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Ifler ebe Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief Exhortation upon
the Words of the Gospel.
our Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him ; how he blamed those that would have kept them from him; how he exhorteth all men to follow their innocency. Ye perceive how by his outward gesture' and deed he declared his good will toward them.: for he, embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blefled them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earneftiy believe that he will likewise favourably receive this present Infant ; that he will embrace him with the arms of his mercy, that he will give unto him the blessing of eternal lite, and make him partaker of his everlaiting kingdom. Where.. fore we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Facher towards this Infant, declared by his Son Jesus Christ, and nothing doubting but that he favourably allowech chis charitable work of ours, in bringing this Infant, to his holy, Baptism, let us faithfully and devourly give thanks unto him, and say, :
Lmighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we
give thee huinble thanks, that thou haft vouchlafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace and faith in thee : Increafe this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to this Infant, that he may be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. Then shall the Prieft speak unto the Godfathers and Godmothers on this wife.
Early beloved, ye have broyght this Child here to be
baptized, ye have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive bim, to release him of his fins, to sanctity him with the Holy Ghost, to give him the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye have heard also, that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his Gospel to , grant all these things that ye have prayed for : which promise he for bis part will moft surely keep and Р.
:rform, Wherefore after this promise made by Christ, this Infant
hell, and also did rise again
I demand therefore,
deyil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covecou's defires of the fame, and the carnal desires of the flesh, fo that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them? Anfw, I renounce them all.
Maker of heaven and earth? And in Jesus Christ his only begotten San our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghoft; born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilare, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into into heaven, and sitçeth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead?
And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghoft; the holy Car tholick Church; the Communion of Saints, the Remiffion of fins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting Life after death? Anfw, All this I stedfastly believe,
commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life? Anjou, I will,
Tben all the Priet fay,
may be fo buried, that the new man may be raised up in him. Amen.
Grant that all carnal affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit, may live and grow in bim. Amen.
Grant that he may have power and trength to have victory, and to triumph againit the devil, the world, and the Aelh. Amen.
Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtuęs, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, o blessed Lord God, who doft live and govern all things, world without erd. Amen.
Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our fins, did Ined out of his most precious fide both water and blood, and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go Itach all nations, and baprize them In the Name of the Fa. ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft; Regard, we bekech chee, the supplications of thy Congregation ; fanctity this Water to the mystical washing away of fin; and grant that this Child now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful and elect children, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Fbep the Prieft fall take the Child into his hands, and fall say to the God. fatbers and Godmotbers,
Nanie this Child. And eben naming it after ibem (if tbev frall certify him that the Child may well endure it) bejball dip it in the Water discreetly and warily, saying,
I baprize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the
Swi, and of the Holy Gholt. Amen, Bu if ibn uertify that the Child is weak, it shall fuffice te paar Water upon
it, saying the aforesaid Words, I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of ţhe Holy Ghult, Amen,
Then the Prief Jhall say,
gregation of Christ's flock, and
do lign bim with the sign of the Crois, in token that hereafter be shall not be afhained to contels the faith of Christ crucified, and mantully to fight under his banner, against fin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Chriit's faithful foldier and fervant unto his lifes end. Anien.
Then shall the Prif say,
regenerate an! grafted into the body of Christ's Church, let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that this Çhild may lead the rest of bis life according to this begin. ning.
Then shall be said, all kneeling,
Name. Thy kingdom come.
Tben fall the Prief Jay.
that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own Child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beleech thee to grant, that he being dead unto sin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of fin, and that as he is made partaker of the death of thy Son," he may also be partaker of his relurrection ; fo that finally with the residue of thy. holy Church, we may be an inberitor of thine eyerlasting. kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
9 hen all fanding ip, the Priest pall lay to the Godfathers and Godmia
tbers this Exhortation following. Orasmuch as this Child hath promised by you his sure
ties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to terve him; ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this Infant be taught, so soon as be fhall be able to learn, what a folemn vow, promise, and profeffion bé hath here made by you. And that he may know These things the better, ye shall call upon him to hear Sermons, and chiefly ye shall provide that be may learn the Creed, the Lords Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Chriftian ought to know and believe to his souls health ; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and å Christian life; remembering always, that Baptisın doch represent unto us our profesion; which is to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him ; chat as he died, and rose again for us ; so should we, who are baptized, die from fin, and rise again unto righteousness, continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
Tben fall be add, and say,
the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and be further instructed in the Church Catechism set forth for that purpose.
T is certain by God's Word, that Children which are
" To take away all fcruple concerning the Use of the « Sign of the Crofs in Baptism ; the true Explication * thereof, and the juft Reasons for the retaining of it, may “ be seen in the Thirtieth Canon, first publithed in the 5 Year MDCIV.”