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PUBLICK BAPTISM OF INFANTS,
TO BE USED IN THE CHURCH.
1 The people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient that Baptism should
not be administercd but upon Sundays, and other Holy-days, when the most mumber of people come together; as well for that the Congregation there present may testify the receiving of them that be newly baptized into the number of Christ's Church; us also because in the Baptism of Infants every Man present may be put in remeinbrance of his own profession mude to God in his Buptism. For which canse also it is expedient that Baptism be ministered in the vulgar tongue. Nevertheless, (if necessity so require,) Children may be baptized upon any
other day. And note, that there shall be for every Male-child to be baptized two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfather and I wo Godmothers. 4 When there are Children to be baptized, the Parents shall give knowledge thereof
over night, or in the morning before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Curate. And then the Godfathers and Godmothers, and the people with the Children, must be ready at the Font, either immediately after the last Lesson at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the Cu. rate by his discretion shall appoint. And the Priest coming to the rónt, (which
is then to be filled with pure Water,) and standing there, shall say, HATH this Child been already bap Baptism, may receive remission of his tized, or no?
sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive 1 If they answer, No: Then shall the him, O Lord, as thou hast promised by
Priest proceed as followeth. thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, and DEARLY beloved, forasmuch as all ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find;
men are conceived and born in sin; knock,and it shall be opened unto you: and that our Saviour Christ saith, None So give now unto us that ask ; let us can enter into the kingdom of God, that seek find; open the gate unto us except he be regenerate and born anew that knock; that this Infant may enjoy of Water and of the holy Ghost; I be the everlasting benediction of thy hea seech you to call upon God the Father, venly washing, and may come to the through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of eternal kingdom which thou hast prohis bounteous mercy he will grant to mised by Christ our Lord. Amen. this Child that thing which by nature 1 Then shall the people stand up, and he cannot have; that he may be bap
the Priest shall say, tized with Water and the holy Ghost, Hear the words of the Gospel, written and received into Christ's holy Church, by Saint Mar in the tenth Chapter, and be made a lively member of the at the thirteenth Verse. same.
THEY brought young children to 1 Then shall the Priest say,
Christ, that he should touch them;
and his disciples rebuked those that ALMIGHTY and everlasting, God, brought them. But when Jesus saw
who of thy great mercy didst save it, he was much displeased, and said Noah and his family in the ark from unto them, Suffer the little children to perishing by water; and also didst
safely come unto me, and forbid them not; lead the children of Israel thy people for of such is the kingdom of God. Vethrough the Red Sea, figuring thereby rily I say unto you, whosoever shall thy holy Baptism; and by the Baptism not receive the kingdom of God as a of thy well beloved Son Jesus Christ, little child, he shall not enter therein. in the river Jordan, didst sanctify Wa And he took them up in his arms, put ter to the mystical washing away of sin; his hands upon them and blessed them. We beseech thee, for thine infinite mer After the Gospel is read, the Minister cles, that thou wilt mercifully look upon shall make this brief Exhortation upon this child; wash him and sanctify him the words of the Gospel. with the holy
Ghost; that he, being de- BELOVED ye hear in this Gospel the livered from thy wrath, may be receive ed into the ark of Christ's Church; and he commanded the children to be being stedfast in faith, joyful through brought unto him ; how he blanied hope, and rooted in charity, may so those that would have kept them from pass the waves of this troublesome him; how he exhorteth all men to fol. world, that finally he may come to the low their innocency. Ye perceive how land of everlasting life, there to reign by his outward gesture and deed he de. with thee world without end; through clared his good will toward them; for Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
he embraced them in his arms, he laid A LMIGHTY and immortal God, the his hands upon them and blessed them.
aid of all that need, the helper of Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly all that flee to thee for succour, the life believe, that he will likewise favour. of them that believe, and the resurrec ably receive this present mfant; that tion of the dead; Wé call upon thee for he will embrace him with the arms of this Infunt, that he, coming to thy holy his mercy; that he will give unto him
Let us pray.
the blessing of eternal life, and make And dost thou believe in the lloly Alm partaker of his everlasting king. Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; dom. Wherefore we being thus per. the Communion of Saints; the ke. suaded of the good will of our heavenly mission of sins; the Resurrection of Father towards this Infant, declared the flesh; and everlasting life after by his Son Jesus Christ, and nothing death? doubting but that he favourably allow. Answer. All this I stedfastly beliere. eth this charitable work of our's in
Minister bringing this Infant to his holy Bap: WILT thou be baptized in this faith? tism ; let us faithfully and devoutly Answer. That is my deatre. give thanks unto him, and say,
Minister. ALMIGHTY, and everlasting God; WILT, thou then obediently keer ble thanks for that thou hast vouch. ments, and walk in the same all the safed to call us to the knowledge of thy days of thy life? grace, and faith in thee: Increase this Answer. I will. knowledge, and contim this faith in us
Then shall the priest say, evermore. Give thy boly Spirit to this Infunt, that he may be born again, and O MERCIFUL God, grant that the
old Adam in this child may be so be made an heir of everlasting silva. buried, that the new man may be raised tion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, up in him. Amen. who liveth and reigneth with thee and Grant that all carnal affections may the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. die in him, and that all things belong.
Then shall inc Priest spouk unto the ing to the Spirit may live and grow la Godfathers and Gulmothers on this him. Amen. wisc.
Grant that he may have power and DEARLY beloved, ye have brought strength to have victory, and to tri
this Child here to be baptized, ye umph, against the devil, the world, and have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ the tesh. would vouchsafe to receive him, to re Grant that whosoever is here dedi. lease him of his sins, to sanctify him cated to thee by our office and ministry with the holy Ghost, to give him the may also be endued with heavenly kingilom of heaven, and everlasting virtues, and everlastingly rewandel, life. Ye have heard also that our Lord through thy mercy, o blessed Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his Gos. Goul, who dost live, and govern all pel to grant all these things that ye things, world without end. Amen. have prayed for: which proniise he, for his part, will most surely hepans j'm? ALMIGHTY; cverliving Curl, whose
Wherefore, after this promise Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, made by Christ, this Infan! must also did shed out of his most precious side faithfully, for his part, promise by you both water and blood and are con that are his sureti, (until he come of mandment to his disiple, that they age to take it upon nimees,) that he should go teach all nations, and bapa will renounce the deve and all his tize them in the Name of the Father, works, and constantly believe God's the Son, and the Holy Ghost; Hamar, boly Word, and obediently keep his we besee h ther, the supplat as of commandments.
thy cougatun; wantly this Water I demand therefore,
to the mysthal washing a way of my DOST thou, in the Name of this and grant that this Child, now to be
Child, renounce the devil and all baptized therein, may receive the ful. his works, the vain pomp and glory of ness of the grant, and ever remain in the world, with all covetous desires of the number of thy faithful and elect the same, and the carnal desires of the children, through Jesus Christ our flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor Loni. Amen. be led by them!
Then the Intest shall take the Child Ansucr. I renounce them all.
into his hands, and shall way to le Minister.
Gotfather and marken, DOST, thou believe in Coulthe Pather
Name this Chul, Almighty, Maker of loaven and And then waming Her them to earth?
they shall cry him that the Chris And in Jesus Christ his only-beyotten muy will coure it has twin Son our Lord? And that he was 100. the Water dikredly and outly, suy. ceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virkin Mary that he suffered under N. I baptize thee in the Name of the Pontius Pilate, was tuntia, lead, and • Father, and of the Soe, of the buried; that he went down into bell, Holy Ghost. Amen and also did maain the tard day; Hul v thy sint, tal lac Olika u that he added to beaven, and site ret, u shalt muffice to go Wate toth at the right hand of God the
upou W, saying the fund wurde, ther Atmtityand from thence hall N., baptise thee in the Name of the come in at the end of the world, to Fatixt, and of the Son, and of thing judge the quick and the dead?
Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then the Priest shall say, may also be partaker of his resurrecWE E receive this Child into the tion; so that finally, with the residue
congregation of Christ's flock, of thy holy Church, he may be an in* Herethe Priest with the sign of the * and do sign him heritor of thine everlasting kingdom ;
through Christ our Lord. Amen. shall make a Cross Cross, in token that upon the Child's hereafter he shall not
| Thent, all standing up, the Priest shall forehead.
say to the Godfathers and Godmothers be ashamed tn con this Exhortation follouing. fess the faith of Christ crucified, and FORASMUCH as this Child hath promanfully to fight under his banner, mised by you his sureties to reagainst sin, the world, and the devil; nounce the devil and all his works, to and to continue Christ's faithful soldier believe in God, and to serve him ; ye and servant unto his life's end. Amen. must remember, that it is your parts
Then shall the Priest say, and duties to see that this Infant be SEEING now, dearly beloved bre taught, so soon as he shall be able to
thren, that this Child is regenerate, learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and grafted into the body of Christ's and profession, he hath here made by Church, let us give thanks unto Al you. And that he may know these mighty God for these benefits; and things the better, ye shall call upon with one accord make our Prayers him to hear Sermons; and chiefly ye unto him, that this Child may lead the shall provide, that he' may learn the rest of his life according to this begin. Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten ning.
Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, Then shall be said, all kneeling ; and all other things which a Christian OUR Father, which art in heaven;
ought to know and believe to his soul's be .
health ; and that this Child may be vir. dom come. Thy will be done in earth, tuously brought up to lead a godly and As it is in heaven. Give us this day a Christian life ; remembering always, our daily bread. And forgive us our that Baptism doth represent unto us trespasses, As we forgive them that our profession; which is, to follow the trespass against us. And lead us not example of our Saviour Christ, and to into temptation ; But deliver us from be made like unto him ; that, as he evil. Amen.
died, and rose again for us, so should Then shall the Priest say, we, who are baptized, die from sin, and WE yield thee hearty thanks, most rise again unto righteousness; conti.
merciful Father, that it hath pleas nually mortifying all our evil and cor. ed thee to regenerate this Infant with rupt affections, and daily proceeding in thy holy Spirit, to receive him for thine all virtue and godliness of living. own Child by adoption, and to incor. | Then sha
he add and say, porate him into thy holy Church. And YE
E are to take care that this Child be humbly we beseech thee to grant, that brought to the Bishop to be conhe, being dead unto sin, and living un. firmed by him, so soon as he can say to righteousness, and being buried with the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Christ in his death, may crucify the old Ten Commandments, in the vulgar man, and utterly abolish the whole tongue, and be further instructed in body of sin; and that, as he is made the Church-Catechism set forth for that partaker of the death of thy Son, he purpose. IT is certain by God's Word, that Children which are baptized, dying before
they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly saved.
To take away all scruple concerning the use of the sign of the Cross in Baptism; the true explication thereof, and the just reasons for the retaining of it, may be seen in the xxxth Canon, first published in the Year MDCIV.
THE MINISTRATION OF
The Curates of every Parish shall often admonish the people, that thcy defer not the Baptism of their Children longer than the first or second Sunday next after their birth, or other Holy-day falling betwecn, unless upon a great and reasonable
cuuse, to be approved by the Curate. 9 And also they shall warn them, that without like great cause and necessity then
procure not their Children to bc baptizcil at home in their houses. But when need
shall compel them so to do, then Buptism shall be administered on this fashion : y First, let the Minister of the Parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful Minister
that can be procured) with them that are present call upon God, and say the Lord's
Prayer, and so many of the Collects appointed to be sated before in the Furman Publick Baptism, as the time and present exigence uill suffer. And then, the Child being named by some one that is present, the Minister shall prur Water upon it, saying these words ; N. I baptize thee in the Name of the due order, concerning the baptizing of
• Father, and of the Son, and of the this Child; who being bom in original Holy Ghost. Amen.
sin, and in the wrath of God, is now, | Then, all kneeling down, the Minister by the layer of Regeneration in Bap
shall give thank's unto God, and say, tism, received into the number of the WE yield thee hearty thanks, most children of God, and heirs of everlast
merciful Father, that it hath pleas ing life: for our Lord Jesus Christ doth ed thee to regenerate this Infant with not deny his grace and mercy unto thy holy Spirit, to receive him for thine such Infants, but most lovingly doth own Child by adoption, and to incor. call them unto him, as the holy Gospel porate him into thy holy Church. And doth witness to our comfort on this we humbly beseech thee to grant, that wise, as he is now made partaker of the death
St. Mark X. 13. of thy Son, so he may be also of his re. THEY brought young children to surrection, and that finally, with the
; residue of thy Saints, he may inherit and his disciples rebuked those that thine everlasting kingdom; through brought them. But when Jesus saw it, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our he was much displeased, and said unto Lord. Amer.
them, Suffer the little children to corne And let them not doubt, brut that the unto me, and forbid them not; for of Child so baptized is larfully and suffi such is the kingitom of God. Verily I ciently baptised, and ought how to be say unto you, Whosoever shall not rebaptized again. Yet nerertheless, ceive the kingdom of God as a little the Child, which is after this sort lap child, he shall not enter therein. And tized, do afteruar i live, it is crpedient he took them up in his arms, put his that it be brought into the Church, to hands upon them, and blessed them the intent that, the Minister of the ncr the Gospel is revul, the Minister same Purish did himself baptize that that make this trics Kshortation upon Child, the Congregation may be certi. .the words of the Gospel. fied of the true form of Barison, by BELOVED), ye hear in this Gospel him privatdy before used : In which the worls of our Saviour Christ, case he shall say thus,
that he commanded the children to be I
CERTIFY you, that according to brought unto him ; how he baned
the due and prescribed Order of the those that would have kept themirum Church, at such a time, and at such a him: how he exhorted all men to fol. place, before divers witnesses I baptized low their innocency. Ye per rive how this Child.
by his outwart gesture and det dhe de Rut v the Child were baptized by any clared his good will toward them; for other lauful Minister, then the Minis. he embraced them in his arms, he Lald ter of the Prish, where the Child was his hands upon them, and bless than born or christened, shall cramine and Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly try whether the Child I laufully, bap believe, thint he hath kewise favour. tired, or ro. In which case, if those ably received this present infart; that that bring any Child to the Church do he hath embracheron with the arts of answer, that the same Chill is alroidy his metuy; and (as he hath promise! bardiend, then shall the Vindater end. in his holy Worl) will kive unto him mind them further, stuing,
the blessing of cuernal it, and make BY Y whom was this Child baptized ? himn puurtaart of his everlasting king
Who was present when this Child dorn Whxrefore, we being thus rer. was baptized ?
muaded of the good wall of our ba Because some things essential to this venly Father, declared by his Son Jesus Sacrament may happen to be omitted Christ, towants this lifant, let us faiththrough fear or haste, in such times fully and devoutly give thanks unto of extremity; therefore I demand fur. him, and say the l'rayer which the ther of you,
Lond himself taught us: With what matter was this Child baptized ?
OUR Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed me thy Name. My kit with what words was this Child bap dom come. The will be done in arth, tized
As it is in heaven Circus this day our And if the Minister shall find by the daily bread. And forgive us our tree annuert of such as bring the Child, passes, As we forgive them that tree that all intrusive done as they ongni pass against us. And lead us not into to be, then that he chosen the temptats; But deliver us from evu. Child anin, but shall rere Alin as Антип, one of the pink of true christian Jr - Abraenly Father, we give the botimi
I MIGHTY and everlasting God, ple, we thu, I CERT!!Yvothat in this case all ble thanks, that the last oak heated
is well done, and according unto to call us to the knowledge of thy fta,
and faith in thee; Increase this know. unto him, that he may lead the rest of ledge, and confirm this faith in us ever his life according to this beginning. more. Give thy holy Spirit to this In.
Then shall the Pricst stry, fant, that he, being born again, and be WE yield thee most hearty thanks, ing made an heir of everlasting salva most merciful Father, that it hath tion, through our Lord Jesus Christ, pleased thee to regenerate this Infant may continue thy servant, and attain with thy holy Spirit, to receive him for thy promise ; through the same our thine own Chila by adoption, and to Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth incorporate him into thy holy Church. and reigneth with thee and the Holy And humbly we beseech thee to grant, Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. that he being dead unto sin, and living
Then shall the Priest demand the unto righteousness, and being buried Name of the Child; which being by with Christ in his death, may crucify the Godfathers and Godmothers pro the old man, and utterly abolish the nounced, the Minister shall say, whole body of sin; and that, as he is Dost thou, in the Name of this child, made partaker of the death of thy Son,
renounce the devil and all his works, he may also be partaker of his resurrecthe vain pomp and glory of this world, tion; so that finally, with the residue with all covetous desires of the same, of thy holy Church, he may be an inand the carnal desires of the flesh, so heritor of thine everlasting kingdom ; that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. them?
Then, all standing up, the Minister Answer. I renounce them all.
shall make this Exhortation to the Minister.
Godfathers and Godmothers. DOST thou believe in God the Father FORASMUCH as this Child hath pro
Almighty, Maker of heaven and inised by you his sureties to reearth?
nounce the devil and all his works, to And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten believe in God, and to serve him ; ye Son our Lord ? And that he was con. must remember, that it is your parts ceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the and duties to see that this infunt be Virgin Mary; that he suffered under taught, so soon as he shall be able to Pontius Pilate, wascrucified, dead, and learn, what a solemn vow, promise, buried; that he went down into hell, and profession he hath made by you. and also did rise again the third day; And that he may know these things that he ascended into heaven, and sit the better, ye shall call upon him to teth at the right hand of God the Fa hear Sermons; and chiefly ye shall ther Almighty; and from thence shall provide, that he may learn the Creed, come again at the end of the world, to the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Comjudge the quick and the deau ?
mandments, in the vulgar tongue, and And dost thou believe in the Holy all other things which a Christian ought Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; to know and believe to his soul's health; the Communion of Saints; the Remis. and that this Child may be virtuously sion of sins; the Resurrection of the
brought up to lead a godly and a Chris. flesh; and everlasting life after death? tian life; remembering alway, that BapAnswer. All this I stedfastly believe. tism doth represent unto us our proMinister.
fession; which is, to follow the exam. WILT thou then obediently keep ple of our Saviour Christ, and to be
God's holy will and command made like unto him ; that, as he died, ments, and walk in the same all the and rose again for us, so should we, days of thy life?
who are baptized, die from sin, and Answer. I will.
rise again unto righteousness; conti. | Then the Priest shall say, nually mortifying all out evil and corWe receive this Child into the rupt aflections, and daily proceeding in
congregation of Christ's flock, all virtue and godliness of living. * Here the Priest with the sign of the * and do sign him But if they which bring the Infant to
the Church do make such uncertain anshall make a Cross Cross, in token that upon the Child's hereafter he shall not
swers to the Priest's questions, as that forehead.
it cannot appear that the Child was be ashamed to eon baptized with Water, In the Name of fess the faith of Christ crucified, and the Father, and of the Son, and of manfully to fight under his banner, the Holy Ghost, (which are essential against sin, the world, and the devil; parts of Baptism,) then let the Priest and to continue Christ's faithful soldier baptize it in the form before appointed and servant unto his life's end. Amen. for Publick Baptism of Infants ; sav. Then shall the Priest say,
ing that at the dipping of the Child in SEEING now, dearly beloved bre the Font, he shall use this form of
thren, that this Chia is by Baptism words. regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christ's Church, let us give thanks
I thou art not already baptized; N.
I baptize thee In the Name of the unto Almighty God for these benefits; Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy and with one accord make our prayers Ghost. Amen.