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with the Holy Ghost; that he, Hear the words of the gospel, being delivered from thy wrath, written by St. Mark, in the tenth may be received into the ark chapter, at the thirteenth verse. of Christ's Church ; and being

THEY brought young child- . steadfast in faith, joyful through ren to Christ, that he should hope, and rooted in charity, touch them; and his disciples may so pass the waves of this rebuked those who brought troublesome world, that finally them. But when Jesus saw it, he may come to the land of he was much displeased, and everlasting life ; there to reign said unto them, Suffer the little with thee, world without end, children to come unto me, and through Jesus Christ our forbid them not; for of such is Lord. Amen.

the kingdom of God. Verily I Or this.

say unto you, Whosoever shall ALMIGHTY and immortal not receive the kingdom of God God, the aid of all who need, as a little child, he shall not

And he took the helper of all who flee to enter therein. thee for succour, the life of them up in his arms, put his those who believe, and the hands upon them, and blessed resurrection of the dead ; we

them. call upon thee for this infant, T After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall

make this brief Exhortation upon the words that he, coming to thy holy of the Gospel : baptism, may receive remission

BELOVED, ye hear in this of sin, by spiritual regeneration. Gospel the words of our Saviour Receive him, O LORD, as thou Christ, that he commanded hast promised by thy well- the children to be brought unto beloved Son, saying, Ask, and him; how he blamed those ye shall have; seek, and ye who would have kept them shall find; knock, and it shall from him; how he exhorteth be opened unto you: So give all men to follow their innonow unto us who ask; let us

cency: Ye perceive how, by who seek, find; open the gate his outward gesture and deed, unto us who knock; that this he declared his good will infant may enjoy the everlast- toward them: for he embraced ing benediction of thy heavenly them in his arms, he laid his washing, and may come to the hands upon them, and blessed eternal kingdom which thou them. Doubt ye not therefore, hast promised by Christ our but earnestly believe, that he Lord. Amen.

will likewise favourably receive Then the Minister shall say as follows: this present infant ; that he

else shall pass on to the questions will embrace him with the arms addressed to the Sponsors; and from thence to the Prayer immediately before the of his mercy ; that he will give immersion, or the pouring of water on the unto him the blessing of eternal infant. But note; that, in every church, the intermediate parts of the Service shali life, and make him partaker be used, once at least in every month (if of his everlasting kingdom. there be a baptism) for the better instructing Wherefore, we being thus perof the people in the grounds of Infant suaded of the good will of our Baptism.

or

neavenly Father towards this that he will renounce the infant, declared by his Son devil and all his works, and JESUS CHRIST ; and nothing constantly believe God's holy doubting, but that he favourably word, and obediently keep his alloweth this charitable work commandments. of ours, in bringing this infant a The Minister shall then demand of the to this holy baptism ; let us Sponsors as follows; the questions being faithfully and devoutly give

considered as addressed to them severally,

and the answers to be made accordingly. thanks unto him, and say,

I demand therefore, ALMIGHTY and everlasting DOST thou, in the name of God, heavenly Father, we give this child, renounce the devil thee humble thanks, that thou and all his works, the vain hast vouchsafed to call us to pomp and glory of the world, the knowledge of thy grace, with all covetous desires of the and faith in thee: increase this same, and the sinful desires of knowledge, and confirm this the flesh; so that thou wilt not faith in us evermore. Give thy follow, nor be led by them? Holy Spirit to this infant; Answer: I renounce them that he may be born again, and all; and, by God's help, will be made an heir of everlasting endeavour not to follow, nor salvation, through our Lord be led by them. Jesus Christ, who liveth and

Minister. Dost thou believe reigneth with thee and the Holy all the articles of the Christian SPIRIT, now and forever. Amen. faith, as contained in the Apos. | Then shall the Minister speak unto the

ties' Creed? Godfathers and Godmothers in this wise ; Answer. I do. DEARLY beloved, ye have

Minister. Wilt thou be bap. brought this child here to be tized in this faith ? baptized ; ye have prayed that

Answer. That is my desire. our Lord JESUS CHRIST would

Minister. Wilt thou then vouchsafe to receive him, to obediently keep God's holy release him from sin, to sanctify walk in the same all the days

will and commandments, and him with the Holy Ghost, to give him the kingdom of heaven of thy life? and everlasting life. Ye have Answer. I will, by God's help. heard also that our Lord JESUS T Then shall the Minister say, CHRIST hath promised, in his O MERCIFUL GOD, grant Gospel, to grant all these things that the old Adam in this child that ye have prayed for; which may be so buried, that the new

; promise, he for his part will man may be raised up in him. most surely keep and perform. Amen. Wherefore, after this promise Grant that all sinful affections made by CHRIST, this infant may die in him, and that all must also faithfully, for his things belonging to the Spirit part, promise by you that are may live and grow in him. ħis sureties (until he come of Amen. age to take it upon himself)| Grant that he may have

power and strength to have Flock, and do *sign * Here the Minvictory, and to triumph against him with the sign ister shall make

a cross upon the the devil, the world, and the of the cross ; in child's forehead. flesh. Amen.

token that hereafter Grant that whosoever is here he shall not be ashamed to dedicated to thee by our office confess the faith of CHRIST and ministry, may also be en- crucified, and manfully to fight dued with heavenly virtues, and under his banner, against sin, everlastingly rewarded, through the world, and the devil; and thy mercy, o blessed LORD to continue CHRIST's faithful God, who dost live and govern soldier and servant unto his all things, world without end. life's end. Amen. Amen.

1 If those who present the infant shall desire ALMIGHTY, everliving

the sign of the cross to be omitted, although

the Church knows no worthy cause of God, whose most dearly beloved scruple concerning the same, yet, in that Son Jesus CHRIST, for the

case, the Minister may omit that part of the

above which follows the immersion, or the forgiveness of our sins, did shed

pouring of water on the infant. out of his most precious side Then shall the Minister say, both water and blood; and gave

SEEING now, dearly beloved commandment to his disciples, brethren, that this child is that they should go teach all regenerate, and grafted into the nations, and baptize them in body of Christ's Church; let the name of the FATHER, and

us give thanks unto ALMIGHTY of the Son, and of the Holy God for these benefits, and with Ghost; regard, we beseech

one accord make our prayers thee, the supplications of thy unto him, that this child may congregation ; sanctify this load the rest of his life according water to the mystical washing to this beginning. away of sin; and grant that

Then shall be said, all kneeling, this child, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness OUR Father, who art in heaof thy grace, and ever remain ven, Hallowed be thy Name , in the number of thy faithful Thy kingdom come; Thy will children, through JESUS CHRIST be done on earth, as it is in our Lord. Amen.

heaven; Give us this day our Then the Minister shall take the child into

daily bread; And forgive us our his hands, and shall say to the Godfathers trespasses, as we forgive those and Godmothers,

who trespass against us; And Name this child.

lead us not into temptation; But 1 And then, naming it after them, he shall deliver us from evil. Amen.

dip it in the water discreetly, or shall pour water upon it, saying,

I Then shall the Minister say, N. I BAPTIZE thee in the WE yield thee hearty thanks, name of the Father, and of most merciful Father, that it the Son, and of the Holy hath pleased thee to regenerate Ghost. Amen.

this infant with thy holy Spirit, Then the Minister shall say, to receive him for thine own WE receive this child into child by adoption, and to inthe congregation of Christ's corporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we be-chiefly ye shall provide, that seech thee to grant, that he, he may learn the Creed, the being dead unto sin, and living Lord's Prayer, and the Ten unto righteousness, and being Commandments, and all other buried with Christ in his things which a Christian ought death, may crucify the old man, to know and believe to his soul's and utterly abolish the whole health ; and that this child may body of sin; and that as he be virtuously brought up to is made partaker of the death lead a godly and a Christian of thy Son, he may also be life : remembering always, that partaker of his resurrection; so Baptism doth represent unto that finally, with the residue us our profession; which is, of thy holy Church, he may be to follow the example of our an inheritor of thine everlasting Saviour Christ, and to be made kingdom, through CHRIST our like unto him; that as he died, Lord. Amen.

and rose again for us, so should

we, who are baptized, die from I Then, all standing up, the Minister shall sin, and rise again unto right

say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation following:

eousness; continually mortify

ing all our evil and corrupt FORASMUCH as this child affections, and daily proceeding hath promised by you his in all virtue and godliness of sureties, to renounce the devil living. and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him; ye must

Then shall he add, and say, remember, that it is your parts YE are to take care that this and duties to see that this infant child be brought to the Bishop be taught, so soon as he shall to be confirmed by him, so be able to learn, what a solemn soon as he can say the Creed, vow, promise, and profession the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten he hath here made by you. And Commandments, and is suffi. that he may know these things ciently instructed in the other the better, ye shall call upon parts of the Church Catechism him to hear sermons ; and set forth for that

purpose.

THE MINISTRATION

OF

PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN, ,

IN HOUSES.

The Minister of every Parish shall often admonish the People, that they defer not the baptism of their children longer than the first or second Sunday next after their birth, or other Holy day falling between, unless upon a great and reasonable cause. And also they shall warn them, that, without like great cause and necessity, they procure not their children to be baptized at home in their houses. But when need shall compel them so to do, then baptism shall be administered as followeth.

| First, let the Minister of the Parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful Minister that can be procured) with those who are present, call upon God, and say the Lord's

Prayer, and so many of the Collects appointed to be said before in the Form of Public Baptism, as the time and present exigence will suffer. And then, the child being named by some one who is present, the Minister shall pour water upon it, saying these words :

N. I BAPTIZE thee in the IT But if the child were baptized by any name of the FATHER, and of

other lawful Minister, then the Minister of

the Parish where the child was born or the Son, and of the Holy christened, shall examine whether the same Ghost. Amen.

bath been lawfully done. And if the

Minister shall find, by the answers of such Then the Minister shall give thanks unto

as bring the child, that all things were done God, and say,

as they ought to be; then shall not he WE yield thee hearty thanks, christen the child again, but shall receive

him as one of the dock of true Christian most merciful Father, that it

People, saying thus : hath pleased thee to regenerate this infant with thy holy Spirit, this case all is well done, and

I CERTIFY you, that in to receive him for thine own child by adoption, and to in- according unto due order, concorporate him into thy holy child; who is now by baptism

cerning the baptizing of this Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he, incorporated into the Christian being dead unto sin, and living Christ doth not deny his grace

Church: For our Lord JESUS unto righteousness, and being and mercy unto such infants ; buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, unto him, as the holy gospel

but most lovingly doth call them and utterly abolish the whole

doth witness to our comfort on body of sin; and that as he

this wise. is made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be T Then the Minister shall say as follows : or

else shall pass on to the Questions addressed partaker of his rosurrection ;

to the Sponsors : so that finally, with the residue

Hear the words

of the gospel, of thy holy Church, he may

be an inheritor of thine everlasting tenth chapter, at the thirteenth

written by St. Mark, in the kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

And let them not doubt, but that the child THEY brought young childso baptized is lawfully and sufficiently ren to Christ, that he should baptized, and ought not to be baptized touch them; and his disciples again. Yet nevertheless, if the child which is after this sort baptized do afterwards rebuked_those who brought live ; it is expedient that it be brought into them. But when Jesus saw it, the church, to the intent that if the Minister of the same Parish did himself baptize that he was much displeased, and of the true form of Baptism, by him pri: Children to come unto me, and child, the Congregation may be certified said unto them, Suffer the little vately before used : in which case he shall

forbid them not; for of such is I CERTIFY you, that the kingdom of God. Verily according to the due and I say unto you, Whosoever prescribed Order of the Church, shall not receive the kingdom at such a time and at such a of God as a little child, he shall place, before divers witnesses, not enter therein. And he took I baptized this child.

them up in his arms, put his

verse.

say thus ;

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