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in • of the Father, and of the fants; but most lovingly doth call Son, and of the Holy Ghost. them unto him, as the Holy GosAmen.
pel doth witness to our comfort on 1 Then the Minister shall give thanks unto God, this wise.
1 Then the Minister shall say as follows: or else WE
E yield thee hearty thanks," shall pass on to the Questions addressed to the
most merciful Father, that Sponsors. it hath pleased thee to regenerate
Hear the words of the Gospel, this Infant with thy holy Spirit, written by St. Mark, in the tenth to receive him for thine own chapter, at the thirteenth verse. Child by adoption, and to incor- THE
WHEY brought young children porate him into thy holy Church.
to Christ, that be should touch And humbly we beseech thee to them; and his disciples rebuked
But grant, that he, being dead unto sin, those who brought them. and living unto righteousness, and when Jesus saw it, he was much being buried with Christ in his displeased, and said unto them, death, may crucify the old man,
Suffer the little children to come and utterly abolish the whole body unto me, and forbid them not; for of sin; and that as he is made Par- of such is the kingdom of God. taker of the death of thy Son, Verily I say unto you, Whosoever he may also be Partaker of his shall not receive the kingdom of Resurrection; so that finally, with God as a little child, he shall not the residue of thy holy Church, he enter therein. And he took them imay be an Inheritor of thine ever-up in his arms, put his hands upon lasting Kingdom, through Christ them, and blessed them.
After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make our Lord. Amen.
this brief Exhortation upon the words of the 1 And let them not doubt, but that the Child so bap Gospel : tized is lawsully and sufficientiy baptized, and
BEL ought not to be baptized again. Yet neverthie
ELOVED, ye hear in this less, if the Child which is after this sort baptized, Gospel the words of our Sado afterwards live; it is expedieut that it be viour Christ, that he commanded Minister of the same Parish did himself baptize the children to be brought unto that Child, the Congregation may be certified of him; how he blamed those that the true form of Baptism, by him privately before
shall say thus : would have kept them from him; CERTIFY
you, that accord-bow he exhorteth all men to foling to the due and prescribed low their innocency. Ye perceive Order of the Church, at such a how, by his outward gesture and time and at such a place, before deed, he declared his good will to divers witnesses, I baptized this ward them: for he embraced them Child.
in his arms, he laid his hands upon 1 But if the Child were baptized by any other law. them, and blessed them. Doubt the Child was born or christened, shall examine ye not therefore, but earnestly bewhether the same hath been lawfully done. And lieve, that he hath likewise fabring the Child, that all things were done as they vourably received this present Inought to be; then shall not he christen the Child fant; that he hath embraced him again, but shall receive him as one of the flock of true Christian People, saying thus :
with the arms of his mercy; and, CERTIFY you, that in this as he hath promised in his holy cording unto due order, concerning ing of eternal life, and make him the baptizing of this Child; who partaker of his everlasting kingis now by baptism incorporated into dom. Wherefore, we being thus the Christian Church: For our persuaded of the good will of our Lord Jesus Christ doth not deny heavenly Father, declared by his
used : In which case
I CASERT IS ,
WE yield the hearty thanks,
Son Jesus Christ, towards this In- to continue Christ's faithful soldier fant, let us faithfully and devoutly and servant unto his life's end. give thanks unto him, and say the Amen. Prayer which the Lord himself " The same rule is to be observed here, as to the taught us.
Omission of the Sign of the Cross, as in the Pub
lic Baptism of Infants. OY UR Father, who art in Hea 1 Then shall the Minister say,
EEING now, Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done on Earth, as it is in Hea-generate, and grafted into the body ven; Give us this day our daily of Christ's Church; let us give bread; And forgive us our trespass-thanks unto Almighty God for es, as we forgive those who tres- these benefits, and with one accord pass against us; And lead us not make our prayers unto him, that into temptation; But deliver us this Child may lead the rest of his from evil. Amen.
life according to this beginning. 1 Then shall the Minister demand the name of the
Then shall be said, all knceling, Child; which being by the Godfathers and Godinothers pronounced, the Minister shall say as
most merciful Father, that it OST thou, in the name of hath pleased thee to regenerate
this Child, renounce the this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, devil and all his works, the vain to receive him for thine own Child pomp and glory of the world, with by adoption, and to incorporate him all covetous desires of the same, into thy holy Church. And humand the sinful desires of the flesh; bly we beseech thee to grant, that so that thou wilt not follow, nor be he, being dead unto sin, and living led by them?
unto righteousness, and being buriAns. I renounce them all; and, ed with Christ in his death, may by God's help, will endeavour not crucify the old man, and utterly to follow, nor be led by them. abolish the whole body of sin; and
Minis. Dost thou believe all the that as he is made Partaker of the Articles of the Christian Faith, as death of thy Son, he may also be contained in the Apostles' Creed? Partaker of his Resurrection; so Ans. I do.
that finally, with the residue of thy Minis. Wilt thou be baptized in holy Church, he may be an Inheritthis Faith?
or of thine everlasting Kingdom, Ans. That is my desire. through Christ our Lord. Amen. Minis. Wilt thou then obedient- Then, all standing up, the Minister shall say to
the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation ly keep God's holy will and com following: mandments, and walk in the same QORASMUCH as this Child all the days of thy life?
hath promised by you,his SureAns. I will, by God's help. ties, to renounce the devil and all
Then the Minister shall say, his works, to believe in God, and E receive this Child into the to serve him; ye must remember, Congregation of Christ's that it is your parts and duties to
Flock, and do *sign see that this Infant be taught, so "Here the Min. him with the sign of soon as he shall be able to learn, Cross, upon the the Cross; in token what a solemn vow, promise, and Child's forehead.
that hereafter he shall profession he hath here made by not be ashamed to confess the faith you. And that he may know these of Christ crucified, and manfully things the better, ye shall call upon to fight under his banner, against him to hear Sermons; and chiefly sin, the world, and the devil; and ye shall provide, that he may learn
the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and soon as he can say the Creed, the the Ten Commandments, and all Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Comother things which a Christian mandments, and is sufficiently inought to know and believe to his structed in the other parts of the soul's health ; and that this Child Church Catechism, set forth for may be virtuously brought up to that purpose. lead a godly and a Christian life: But if they who bring the lofant to the Church do remembering always, that Baptism Questions, as that it cannot appear that the Child doth represent unto us our profes was baptized with Water, in the Name of the Fa. sion; which is, to follow the exam
ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (which
are essential parts of Baptism) then let the Minisple of our Saviour Christ, and to ter baptize it in the Form before appointed for be made like unto him; that as he
Public Baptism of Infants; saving, that, at the
dipping of the Child in the Font, he shall use this died, and rose again for us, so form of Words : from sin, and rise again unto righ- IN. I baptize thee in the name teousness; continually mortifying of the Father, and of the Son, and all our evil and corrupt affections, of the Holy Ghost. Amen. and daily proceeding in all virtue 1 If Infant Baptism, and the receiving of Infants and godliness of living.
baptized in private, are to be at the same time, 1 Then shall be add, and say,
the Minister may make the Questions to the Spon
sors and the succeeding Prayers serve for both. E are to take care that this
And again, after the Immersion, or the pouring Child be brought to the
of Water, and the receiving into the Church, the
Minister may use the Remainder of the Service Bishop to be confirmed by him, so for both.
THE MINISTRATION OF
And able to answer for themselves.
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 discre
tion, shall think fit. 1 And standing there, the Minister shall ask, Whether any of the Persons here presented be baptized or
Ro? If they shall answer, No; then shall the Minister say thus :
as all men are conceived and that which by nature they cannot born in sin, (and that which is born have; that they may be baptized of the flesh is flesh) and they who with Water and the Holy Ghost, are in the flesh cannot please God, and received into Christ's holy but live in sin, committing many Church, and be made lively memactual transgressions; and our Sa-bers of the same. viour Christ saith, None can enter 1 Then shall the Minister say, into the kingdom of God, except
Let us pray.
; I God, who, of beseech you to call upon God the didst save Noah and his family in Father, through our Lord Jesus the ark from perishing by water; Christ, that of his bounteous good-land also didst safely lead the chil
be be regenerate and born anew of ALMIGHTY and everlasting
1 Or this.
dren of Israel thy people through ruler of the Jews. The same came the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy to Jesus by night, and said unto holy Baptism; and by the Baptism him, Rabbi, we know that thou art of thy well-beloved Son Jesus a Teacher come from God; for no Christ in the river Jordan, didst man can do these miracles that sanctify the element of water, to thou doest, except God be with the mystical washing away of sin; him. Jesus answered and said unwe beseech thee, for thine infinite to him, Verily, verily, I say unto mercies, that thou wilt mercifully thee, Except a man be born again, look
upon these thy Servants; wash he cannot see the kingdom of God them and sanctify them with the Nicodemus saith unto him, How Holy Ghost; that they, being de- can a man be born when he is old ? livered from thy wrath, may be can he enter the second time into received into the Ark of Christ's his mother's womb, and be born? Church; and being steadfast in Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I faith, joyful through hope,and root- say unto thee, Except a man be bom ed in charity, may so pass the waves of Water and of the Spirit, he canof this troublesome world, that not enter into the kingdom of God. finally they may come to the land of That which is born of the flesh, is everlasting life; there to reign with flesh; and that which is born of the thee, world without end, through Spirit, is Spirit. Marvel not that I Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. said unto thee, Ye must be born
again. The wind bloweth where A ,
LMIGHTY and immortal it listeth, and thou hearest the the helper of all who flee to thee whence it cometh, and whither it for succour, the life of those who goeth: so is every one that is born believe, and the resurrection of the of the Spirit. dead; we call upon thee for these 1 After which he shall say this Exhortation folPersons, that they, coming to thy
lowing: hory Baptism, may receive remis B Gospel
the express words of
, hear in this sion of their sins, by spiritual regeneration. Receive them, O Lord, our Saviour Christ, that, except a as thou hast promised by thy well- man be born of Water and of the beloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye Spirit, he cannot enter into the shall receive; seek, and ye shall kingdom of God. Whereby ye may find; knock, and it shall be open-perceive the great necessity of this ed unto you: So give now unto us Sacrament, where it may be had. who ask; let us who seek, find ; Likewise, immediately before his open the gate unto us who knock; ascension into heaven, (as we read that these Persons may enjoy the in the last chapter of Saint Mark's everlasting benediction of thy hea-Gospel,) he gave command to his venly washing, and may come to disciples, saying, Go ye into all the the eternal kingdom which thou world, and preach the Gospel to hast promised by Christ our Lord. every creature. He that believeth, Amen.
and is baptized, shall be saved; but Then the Minister shall say, he that believeth not, shall be Hear the words of the Gospel, damned: Which also showeth unwritten by Saint John, in the third to us the great benefit we reap chapter, beginning at the first verse: thereby. For which cause Saint THERE was a man of the Pha-Peter the Apostle, when upon his risees, named Nicodemus, a first preaching of the Gospel many
were pricked at the heart, and said, " Then the Minister shall speak to the Persons to
be baptized on this wise: to him and the rest of the Apostles,
TELL-BELOVED, who are Men and brethren, what shall we
come hither desiring to redo? replied, and said unto them, ceive holy Baptism, ye have heard Repent and be baptized every one how the Congregation hath prayof you, for the remission of sins, ed, that our Lord Jesus Christ and ye shall receive the gift of the would vouchsafe to receive you Holy Ghost: For the promise is to and bless you, to release you of you and your children, and to all your sins, to give you the kingdom ihat are afar off, even as many as of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye the Lord our God shall call. And have heard also that our Lord Jewith many other words exhorted sus Christ hath promised in his he them, saying, Save yourselves holy Word, to grant all those things from this untoward generation. that we have prayed for; which For, as the same Apostle testifieth promise he, for his part, will most in another pļace, even Baptism doth surely keep and perform. Wherealso now save us, (not the putting fore, after this promise made by away of the filth of the flesh, but Christ, ye must also faithfully, for the answer of a good conscience your part, in the presence of these towards God,) by the resurrection your Witnesses, and this whole of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye not Congregation, promise and answer therefore, but earnestly believe, to the following Questions. that he will favourably receive these 1 The Minister shall then demand of the Persons to present Persons, truly repenting, be baptized as follows; the Questions being
sidered as addressed to them severally, and the and coming unto him by faith; that Answers to be made accordingly. he will grant them remission of
Question. their sins, and bestow upon them D
OST thou renounce the devil the Holy Ghost; that he will give and all his works, the vain them the blessing of eternal life, pomp and glory of the world, with and make them Partakers of his all covetous desires of the same, everlasting kingdom.
and the sinful desires of the flesh; Wherefore, we being thus per- so that thou wilt not follow, nor suaded of the good will of our hea- be led by them? venly Father toward these Per Ans. I renounce them all; and, sons, declared by his Son Jesus by God's help, will endeavour not Christ, let us faithfully and de- to follow, nor be led by them. voutly give thanks to him, and Quest. Dost thou believe all the say,
Articles of the Christian Faith, as God, heavenly Father, we give Ans. I do. thee humble thanks, for that thou Quest. Wilt thou be baptized in hast vouchsafed to call us to the this Faith? knowledge of thy grace, and faith Ans. That is my desire. in thee: Increase this knowledge, Quest. Wilt thou then obedientand confirm this faith in us ever- ly keep God's holy will and commore. Give thy Holy Spirit to mandments; and walk in the same these Persons, that they may be all the days of thy life? born again, and be made Heirs of Ans. I will, hy God's help. everlasting salvation, through our | Then shall the Minister say, Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth
and that the old Adam in these reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. Persons may be so buried, that the
ALMIGHTY and everlasting contained in the Apostles' Creed?