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Woe unto them that are mighty Shall the throne of iniquity have felto drink wine, and men of lowship with thee, which frameth misstrength to mingle strong drink: chief by a law?

Woe to him that coveteth an Which justify the wicked for reward,

evil covetousness to his house, and take away the righteousness of the

that he ma set his nest on righteous from him!

high, that he may be delivered Woe unto him that giveth his from the power of evil! neighbor drink, that puttest thy Thou hast consulted shame to thy bottle to him, and makest him

house by cutting off many people, and drunken also, that thou mayest hast sinned against thy soul. look on their nakedness!

For the stone shall cry out of Woe to him that buildeth a town with the wall, and the beam out of blood, and establisheth a city by

the timber shall answer it. iniquity!

It is not lawful for to put them into Woe unto them that decree un

the treasury, because it is the price of

blood. righteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have

And he said, What hast thou prescribed;

done? the voice of thy brother's

blood crieth unto me from the To turn aside the needy from judg- ground. ment, and to take away the right from

And they said one to another, We are the poor of my people, that widow's

verily guilty concerning our brother, may be their prey, and that they may

in that we saw the anguish of his soul, rob the fatherless!

when he besought us, and we would The wicked walk on every side, not hear; therefore is this distress when the vilest men are exalted. come upon us.

The Ritual

NOTE.-We call upon all our ministers to make faithful use of the forms and orders here provided, and without other deviation than that here indicated as permitted.

We urge all pastors to encourage and train their congregations to participate audibly in those portions of the service provided for this purpose, particularly in the celebration of the Lord's Supper. The portions to be used by the congregation are specially indicated by black

face type.

The Ritual of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Copyright, 1924, by the Methodist Book Concern The Scripture quotations, excepting the Psalms, the Lord's Prayer and forms of benediction, are from the American Standard Edition of the Revised Bible. Copyrighted, 1901, by Thomas Nelson & Sons.



soon as he shall be able to learn, the (Let every adult person, and the parents of every nature and end of this Holy Sacrament; child to be baptized, have the choice of either sprink

that he shall read the Holy Scriptures ling, pouring, or immersion.)

(We will on no account whatever make a charge for and learn the Lord's Prayer, the Ten administering Baptism.)

Commandments, the Apostles' Creed and Order for the Administration of Baptism the Catechism; and that he be instructed to Infants

in the principles of our Holy Faith and The Minister, coming to the Font, which

the nature of the Christian life. And is to be filled with pure Water, shall

ye shall call upon him to give reverent use the following:

attendance upon the appointed means of DEARLY BELOVED, forasmuch as God in grace, such as the ministry of the Word, his great mercy hath entered into cove- and the public and private worship of nant relation with man, wherein he hath God; and that in every way, by precept included children as partakers of its and example, ye shall seek to lead him gracious benefits;

rd Jesus into the love of God and the service of Christ saith: Suffer the little children

our Lord Jesus Christ. to come unto me; forbid them not: for Do you therefore solemnly engage to to such belongeth the kingdom of God; fulfill these duties, so far as in you lies, I beseech you to call upon God the the Lord being your helper ? Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Answer. We do. that having, of his bounteous mercy, redeemed this child by the blood of his

Then shall the People stand up, and the Son, he will grant that he, being baptized

Minister shall say: with water, may also be baptized with

Hear the words of the Gospel, written the Holy Spirit, be received into Christ's by St. Mark. [Chap. 1o. 13-16.) holy Church, and become a lively Mem- And they were bringing unto him little ber of the same.

children, that he should touch them: and Then shall the Minister say: the disciples rebuked them. But when

Jesus saw it, he was moved with indigAlmighty and Everlasting God, who nation, and said unto them, Suffer the by thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ

little children to come unto me; forbid gavest commandment to go into all the them not: for to such belongeth the world and make disciples of all the

kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, nations, baptizing them into the name of

Whosoever shall not receive the kingthe Father, and of the Son, and of the

dom of God as a little child, he shall in Holy Spirit; we beseech thee, that of

no wise enter therein. And he took them thine infinite mercy thou wilt look upon

in his arms, and blessed them, laying his this child: that he, being saved by thy

hands upon them. grace, and received into Christ's holy Then the Minister may take the Child in Church, may be steadfast in faith, joy- his arms, and say to the Parents or ful through hope, and rooted in love, and

other Sponsors: may so overcome all evil that finally he may reign with thee, world without end,

What name shall be given to this child? through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. And then, naming it after them, he shall

baptize it, saying: Then shall the Minister address the Parents or other Sponsors as

N., I baptize thee in the name of the followeth:

Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Dearly Beloved, forasmuch as this

Spirit. Amen. child is now presented by you for Chris

Then shall the Minister offer the followtian Baptism, and is thus consecrated to ing Prayer, the Peojie kneeling: God and to his Church, it is your part O God of infinite mercy, be pleased to and duty to see that he be taught, as grant unto this child an understanding

Let us pray:

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