페이지 이미지
PDF
ePub

Jesus Christ, and be partakers of the rewards of holiness and purity in the life everlasting. Amen. Then shall each child's Sponsor give it the kiss of peace,

and the Priest shall give the children a little of

the consecrated Milk and Honey, and shall say, BE je admitted into the congregation of Christ's

fock; receive the kiss of peace, and taste of this Milk and Honey in token of your spiritual infancy, and of your entrance into the true land of promise, the church ; and may ye at the last day erter into the land of eternal rest, the kingdom of heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then Mall the Sponsors in the name of the children

fay aloud the Lord's prayer. ÖUR Father

, who 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 tréfpaffes, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from the evil one. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Then shall the Priest pronounce this Bleffing over the

baptized children: Almighty God, the Father of Christ his only

begotten Son, give you bodies undefiled, puite bearts, and watchful minds, knowledge without error, and the powerful influence of his Holy Spirit, that ye may obtain and assuredly enjoy the truth, through his Chrift; by whom glory be to the Father in the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then

[ocr errors]

Then mall the Deacon say,
SEеing now, dearly beloved, that these children are

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 these children may lead the rest of their lives according to this beginning.

Anfw. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

Then shall the Priest say, WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful

Father, for that it hath pleased thee to regenerate these infants with thy Holy Spirit, to receive them for thine own children by adoption, and to incorporate them into thy holy church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that they being dead unto sin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of fin; and that as they are made partakers of the death of thy Son, they may also be partakers of his resurrection ; so that finally with the residue of thy holy church, they may be inheritours of thine everlasting kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Then shall the Priest say to the Sponsors this exkor

tation following Fora Orasmuch as these children have promised, by you

their fureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him ; je must remember, that it is your part and duty to see that these infants be taught, so soon as they shall be

I

able

ز

able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, they have here made by you. And that they may know these things the better, ye shall call upon them to hear sermons; and chiefly ye shall

provide that they may learn the Creed, the Lord's prayer, and the ten Commandments, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health; and ye shall use your utmost endeavours, that these children may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and christian life ; remembring 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 fin, and rise again unto righteousness, continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtùe and godliness of living.

Then Mall the Deacon add, and say, Ye are to take care, that these children be brought to the Bishop to be confirmed by him so soon as conveniently may be, that so they may be admitted to the holy communion.

Note, that if the number of children to be baptized

and multitude of people present be so great, that they cannot conveniently stand at the Church-door; then let them sand within the Church in some convenient place nigh unio the Church-door, and there let all things be Jaid and done, appointed to be said and done at the Church-door.

THE

[merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small]

Such as are of riper years, and able to answer

for themselves.

When Catechumens are to be baptized, they shall give

in their names before Lent, defiring to be baptized

at the approaching Paschal Festival. And the Priest or Deacon Mall examine whether

they be sufficiently instruited in the principles of the Chriftian religion, and exhort them to prepare themselves with prayers and fasting for the re

ceiving of this Holy Sacrament. And if they shall be found fit, then the Sponsors

or Witnessės (who Mall be of the Faithful and above fixteen years of age, a Man for a MaleCatechumen and a Woman for a Female-Catechumen) and the People with the Candidates for Baptism muft be ready at the Church-door at the time that the Priest by his discretion shall appoint. And the Priest and Deacon coming to the Church

door,

I 2

door, and standing there, the Priest shall fay to the persons that are to be baptized.

been already baptized or no?

Have ye

If they answer, No; then all the Deacon proceed

as followeth. DEarly beloved, forasmuch as all men are con

ceived and born in sin, and that which is born of the flesh, is flesh) and they that are in the flesh cannot please God, but live in sin, committing many actual transgressions; and that our Saviour Christ faith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghost; let us call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to these persons that thing which by nature they cannot have, that they may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and be received into Christ's Holy Church, and be made lively members of the same.

People. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.

Tben Mall the Priest say, the persons to be baptized

kneeling, ALmighty and everlasting God, who

of thy great mercy didst save Noah and his family in the ark, and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red-fea, figuring thereby thy holy baptism ; and by the baptism of thy wellbeloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan didst sanctify the element of Water to the mystical washing away of sin: We beseech thee of thine infinite

mercy,

« 이전계속 »