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T Then shall the Minister say, profession he hath here made by SEEING now, dearly beloved you. And that he may know brethren, that this child is these things the better, ye shall regenerate, and grafted into the call upon him to hear sermons; body of CHRIST's Church ; let and chiefly ye shall provide, us give thanks unto ALMIGHTY that he may learn the Creed, God for these benefits, and with the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten one accord make our prayers Commandments, and all other unto him, that this child may things which a Christian ought lead the rest of his life according to know and believe to his to this beginning.
soul's health ; and that this I Then shall be said, all kneeling, child may be virtuously brought WE yield thee hearty thanks, I up to lead a godly and a Chrismost merciful Father, that it tian life: remembering always, hath pleased thee to regenerate that baptism doth represent this infant with thy holy Spirit, unto us our profession; which to receive him for thine own is, to follow the example of our child by adoption, and to in- Saviour CHRIST, and to be made corporate him into thy holy | like unto him; that as he died, Church. And humbly we and rose again for us, so should beseech thee to grant, that he we, who are baptized, die being dead unto sin, and living from sin, and rise again unto unto righteousness, and being righteousness; continually morburied with Christ in his death, 1 tifying all our evil and corrupt may crucify the old man, and affections, and daily proceeding utterly abolish the whole body in all virtue and godliness of of sin; and that as he is made living. partaker of the death of thy 1 Then shall he add, and say, Son, he may also be partaker YE are to take care that this of his resurrection; so that child be brought to the Bishop finally, with the residue of thy to be confirmed by him, so soon holy Church, he may be an as he can say the Creed, the inheritor of thine everlasting Lord's Prayer, and the Ten kingdom, through CHRIST our Commandments, and is suffie Lord. Amen.
| ciently instructed in the other Then, all standing up, the Minister shall |
parts of the Church Catechism, say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this set forth for that purpose. Exhortation following:
1 But if they who bring the infant to the FORASMUCH as this child church do make such uncertain answers hath promised by you, his
to the Minister's questions, as that it cannot
appear that the child was baptized with sureties, to renounce the devil Water, in the Name of the FATHER, and and all his works, to believe in
of the Son, and of the Holy GHOST God, and to serve him ; ye let the Minister baptize it in the Form must remember, that it is your before appointed for Public Baptism of parts and duties to see that this |
Infants; saying, that, at the dipping of the
child in the Font, he shall use this form of infant be taught, so soon as he words: shall be able to learn, what IF thou art not already bapa solemn vow, promise, and I tized, N. I baptize thee in the
(which are essential parts of Baptism) then
name of the FATHER, and of the same time, the Minister may make the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Questions to the Sponsors and the succeed.
ing prayers serve for both. And again, Amen.
after the Immersion, or the pouring of
water, and the receiving into the Church, 1 If Infant Baptism, and the receiving of the Minister may use the remainder of the
Infants baptized in private, are to be at the Service for both.
OF BAPTISM TO SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS,
AND ABLE TO ANSWER FOR THEMSELVES.
When any such persons as are of Riper years are to be baptized, timely notice shall be given to the Minister ; that so due care may be taken for their examination, whether they be sufficiently instructed in the principles of the Christian Religion; and that they may be exhorted to prepare themselves, with prayers and fasting, for the receiving of this holy Sacrament. 1 And if they shall be found fit, then the Godfathers and Godmothers, (the people being assembled upon the Sunday, Holy day, or Prayer day, appointed) shall be ready to present them at the Font, immediately after the Second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the Minister, in his discretion, shall think fit. [ And standing there, the Minister shall ask, Whether any of the persons here presented be baptized or no? If they shall answer, No; then shall the Minister say thus: DEARLY beloved, foras
1 Then shall the Minister say, much as all men are conceived and born in sin, (and that which
Let us pray. is born of the flesh is flesh) and ALMIGHTY and everlasting they who are in the flesh cannot God, who, of thy great mercy, please God, but live in sin, didst save Noah and his family committing many actual trans- in the ark from perishing by gressions ; and our Saviour water ; and also didst safely CHRIST saith, None can enter | lead the children of Israel thy into the kingdom of God, people through the Red Sea, except he be regenerate and figuring thereby thy holy bapborn anew of water and of the tism ; and by the baptism of Holy GHOST ; I beseech you thy well-beloved Son JESUS to call upon God the FATHER, CHRIST in the river Jordan, through our Lord Jesus Christ, didst sanctify the element of that of his bounteous goodness water, to the mystical washing he will grant to these persons away of sin; we beseech thee, that which by nature they can- for thine infinite mercies, that not have; that they may be thou wilt mercifully look upon baptized with water and the these thy servants; wash them Holy Ghost, and received into and sanctify them with the Christ's holy Church, and be Holy Ghost; that they, being made lively members of the delivered from thy wrath, may same.
be received into the ark of
CHRIST's Church; and being, that thou art a teacher come steadfastin faith, joyful through from God; for no man can do hope, and rooted in charity, these miracles that thou doest, may so pass the waves of this except God be with him. JESUS troublesome world, that finally answered and said unto him, they may come to the land of Verily, verily, I say unto thee, everlasting life; there to reign Except a man be born again, with thee, world without end, he cannot see the kingdom through JESUS CHRIST our of GOD. Nicodemus saith Lord. Amen.
unto him, How can a man be
| born when he is old ? can he Or this.
enter the second time into his ALMIGHTY and immortal mother's womb, and be born ? God, the aid of all who need, Jesus answered, Verily, verily, the helper of all who flee to I say unto thee, Except a man thee for succour, the life of be born of water and of the those who believe, and the SPIRIT, he cannot enter into resurrection of the dead ; we the kingdom of God. That call upon thee for these persons, which is born of the flesh, is that they, coming to thy holy flesh; and that which is born of Baptism, may receive remission the Spirit, is Spirit. Marvel of their sins, by spiritual re- not that I said unto thee, Ye generation. Receive them, O must be born again. The wind Lord, as thou hast promised bloweth where it listeth, and by thy well-beloved Son, saying, thou hearest the sound thereof; Ask, and ye shall receive ; seek, but canst not tell whence it and ye shall find ; knock, and cometh, and whither it goeth : it shall be opened unto you: so is every one that is born so give now unto us who ask ; l of the Spirit. let us who seek, find ; open the |After which he shall say this Exhortation gate unto us who knock ; that these persons may enjoy the BELOVED. ve hear in this everlasting benediction of thy | gospel the express words of heavenly washing, and may our Saviour CHRIST, that, come to the eternal kingdom except a man be born of water which thou hast promised by and of the SPIRIT, he cannot CHRIST our Lord. Amen. Tenter into the kingdom of God.
1 Then the Minister shall say, Whereby ye may perceive the Hear the words of the gospel, great necessity of this Sacrawritten by Saint John, in the ment, where it may be had third chapter, beginning at the
Likewise, immediately before first verse :
his ascension into heaven, (as
we read in the last chapter THERE was a man of the of Saint Mark's gospel, he Pharisees, named Nicodemus, gave command to his disciples, a ruler of the Jews. The same saying, Go ye into all the world, came to Jesus by night, and and preach the Gospel to every said unto him, Rabbi, we know creature. He that believeth,
and is baptized, shall be saved ;| fully and devoutly give thanks but he that believeth not, shall to him, and say, be damned: which also showeth ALMIGHTY and everlasting unto us the great benefit wel God, heavenly Father, we give reap thereby. For which cause thee humble 'thanks. for that Saint Peter the Apostle, when thou hast vouchsafed to call us upon his first preaching of thel to the knowledge of thy grace. Gospel many were pricked at and faith in thee: increase this the heart, and said to him and knowledge, and confirm this the rest of the apostles, Men | faith in us evermore. Give and brethren, what shall we do? I thy Holy SPIRIT to these replied, and said unto them, persons, that they may be born Repent and be baptized every again, and be made heirs of one of you, for the remission everlasting salvation, through of sins, and ye shall receive our Lord JESUS CHRIST, who the gift of the Holy Ghost: liveth and reigneth with thee For the promise is to you and and the Holy SPIRIT, now and your children, and to all that for ever. Amen. are afar off, even as many as a Then the Minister shall speak to the the LORD our God shall call.
persons to be baptized on this wise : And with many other words. WELL-BELOVED, who are exhorted he them, saying, Save come hither desiring to receive yourselves from this untowards holy Baptism, we have heard generation. For, as the same how the Congregation hath apostle testifieth in another praved. that our Lord Jesus place, even baptism doth also
Curist would vouchsafe to now save us, (not the putting
receive you and bless you, to away of the filth of the flesh, release you of your sins, to but the answer of a good con
give you the kingdom of heaven, science towards God,) by the and everlasting life, Ye have resurrection of JESUS CHRIST. | heard also that our Lord JESUS
Christ hath promised in his earnestly believe, that he will holy word, to grant all those favourably receive these present things that we have praved persons, truly repenting, and for: which promise he. for his coming unto him by faith ; that part, will most surely keep and he will grant them remission of perform. Wherefore, after their sins, and bestow upon this promise made by CHRIST, them the Holy GHOST ; that hel ve must also faithfully, for will give them the blessing of
sing of your part, in the presence of eternal life, and make them
e them these your witnesses, and this
the partakers of his everlasting | whole Congregation, promise kingdom.
and answer to the following Wherefore, we being thus questions. persuaded of the good will of
T The Minister shall then demand of the our heavenly Father toward persons to be baptized as follows; the these persons, declared by his questions being considered as addressed to
them severally, and the answers to be Son JESUS CHRIST, let us faith-|
everlastingly rewarded, through DOST thou renounce the thy mercy, o blessed LORD devil and all his works, the vain God, who dost live and govern pomp and glory of the world, all things, world without end. with all covetous desires of the Amen. same, and the sinful desires of ALMIGHTY, everliving God, the flesh; so that thou wilt whose most dearly beloved Son not follow, nor be led by them? | Jesus CHRIST, for the forgive
Answer. I renounce them ness of our sins, did shed out all; and, by God's help, will of his most precious side both endeavour not to follow, nor water and blood; and gave be led by them.
commandment to his disciples, Question. Dost thou believe that they should go teach all all the articles of the Christian nations, and baptize them in faith, as contained in the Apos- the name of the Father, and tles' Creed ?
of the Son, and of the Holy Answer. I do.
Ghost ; regard, we beseech Question. Wilt thou be bap- thee, the supplications of thy tized in this faith?
congregation ; sanctify this Answer. That is my desire. water to the mystical washing
Question. Wilt thou then away of sin; and grant that the obediently keep God's holy persons, now to be baptized will and commandments; and therein, may receive the fulness walk in the same all the days of thy grace, and ever remain of thy life?
in the number, of thy faithful Answer. I will, by God's children, through Jesus CHRIST help.
our Lord. Amen. 1 Then shall the Minister say,
& Then shall the Minister take each person
to be baptized by the right hand; and O MERCIFUL God, grant
placing him conveniently by the Font,
according to his discretion, shall ask the that the old Adam in these Godfathers and Godmothers the name; persons may be so buried, that
and then shall dip him in the water, or
pour water upon him, saying, the new man may be raised up
ed upl N. I baptize thee in the name in them. Amen.
of the FATHER, and of the Son, Grant that all sinful affections may die in them, and that allan
1 and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. things belonging to the Spirit 4 Then shall the Minister say, may live and grow in them. WE receive this person into Amen.
the Congregation of Christ's Grant that they may have Flock, and do * * Here the Minpower and strength to have sign him with the ister shall make
a cross upon the victory, and to triumph against sign of the cross ; person's forehead. the devil, the world, and the in token that hereflesh. Amen.
after he shall not be ashamed Grant that they, being here to confess the faith of Christ dedicated to thee by our office crucified, and manfully to fight and ministry, may also be en- under his banner, against sin, dued with heavenly virtues, and the world, and the devil; and