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children of Israel thy people written by Saint John, in the through the Red Sea, figuring third chapter, beginning at the thereby thy holy Baptism; and first verse:
by the baptism of thy well-beloved THERE was a man of the PhaSon Jesus Christ in the river Jor- risees, named Nicodemus, a dan, didst sanctify the element ruler of the Jews. The same of water, to the mystical washing came to Jesus by night, and said away of sin; we beseech thee, unto him, Rabbi, we know that for thine infinite mercies, that thou art a Teacher come from thou wilt mercifully look upon God; for no man can do these these thy Servants; wash them miracles that thou doest, except and sanctify them with the Holy God be with him. Jesus answerGhost; that they, being delivered ed and said unto him, Verily, vefrom thy wrath, may be received rily, I say unto thee, Excepta man into the Ark of Christ's Church; be born again, he cannot see the and being steadfast in faith, joyful kingdom of God. Nicodemus through hope, and rooted in cha-saith unto him, How can a man rity, may so pass the waves of this be born when he is old? can he troublesome world, that finally enter the second time into his they may come to the land of mother's womb, and be born? everlasting life; there to reign with Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I thee, world without end, through say unto thee, Except a man be Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. born of Water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom
ALMIGHTY and immortal of God. That which is born of God, the aid of all who need, the flesh, is flesh; and that which the helper of all who flee to thee is born of the Spirit, is Spirit. for succour, the life of those who Marvel not that I said unto thee, believe, and the resurrection of Ye must be born again. The wind the dead; we call upon thee for bloweth where it listeth, and thou these Persons, that they, coming to hearest the sound thereof; but thy holy Baptism, may receive canst not tell whence it cometh, remission of their sins, by spiritual and whither eth: so is every regeneration. Receive them, Oone that is burn of the Spirit. Lord, as thou hast promised by After which he shall say this Exhortation thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, following: and ye shall receive; seek, and BELOVED, ye hear in this Gos ye shall find; knock, and it shall pel the express words of our be opened unto you: So now Saviour Christ, that, except a man give unto us who ask; let us who be born of Water and of the Spirit, seek, find; open the gate unto he cannot enter into the kingdom us who knock; that these Persons of God. Whereby ye may permay enjoy the everlasting bene-ceive the great necessity of this diction of thy heavenly washing, Sacrament, where it may be had. and may come to the eternal king. Likewise, immediately before his dom which thou hast promised by ascension into heaven, (as we Christ our Lord.. Amen.
Then the Minister shall say,
Hear the words of the Gospel,
read in the last chapter of Saint Mark's Gospel,) he gave comand to his disciples, saying, Go
ye into all the world, and preach devoutly give thanks to him, and the Gospel to every creature. He say,
Then the Minister shall speak to the
that believeth, and is baptized, ALMIGHTY and everlasting shall be saved; but he that be- God, heavenly Father, we lieveth not, shall be damned give thee humble thanks, for that Which also showeth unto us the thou hast vouchsafed to call us to great benefit we reap thereby. the knowledge of thy grace, and For which cause Saint Peter the faith in thee: Increase this knowApostle, when upon his first ledge, and confirm this faith in us preaching of the Gospel many evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit were pricked at the heart, and to these Persons, that they may be said to him and the rest of the born again, and be made Heirs of Apostles. Men and brethren, what everlasting salvation, through our shall we do? replied, and said Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth unto them. Repent and be bap- and reigneth with thee and the tized every one of you, for the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. remission of sins, and ye shal! Amen. receive the gift of the Holy Ghost For the promise is to you and your children, and to all WELL-BELOVED, who are that are afar off, even as many as come hither desiring to rethe Lord our God shall call. And ceive holy Baptism, ye have heard with many other words exhorted how the Congregation hath prayhe them, saying, Save yourselves ed, that our Lord Jesus Christ from this untoward generation. would vouchsafe to receive you For, as the same Apostle testifieth and bless you, to release you of in another place, even baptism your sins, to give you the kingdoth also now save us, (not the dom of heaven, and everlasting putting away of the filth of the life. Ye have heard also that our flesh, but the answer of a good Lord Jesus Christ hath promised conscience towards God,) by the in his holy Word, to grant all resurrection of Jesus Christ. those things that we have prayed Doubt ye not therefore, but ear-for; which promise he, for his nestly believe, that he will favour-part, will most surely keep and ably receive these present Per-perform. Wherefore, after this sons, truly repenting, and coming promise made by Christ, ye must unto him by faith; that he will also faithfully, for your part, in grant them remission of their sins, the presence of these your Witand bestow upon them the Holy nesses, and this whole CongregaGhost; that he will give them the tion, promise and answer to the blessing of eternal life, and make following Questions : them Partakers of his everlasting kingdom.
Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good will of our beavenly Father toward these
The Minister shall then demand of the Persons to be baptized as follows; the Question being considered as addressed to them severally, and the Answers to be made accordingly.
Persons, declared by his Son Je-DOST thou renounce the devil
sus Christ, let us faithfully and
and all his works, the vain
pomp and glory of the world, and blood; and gave commandwith ail covetous desires of the ment to his disciples, that they same, and the sinful desires of the should go teach all nations, and flesh; so that thou wilt not follow, baptize them in the name of the nor be led by them?
Ans. I renounce them all; and, by God's help, will endeavour not to follow, nor be led by them.
Quest. Dost thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles' Creed?
Ans. I do.
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy Congregation; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that the Persons, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the
Quest. Wilt thou be baptized in number of thy faithful children, this Faith?
Ans. That is my desire.
Ans. I will, by God's help.
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Then shall the Minister take each Person to be baptized by the Right Hand; and placing him conveniently by the Font, according to his discretion, shall ask the Godfathers and Godmothers the name; and then shall dip him in the water, or pour water upon him, saying,
Merciful God, grant that the old Adam in these Persons and may be so buried, that the new
I baptize thee in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Then shall the Minister say,
man may be raised up in them. WE receive this Person into the Congregation of Christ's Grant that all sinful affections Flock, and do* sign may die in them, and that all him with the sign of Minister shall things belonging to the Spirit may the Cross; in token make a Cross live and grow in them. Amen. the that hereafter he upon perGrant that they may have power shall not be ashamson's forehead. and strength to have victory, and ed to confess the faith of Christ to triumph against the devil, the crucified, and manfully to fight world, and the flesh. Amen.
Grant that they, being here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O blessed Lord God, who dost live and govern all things,
world without end. Amen.
under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen. The same rule, as to the Omission of the Sign of the Cross, is to be observed here, as in the Baptism of Infants."
T Then the Minister shall say,
SEEING now, dearly beloved
brethren, that these Persons are ALMIGHTY, everliving God, regenerate, and grafted into the whose most dearly beloved body of Christ's Church; let us Son Jesus Christ, for the forgive-give thanks unto Almighty God ness of our sins, did shed out of for these benefits, and with one his most precious side both waterlaccord make our prayers unto
us from evil. Amen.
him, that they may lead the restfall his works, to believe in God, of their life according to this be- and to serve him; ye must reginning. member, that it is your part and Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, duty to put them in mind, what a solemn vow. promise, and proOUR Father, who art in Hea-fession they have now made before ven, Hallowed be thy Name; this Congregation, and especially Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be before you their chosen Witnesses, done on Earth, as it is in Hea-And ye are also to call upon them ven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our tres-instructed in God's holy Word; to use all diligence to be rightly passes. as we forgive those who that so they may grow in grace, trespass against us; And lead us and in the knowledge of our not into temptation; But deliver Lord Jesus Christ; and live godly, WE yield thee humble thanks, righteously, and soberly, in this O heavenly Father, that thou And then speaking to the baptized Perpresent world. hast vouchsafed to call us to the sons, he shall proceed and say, knowledge of thy grace, and faith AND as for you, who have now in thee: Increase this knowledge, by Baptism put on Christ, it and confirm this faith in us ever-is your part and duty also, being more. Give thy Holy Spirit to made the Children of God and of these Persons; that being now the light, by faith in Jesus Christ, born again, and inade Heirs of to walk answerably to your Chriseverlasting salvation through our tian calling, and as becometh the Lord Jesus Christ, they may con- children of light; remembering tinue thy Servants, and attain always, that Baptism representeth thy promises, through the same unto us our profession; which is, Lord Jesus Christ thy Son; who to follow the example of our Saliveth and reigneth with thee, in viour Christ, and to be made like the unity of the same Holy Spirit, unto him; that as he died, and everlastingly. Amen. rose again for us, so should we, Then, all standing up, the Minister who are baptized, die from sin, shall use this Exhortation following and rise again unto righteousness; speaking to the Godfathers and Godmocontinually mortifying all our FORASMUCH as these Persons evil and corrupt affections, and have promised, in your pre-daily proceeding in all virtue and sence, to renounce the devil and godliness of living.
¶ It is expedient that every person thus baptized should be confirmed by the Bishop, so soon after his Baptism as conveniently may be ; that so he may be admitted to the Holy Communion.
Whereas necessity may require the baptizing of Adults in private houses, in consideration of extreme sickness; the same is hereby allowed in that case. And a convenient number of persons shall be assembled in the house where the Sacrament is to be performed. And in the exhortation, Well beloved, &c. instead of these words, come hither desiring, shall be inserted this word, desirous.
If there be occasion for the Office of Infant Baptism and that of Adults at the same time, the Minister shall use the exhortation and one of the prayers next following in the Office for Adults only, in the exhortation and prayer, after the words, these Persons, and these thy Servants, adding, and these Infants. Then the Minister shall proceed to the questions to be demanded in the casos re
spectively. After the immersion, or the pouring of water, the prayer shall be a in this service; only, after the words, these Persons, shall be added, and these Infants. After which the remaining part of each service shall be used; first that for Adults, and lastly that for Infants.
If any persons, not baptized in their Infancy, shall be brought to be baptized before they come to years of discretion to answer for themselves, it may suffice to use the Office for public Baptism of Infants; or, in case of extreme danger, the Office for Private Baptism; only changing the word Infant, for Child, or Person, as occa sion requireth.
An Instruction, to be learned by every Person before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop.
WHAT is your name?
Ans. N. or M.
may continue in the same unto my life's end.
Catechist. Rehearse the Articles
Quest. Who gave you this of thy Belief. name?
Ans. My Sponsors in Baptism; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of Hea
Quest. What did your Sponsors then for you?
Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was con ceived by the Holy Ghost, Boru of the Virgin Mary, Suffered un Ans. They did promise and der Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, vow three things in my name : dead, and buried; He descended First, that I should renounce the into hell; The third day he rose devil and all his works, the pomps from the dead; He ascended into and vanity of this wicked world, heaven, and sitteth on the right and all the sinful lusts of the flesh; hand of God the Father AlmighSecondly, that I should believety; From thence he shall come all the Articles of the Christian to judge the quick and the dead. Faith; And thirdly, that I should I believe in the Holy Ghost; keep God's holy will and com-The holy Catholic Church; The mandments, and walk in the same Communion of Saints; The forall the days of my life. giveness of sins; The resurrecQuest. Dost thou not think that tion of the body, And the life thou art bound to believe, and to everlasting. Amen. do, as they have promised for
Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Articles of thy Belief?
Ans. Yes verily; and by God's help so I will: And I heartily Ans. First, I learn to believe thank our heavenly Father, that in God the Father, who hath he hath called me to this state of made me, and all the world. salvation, through Jesus Christ Secondly, in God the Son, who our Saviour: And I pray unto hath redeemed me, and all man. Sed to give me his grace, that I kind.