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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 ine Bishop, or whom he shall appoint for that prirposr, 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 instructed in the Principles of the Christian Religion; and that they may be erhorted to prepare

themselves with Prayers and Fasting for the receiving of this holy Sacramemu.
1 And if they shall be founul fit, then the Godfathers and Godmothers (the people

being assembled upon the Sunday or llody-day appointal) shall be ready to present
them at the Font immediately after the second le son, either al Morning w Eun.
ing Prayer, as the Curule in his discretion shall think fit.
And standing there, the Priest shall ask, whether any of the prisons here presented

be baptized, or no: If they shall answer, No; then shall the Priest say ihns, DEARLY beloved, forasmuch as all thy holy Baptism, may receive remis.

men are conceived and born in sin, sion of their sins by spiritual regenere. (and that which is born of the flesh is tion. Receive them, O Lord, as thou flesh,) and they that are in the flesh hast promised by thy well beloved Son, cannot please God, but live in sin, conll saying, Ask, and ye shall receive; seck, mitting many actual transgressions; and ye shall tind; knock, and it shall and that our Saviour Christ saith, None be opened unto you: So give now unto can enter into the kingdom of God, us that ask; let us that serk find: open except he be regenerate and born anew the gate unto us that knock; that these of water and of the holy Ghost; I be persons may enjoy the everlasting be. seech you to call upon God the Father, nediction of thy heavenly washing, and through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of may come to the cemal Kingdom his bounteous goodness he will grant which thou hast promised by Christ to these persons that which by nature our Lord. Amen. they cannot have; that they may be 1 Thon shall the people stand up, and baptized with Water and the holy

the Iris shall say,
Ghost, and received into Christ's holy Hear the words of the Gospel, written
Church, and be made lively members of by Saint John, in the third Chapter,
the same.

bezinning at the first Verse.
I Then shall the Priest say, THERE was a man of the Pharisres,
let us pray.

named Nicodemus, a ruler of the (9 snl here all the Congregation shall Jews, The same came to Jess by knec.)

night, and said unto him, Rabbi, ve

, who of thy great mercy didst save

know that thou art a teher come

from God; for no man can do these Nonh and his family in the Ark from miracles that thou dorst, crgut God perishing by water; and also didst safely be with him. Jesus answered and med lead the children of Israel thy people unto him, Verdy, verily I say unto thee, through the Red Sea, figuring thereby Facepta niin te born again, he cannot thy holy Baptism; and by the Bautism see the kingdom of God. Nนาน ! แ3 of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ, saith unto him, How can a man be in the river Jordan, didst sanctify the born when he is old. Can he enter the elenient of Water to the mystical wash. second time into his matter's womb, ing away of sin ; We beseech ther, for and be bor? Jests answered, Verily, thine infinite mercles, that thou wilt verlly I say unto ther, Friepe a man meritfully look uponthour thy serranti; be born of water and of the Spiri!, be wash them and sarktify them with the cannot enter into the kingdom of (.od. holy Ghost, that ther, being delivered Thish istom of the flesh is leh: fron thy wrath, may be received into and that which is born of this the ark of Christ's (hurch; and being spirit. Marval not that I said untu thee, steltast in faith, Joyful through hope, Ye must be born again, The wind and rooted in charity, may so pass the blowrth where it listath, and thou laar. Waves of this troublesome world, that est the sound theneuf; leitinnst not finally they may come to the land of tell when it cometh, and withit it everlasting life, there to reign with thee gocth: so is every one that is born of world without end; through Jesus the Spirit. Christ our Lord. Amen.

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i 1144194 ut of all that word, the helper.com BELOVE1), y law in this Gomes all that thee to thee for su cour, thelle of them that believe, and the resurrec Christ, thit nepe a man te wen of tion of the dead. We all on thice water and of the birl, he cant the for the persons, that they, coming to ter into the kingdom of God. Where.

PUBLICK BAPTISM OF SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEA

by ye may perceive the great necessity grant all those things that we have of this Sacrament, where it may be had. prayed for ; which promise he, for his Likewise, immediately before his as part, will most surely keep and per. cension into heaven, (as we read in the form. last Chapter of Saint Mark's Gospel,) Wherefore, after this promise made he gave command to his disciples, say by Christ, ye must also faithfully, for ing, Go ye into all the world, and your part, promise in the presence of preach the Gospel to every creature. these your Witnesses, and this whole He that believeth und is baptized shall congregation, that ye will renounce the be saved; but he that believeth not devil and all his works, and constantly shall be damned. Which also sheweth believe God's holy Word, and obe. unto us the great benefit we reap there diently keep his commandments. by. For which cause Saint Peter the Then shall the Priest demand of euch Apostle, when upon his first preaching of the persons to be baptized, severally, of the Gospel many were pricked at the these Questions following: heart, and said to him and the rest of

Question. the Apostles, Men and brethren, what DOST, thou renounce the devil and them, Repent, and be baptized every glory of the world, with all covetous one of you for the remission of sins, desires of the same, and the carnal deand ye shall receive the gift of the Holy sires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not Ghost. For the promise is to you and follow, nor be led by them? your children, and to all that are afar Answer. I renounce them all. off, even as many as the Lord our God

Question. shall call. And with many other words DOST thou believe in God the Father exhorted he them, saying, Save your Almighty, Maker of heaven and selves from this untoward generation. earth? For (as the same Apostle testifieth in And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten another place) even Baptism doth also Son our Lord ? And that he was con. now save us, (not the putting away of ceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the the filth of the flesh, but the answer of Virgin Mary ; that he suffered under a good conscience towards God,) by the Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye buried; that he went down into hell, not therefore, but earnestly believe, and also did rise again the third day; that he will favourably receive these that he ascended into heaven, and sitpresent persons, truly repenting, and teth at the right hand of God the Facoming unto him by faith; that he

ther Almighty; and from thence shal) will grant them remission of their sins,

come again at the end of the world, to and bestow upon them the holy Ghost; judge the quick and the dead ? that he will give them the blessing of And dost thou believ in the Holy eternal life, and make them partakers Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; of his everlasting kingdom.

the Communion of Saints; the RemisWherefore we being thus persuaded

sion of sins; the Resurrection of the of the good will of our heavenly Father flesh; and everlasting life after death? towards these persons, declared by his Answer. All this I stedfastly believe. Son Jesus Christ ; let us faithfully and

Question. devoutly give thanks to him, and say,

WILT thou be baptized in this faithi ?

God Answer. That is my desire. heavenly Father, we give thee hume

Question. ble thanks for that thou hast vouch

WILT, thou then obediently keep safed to call us to the knowledge of thy

. grace, and faith in thee : Increase this ments, and walk in the same all the knowledge, and confirm this faith in days of thy life? us evermore. Give thy holy Spirit to Answer. I will endeavour so to do, these persons, that they may be born God being my helper. again, and be made heirs of everlasting

Then shull the Pricst say, salvation; through our Lord Jesus

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MERCIFUL God, grant that the Christ, who liveth and reigneth with old Adam in these persons may be thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for so buried, that the new man may be ever. Amen.

raised up in them. Amen. q Then the Priest shall speak to the per Grant that all carnal affections mily

sons to be baptized on this wise : die in them, and that all things belong. WELL-BELOVED, who are come hi. ing to the Spirit may live and grow in

ther desiring to receive holy Bap them. Amen. tism, ye have heard how the congrega Grant that they may have power and tion hath prayed, that our Lord Jesus strength to have victory, and to tri. Christ would vouchsafe to receive you umph, against the devil, the world, and and bless you, to release you of your the flesh. Amen. sins, to give you the kingdom of hea. Grant that they, being here dedicated ven, and everlasting life. Ye have to thee by our office and ministry, heard also, that our Lord Jesus Christ may also be endued with heavenly hath promised in his holy Word to virtues, and everlastingly rewarded,

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APTISM OF SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS. hercy, o blessed Lord our daily bread. And forgive us our st live, and govern all trespasses, As we forgive them that

without end. Amen. trespass against us. And lead us not Y, everliving God, whose intu temptation; But deliver us from early beloved Sou Jesus evil. Anien. the forgiveness of our sins, WE yield thee humble thanks, hea.

At of his most precious side venly Father, that thou hast vouch. both water and blood, and gave com.

safed to call us to the knowledge of thy mandment to his disciples, that they grace, and faith in thce; Increase this should go teach all nations, and bap knowledge, and confinn this faith in tize them in the Name of the Father, us overniore. Give thy holy Spirit to the Son, and the Holy Ghost; Regard, these persons; that, being now born we beseech thee, the supplications of again, and made heirs of everlasting sal. this congregation ; sanctity this Water vation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, to the mystical washing away of sin; they may continue thy sernts, and ate and grant that the persons now to be tain thy promises; through the sanie baptized therein may receive the tul Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth ness of thy grace, and ever remain in and reigneth with thee, in the unity the number of thy faithful and elect of the same Holy Spirit, everlastingly. children, through Jesus Christ our Amen. Lord. Amen.

Then, all standing up, the Pricst thall Then shall the Priest take cach person

use this Exhortation follouing; preuk. to be buptized by the right hand, and ing to the Godfathers and Godmothers placing him conveniently by the front,

firs!. according to his discretion, shull ask FORASMUCHI as these persons have the Godfathers and Godmothers the promised in your presence to reName; and then shall dip Man in the nounce the devil and all his works, to water, or pour water upon him, say believe in God, and to serve him; ye

must remember, that it is your part I baptize thee in the Name of the and duty to put them in mind, what a

solemn vow, promise, and profession Holy Ghost. Amen.

they have now made before this con. Then shall the Priest say, gregation, and especially before you WE receive this person. Into the their chosen witnesses. And yc are also congregation of Christ's flock; to call upon them to use all duigence

# and do sign him * Here the Priest with the sign of the

to be rightly instructed in God's holy shall make a Cross Cross, in when that

Word; that so they inay grow in gike,

and in the knowledge of our Lord Jc. upon the person's hereaiter he shall not sus Christ, and live odly, righteously, furchead.

be ashamed to con. and soberly in this presnt world. fess the faith of Christ crucified, and (Anul then, speaking to the nowe lap. manfully to fight under his banner, tized persons, he shall proceed, and against sin, the world, and the deri ; and to continue Christ's faithful sol.

AND as for you, who have now big dier and servant unto his life's end. Baptism put on Christ, it is your Amen.

part and duty also, being Diade the Then shall the Priest say, children of God and of the liste, by SEEING now, dearly beloved bre faith in Jesus Christ, to walk answer.

thren, that these persons are rege. ably to your Christian callins, and as norati', and grafted into the body of becometh the children of dit to Christ's Church, let us give thanks membering always thuat lapham te. unto Almighty God for these benefits, prennteth untu) us our pruita and with one accord nake our prayers which is, to follow the example of vur unto him, that they may load the rest Saviour (hrist, and to be made like of their life actonding to this beginning unto him that as he died, and rone 1 Then shall be sat the Lord's Prayer, gain for us so should we, who are all krucing

baptized, die from sin, and rice OUR Father, which art in heaven, unto righteous; continually dr.

Hallowcu be thy Name. Thy king tity 16 all our evil and corrupt atten dom come. Thay will be done in carth, tions, and daily pro ording in all virtue As it is in heaven. Give us thus day and godlincha ut living In is expedient that curry person, thus lapetard, should be confirmed by the Elshop

10 son after his Baptism as conveniently may be, that so he wy indtet to the holy Communion. If any persons not baption in their infancy shall be bought to be tarttend before they come to your dj dierefton to amur fyr Acmatati u may our love the offer for Public Baptism of Infants, or (on cas y estrem danyer, I guee fer Private Baptism; only changing the word (Tufant for Child or Person) uration reguireth.

That is to say,

AX INSTRUCTION TO BE LEARNED OF EVERY PERSON, BEFORE HE

BE BROUGHT TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE BISHOP.

my life.

Question.
WHAT is your Name?

Answer. N. or M.
Question. Who gave you this Name ?

Annoer. My Godfathers and Godmo. thers in my Baptism ; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.

Question. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?

Answer. They did promise and vow three things in my name. First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh. Secondly, that I should believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith. And thirdly, that I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of

Question. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?

Answer. Yes verily; and by God's help so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end.

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.

Answer. I mighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried, He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead, He ascended into hea. ven, And sitteth at the right hand of God the FatherAlmighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholick Church ; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body ; And the Life everlasting. Amen.

Question. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Articles of thy Belief?

Answer. First, I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made me, and all the worlá.

Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind.

Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God.

Question. You said, that your God. fathers and Godmothers did promise for you, that you should keep God's Commandments. Tell me how many there be ?

Answer. Ten.
Question. Which be they?

Answer.
THE same which God spake in the

twentieth Chapter of Exodus, saying, I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

I. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.

IL Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water un. der the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shew mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my command. ments.

III. Thou shalt not take the Name: of the Lord thy God in vain : for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his Name in vain.

IV. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; where. fore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.

V. Honour thy father and thy mo. ther, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

VI. Thou shalt do no murder.

VIJ. Thou shalt not commit adul. tery.

VIII Thou shalt not steal,

IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

x. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.

Question. What dost thou chiefly learn by these commandments ?

Answer. I learn two things: my duty

towards God, and my duty towards my and from everlasting death. And this Neighbour.

I trust he will do of his mercy and good. Question. What is thy duty towards ness, through our Lord Jesus Christ. God?

And therefore I say, Amen, so be it. Answer. My duty towards God, is to

Question. believe in him, to fear him, and to lore How many Sacraments hath Christ him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all Ansurer. Two only, as generally ne. my strength; to worship him, to give cessary to salvation, that is to say, Bap. him thanks, to put my whole trust in tism, and the Supper of the Lord. him, to call upon him, to honour his Question. What meanest thou by this holy Name and his Word, and to serve word Sacrament? him truly all the days of my life.

Answer. I mean an outward and I Question. What is thy duty towards sible sign of an inward and spiritual thy Neighbour ?

grace given unto us, ordained by Christ Answer. My duty towards my Neigh. himself, as a means whereby we re. bour, is to love him as myself, and to ceive the same, and a pledge to assure do to all men, as I would they should us thereof. do unto me: To love, honour, and suc. Question. How many parts are there cour my father and mother: To ho. in a Sacrament? nour and obey the King, and all that Answer. Two; the outward risible are put in authority under him: To sign, and the inward spiritual grace. submit myself to all my governours, Question. What is the outward visi. teachers, spiritual pastors and masters: ble sign or form in Baptism? To order myself lowly and reverently Ansuet. Water ; wherein the person to all my betters: To hurt no body by is baptized in the Name of the Father, word nor deed : To be true and just and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. in all my dealing: To bear no malice Question. What is the inward and nor hatred in my heart: To keep my spiritual grace? hands from picking and stealing, and Answer. A death unto sin, and a new my tongue from evil.speaking, lying, birth unto righteousness: for being by and slandering: To keep my body in nature born in sin, and the children of temperance, soberness, and chastity : wrath, we are hereby made the chil. Not to covet nor desire other men's dren of grace. goods; but to learn and labour truly Question. What is required of per. to get mine own living, and to do my sons to be baptized ? duty in that state of life, unto which it Anner. kepentance, whereby they sball please God to call me,

forsake sin ; and Faith, whereby they Catichist. My good Child, know this, stedfastly believe the promises of God that thou art not able to do these things made to them in that Sacrament. of thysell, nor to walk in the Com. Question. Why then are Infants lap. mandments of God, and to serve him, tized, when by reason of their lender without his special grace; which thou age they cannot perform them? must learn at all times to call for by Ansuet. Herause the promise themu diligent prayer. Let me hear therefure, both by their Sureties; which promise, thou canst say the Lord's Prayer. when they come to age, themselves are AnusurT.

bound to perform. O'R Father, which art in beaven, Question. Why was the Sacramcot of

the Lord's Supper ordaind? dom come. Thy will be done in earth, Anruer. For the continual remem. As it is in heaven. Give us this day brance of the skrihoe of the death of our daily bread. And forgive us our Christ, and of the benefits which we trespasses, As we forgive them that receive there. trespass wainst us. And lead us not Question. What is the outward part into temptation : But deliver us from or sen of the Lord's Supper evil. Anien.

Answer. Brend and Wine, whkah the Question. What desirest thou of God Lord hath comnuanded to be retired. in this Prayer ?

Question. What is the wrward part, Ansort. I desire my Lord God our or thing signified? beavenly Father, who is the river of all

The Body and Blood of goodness, to send his par unto me, Christ, which are verity and indeed and to all people, that we may worship taken and reseived by the faithful in hin, serve him, and oxy him, as we the Lurd's Super ought to do. And I pray unto Good,

What are the benefits that he will send us all things that be when of we are partaken theret necutul ith for our souls and blues Arsurt. The strengthening and rew and that he will be met unto us, fresh of our muls by the Body and and forgive us our suis; and that it wa Biod of Christ, as our bou are by pleate nu aveanlend us in all the Hrad and Wine. Jang na shostly and layani that Qu stan. What is required of tbem he will keep us from all sin and wuk. who tune to the Lord's Supper ednc, And frusu ww plausty elem, druno. To examine themelves,

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