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As we constantly believe in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ, as before is said, so we do assuredly believe in the Holy Ghost, whom we confess God equal with the Father and the Son, by whose working and mighty operation our darkness is removed, our eyes spiritually are illuminated, our souls and consciences sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ, and we retained in the truth of God, even to our lives' end. And for these causes we understand that this eternal Spirit, proceeding from the Father and the Son, hath in the Scriptures divers names. Sometimes called water, by reason of his purgation, and giving strength to this our corrupt nature, to bring forth good fruit, without whom, this our nature should utterly be barren, yea, it should utterly abound in all wickedness : sometimes the same Spirit is called fire, by reason of the illumination and burning heat of fire, that kindleth in our hearts: the same Spirit also is called oil, or unction, by reason that his working mollifieth the hardness of our hearts, and maketh us receive the print of that image of Jesus Christ, by whom we are only sanctified. We constantly believe that there is, was, and shall be, even till the coming of the Lord Jesus, a church, which is holy and catholic, to wit, the communion of saints. This church is holy, because it receiveth free remission of sins, and that by faith only in the blood of Jesus Christ. Secondly, because, it being regenerate, it receiveth the Spirit of sanctification and power to walk in newness of life, and in good works, which God hath prepared for his chosen to walk in: not that we think the righteousness of this church, or of any member of the same, ever was, is, or yet shall be so full and perfect, that it needeth not to stoop under mercy ; but that because the imperfections are pardoned, and the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed unto such as by true faith cleave unto him. Which church we call catholic, because it consisteth and standeth of all tongues and nations, yea, of all estates and conditions of men and women, whom of his mercy God calleth from darkness to light, and from the bondage and thraldom of sin, to his spiritual service and purity of life, unto whom he also communicateth his Holy Spirit, giving unto them one faith, one Head and sovereign Lord, the Lord Jesus ; one baptism and right use of sacraments; whose heart also he knitteth together in * love and Christian concord. To this church, holy and universal, we acknowledge and believe these notable gifts to be granted ; to wit, remission of sins, which, by true faith, must be obtained in this life: resurrection of the flesh, which all shall have, albeit not in equal condition, for the reprobate (as before is said) shall rise, but to fearful judgment and condemnation, while the just shall rise to be possessed in glory; and this resurrection shall not be an imagination, or that one body shall rise for another, but every man shall receive in his own body as he hath deserved, be it good or evil; the just shall receive the life everlasting, which is the free gift of God, given and purchased to his chosen by Jesus Christ, our only Head and Mediator, to whom, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be all honour, praise, and glory, now and ever. Amen.
Then followeth this prayer. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who of thine infinite mercy and goodness hast promised unto us that thou wilt not only be our God, but also the God and Father of our children; we beseech thee, that as thou hast vouchsafed to call us to be partakers of this thy great mercy, in the fellowship of faith, so it may please thee to sanctify with thy Spirit, and to receive into the number of thy chil. dren, this infant, whom we shall baptize according to thy word, to the end that he, coming to perfect age, may confess thee the only true God, and whom thou hast sent Jesus Christ, and so serve him, and be profitable unto his church, in the whole course of his life, that, after this life ended, he may be brought as a lively member of his body, unto the full fruition of thy joys in the heavens, where thy. Son, our Saviour Christ, reigneth world without end ; in whose name we pray, as he hath taught us, saying, .
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. When they have prayed in this sort, the minister requireth the
child's name; which known, he saith, N., I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
And, as he speaketh these words, he taketh water in his hand, and
layeth it upon the child's forehead ; which done, he giveth thanks, as followeth :
FORASMUCH, most holy and merciful Father, as thou dost not only beautify and bless us with common benefits, like unto the rest of mankind, but also heapest upon us most abundantly rare and
wonderful gifts; of duty we lift up our eyes and minds unto thee, and give thee most humble thanks for thine infinite goodness, who hast not only numbered us amongst thy saints, but also of thy free mercy dost call our children unto thee, marking them with this sacrament, as a singular token and badge of thy love. Wherefore, most loving Father, though we be not able to deserve this so great a benefit, (yea, if thou wouldst handle us according to our merits, we should suffer the punishment of eternal death and damnation,) yet, for Christ's sake, we beseech thee that thou wilt confirm this thy favour more and more towards us, and take this infant into thy tuition and defence, whom we offer and present unto thee with common supplications; and never suffer him to fall into such unkindness, whereby he should lose the force of baptism, but that he may perceive thee continually to be his merciful Father, through thine Holy Spirit working in his heart, by whose divine power he may so prevail against Satan, that in the end, obtaining the victory, he may be exalted into the liberty of thy kingdom. Amen.
THE ORDER AND MANNER
ADMINISTRATION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER.
The day when the Lord's supper is ministered, which is commonly used once a month, or so oft as the congregation shall think expedient, the minister useth to say as followeth.
LET us mark, dear brethren, and consider how Jesus Christ did ordain unto us his holy supper, according as St. Paul maketh rehearsal in the eleventh chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, saying, I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, to wit, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise, after supper, he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new testament, or covenant, in my blood : this do, as oft as ye shall drink thereof, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink of this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, he shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. Then see that every one prove and try himself, and so let him eat of this bread and drink of this cup; for he that eateth or drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh his own condemnation, for not having due regard and consideration of the Lord's body.