« PreviousContinue »
Answ. This is my desire.
Minister. WỊlt thou then obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life?
Answ. I will.
Then the priest shall say, O MERCIFUL God, grant that the old Adam in this child may be so 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 him. Amen.
Grant that he may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.
Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our office and ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded through thy mercy, O blessed Lord God, who dost live and govern all things, world without end. Amen. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood, and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go and teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy congregation ; 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 and elect children ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then the priest shall take the child into his hands, and shall
say to the godfathers and godmothers, Name this child.
And then naming it after them (if they shall certify him
that the child may well endure it), he shall dip it in the
water discreetly and warily, saying, N., I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
But if they certify that the child is weak, it shall suffice to
pour water upon it, saying the aforesaid words, N., I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the priest say, We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock,* and do sign him with the sign of the cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil, and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.
Then shall the priest say, SEEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that this child is regenerate and 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 child may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning.
Then shall be said, all kneeling, OUR Father which art in heaven ; Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then shall the priest say, WE yield thee hearty thanks most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this infant with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own
* Here the priest shall make a cross upon the child's forehead,
child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And we humbly beseech thee to grant that he, being dead unto sin, and living unto righteous ness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin: and that as he is made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be purtaker of his resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy church, he may be un inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then, all standing up, the priest shall say to the godfathers
and godmothers this exhortation following: FORASMUCH as this child hath promised by you his sureties to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve Him; ye must remember that it is your parts and duties to see that this infant be taught so soon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, he 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 he may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health ; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and Christian life; remembering always, that baptism doth represent unto us our profession; which is to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him ; that as he died, and rose again, for us; so should we, who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness, continually mortify. ing all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
Then shall he add, and say ; Ye are to take care that this child be brought to the bishop, to be confirmed by him, so soon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, and be farther instructed in the Church Catechism set forth for that purpose.
It is certain by God's word, that children which are baptized, dying before they commit actual sin, are nndoubtedly saved.
To take away all scruple concerning the use of the sign of the cross in baptism; the true explication thereof, and the just reasons for the retaining of it, may be seen in the XXXth canon, first published in the year MDCIV.
The curate of the 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, to be approved by the curate.
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 on this fashion :
First; let the minister of the parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful minister that can be procured), with them that 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 that is present, the minister shall pour water upon it, saying these words: N., I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then, all kneeling down, the minister shall give thanks
unto God, saying, We yield thee hearty thanks, 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 we humbly beseech thee to grant, that as he is now made partaker of the death of thy Son, so he may be also of his resurrection ; and that finally, with the residue of thy saints, he may inherit thine everlasting
326 PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN. kingdom, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And let them not doubt but that the child, so baptized, is lawfully and sufficiently baptized, and ought not to be baptized "again. Yet, nevertheless, if the child which is after this sort baptized, do afterward 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 bap. tism by him privately before used.
Printed by J. F, DOVE, St. John's Square.