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hand, for the defence of the King, Parliament, and King. doo.) every minister is herein to apply himselfin his prayer, before or after sermon, to those occasions: but, for the manner, he is left to his liberty as God shall directandel. able him, in piety and wisdom, to discharge his duty. *
The prayer ended, let a psalm be sung, if with conveni. ency it may be done. After which (unless some other Or. dinance of Christ, that concerneth the congregation at that
time, be to follow) let the minister dismissthe congregation with a solemn blessing
Of the Administration of the Sacraments. 4nd first, Of Baptism. BAPTISM, as it is not unnecessarily to be delayed, so it
is not to be administered in any case by any private person, but by a minister of Christ, ealled to be the steward of the mysteries of God. - Nor is it to be administered in private places, or private. ly, but in the place of publick worship, and in the face of the congregation, where the people may most convenient. by see and hear; and not in the laces where fonts, in the time of Popery, were unfitly o superstitiously placel. The child to be baptized,after moti. given to the minister the day before, is to be presented by the father, or (in case
of his necessary absence) by some Christianition. inhisplace,
Professing his earnest desire that the ji may be baptized Before baptism, the minister is to use some words of in.
struction, touching the institution, nature, use, and ends of this sacrament: shewing,
... *.**instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ: That it “is a seal of the covenan
& C regeneration, adoption, and life eternal: That the water, ** in baptism, represente
- - to and signifieth both thij “Christ, which taketh away *. of sin, original and “ actual; and the sanctifying viof the Spirit of Christ against the dominion of sin, and the corruption of our “ sinful nature : That baptizing, or sprinkling and washing “with water, signified. *ausing from sity to
“ and for the merit of Christ, together with the mortifica-
“the covenant sealed thereby betwixt God and their souls.”
- He is to exhort the parent, “To consider the great mercy of God to him and his “child; to bring up the child in the knowledge of the - “grounds
“ grounds of the Christian religion, and in the nurture and
“ is good and gracious, not only in that he numbereth us,
“among his saints, but is pleased also to bestow upon Our “ children this singular token and badgeof his lovein Christ: “That, in his truth and special providence, he dailybringeth “ some into the bosom of his church, to be partakers of “his inestimable benefits, purchased by the blood of his “dear Son, for the continuance and increase of his o, “And.
“And praying, That the Lord would still continue, and “ daily confirm more and more this his unspeakable favour: “That he would receive the infant now baptized, and so“lemnly entered into the household of faith, into his father“ly tuition and defence, and remember him with the fa“vour that he sheweth to his people; that, if he shall be “taken out of this life in his infancy, the Lord, who is rich “in mercy, would be pleased to receive him up into glory; “ and if he live, and attain the years of discretion, that the “Lord would so teach him by his word and Spirit, and “make his baptism effectual to him, and so uphold him “by his divine power and grace, that by faith he may pre“vail against the devil, the world, and the flesh, till in the “end he obtain a full and final victory, and so be kept by “ the power of God through faith unto salvation, through
: “Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- of the Celebration of the Communion, or Sacrament of the
THE communion, or supper of the Lord, is frequently to
* be celebrated; but how often, may be considered and determined by the ministers, and other church-governors of each congregation, as they shall find most convenient for the comfort . edification of the people committed to their charge. And, when it shall be administered, we judge it convenient to be done after the morning sermon.
The ignorant and the scandalous are not fit to receive this sacrament of the Lord's supper.
Where this sacrament cannot with convenience be frequently administered, it is requisite that publick warnin be given the sabbath-day before the administration thereof: and that either then, or on some day of that week, something concerning that ordinance, and the due preparation thereunto, and participation thereof, be taught; that, by the diligent use of all means sanctified of God to that end, both in publick and private, all may come better prepared to that heavenly feast.
When the day is come for administration, the minister, having ended his sermon and prayer, shall make a short exhortation:
“Expressing the inestimable benefit we have by thissa. || -- * crament, together with the ends and use thereof: setting ladić. | 1. “forth the great necessity of having our comforts and loss, and “strength renewed thereby in this our pilgrimage and o th i “warfare: how necessary it is that we come unto it with o “knowledge, faith, repentance, love, and with hungering lo \ “ and thirsting souls after Christ and his benefits; how losio “great the danger to eat and drink unworthily. SãCra “Next, he is, in the name of Christ, on the one part, “to warn all such as are ignorant, scandalous, profane, or "in “ that live in any sin or o: against their knowledge or " “conscience, that they presume not to come to that holy “ table; shewing them, that he that eateth and drinko lo “unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment unto himself; | “and, on the other part, he is in especial manner to ill- o “vite and encourage all that labour under the sense of the lo Öme “burden of their sins, and fear of wrath, and desire to \" “reach out unto a greater progress in grace than yet they “can attain unto, to come to the Lord's table; assuring “ them, in the same name, of ease, refreshing, and strength “ to their weak and wearied souls.” After this exhortation, warning, and invitation, the table being before decently covered, and so conveniently place, - that the communicants may orderly sit about it, or at it; t the minister is to begin the action with sanctifying ano - blessing the elements of bread and wine set before him, (the bread in comely and convenient vessels, so prepared, that, being broken by him, and given, it may be distributed amongst the communicants; the wine also in large cups).
- having first, in a few words, shewed that those elements, \ otherwise common, are now set apart and sancúñea towa Wo. - holy use, by the word of institution and prayer, \\
i.et the words of institution be read out of the FNango”. lists, or out of the first Epistle of the Apostle Pau) to \\\e * - Corinthians, Chap. xi. 23. I have received of the Lord, &c. o to the 27th Verse, which the minister may, when \e sco \ uisite, explain and apply. - W ro, the o towing, or blessing of the brea" \ and wine, be to this effect: ... with humble and hearty acknowledgment of the great« mess of our misery, from which neither man nor wo w **, * & *