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hands upon them, and blessed Then shall the Minister demand the name them.

of the child; which being by the Godfathers

and Godmothers pronounced, the Minister After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall

shall say as follows: make this brief Exhortation

the words

DOST thou, in the name of of the Gospel :

this child, renounce the devil BELOVED, ye hear in this and all his works, the vain Gospel the words of our Saviour

pomp and glory of the world, Christ, that he commanded with all covetous desires of the the children to be brought unto same, and the sinful desires of him; how he blamed those that the flesh; so that thou wilt not would have kept them from follow, nor be led by them? him ; how he exhorteth all men Answer. I renounce them to follow their innocency. Ye all; and, by God's help, will perceive how, by his outward endeavour not to follow, nor gesture and deed, he declared be led by them. his good will toward them; for

Minister. Dost thou believe he embraced them in his arms, all the articles of the Christian he laid his hands upon them, faith, as contained in the Aposand blessed them. Doubt ye tles' Creed ? not therefore, but earnestly

Answer. I do. believe, that he hath likewise

Minister. Wilt thou then favourably received this present obediently keep God's holy infant; that he hath embraced him with the arms of his mercy; walk in the same all the days

will and commandments, and and, as he hath promised in his

of thy life? holy word, will give unto him

Answer. I will, by God's help. the blessing of eternal life, and make him partaker of his

Then the Minister shall say, everlasting kingdom. Wherefore, we being thus persuaded

WE receive this child into of the good will of our heavenly the Congregation of Christ's Father, declared by his Son Flock, and do* sign * Here the MinJESUS Christ, towards this him with the sign ister shall make infant, let us faithfully

and of the cross; in

a cross upon the

devoutly give thanks unto him, token that hereafter
and say the prayer which the he shall not be ashamed to
LORD himself taught us. confess the faith of CHRIST

OUR Father, who art in hea- crucified, and manfully to fight ven, Hallowed be thy Name; the world, and the devil ; and

under his banner, against sin, Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in soldier and servant unto his

to continue CHRIST's faithful heaven ; Give us this day our

life's end. Amen. daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those

T The same rule is to be observed here, as who trespass against us; And

to the omission of the sign of the cross, as lead us not into temptation ; in the Public Baptism of Infants But deliver us from evil. Amen.


T Then shall the Minister say, profession he hath here made by SEEING now, dearly beloved you. And that he may know brethren, that this child is these things the better, ye shall regenerate, and grafted into the call upon him to hear sermons; body of Christ's Church ; let and chiefly ye shall provide, us give thanks unto-ALMIGHTY that he may learn the Creed, God for these benefits, and with the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten one accord make our prayers Commandments, and all other unto him, that this child may things which a Christian ought lead the rest of his life according to know and believe to his to this beginning.

soul's health, and that this 1 Then shall be said, all kneeling,

child may be virtuously brought WE yield thee hearty thanks, up to lead a godly and a Chrismost merciful Father, that it tian life : remembering always, hath pleased thee to regenerate that baptism doth represent this infant with thy holy Spirit, unto us our profession; which to receive him for thine own is, to follow the example of our child by adoption, and to in- Saviour CHRIST, and to be made corporate him into thy holy like unto him; that as he died, Church. And humbly

and rose again for us, so should beseech thee to grant, that he we, who are baptized, die being dead unto sin, and living from sin, and rise again unto unto righteousness, and being righteousness; continually morburied with Christ in his death, tifying all our evil and corrupt may crucify the old man, and affections, and daily proceeding utterly abolish the whole body in all virtue and godliness of of sin"; and that as he is made living. partaker of the death of thy I Then shall he add, and say, Son, he may also be partaker

YE are to take care that this of his resurrection ; so that child be brought to the Bishop finally, with the residue of thy to be confirmed by him, so soon holy Church, he may be an as he can say the Creed, the inheritor of thine everlasting Lord's Prayer, and the Ten kingdom, through Christ our Commandments, and is suffiLord. Amen.

ciently instructed in the other 1 Then, all standing up, the Minister shall parts of the Church Catechism,

say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this set forth for that purpose. Exhortation following:

But if they who bring the infant to the FORASMUCH as this child hath promised by you, his

to the Minister's questions, as that it cannot appear

that the child was baptized with sureties, to renounce the devil

1. Water, in the Name of the FATHER, and and all his works, to believe in of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost God, and to serve him ; ye

(which are essential parts of Baptisın) then

let the Minister baptize it in the Form must remember, that it is your before appointed for Public Baptism of parts and duties to see that this

Infants ; saving, that, at the dipping of the

child in the Font, he shall use this form of infant be taught, so soon as he shall be able to learn, what IF thou art not already bapa solemn vow, promise, and I tized, N. I baptize thee in the

church do make such uncertain answers


name of the FATHER, and of the same time, the Minister may make the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Questions to the Sponsors and the succeed.

ing prayers serve for both. And again, Amen.

after the Immersion, or the pouring of

water, and the receiving into the Church, 1 If Infant Baptism, and the receiving of the Minister may use the remainder of the

Infants baptized in private, are to be at the Service for both.





Let us pray:

1 When any such persons as are of Riper years are to be baptized, timely notice shall be

given to the Minister ; 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. And if they shall be found fit, then the Godfathers and Godmothers, (the people being assembled upon the Sunday, Holy day, or Prayer day, appointed) shall be ready to present them at the Font, immediately after the Second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the Minister, in his discretion, shall think fit. And standing there, the Minister shall ask, Whether any of the persons here presented be baptized or no? "If they shall answer, No; then shall the Minister say

thus: DEARLY beloved, foras

1 Then shall the Minister say, much as all men are conceived and born in sin, (and that which is born of the flesh is flesh) and

ALMIGHTY and everlasting they who are in the flesh cannot God, who, of thy great mercy, please God, but live in sin, didst save Noah and his family committing many actual trans- in the ark from perishing by gressions ; and our Saviour water ; and also didst safely Christ saith, none can enter lead the children of Israel thy into the kingdom of God, people through the Red Sea, except he be regenerate and figuring thereby thy holy bapborn anew of water and of the tism; and by the baptism of Holy Ghost; I beseech you thy well-beloved Son JESUS to call upon God the FATHER, CHRIST in the river. Jordan, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST, didst sanctify the element of that of his bounteous goodness water, to the mystical washing he will grant to these persons away of sin; we beseech thee, that which by nature they can- for thine infinite mercies, that not have; that they may be thou wilt mercifully look upon baptized with water and the these thy servants ; wash them Holy Ghost, and received into and sanctify them with the Christ's holy Church, and be Holy Ghost; that they, being made lively members of the delivered from thy wrath, may

be received into the ark of


Christ's Church; and being that thou art a teacher come steadfastin faith, joyful through from God; for no man can do hope, and rooted in charity, these miracles that thou doest, may so pass the waves of this except God be with him. Jesus troublesome world, that finally answered and said unto him, they may come to the land of Verily, verily, I say unto thee, everlasting life; there to reign Except a man be born again, with thee, world without end, he cannot see the kingdom through Jesus CHRIST

our of God. Nicodemus saith Lord. Amen.

unto him, How can a man be

born when he is old ? can he T Or this.

enter the second time into his ALMIGHTY and immortal mother's womb, and be born ? God, the aid of all who need, Jesus answered, Verily, verily, the helper of all who flee to I say unto thee, Except a man thee for succour, the life of be born of water and of the those who believe, and the SPIRIT, he cannot enter into resurrection of the dead ; we the kingdom of God. That call

upon thee for these persons, which is born of the flesh, is that they, coming to thy holy flesh; and that which is born of Baptism, may receive remission the Spirit, is Spirit. Marvel of their sins, by spiritual re- not that I said unto thee, Ye generation. Receive them, O must be born again. The wind LORD, as thou hast promised bloweth where it listeth, and by thy well-beloved Son, saying, thou hearést the sound thereof; Ask, and ye shall receive ; seek, but canst not tell whence it and ye shall find ; knock, and cometh, and whither it goeth : it shall be opened unto you: so is every one that is born so give now unto us who ask; of the SPIRIT. let us who seek, find; open the After which he shall say this Exhortation gate unto us who knock ; that

following: these persons may enjoy the BELOVED, ye hear in this everlasting benediction of thy gospel the express words of heavenly washing, and may our Saviour CHRIST, that, come to the eternal kingdom except a man be born of water which thou hast promised by and of the Spirit, he cannot CHRisT our Lord. Amen.

enter into the kingdom of God. | Then the Minister shall say,

Whereby ye may perceive the Hear the words of the gospel, great necessity of this Sacrawritten by Saint John, in the ment, where it may be had third chapter, beginning at the Likewise, immediately before first verse :

his ascension into heaven, (as

we read in the last chapter THERE was a man of the of Saint Mark's gospel,) he Pharisees, named Nicodemus, gave command to his disciples, a ruler of the Jews. The same saying, Go ye into all the world, came to Jesus by night, and and preach the Gospel to every said unto him, Rabbi, we know creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved ; fully and devoutly, give thanks but he that believeth not, shall to him, and say, be damned: which also showeth

ALMIGHTY and everlasting unto us the great benefit we God, heavenly Father, we give reap thereby. For which cause thee humble thanks, for that Saint Peter the Apostle, when thou hast vouchsafed to call us upon his first preaching of the to the knowledge of thy grace, Gospel many were pricked at and faith in thee: increase this the heart, and said to him and knowledge, and confirm this the rest of the apostles, Men faith in us evermore. Give and brethren, what shall we do? thy Holy Spirit to these replied, and said unto them, persons, that they may be born Repent and be baptized every again, and be made heirs of one of you, for the remission everlasting salvation, through of sins, and ye shall receive our Lord Jesus Christ, who the gift of the Holy Ghost: liveth and reigneth with thee For the promise is to you and and the Holy Spirit, now and your children, and to all that for ever. Amen. are afar off, even as many as a Then the Minister shall speak to the the LORD our GOD shall call.

persons to be baptized on this wise : And with many other words

WELL-BELOVED, who are exhorted he them, saying, Save come hither

desiring to receive yourselves from this untoward holy Baptism, ye have heard generation. For, as the same how the Congregation hath apostle testifieth

in another prayed, that our Lord Jesus place, even baptism doth also CHRIST would vouchsafe to now save us, (not the putting receive you and bless away of the filth of the flesh, release you of your sins, to but the answer of a good con- give you the kingdom of heaven, science towards God, by the and everlasting life. Ye have resurrection of JESUS CHRIST. heard also that our Lord Jesus Doubt ye not therefore, but Christ hath promised in his earnestly believe, that he will holy word, to grant all those favourably receive these present things that we have prayed persons, truly repenting, and for; which promise he, for his coming unto him by faith; that part, will most surely keep and he will grant them remission of

perform. Wherefore, after their sins, and bestow upon this promise made by CHRIST, them the Holy Ghost; that he will give them the blessing of your part, in the presence of

ye must also faithfully, for eternal life, and make them these your witnesses, and this partakers of his everlasting whole Congregation, promise kingdom.

and answer to the following Wherefore, we being thus

questions. persuaded of the good will of the Minister shall then demand of the our heavenly Father toward

persons to be baptized as follows ; the these persons, declared by his questions being considered as addressed to

them severally, and the answers to be Son Jesus CHRIST, let us faith

made accordingly.



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