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everlasting death: and this I baptized, when by reason of trust he will do of his mercy their tender age they cannot and goodness, through our Lord perform them? JESUS CHRIST; and therefore I Ans. Because they promise say, Amen : So be it.

them both by their sureties ; Question.

which promise, when they come HOW many Sacraments hath to age, themselves are bound to Christ ordained in his Church? perform.

Ans. Two only, as generally Quest. Why was the Sacranecessary to salvation; that is ment of the Lord's Supper to say, Baptism, and the Supper ordained ? of the Lord.

Ans. For the continual reQuest. What meanest thou membrance of the sacrifice of by this word Sacrament ? the death of Christ, and of

Ans. I mean an outward and the benefits which we receive visible sign of an inward and thereby: spiritual grace, given unto us ; Quest. What is the outward ordained by Christ himself; part or sign of the Lord's as a means whereby we receive Supper? the same, and a pledge to assure Ans. Bread and wine, which us thereof.

the LORD hath commanded to Quest. How many parts are be received. there in a Sacrament ?

Quest. What is the inward Ans. Two; the outward part or thing signified ? visible sign, and the inward Ans. The body and blood of spiritual grace.

CHRIST, which are spiritually Quest. What is the outward taken and received by the visible sign or form in Baptism? faithful in the Lord's Supper.

Ans. Water ; wherein the Quest. What are the benefits person is baptized, In the name whereof

are partakers of the Father, and of the Son, thereby ? and of the Holy Ghost. Ans. The strengthening and

Quest. What is the inward refreshing of our souls by the and spiritual grace?

body and blood of Christ, as Ans. A death unto sin, and our bodies are by the bread and a new birth unto righteousness: wine. for being by nature born in sin, Quest. What is required of and the children of wrath, we those who come to the Lord's are hereby made the children Supper?

Ans. To examine themselves, Quest. What is required of whether they repent them truly persons to be baptized ?

of their former sins, steadfastly Ans. Repentance, whereby purposing to lead a new life ; they forsake sin; and faith, have a lively faith in God's whereby they steadfastly believe mercy, through Christ, with the promises of God made to a thankful remembrance of his them in that Sacrament. death; and be in charity with

Quest. Why then are infants all men.

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of grace.

The Minister of every parish shall diligently upon Sundays and Holy days, or on some other convenient occasions, openly in the Church, instruct or examine so many children of his parish, sent unto him, as he shall think convenient, in some part of this Catechism.

And all fathers, mothers, inasters, and mistresses shall cause their children, servants, and apprentices, who have not learned their Catechism, to come to the church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear, and to be ordered by the Minister, until such time as

they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn. 9 So soon as children are come to a competent age, and can say the Creed, the Lord's

Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and can answer to the other questions of this short

Catechism, they shall be brought to the Bishop. "And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for children to be brought unto him

for their Confirmation, the Minister 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.

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of Upon the day appointed, all that are to be faithfully to observe such things

then confirmed, being placed and standing as they, by their own confession,
in order before the Bishop; he, or some
uther Minister appointed by him, shall read have assented unto.
this preface following:

Then shall the Bishop say,
TO the end that confirmation
may be ministered to the more of God, and of this congrega-

DO ye here, in the presence edifying of such as shall receive it, the Church hath thought and vow that ye made, or that

tion, renew the solemn promise good to order, that none shall be

was made in your name, at confirmed, but such as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer: confirming the same ; and ac

your baptism 1; ratifying and and the Ten Commandments; knowledging yourselves bound and can also answer to such

to believe and to do all those other questions, as in the short

things which ye then underCatechism are contained: which order is very convenient to be undertook for you?

took, or your sponsors then observed ; to the end that children, being now come to the And every one shall audibly answer, years of discretion, and having

I do. learned what their godfathers

Bishop. and godmothers promised for OUR help is in the name of them in baptism, may them- the LORD; selves, with their own mouth Ans. Who liath made heaven and consent, openly before the and earth. Church ratify and confirm the Bishop. Blessed be the name same; and also promise, that, of the LORD; by the grace of God, they will Ans. Henceforth, world with evermore endeavour themselves out end.

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Bish. LORD hear our prayer;

| And these Collects. Ans. And let our cry come ALMIGHTY and everlasting unto thee.

God, who makest us both to Bishop. Let us pray. will and to do those things

ALMIGHTY and everliving which are good, and acceptable God, who hast vouchsafed to unto thy divine majesty; we regenerate these thy servants make our humble supplications by water and the Holy Ghost, unto thee for these thy servants, and hast given unto them

upon whom, after the example forgiveness of all their sins; of thy holy apostles, we have strengthen them, we beseech

laid our hands; to certify thee, O LORD, with the Holy them, by this sign, of thy Ghost, the Comforter ; and favour and gracious goodness daily increase in them thy towards them. Let thy Fatherly manifold gifts of grace; the hand, we beseech thee, ever spirit of wisdom and under- be over them: Let thy Holy standing, the spirit of counsel SPIRIT ever be with them : and and ghostly strength, the spirit so lead them in the knowledge of knowledge and true godliness; and obedience of thy word, that and fill them, O LORD, with the in the end they may obtain spirit of thy holy fear, now and everlasting life, through our for ever. Amen.

Lord JESUS CHRIST; who, 9 Then all of them in order kneeling before with thee and the Holy Ghost, the Bishop, he shall lay his hands head of every one severally, saying,

liveth and reigneth ever one DEFEND, O LORD, this thy God, world without end. Amen. child [or, this thy servant) with

O ALMIGHTY LORD, and thy heavenly grace ; that he everlasting God, vouchsafe, we may continue thine for ever, beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and daily increase in thy Holy and govern, both our hearts Spirit more and more, until and bodies, in the ways of thy he come unto thy everlasting laws, and in the works of thy kingdom. Amen.

commandments; that through 1 Then shall the Bishop say, thy most mighty protection, The Lord be with you.

both here and ever, we may be Ans. And with thy spirit. preserved in body and soul, All kneeling down, the Bishop shall add, through our Lord and Saviour Let us pray

Jesus CHRIST. Amen. OUR Father, who art in hea- 1 Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying ven, Hallowed be thy Name;

ALThy kingdom come; Thy will THE blessing of God Albe done on earth, as it is in MIGHTY, the Father, the Son, heaven; Give us this day our and the Holy Ghost, be upon daily bread; And forgive us our you, and remain with you for

Amen. trespasses, as we forgive those ever. who trespass against us ; And T And there shall none be admitted to the lead us not into temptation; But

Holy Communion, until such time as he be

confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be deliver us from evil, Amen.

confirmed.

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thus :

SOLEMNIZATION OF MATRIMONY.

4 The laws respecting Matrimony, whether by publishing the Bans in churches, or by

License, being different in the several States ; every Minister is left to the direction of those

laws, in every thing that regards the civil contract between the parties. | And when the Bans are published, it shall be in the following form :-/ publish the

Bans of Marriage between M. of , and N. of - If any of you know cause or just impediment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye ure to declare it. [This is the first second, or third time of asking.]

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1 Atthe day and time appointed for Solemniza: may not be lawfully joined

tion of Matrimony, the persons to be married together in matrimony, ye do
shall come into the body of the church, or
shall be ready in some proper house, with now confess it: for be ye well
their friends and neighbours; and there assured, that if any persons are
standing together, the man on the right
hand, and the woman on the left, the joined together otherwise than
Minister shall say,

as God's word doth allow, their
DEARLY beloved, we are marriage is not lawful,
gathered together here in the The Minister, if he shall have reason to
sight of God, and in the face of doubt of the lawfulness of the proposed
this company, to join together Marriage, may demand sufficient surety

for his indemnification ; but if no impedithis man and this woman in ment shall be alleged, or suspected, the holy matrimony; which is Minister shall say I the Maq, commended of St. Paul to be M. WILT thou have this honourable among all men ; and woman to thy wedded wife, therefore is not by any to be to live together after God's entered into unadvisedly or ordinance, in the holy estate lightly; but reverently, dis- of matrimony ? Wilt thou creetly, advisedly, soberly, and love her, comfort her, honour, in the fear of God. Into this and keep her, in sickness and holy estate, these two persons in health ; and, forsaking all present come now to be joined. others, keep thee only unto her, If any man can show just cause, so long as ye both shalį live? why they may not lawfully be T The man shall answer, joined together, let him now I will. speak, or else hereafter for ever. Then the Minister shall say unto the hold his peace. And also speaking unto the persons who

N. WILT thou have this man are to be married, he shall say,

to thy wedded husband, to live I REQUIRE and charge you together after God's ordinance, both (as ye will answer at the in the holy estate of matrimony? dreadful day of judgment, when Wilt thou obey him, and serve the secrets of all hearts shall be him, love, honour, and keep disclosed) that if either of you him, in sickness and in health; know any impediment, why ye and, forsaking all others, keep

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thee only unto him, so long 1 Then the man leaving the ring upon the as ye both shall live ?

fourth finger of the woman's left hand, the

Minister shall say,
The woman shall answer,
I will.

OUR Father, who art in hea.
T Then shall the Minister say,

ven, Hallowed be thy Name; Who giveth this woman to Thy kingdom come; Thy will be married to this man? be done on earth, as it is in 9 Then shall they give their troth to each heaven; Give us this day our other in this manner :

daily bread; And forgive us our I The Minister receiving the woman at her trespasses, as we forgive those

father's or friend's bands, shall cause the who trespass against us; And man with his right hand to take the woman by her right hand, and to say after him as lead us not into temptation; But followeth:

deliver us from evil. Amen. I M. take thee N. to my

O ETERNAL God, Creator wedded wife, to have and to and Preserver of all mankind, hold, from this day forward, for

, better for worse, for richer for giver of all spiritual grace, the

author of everlasting life ; send poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death thy blessing upon these thy us do part, according to God's servants, this man and this

woman, whom we bless in thy holy ordinance; and thereto

name; that as Isaac and ReI plight thee my troth,

becca lived faithfully together, I Then shall they loose their hands, and the so these persons may surely woman with her right hand taking the man by his right hand, shall likewise say

perform and keep the vow and after the Minister,

covenant betwixt them made, I N. take thee M. to my (whereof this ring given and wedded husband, to have and received is a token and pledge) to hold, from this day forward, and may ever remain in perfect for better for worse, for richer love and peace together, and for poorer, in sickness and in live according to thy laws, health, to love, cherisk, and to through JESUS Christ our pbey, till death us do part, Lord. Amen. according to God's holy ordi- . Then shall the Minister join their right nance; and thereto I give thee

hands together, and say,

Those whom God hath joined 9 Then shall they again loose their hands; together, let no man putasunder.

and the man shall give unto the woman a ring. And the Minister taking the ring 1 Then shall the Minister speak unto the shall deliver it unto the man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the woman's left hand.

company : And the man

holding the ring there, and FORASMUCH as M. and taught by the Minister, shall say, N. have consented together in

WITH this ring I thee wed, holy wedlock, and have witand with all my worldly goods nessed the same before God and I thee endow : In the name of this company, and thereto have the FATHER, and of the Son, given and pledged their troth, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. each to the other, and have

my troth.

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