand of the Person baptized, or of the God-father or Godmother, and says:
Receive this burning light, and keep thy baptism without reproof. Keep the commandments of God, that when the Lord shall come to the nuptials, thou mayest meet him in the company of all the saints, in the heavenly court, and mayest enjoy everlasting life in his eternal kingdom. Amen.
P. Go in peace, and the Lord be with thee. Amen.
¶ Then the Priest may say to the God-father and Godmother, if convenient, to this effect :
Let us now acknowledge with thanksgiving the bounty of God towards this infant, in thus sanctifying him, in making him one of his children, a member of his holy Church, and an heir of heaven. Such is the favour here bestowed; but what are the obligations which the child in return hath contracted with God? They are these, viz. the child hath solemnly promised, by you his sureties, to believe in God and his Church, to profess the Christian doctrine, and to keep the commandments. He hath promised, 1st, To renounce Satan, that is, all the bad suggestions of the evil spirit: 2dly, To renounce all his works,