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mandment to his disciples, that they OST thou believe in God the Fa- should go teach all nations, and baptize

W faith?

and earth?

Son, and the Holy Ghost; Regard, we And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten beseech thee, the supplications of this Son our Lord ? And that he was con congregation; sanctify this Water to ceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the the mystical washing away of sin; and Virgin Mary; that he suffered under grant that the persons now to be bapPontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and tized therein may receive the fulness of buried; that he went down into hell, thy grace, and ever remain in the num. and also did rise again the third day: ber of thy faithful and elect children, that he ascended into heaven, and sit through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. teth at the right hand of God the Father Then shall the Priest take each person to Almighty; and from thence shall come

be baptized by the right hand, and placing again at the end of the world, to judge him conveniently by the Font, according to the quick and the dead?

his discretion, shall ask the Godfathers and And dost thou believe in the Holy Godmothers the Name; and then shall dip Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; him in the water, or pour water upon him, the Communion of Saints; the Remis

saying, sion of sins; the Resurrection of the N. the Father, and of the Son, and

I baptize thee In the Name of
flesh; and everlasting life after death ?
Answer. All this I stedfastly believe. of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then shall the Priest say,
ILT thou be baptized in this

W receive this person into the

congregation of Christ's flock; Answer. That is my desire.

* and do sign him

Here the Priest Question.

with the sign of the

shall make a Oross WII TILT thou then obediently keep Cross, in token that

upon the person's God's holy will and command hereafter he shall not

forehead. ments, and walk in the same all the be ashamed to con days of thy life?

fess the faith of Christ crucified, and Answer. I will endeavour so to do, manfully to fight under his banner, God being my helper.

against sin, the world, and the devil;

and to continue Christ's faithful soldier Then shall the Priest say,

and servant unto his life's end. Amen. O

Then shall the Priest say, old Adam in these persons may be so buried, that the new man may be

EEING now, dearly beloved bre

thren, that these persons are reraised up in them. Amen. Grant that all carnal affections may Christ's Church, let us give thanks unto

generate, and grafted into the body of die in them, and that all things belong- Almighty God for these benefits, and ing to the Spirit may live and grow in with one accord make our prayers unto them. Amen. Grant that they may have power and

him, that they may lead the rest of their

life according to this beginning. strength to have victory, and to triumph, against the devil, the world, and the T Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, ail flesh. Amen.

kneeling. Grant that they, being here dedicated 0 Hallowed be thy Name. Thy king

UR Father, which art in heaven, to thee by our office and ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, dom come. Thy will be done in earth, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy As it is in heaven. Give us this day our mercy, O blessed Lord God, who dost daily bread. And forgive us our treslive, and govern all things, world with passes, As we forgive them that tres. out end. Amen.

pass against us. And lead us not into AL LMIGHTY, everliving God, whose temptation; But deliver us from evil,

Ainen, most dearly beloved Son Jesus

E did shed out of his most precious side heavenly hast both water and blood, and gave com- vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge


of thy grace, and faith in thee; Increase

And then, speaking to the new baptized this knowledge, and confirm this faith

persons, he shall proceed, and say) in us evermore. Give thy holy Spirit to these persons ; that, being now born AND as for you, who have now by again, and made heirs of everlasting sal

Baptism put on Christ, it is your vation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, children of God and of the light, by

part and duty also, being made the they may continue thy servants, and at faith in Jesus Christ, to walk answertain thy promises ; through the same Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth ably to your Christian calling, and as and reigneth with thee, in the unity bering always that Baptism represent

becometh the children of light; rememof the same Holy Spirit, everlastingly. eth unto us our profession; which is, Amen.

to follow the example of our Saviour Then, all standing up, the Priest shall use Christ, and to be made like unto him ; this Exhortation following ; speaking to the that as he died, and rose again for us; Godfathers and Godmothers first.

so should we, who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness;

continually mortifying all our evil and promised in your presence to renounce the devil and all his works, to in all virtue and godliness of living.

corrupt affections, and daily proceeding believe in God, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your part and it is expedient that every person, thus bapduty to put them in mind, what a solemn tized, should be confirmed by the Bishop 80 vow, promise, and profession they have

soon after his Baptism as conveniently may now made before this congregation, and

be; that so he may be admitted to the holy

Communion. especially before you their chosen wit. nesses. And ye are also to call upon DIf any persons not baptized in their infancy them to use all diligence to be rightly

shall be brought to be baptized before they instructed in God's holy Word ; that so

come to years of discretion to answer for

themselves ; it may suffice to use the Office they may grow in grace, and in the

for Publick Baptism of Infants, or (in case knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ,

of extreme danger) the Office for Prirate Bapand live godly, righteously, and soberly tiem; only changing the word [Infant) for in this present world.

(Child or Person) as occasion requireth.


WHAT is your Name?



God's holy will and commandments, and
walk in the same all the days of my life.

Question. Dost thou not think that Answer. N. or M.

thou art bound to believe, and to do, as Question. Who gave you this Name ? Answer. My Godfathers and God.

they have promised for thee?

Answer. Yes verily; and by God's mothers in my Baptism; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the help so I will. And I heartily thank child of God, and an inheritor of the our heavenly Father, that he hath called

me to this state of salvation, through kingdom of heaven.

Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray Question. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?

unto God to give me his grace, that I

may continue in the same unto my life's Answer. They did promise and vow

end. three things in my name. First, that

Catechist. I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this

Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. wicked world, and all the sinful lusts


pre libre feshe Secondly, that should I BELIEVE in God the Father


believe all the Articles of the Christian
Faith. And thirdly, that I should keep earth :

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffer- no manner of work, thou, and thy son, ed under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and dead, and buried, He descended into thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the hell; The third day he rose again from stranger that is within thy gates. For the dead, He ascended into heaven, And in six days the Lord made heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Fa- earth, the sea, and all that in them is, ther Almighty ; From thence he shall and rested the seventh day; wherefore come to judge the quick and the dead. the Lord blessed the seventh day, and

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy hallowed it. Catholick Church; The Communion of V. Honour thy father and thy mother, Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The that thy days may be long in the land Resurrection of the body; And the Life which the Lord thy God giveth thee. everlasting. Amen.

VI. Thou shalt do no murder. Question. What dost thou chiefly learn VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery. in these Articles of thy Belief?

VIII. Thou shalt not steal. Answer. First, I learn to believe in

IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness God the Father, who hath made me, against thy neighbour. and all the world.

X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighSecondly, in God the Son, who hath bour's house, thou shalt not covet thy redeemed me, and all mankind.

neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor who sanctifieth me, and all the elect

any thing that is his. people of God.


What dost thou chiefly learn by these You said, that your Godfathers and

Commandments ? Godmothers did promise for you, that

Answer. I learn two things: my duty you should keep God's Commandments.

towards God, and my duty towards my Tell me how many there be ?

Neighbour. Answer. Ten.

Question. What is thy duty towards Question. Which be they?


Answer. My duty towards God, is NHE same which God spake in the to believe in him, to fear him, and to

twentieth Chapter of Exodus, say- love him with all my heart, with all my ing, I am the Lord thy God, who brought mind, with all my soul, and with all thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the my strength; to worship him, to give house of bondage.

him thanks, to put my whole trust in I. Thou shalt have none other gods him, to call upon him, to honour his but me.

holy Name and his Word, and to serve II. Thou shalt not make to thyself him truly all the days of my life. any graven image, nor the likeness of

Question. What is thy duty towards any thing that is in heaven above, or in thy Neighbour ? the earth beneath, or in the water under Answer. My duty towards my Neighthe earth. Thou shalt not bow down bour, is to love him as myself, and to to them, nor worship them: for I the do to all men, as I would they should do Lord thy God am a jealous God, and unto me: To love, honour, and suc. visit the sins of the fathers upon the cour my father and mother: To honour children, unto the third and fourth ge- and obey the Queen, and all that are neration of them that hate me, and put in authority under her: To submit shew mercy unto thousands in them myself to all my governours, teachers, that love me, and keep my command spiritual pastors and masters : To orments.

der myself lowly and reverently to all III. Thou shalt not take the Name my betters : To hurt no body by word of the Lord thy God in vain : for the nor deed : To be true and just in all Lord will not hold him guiltless that my dealing: To bear no malice nor taketh his Name in vain.

hatred in my heart : To keep my hands IV. Remember that thou keep holy from picking and stealing, and my tongue the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou from evil-speaking, lying, and slanderlabour, and do all that thou hast to do; ing: To keep my body in temperance,


in ,

soberness, and chastity: Not to covet Question. How many parts are there nor desire other men's goods; but to in a Sacrament? learn and labour truly to get mine own Answer. Two; the outward visible living, and to do my duty in that state sign, and the inward spiritual grace. of life, unto which it shall please God Question. What is the outward vito call me.

sible sign or form in Baptism? Catechist.

Answer. Water; wherein the person My good Child, know this, that thou baptized In the Name of the Father, art not able to do these things of thy- and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. self, nor to walk in the Commandments Question. What is the inward and of God, and to serve him, without his spiritual grace ? special grace; which thou must learn Answer. A death unto sin, and a at all times to call for by diligent prayer. new birth unto righteousness : for being Let me hear therefore, if thou canst say by nature born in sin, and the children the Lord's Prayer.

of wrath, we are hereby made the chil

dren of grace. Answer.

Question. What is required of persons

to be baptized ? Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, forsake sin; and Faith, whereby they

Answer. Repentance, whereby they As it is in heaven. Give us this day stedfastly believe the promises of God our daily bread. And forgive us our

made to them in that Sacrament. trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into tized, when by reason of their tender

Question. Why then are Infants bap. temptation; But deliver us from evil.

age they cannot perform them? Amen. Question. What desirest thou of God

Answer. Because they promise them in this Prayer ?

both by their sureties; which promise, Answer. I desire my Lord God our

when they come to age, themselves are

bound to perform. heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodness, to send his grace unto me,

Question. Why was the Sacrament of and to all people; that we may worship

the Lord's Supper ordained ?

Answer. For the continual rememhim, serve him, and obey him, as we

bra of the sacrifice of the death of ought to do. And I pray unto God, that he will send us all things that be Christ, and of the benefits which we needful both for our souls and bodies ;

receive thereby. and that he will be merciful unto us,

Question. What is the outward part and forgive us our sins; and that it will

or sign of the Lord's Supper ? please him to save and defend us in all

Answer. Bread and Wine, which the

Lord hath commanded to be received. dangers ghostly and bodily; and that he

Question. What is the inward part, will keep us from all sin and wicked. ness, and from our ghostly enemy, and

or thing signified ? from everlasting death. And this I

Answer. The Body and Blood of trust he will do of his mercy and good. Christ, which are verily and indeed

taken and received by the faithful in ness, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

the Lord's Supper. And therefore I say, Amen, So be it.

Question. What are the benefits where. Question.

of we are partakers thereby ?

Answer. The strengthening and reordained in his Church ?

freshing of our souls by the Body and Answer. Two only, as generally ne. Blood of Christ, as our bodies are by cessary to salvation, that is to say, Bap. the Bread and Wine. tism, and the Supper of the Lord.

Question. What is required of them Question. What meanest thou by this who come to the Lord's Supper ? word Sacrament !

Answer. To examine themselves, Answer. I mean an outward and whether they repent them truly of their visible sign of an inward and spiritual former sins, stedfastly purposing to lead grace given unto us, ordained by Christ

a new life; have a lively faith in God's himself, as a means whereby we receive mercy through Christ, with a thankful the same, and a pledge to assure us remembrance of his death; and be in thereof.

charity with all men.

How many Sacraments hath Christ

1 The Ourate of every Parish shall diligently upon Sundays and Holy-days, after

the second Lesson at Evening Prayer, openly in the Church instruct and examino 80 many Children of his Parish sent unto him, as he shall think

convenient, in some part of this Catechism. 1 And all Fathers, Mothers, Masters, and Dames, shall cause their Children,

Servants, and Apprentices, (which have not learned their Catechism,) to come to the Church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear, and be ordered by the Curate, until such time as they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn. So soon as Children are come to a competent age, and can say, in their Mother Tongue, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and also can answer to the other Questions of this short Catechism ; they shall be brought to the Bishop. And every one shall have a Godfather, or a Godmother, as a

Witness of their confirmation. 1 And whensoever the Bishop shall give komoroledge for Children to be brought

unto him for their confirmation, the Curate of every Parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the names of all such persons within his Parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the Bishop to be confirmed. And, i the Bishop approve of them, he shall confirm them in manner following.


AND COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION. T Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and

standing in order, before the Bishop; he (or some other Minister appointed by him) shall read this Preface following. To

be ministered to the more edifying yourselves bound to believe, and to do, of such as shall receive it, the Church all those things, which your Godfathers hath thought good to order, That none and Godmothers then undertook for hereafter shall be Confirmed, but such you ? as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer,

And every one shall audibly answer, and the Ten Commandments; and can

I do. also answer to such other Questions, as in the short Catechism are contained :

The Bishop. which order is very convenient to be observed ; to the end, that children, O

UR help is in the Name of the

Lord; being now come to the years of discre

Answer. Who hath made heaven and tion, and having learned what their

earth. Godfathers and Godmothers promised

Bishop. Blessed be the Name of the for them in Baptism, they may themselves, with their own mouth and consent, openly before the Church, ratify

Answer. Henceforth, world without

end. and confirm the same; and also promise,

Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers. that by the grace of God they will ever

Answer. And let our cry come unto more endeavour themselves faithfully to

thee. observe such things, as they, by their

The Bishop. Let us pray. own confession, have assented unto.


LMIGHTY and everliving God, Then shall the Bishop say,

who hast vouchsafed to regenerate Do ye here, in the presence of God, these thy servants by Water and the

and of this congregation, renew holy Ghost, and hast given unto them the solemn promise and vow that was forgiveness of all their sins; Strengthen made in your name at your Baptism; them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with ratifying and confirming the same in the Holy Ghost the Comforter, and daily


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