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Church. And humbly we be-chiefly ye shall provide, that seech thee to grant, that he, he may learn the Creed, the being dead unto sin, and living Lord's Prayer, and the Ten unto righteousness, and being Commandments, and all other buried with CHRIST in his things which a Christian ought death, may crucify the old man, to know and believe to his soul's and utterly abolish the whole health; and that this child may body of sin; and that as he be virtuously brought up to is made partaker of the death lead a godly and a Christian of thy Son, he may also be life: remembering always, that partaker of his resurrection; so Baptism doth represent unto that finally, with the residue us our profession; which is, of thy holy Church, he may be to follow the example of our an inheritor of thine everlasting Saviour CHRIST, and to be made kingdom, through CHRIST our like unto him; that as he died, Lord. Amen. and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die from ¶ Then, all standing up, the Minister shall sin, and rise again unto rightsay to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation following:
eousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
I Then shall he add, and say,
FORASMUCH as this child hath promised by you his sureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in GOD, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your parts YE are to take care that this and duties to see that this infant child be brought to the Bishop be taught, so soon as he shall to be confirmed by him, so be able to learn, what a solemn soon as he can say the Creed, vow, promise, and profession the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten he hath here made by you. And Commandments, and is suffithat he may know these things ciently instructed in the other the better, ye shall call upon parts of the Church Catechism him to hear sermons; and set forth for that purpose.
PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN,
T The Minister 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.
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 as followeth.
First, let the Minister of the Parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful Minister that can be procured) with those who are present, call upon GOD, and say the Lord's Prayer, and so many of the Collects 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 who is present, the Minister shall pour water upon it, saying these words:
N. I BAPTIZE thee in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST. Amen.
Then the Minister shall give thanks unto
WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this infant with thy holy Spirit,
T But if the child were baptized by any other lawful Minister, then the Minister of the Parish where the child was born or christened, shall examine whether the same bath been lawfully done. And if the Minister shall find, by the answers of such as bring the child, that all things were done as they ought to be; then shall not he christen the child again, but shall receive him as one of the flock of true Christian People, saying thus:
this case all is well done, and I CERTIFY you, that in according unto due order, conchild; who is now by baptism cerning the baptizing of this incorporated into the Christian
to receive him for thine own child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he, being dead unto sin, and living CHRIST doth not deny his grace unto righteousness, and being
buried with CHRIST in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin; and that as he is made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be partaker of his resurrection ; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom, through CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
And let them not doubt, but that the child so baptized is lawfully and sufficiently baptized, and ought not to be baptized again. Yet nevertheless, if the child which is after this sort baptized do afterwards live; it is expedient that it be brought into the church, to the intent that if the Minister
of the same Parish did himself baptize that child, the Congregation may be certified of the true form of Baptism, by him privately before used: in which case he shall say thus:
Church For our Lord JESUS
and mercy unto such infants; but most lovingly doth call them unto him, as the holy gospel doth witness to our comfort on this wise.
THEY brought young children to CHRIST, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those who brought them.
But when JESUS saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is I CERTIFY you, that the kingdom of GOD. Verily according to the due and I say unto you, Whosoever prescribed Order of the Church, shall not receive the kingdom at such a time and at such a of GoD as a little child, he shall place, before divers witnesses, not enter therein. And he took I baptized this child. them up in his arms, put his
hands upon them, and blessed | T Then shall the Minister demand the name them.
After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief Exhortation upon the words of the Gospel:
of the child; which being by the Godfathers
DOST thou, in the name of
Minister. Dost thou believe all the articles of the Christian faith, as contained in the Apostles' Creed?
Answer. I do.
Minister. Wilt thou then
obediently keep GOD's holy
BELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our Saviour CHRIST, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him; how he blamed those that would have kept them from 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 he embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he hath likewise favourably received this present infant; that he hath embraced him with the arms of his mercy; and, as he hath promised in his holy word, will give unto him the blessing of eternal life, and make him partaker of his 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 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 crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue CHRIST's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Answer, I will, by God's help.
T Then the Minister shall say,
a cross upon the
The same rule is to be observed here, as
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.
Then shall be said, all kneeling,
soul's health; and that this 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 Son, he may also be partaker 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 parts of the Church Catechism, set forth for that purpose.
¶ Then, all standing up, the Minister shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation following:
FORASMUCH as this child hath promised by you, his sureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in GOD, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this infant be taught, so soon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and
¶ Then shall he add, and say, YE are to take care that this
But if they who bring the infant to the church do make such uncertain answers to the Minister's questions, as that it cannot appear that the child was baptized with Water, in the Name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST (which are essential parts of Baptism) then let the Minister baptize it in the Form before appointed for Public Baptism of Infants; saving, that, at the dipping of the child in the Font, he shall use this form of words:
IF thou art not already baptized, N. I baptize thee in the
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:
¶ Then shall the Minister say,
Let us pray.
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 born anew of water and of the HOLY GHOST; I beseech you to call upon GOD the FATHER, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST, that of his bounteous goodness he will grant to these persons that which by nature they cannot have; that they may be baptized with water and the HOLY GHOST, and received into CHRIST'S holy Church, and be made lively members of the
figuring thereby thy holy baptism; and by the baptism of thy well-beloved Son JESUS CHRIST in the river Jordan, didst sanctify the element of water, to the mystical washing away of sin; we beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon these thy servants; wash them and sanctify them with the HOLY GHOST; that they, being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the ark of