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DEARLY beloved, ye have diently keep God's holy will and brought this Child here to be commandments, and walk in the baptized; ye have prayed that our same all the days of thy life'
Ans. I will, by God's help.
Then shall the Minister say,
Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive him, to release him from sin, to sanctify him with the Merciful God, grant that the Holy Ghost, to give him the kingold Adam in this Child may dom of heaven and everlasting be so buried, that the new man life. Ye have heard also that our may be raised up in him. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ hath promised, Grant that all sinful affections in his Gospel, to grant all these may die in him, and that all things things that ye have prayed for; belonging to the Spirit may live which promise, he for his part and grow in him. Amen. will most surely keep and perform. Grant that he may have power Wherefore, after this promise and strength to have victory, and made by Christ, this Infant must to triumph against the devil, the also faithfully, for his part. pro-world, and the flesh. Amen. mise by you that are his sureties Grant that whosoever is here (until ye come of age to take it dedicated to thee by our Office upon himself) that he will re-and Ministry, may also be endued nounce the devil and all his with heavenly virtues, and everworks, and constantly believe lastingly rewarded, through thy God's holy Word, and obediently mercy, Oblessed Lord God, who keep his Commandments. dost live and govern all things,
The Minister shall then demand of the world without end. Amen. Sponsors as follows; the Questions be- ALMIGHTY, everliving God. ing considered as addressed to them severally, and the answers to be made ac-Son Jesus Christ, for the forgivewhose most dearly beloved cordingly. ness of our sins, did shed out of his
I demand therefore, DOST thou, in the name of this most precious side both water and Child, renounce the devil and blood; and gave commandment all his works, the vain pomp and to his disciples, that they should glory of the world, with all cove-go teach all nations, and baptize tous desires of the same, and the them in the name of the Father, sinful desires of the flesh; so that and of the Son, and of the Holy thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them?
Ans. I renounce them all; and, by God's help, will endeavour not to follow, nor be led by them.
Minis. Dost thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles' Creed? Ans. I do.
Minis. Wilt thou be baptized
in this Faith?
Ans. That is my desire.
Minis. Wilt thou then obe
Ghost; regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy Congre gation; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin; 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 children, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Minister shall take the Child into his hands, and shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers,
Name this Child
And then, naming it after them, he shall
dip it in the Water discreetly, or shall WE yield thee hearty thanks,
pour Water upon it, saying,
most merciful Father. that
N. I baptize thee in the name it hath pleased thee to regenerate of the Father, and of the this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, Son, and of the Holy Ghost. to receive him for thine own Child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church.
Then the Minister shall say,
WE receive this Child into the And humbly we beseech thee to Congregation of Christ's grant, that he, being dead unto • Here the Flock, and do *sign sin, and livingunto righteousness Minister shall him with the sign of and being buried with Christ in make a cross the Cross; in to- his death, may crucify the old ponthe Child's ken that hereafter man, and utterly abolish the he shall not be whole body of sin; and that as ashamed to confess the faith of he is made Partaker of the Death Christ crucified, and manfully to of thy Son, he may also be l'arfight under his banner, against sin, taker of his Resurrection; so that the world, and the devil; and to finally, with the residue of thy continue Christ's faithful soldier holy Church, he may be an Inand servant unto his life's end. heritor of thine everlasting king. Amen. dom, through Christ our Lord.
If those who present the Infant shall Amen. desire the sign of the Cross to be omit-Then, all standing up, the Minister ted, although the Church knows no worthy cause of scruple concerning the same, yet, in that case, the Minister may omit that part of the ai sve which fol. lows the Immersion, or the pouring of Water on the Infunt.
Then shall the Minister say,
shall say to the Godfathers and God mothers this Exhortation following: ORASMUCH as this Child hath promised by you his Sureties,to renounce the devil and SEEING now, dearly beloved all his works, to believe in God,and brethren, that this Child is re- to serve him; ye must remember, generate, and grafted into the bo-that it is your parts and duties to dy of Christ's Church; let us give see that this Infant be taught, so thanks unto Almighty God for soon as he shall be able to learn, these benefits,and with one accord what a solemn vow, promise, and make our prayers unto him, that profession he hath here made by this Child may lead the rest of you. And that he may know his life according to this beginning call upon him to hear Sermons; these things the better, ye shall Then shall be said, all kneeling,
OUR Father, who art in Hea-and chiefly ye shall provide, that ven, Hallowed be thy Name; he may learn the Creed, the Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Combe done on Earth, as it is in mandments, and all other things Heaven; Give us this day our which a Christian ought to know daily bread; And forgive us our and believe to his soul's health; trespasses, as we forgive those and that this Child may be virtu who trespass against us, And lead ously brought up to lead a godly us not into temptation; But de-and a Christian life: rememberliver us from evil. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say,
ing always, that Baptism doth Irepresent unto us our profession
Then shall he add, and say,
which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be YE are to take care that this made like unto him; that as he Child be brought to the Bidied, and rose again for us, so shop to be confirmed by him, so should we, who are baptized, die soon as he can say the Creed, the from sin, and rise again unto Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Com righteousness; continually mor-mandments, and is sufficiently intifying all our evil and corrupt structed in the other parts of the affections, and daily proceeding Church Catechism set forth for in all virtue and godliness of living. that purpose.
THE MINISTRATION OF
PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
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 u great and reasonable
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 présent, the Minister shall pour water upon it, saying these words:
N. I baptize thee in the name ker of his Resurrection; so that of the Father, and of the finally, with the residue of thy Son, and of the Holy Ghost. holy Church, he may be an InAmen. heritor of thine everlasting King. Then the Minister shall give thanks dom, through Christ our Lord,
unto God, and say,
WE yield thee hearty thanks,
And let them not doubt, but that the Child so baptized is lawfully and suffi ciently baptized, and ought not to be bap tized again. Yet nevertheless, if the chilo which is after this sort baptized, do af terwards live; it is expedient that it be brought into the Church, to the intent that if the Minister of the same Parish did himself baptize that Child, the Congregation may be certified of the true form of Baptism, by him privately before used: In which case he shall say thus:
most merciful Father, 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 beseech 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, Certify you, that according to and utterly abolish the whole the due and prescribed Order of body of sin; and that as he is the Church, at such a time and at made Partaker of the death of such a place, before divers wiithy Son, ke may also be Purta-nesses, I baptized this Child.
the Parish where the Child was born or
But if the Child were baptized by any other show he blamed those that would lawful Minister, then the Minister of have kept them from him; how christened, shall examine whether the he exhorteth all men to follow same hath been lawfully done. And if their innocency. Ye perceive the Minister shall find, by the answers how, by his outward gesture and of such as bring the child, that all things
were done as they ought to be; then deed, he declared his good will shall not he christin the Child again, toward them; for he embraced but shall receive him us one of the flock them in his arms, he laid his hands of true Christian People, saying thus:
Certify you, that in this case upon them, and blessed them. all is well done, and accord-Doubt ye not therefore, but earn ing unto due order, concerning estly believe, that he hath likewise the baptizing of this Child; who favourably received this present is now by baptism incorporated Infant; that he hath embraced into the Christian Church: For him with the arms of his mercy; our Lord Jesus Christ doth notand, as he hath promised in his deny his grace and mercy unto holy word, will give unto him the such Infants; but most lovingly blessing of eternal life, and make doth call them unto him, as them Parlaker of his everlasting Holy Gospel doth witness to our kingdom. Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good will of Then the Minister shall say as follows: our heavenly Father, declared by or else shall pass on to the questions ad-his Son Jesus Christ, towards this dressed to the Sponsors. Hear the words of the Gospel, voutly give thanks unto him, and Infant, let us faithfully and dewritten by St. Mark, in the tenth say the Prayer which the Lord chapter, at the thirteenth verse. himself taught us. THEY brought young children
comfort on this wise.
to Christ, that he should touchOUR Father, who art in Hea ven, Hallowed be thy Name, them; and his disciples rebuked Thy kingdom come: Thy Will those who brought them. But be done on earth, as it is in Heawhen Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them bread; And forgive us our tresven; Give us this day our daily Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not ; passes, as we forgive those who for of such is the kingdom of God. respass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver Verily say unto you, Whosous from evil. Amen. ever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, fed his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Then shali the Minister demand the name of the Child; which being by the Godfathers and Godmothers pronounoed, the Minister shall say as follows: OST thou, in the name of this Child, renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and
After the Gospel is read, the Minister|| shall make this brief Exhortation upon glory of the world, with all covethe words of the Gospel: tous desires of the same, and the BELOVED, ye hear in this Gos-sinful desires of the flesh; so that pel the words of our Saviour thou wilt not follow, nor be led Christ, that he commanded the by them?
children to be brought unto him; Ans. I renounce them all;
by God's help, will endeavour not him into thy holy Church. And to follow, nor be led by them. humbly we beseech thee to grant, Minis. Dost thou believe all the that he, being dead unto sin, and Articles of the Christian Faith, as living unto righteousness, and becontained in the Apostles' Creed?ing buried with Christ in his death, Ans. I do.
Minis. Wilt thou be baptized in this Faith?
may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin; and that as he is made ParAns. That is my desire. taker of the death of thy Son, he Minis. Wilt thou then obedi- may also be Partaker of his Reently keep God's holy will and surrection; so that finally, with commandments, and walk in the the residue of thy holy Church,
same all the days of thy life? Ans. I will, by God's help.
Then the Minister shall say,
The may be an Inheritor of thine everlasting Kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation following:
WE receive this Child into the Then, all standing up, the Minister Congregation of Christ's Flock, and do *sign nister shall make of the Cross; in to*Here the Mi-him with the sign FORASMUCH as this Child hath promised by you, his Surea Cross upon the Child's forehead. ken that hereafter ties, to renounce the devil and all he shall not be his works, to believe in God, and ashamed to confess the faith of to serve him; ye must remember, Christ crucified, and manfully to that it is your parts and duties to fight under his banner, against see that this Infant be taught, so sin, the world, and the devil; soon as he shall be able to learn, and to continue Christ's faithful what a solemn vow, promise, and soldier and servant unto his life's profession he hath here made by end. Amen. you. And that he may know these things the better, ye shall call up
as in the Public Baptism of Infants.
T Then shall the Minister say,
The same rule is to be observed here, as to the Omission of the Sign of the Cross, on him to hear Sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide, that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's SEEING now, dearly beloved Prayer, and the Ten Commandbrethren, that this Child is ments, and all other things which regenerate, and grafted into the a Christian ought to know and bebody of Christ's Church; let us lieve to his soul's health; and that give thanks unto Almighty God this Child may be virtuously forthese benefits, and with one ac-brought up to lead a godly and a cord make our prayers unto him, Christian life: remembering althat this Child may lead the rest of ways, that Baptism doth reprehis life according to this beginning. sent unto us our profession; which
Then shall be said, all kneeling, is, to follow the example of our WE yield thee hearty thanks, Saviour Christ, and to be made
most merciful Father, that it like unto him; that as he died, and hath pleased thee to regenerate rose again for us, so should we, this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, who are baptized, die from sin, to receive him for thine own Child and rise again unto righteousness;
adoption, and to incorporate continually mortifying all our evil