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up to lead a godly and a christian life; Y
Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, continually mortifying all our evil and in the vulgar tongue, and all other corrupt affections, and daily proceeding things which a Christian ought to know in all virtue and godliness of living. and believe to his soul's health ; and that this Child may be virtuously brought
Then shall he add and say,
E are to take care that this Child remembering always, that Baptism doth be brought to the Bishop to be represent unto us our profession; which confirmed by him, so soon as he can is, to follow the example of our Saviour say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and Christ, and to be made like unto him ; the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar that, as he died, and rose again for us, tongue, and be further instructed in so should we, who are baptized, die from the Church-Catechism set forth for that sin, and rise again unto righteousness; purpose. IT
is certain by God's Word, that Children which are baptized, dying before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly 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 MINISTRATION OF
PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
The Curates of every 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 Toly-day falling between, unless upon a great and
reasonable cause, to be approved by the Curate. T 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 80 to do, then Baptism shall be administered on this fashion : First, let the Minister of the Parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful Mi. nister 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 Publick 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; In
same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
N. the Father, and of the Son, and Amen.
of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
And let them not doubt, but that the Chad Then, all kneeling down, the Minister shau so baptized is lawfully and sufficiently bapgive thanks unto God, and say,
tized, and ought not to be baptized again. E yield thee hearty thanks, most
Yet nevertheless, if the Child, which is after
this sort baptized, do afterward live, it is merciful Father, that it hath
expedient that it be brought into the Church, pleased thee to regenerate this Infant
to the intent that, if the Minister of the with thy holy Spirit, to receive him for
same Parish did himself baptize that Child, thine own Child by adoption, and to the Congregation may be certified of the true incorporate him into thy holy Church. Form of Baptism, by him privately before And we humbly beseech thee to grant,
used: In which case he shall say thus, that as he is now made partaker of the I
CERTIFY you, that according to death of thy Son, so he may be also of the due and prescribed Order of the his resurrection; and that finally, with Church, at such a time, and at such a the residue of thy Saints, he may inherit place, before divers witnesses I baptized thine everlasting kingdom; through the this Child.
But if the Child were baptized by any other brought unto him; how he blamed lawful Minister, then the Minister of the those that would have kept them from Parish, where the Child was born or christen- him ; how he exhorted all men to follow ed, shall examine and try whether the Child their innocency. Ye perceive how by be lawfully baptized, or no. In which case, his outward gesture and deed he deif those that bring any Child to the Church do answer, that the same Child is already clared his good will toward them ; for baptized, then shall the Minister examine he embraced them in his arms, he laid them further, saying,
his hands upon them, and blessed them. Y whom was BY
Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly this Child baptized ?
believe, that he hath likewise favour. Who was present when this Child ably received this present Infant; that
he hath embraced him with the arms of was baptized ?
Because some things essential to this his mercy; and (as he hath promised in Sacrament may happen to be omitted his holy Word) will give unto him the through fear or haste, in such times of blessing of eternal life, and make him extremity; therefore I demand further partaker of his everlasting kingdom.
Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of With what matter was this Child the good will of our heavenly Father,
declared by his Son Jesus Christ, tobaptized ? With what words was this Child bap- devoutly give thanks unto him, and say
wards this Infant, let us faithfully and tized ?
the Prayer which the Lord himself And if the Minister shall find by the answers
taught us: of such as bring the Child, that all things were done as they ought to be ; then shall not he christen the Child again, but shall receive
OUR Father, which art in heaven,
. him as one of the flock of true christian dom come. Thy will be done in earth, people, saying thus,
As it is in heaven. Give us this day our I CERTIFY you, that in this case all daily bread. And forgive us our tres
is well done, and according unto due passes, As we forgive them that tresorder, concerning the baptizing of this pass against us. And lead us not into Child; who being born in original sin, temptation ; But deliver us from evil. and in the wrath of God, is now, by Amen. the laver of Regeneration in Baptism, received into the number of the chil
LMIGHTY and everlasting God, dren of God, and heirs of everlasting
heavenly Father, we give thee life: for our Lord Jesus Christ doth humble thanks, that thou hast vouchnot deny his grace and mercy unto such safed to call us to the knowledge of thy Infants, but most lovingly doth call grace, and faith in thee; Increase this them unto him, as the holy Gospel doth knowledge, and confirm this faith in us witness to our comfort on this wise.
evermore. Give thy holy Spirit to this St. Mark x. 13.
Infant, that he, being born again, and
being made an heir of everlasting salChrist, that he should touch them; may continue thy servant, and attain
, and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, thy promise; through the same our he was much displeased, and said unto
Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth them, Suffer the little children to come and reigneth with thee and the Holy unto me, and forbid them not; for of Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. such is the kingdom of God. Verily I Then shall the Priest demand the Name of say unto you, Whosoever shall not re the Child; which being by the Godfathers ceive the kingdom of God as a little and Godmothers pronounced, the Minister child, he shall not enter therein. And
shall say, he took them up in his
arms, put his DOSTA. thon, in the name of this
, After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall his works, the vain pomp and glory of make this brief Exhortation upon the words this world, with all covetous desires of of the Gospel.
the same, and the carnal desires of the BE ELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor
the words of our Saviour Christ, be led by them ? that he commanded the children to be Anawor. I renounce them all.
D Father Almighty, maker of heaven
And dost thou believe in the Holy F
And humbly we beseech thee to grant, OST thou believe in God the that he being dead unto sin, and living
unto righteousness, and being buried and earth?
with Christ in his death, may crucify And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten the old man, and utterly abolish the Son our Lord ? And that he was con
whole body of sin; and that, as he is ceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the made partaker of the death of thy Son, Virgin Mary; that he suffered under he may also be partaker of his resurrecPontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and tion; so that finally, with the residue buried; that he went down into hell, of thy holy Church, he may be an inand also did rise again the third day; heritor of thine everlasting kingdom ; that he ascended into heaven, and sit- through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. teth at the right hand of God the Father
Then, all standing up, the Minister shall Almighty; and from thence shall come
make this Exhortation to the Godfathers and again at the end of the world, to judge Godmothers. the quick and the dead ?
ORASMUCH as this child hath
promised by you his sureties to reGhost; the holy Catholick Church; the
nounce the devil and all his works, to Communion of Saints; the Remission
believe in God, and to serve him; ye of sins; the Resurrection of the flesh;
must remember, that it is your parts and everlasting life after death ?
and duties to see that this Infant be Answer. All this I stedfastly believe.
taught, so soon as he shall be able to Minister.
learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and PILT thou then obediently keep profession he hath made by you. And ments, and walk in the same all the ye shall call upon him to hear Sermons; days of thy life?
and chiefly ye shall provide, that he may Answer. I will.
learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and
the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar Then the Priest shall say,
tongue, and all other things which a W
E receive this Child into the Christian ought to know and believe to congregation of Christ's flock, his soul's health; and that this Child
* and do sign him • Here the Priest
may be virtuously brought up to lead shall make a Cro88
with the sign of the a godly and a christian life ; rememberupon the Child's fore- Cross, in token that ing alway, that Baptism doth represent head.
hereafter he shall unto us our profession; which is, to
not be ashamed to follow the example of our Saviour confess the faith of Christ crucified, and Christ, and to be made like unto him ; manfully to fight under his banner, a- that, as he died, and rose again for us, gainst sin, the world, and the devil; and so should we, who are baptized, die to continue Christ's faithful soldier and from sin, and rise again unto righteousservant unto his life's end. Amen. ness; continually mortifying all our evil
and corrupt affections, and daily proThen shall the Priest say,
ceeding in all virtue and godliness of
thren, that this Child is by Baptism 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 he may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning.
Then shall the Priest say,
But if they which bring the Infant to the Church do make such uncertain answers to the Priest's questions, as that it cannot appear that the Child was baptized with Water, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, (which are essential parts of Baptism,) then let the Priest baptize # in the form before appointed for Publick Baptism of Infants ; saving that at the dipping of the Child in the Font, he shall use this form of words.
WE , pleased thee to regenerate this infant IF thou art not already baptized the
most merciful Father, that it hath
I thine own Child by adoption, and to in- Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy corporate him into thy holy Church. Ghost. Amen.
BAPTISM TO SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS,
AND ABLE TO ANSWER FOR THEMSELVES.
1 When any such persons, as are of riper years, are to be baptized, timely notice
shall be given to the Bishop, or whom he shall appoint for that purpose, a week before at the least, by the Parents, or some other discreet persons ; 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 or Holy-day appointed) shall be ready to present them at the Font immediately after the second Lesson, either at Morning
or Evening Prayer, as the Curate in his discretion shall think fit. 1 And standing there, the Priest shall ask, whether any of the persons here
presented be baptized, or no: If they shall answer, No; then shall the Priest
say thus, DE
EARLY beloved, forasmuch as all / waves of this troublesome world, that
men are conceived and born in sin, finally they may come to the land of (and that which is born of the flesh is everlasting life, there to reign with flesh,) and they that are in the flesh thee world without end; through Jesus cannot please God, but live in sin, com Christ our Lord. Amen. mitting many actual transgressions; and
A that our Saviour Christ saith, None can
LMIGHTY and immortal God, the
aid of all that need, the helper of enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of all that flee to thee for succour, the
life of them that believe, and the reWater and of the holy Ghost; I beseech
surrection of the dead; We call upon you to call upon God the Father, through
thee for these persons, that they, coming our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous goodness he will grant to these
to thy holy Baptism, may receive re.
mission of their sins by spiritual regepersons that which by nature they can
neration. not have; that they may be baptized
Receive them, O Lord, as with Water and the holy Ghost, and
thou hast promised by thy well-beloved received into Christ's holy Church, and
Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall receive; be made lively members of the same.
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you: So give now Then shall the Priest say,
unto us that ask ; let us that seek find;
open the gate unto us that knock; that (1 And here all the Congregation shall kneel.) these persons may enjoy the everlasting LMIGHTY and everlasting God, benediction of thy heavenly washing, who of thy great mercy didst save
and may come to the eternal kingdom Noah and his family in the ark from
which thou hast promised by Christ our
Lord. Amen. perishing by water; and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people then shall the people stand up, and the through the Red Sea, figuring thereby
Priest shall say, thy holy Baptism; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ,
Hear the words of the Gospel, written in the river Jordan, didst sanctify the
by Saint John, in the third Chapter, element of water to the mystical wash
beginning at the first Verse. ing away of sin ; We beseech thee, for
NHERE was a man of the Pharisees, thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt named Nicodemus, a ruler of the mercifully look upon these thy servants; Jews. The same came to Jesus by wash them and sanctify them with the night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we holy Ghost, that they, being delivered know that thou art a teacher come from from thy wrath, may be received into God; for no man can do these miracles the ark of Christ's Church; and being that thou doest, except God be with stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, him. Jesus answered and said unto and rooted in charity, may so pass the him, Verily, verily I say unto thee,
Let us pray.
PUBLICK BAPTISM OF SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS.
Except a man be born again, he cannot by faith; that he will grant them resee the kingdom of God. Nicodemus mission of their sins, and bestow upon saith unto him, How can a man be born them the holy Ghost; that he will give when he is old ? Can he enter the second them the blessing of eternal life, and time into his mother's womb, and be make them partakers of his everlasting born ? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I kingdom. say unto thee, Except a man be born of Wherefore we being thus persuaded water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter of the good will of our heavenly Father into the kingdom of God. That which towards these persons, declared by his is born of the flesh is flesh; and that Son Jesus Christ ; let us faithfully and which is born of the Spirit is spirit. devoutly give thanks to him, and say,
LMIGHTY where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof; but canst not tell whence humble thanks, for that thou hast it cometh, and whither it goeth : so is vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge
of thy grace, and faith in thee: Inevery one that is born of the Spirit.
crease this knowledge, and confirm this After which he shall say this Exhortation faith in us evermore. Give thy holy following.
Spirit to these persons, that they may
the express words of our Saviour everlasting salvation; through our Lord Christ, that except a man be born of Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and into the kingdom of God. Whereby ye for ever. Amen. may perceive the great necessity of this Sacrament, where it may be had. Like-Then the Priest shall speak to the persong wise, his
to be baptized on this wise :
ELL-, Chapter of Saint Mark's Gospel,) he gave command to his disciples, saying, Baptism, ye have heard how the conGo ye into all the world, and preach the gregation hath prayed, that our Lord Gospel to every creature. He that believ. Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive eth and is baptized shall be saved; but you and bless you, to release you of your he that believeth not shall be damned. sins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, Which also sheweth unto us the great and everlasting life. Ye have heard also, benefit we reap thereby. For which that our Lord Jesus Christ hath procause Saint Peter the Apostle, when mised in his holy Word to grant all upon his first preaching of the Gospel those things that we have prayed for ; many were pricked at the heart, and which promise he, for his part, will said to him and the rest of the Apostles, most surely keep and perform. Men and brethren, what shall we do? Wherefore, after this promise made replied and said unto them, Repent, by Christ, ye must also faithfully, for and be baptized every one of you for your part, promise in the presence of the remission of sins, and ye shall re- these your Witnesses, and this whole ceive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For congregation, that ye will renounce the the promise is to you and your children, devil and all his works, and constantly and to all that are afar off, even as many believe God's holy Word, and obediently as the Lord our God shall call. And keep his commandments. with many other words exhorted he them, saying, Save yourselves from this Then shall the Priest demand of each of
the Tsons to be baptized, severally, these untoward generation. For (as the same
OST thou renounce the devil and but the answer of a good conscience all his works, the vain pomp and towards God,) by the resurrection of glory of the world, with all covetous Jesus Christ. Doubt ye not therefore, desires of the same, and the carnal but earnestly believe, that he will fa- desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt vourably receive these present persons, not follow, nor be led by them ? truly repenting, and coming unto him Answer. I renounce them all.