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things that ye have prayed for: which

Minister. promise, he, for his part, will most Wilt thou then obediently keep surely keep and perform. Where

God's holy will and commandments, fore, after this promise made by and walk in the same all the days of Christ, this Infant must also faithfully, for his part, promise by you Answer. I will. that are his sureties, (until he come of age to take it upon himself) that

Then shall the Priest say, he will renounce the devil and all his

O works, and constantly believe God's

MERCIFUL God, grant that the holy word, and obediently keep his

old Adam in this Child may be so Commandments.

buried, that the new man may

be raised up in him.

in him. Amen. I demand therefore,

Grant that all carnal affections Dost thou, in the name of this

may die in him, and that all things child, renounce the devil and all his belonging to the Spirit may live and works, the vain pomp and glory of

grow in him. Amen. the world, with all covetous desires

Grant that he may have power and of the same, and the carnal desires strength to have victory, and to tri. of the flesh, so that thou wilt 100

umph against the devil, the world,

and the flesh. Amen. follow, nor be led by them? Answer. I renounce them all.

Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our Office and

Ministry, may also be endued with Minister.

heavenly virtues, and everlastingly Dost thou believe in God the Father rewarded, through thy mercy, O Almighty, Maker of heaven and *blessed Lord God, who dost live earth?

and govern all things, world without And in Jesus Christ his only

end. Amen. begotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Almighty, everliving God, whose born of the Virgin Mary; that he most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was for the forgiveness of our sins, did crucified, dead, and buried; that he shed out of his most precious side went down into hell, and also did both water and blood; and gave comrise again the third day; that he mandment to his disciples, that they ascended into heaven, and sitteth at should go teach all nations, and bapthe right hand of God the Father tize them in the Name of the Father, Almighty; and from thence shall and of the Son, and of the Holy come again at the end of the world, Ghost; Regard, we beseech thee, to judge the quick and the dead ? the supplications of thy Congrega

And dost thou believe in the Holy tion ; sanctify this Water to the Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; mystical washing away of sin; and the communion of saints; the remis- grant that this Child, now to be bapsion of sins; the resurrection of the tized therein, may receive the fulness fesh; and everlasting life after of thy grace, and ever remain in the death?

number of thy faithful and elect Answer. All this I stedfastly children, through Jesus Christ our believe.

Lord. Amen.

Minister. Wilt thou be baptized in this faith?

Answer. That is my desire.

Then the Priest shall take the Child into his

hands, and shall say to the Godfathers and Godfathers,

Name this Child.

And then naming it after them (if they shall the old man, and utterly abolish the certify him that the Child

may

well endure whole body of sin; and that as he is it) be shall dip it in the water discreetly made partaker of the death of thy Son, and warily, saying,

he may also be partaker of his resurN. I baptize thee, In the Name rection; so that finally, with the of the Father, and of the Son, and

residue of thy holy Church, he may of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

be an inheritor of thine everlasting But if they certify that the Child is weak,

kingdom, through Christ our Lord. it shall suffice to pour water upon it, say

Amen.
ing the aforesaid words,
N. I baptize thee, In the Name

Then all standing up, the Priest shall

say

to the Godfathers and Godmothers this of the Father, and of the Son, and Exhortation following : of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

FORASMUCH as this Child bath proThen the Priest shall say,

mised by you his sureties, to renounce We receive this Child into the the devil and all his works, to believe Congregation of Christ's flock; and in God, and to serve him; ye must

do * sign him with the remember, that it is your parts and * Here the Priest shall make sign of the Cross; in duties to see that this Infant be taught

, a Cross upon the token that hereafter be so soon as he shall be able to learn, Child's forehead. shall not be ashamed to what a solemn vow, promise, and confess the faith of Christ crucified, profession he hath here made by you. and manfully to fight under his ban- And that he may know these things ner, against sin, the world, and the the better, ye shall call upon bim to devil; and to continue Christ's faith- hear Sermons; and chiefly ye shall ful soldier and servant unto his life's provide, that he may learn the Creed, end. Amen.

the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Com

mandments in the vulgar tongue, and Then shall the Priest say,

all other things which a Christian Seeing now,dearly beloved brethren, ought, to know, and believe to his that this Child is regenerate, and soul's health ; and that this Child may grafted into the body of Christ's be virtuously brought up to lead a Church ; let us give thanks unto Al

godly and a Christian life; rememmnighty God for these benefits, and

bering always, that Baptism doth with one accord make our prayers

represent unto us our profession; unto him, that this Child may

lead which is, to follow the example of the rest of his life according to this our Saviour Christ, and to be made beginning

like unto him ; that as he died, and Then shall be said, all kneeling,

rose again for us, so should we, who The Lord's Prayer.

are baptized, die from sin, and rise Our Father, &c. to-But deliver

again unto righteousness, continually

mortifying all our evil and corrupt us from evil. Amen.

affections, and daily proceeding in all Then shall the Priest say,

virtue and godliness of living.
We yield thee hearty thanks, most
merciful Father, that it hath pleased

Then shall be add, and say ; thee to regenerate this Infant with thy

Ye are to take care that this Child Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine be brought to the Bishop to be conown Child by adoption, and to incor- firmed by him, so soon as he can say porate him into thy holy Church. the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and And humbly we beseech thee to grant, the Ten Commanements in the vulgar that he being dead unto sin, and living

tongue, and be further instructed in unto righteousness, and being buried the Church Catechism, set forth for with Christ in his death, may crucify

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433

THE MINISTRATION OF

PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN

IN HOUSES.

THE Curates of every Parish shall often admonish the People, that they defer not the

Baptism of their Children longer than the first or second Sunday next after their Birth, or other Holy-Day falling between, unless upon a great and reasonable cause, to be approved

by the Curate. And also

they shall warn them, that without like great cause and necessity they procure not their Children to be baptized at home in their houses. But when need shall compel them so to do, then Baptism

shall be administered on this fashion : First, let the Minister of the Parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful Minister thar

can be procured), with them that are present, call upon God, and say the Lord's Prayer, and so many of the Colleas appointed to be said before in the Form of Public Baptism, as the time and present exigence will suffer : And then, the Child being named by some one that is present, the Minister shall pour water upon it, saying these words :

N. I baptize thee, In 'the Name gregation may be certified of the true of the Father, and of the Son, and

Form of Baptism by him privately before

used : In which case be shall say thus ; of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

I CERTIPY you, that according to the Then all kneeling down, the Minister shall

due and prescribed Order of the give thanks units God, and say,

Church, at such a time, and at such We yield thee hearty thanks, most

a place, before divers witnesses I bap.

tized this Child. merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this Infant with thy

But if the Child were baptized by any other Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine

lawful Minister, then the Minister of the own Child by adoption, and to incor- Parish where the Child was born or porate him into thy holy Church. christened shall examine and try whether And we humbly beseech thee to the Child be lawfully baptized or no. In grant, that as he is now made partaker

which case, if those that bring any Child of the death of thy Son, so he may

to the Church do answer that the same be also of his resurrection, and that

Child is already baptized, then shall the

Minister examine them further, saying, finally, with the residue of thy saints, be may inherit thine everlasting king- By whom was this Child baptized? dom, through the same thy Son Jesus Who was present when this Child Christ our Lord. 'Amen.

was baptized?

Because some things essential to And let them not doubt, but that the Child this Sacrament may happen to be

10 baprized is lawfully and sufficiently omitted through fear or haste, in baptized, and qught not to be baptized

such times of extremity; therefore I again. ret nevertheless, if the Child,

demand further of you, which is after this sort baptized, do

With what matter was this Child afterward live, it is expedient that it be brought into the Church ; to the intent,

baptized ? that if the Minister of the same Parish

With what words was this Child did himself baptize that Child, the Con- baptized ?

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ever.

And if the Minister shall find, by the an.

Our Father, &c. to--But deliver us swers of such as bring the Child, that all from evil. Amen. things were done as they ought to be, then shall not be christen the Child again, but

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, shall receive him as one of the flock of heavenly Father, we give thee humble

true Christian People, saying thus; thanks, that thou hast vouchsafed to I CERTIFY you, that in this case all

call us to the knowledge of thy grace, is well done, and according unto due

and faith in thee: Increase this know. order, concerning the baptizing of ledge, and confirm this faith in us this Child; who being born in origi

evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to nal sint, and in the wrath of God, is this Infant, that he being born again, now, by the laver of regeneration in and being made an heir of everlasting Baptism, received into the number salvation, through our Lord Jesus of the children of God, and heirs of Christ, may continue thy servant, everlasting life : for our Lord Jesus and attain thy promise, through the Christ doth not deny his grace and

same our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, mercy unto such infants, but most who liveth and reigneth with thee lovingly doth call them unto him, as and the Holy Spirit, now and for the holy Gospel doth witness to our

Amen. comfort on this wise;

Then shall the Priest demand the Name of Mark X. 13 to 16. ante 430.

the Child; which being by the Godfathers and Godmothers pronounced, the Minister

shall After the Gospel is read, the Minister sball

say, make this brief Exhortation upon the Dost thou, in the name of this words of the Gospel.

Child, renounce, &c, as in p. 431. BELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel the Answer. I renounce them all. words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to be

Minister, brought unto him ; how he blamed Dost thou believe, &c. as in those that would have kept them

P.431. from him; how he exhorted all men Answer. All this I stedfastly beto follow their innocency. Ye per- lieve. ceive how by his outward gesture and

Minister. deed he declared his good will toward Wilt thou then obediently keep them; for he embraced them in his

God's holy will and commandments, arms, he laid his hands upon them,

and walk in the same all the days of and blessed them.

Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that

Answer. I will. he hath likewise favourably received this present Infant; that he hath em

Then the Priest shall say, braced him with the arms of his We receive, &c. as in p. 432. mercy; and (as he hath promised in

Then shall the Priest say, his holy Word) will give unto him the blessing of eternal life, and make Seeing now, dearly beloved brebim partaker of his everlasting king- thren, that this Child is by Baptism dom. Wherefore, we being thus regenerate, and grafted into the body persuaded of the good will of our of Christ's Church ; let us give thanks heavenly Father, declared by his Son

unto Almighty God for these bene. Jesus Christ, towards this Infant, let fits, and with one accord make our

faithfully and devoutly give thanks prayers unto him, that he may lead unto hiin, and say the Prayer which the rest of his life according to this the Lord himself taught us :

beginning

thy life?

us

..Then shall the Priest say;. appear that the Child was baptized with W& yield thee most hearty thanks,

Water, In the Name of the Father, and

of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, &c. as in p. 432.

(which are essential parts of Baptism ;) Then all standing up, the Minister shall

then let the Priest baptize it in the Form make this Exhortation to the Godfathers

before appointed for Public Baptism of and Godmothers :

Infants ; snving, that at the dipping of

the Child in the Font he shall use this FORASMUCH as this Child hath pro

form of words: mised, &c. as in p.432.,

If thou art not already baptized, N. But if they which bring the Infant to the I baptize thee, In the Name of the Church do 'make such uncertain answers

Father, and of the Son, and of the to the Priest's questions, as that it cannot | Holy Ghost. Amen.

THE MINISTRATION OF . BAPTISM TO SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS,

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WHEN any such Persons, as are of Riper Years, are to be baptized, timely notice shall

be given to the Bishop, or whom he shall appoint for that purpose, a week before at the least, by the Parents, or some other discreet Persons ; that so due care may be taken for their Examination, whether they be sufficiently instru&ed in the principles of the Christian Religion ; and that they may be exhorted to prepare themselves with Prayer's 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 or Holy-Day appointed) shall be ready to present them at the Font, immediately after the second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the

Curate in his discretion shall think fit. And standing there, the Priest shall ask, whether any of the Persons here presented be

baptized, or no? If they shall answer No, then shall the Priest say thus :

Dearly beloved, forasmuch as all lll ho

holy Church, and be made lively

Il members of the same. men are conceived and born in sin; and that which is born of the flesh

1- . Then shall the Priest say, is flesh, and they that are in the flesh cannot please God, but live in sin,

- Let us pray. committing many actual transgres

|| (And here all the Congregation shall kneel.). sions; and that our Saviour Christ saith, None can enter into the king ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, dom of God, except he be regenerate who of thy great mercy didst save and born anew of Water and of the Noah and his family in the ark from Holy Ghost; I beseech you to call perishing by water; and also didst upon God the Father, through our safely lead the children of Israel thy .. Lord Jesus Christ, that of his boun people through the Red Sea, figuring teous goodness he will grant to these thereby thy holy Baptism ; and by Persons that which by nature they the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son cannot have; that they may be bap Jesus Christ in the river Jordan didst tized with Water and the Holy sanctify the element of Water to the Ghost, and received into Christ's mystical washing away of sin; We

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