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and to serve him ; ye must jesty ; We make our hum-
remember that it is your part ble fupplications unto thee
and duty to perform that for these thy servants, upon
solemn vow, promise and whom I have now laid
profession you have now my hand, to certify them,
made before this Congrega- (by this sign) of thy favour
tion. And you are also to use and gracious goodness to-
all diligence to be farther wards them. Let thy Fa-
rightly instructed in God's therly hand, we beseech thee,
holy Word, that so you may ever be over them ; let thy
grow in grace, and in the Holy Spirit ever be with
knowledge of our Lord Jesus them ; and so lead them in
Christ, and live godly, righ- the knowledge and obedi-
teously and soberly in this ence of thy Word, that in
present world.

the end they may obtain
AND as you have now by everlasting life, through

our
Baptism put on Christ, Lord Jesus Christ; by whom
it is your part and duty, be- be glory, honour, and ado-
ing made the children of ration to thee for ever and
God, and of the light, by ever. Amen.
faith in Jesus Christ, to walk Note also, from the Constitu-
answerably to your Christian tions that if there he neither
calling, and as becometh the Oil nor Ointment, Water is
children of light : remem- sufficient, both for the anoint-
bring always that Baptism ing, and for the seal, and
representeth unto us our pro- for the confefion of him that
feffion ; which is, to follow is dying together with Chrift.
the example of our Saviour And that the Persons who
Chrift, and to be made like are to be baptized are to fast
unto him; that as he died, before their Baptism, the
and rose again for us, so whole Church usually fafling
should we who are baptized, with them. Which Circum-
die from sin, and rise again Stances fitted best to the Eve
unto righteousness, continu before Easter: to which time
ally mortifying all our evil the annual solemn celebrati-
and corrupt affections, and on of this ordinance was at
daily proceeding in all vir- first usually appropriated.
tue and godliness of living. Then the Bishop fall bless.
And this Colleet, all kneeling. them, saying thus,

Lmighty and everlasting THE bleiling of God Al

God, who workest in us mighty be upon you, both to will and to do those and remain with

you things that be good and ac ver. Amen. ceptableunto thy divine Ma

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Note, There ought none to be munion, until they be Bap

admitted to the holy Com- tized and Confirmed. And if any have been Baptized, but not Confirmed, the Of fice may begin with the most folemn Confeffion and Abfolution, and then go on with the Renunciation and Confellion, and what follows here, excepting what immediately concerns Baptism itself ; but with some such verbal Alte

rations as the case will make necessary. Instead of the usual Church Catechism, let these following

Instructions be learn'd by all the Catechumens, and explained on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays by the Catechifts.

The Ten Commandments, Exod. XX. T!

Hese Commandments God in vain : for the Lord

God spake in the twen- will not hold him guiltless, tieth Chapter of EXODUS, that taketh his Name in saying, I am the Lord thy vain. God, which brought thee IV. Remember that thou out of the land of Egypt, keep holy the Sabbath-day. out of the house of bondage. Six days shalt thou labour,

1. Thou shalt have no and do all that thou haft to other Gods but me. do; but the seventh day is

II. Thou shalt not make the Sabbath of the Lord thy to thy self any graven Image, God. In it thou shalt do no nor the likeness of any thing manner of work, thou, and that is in heaven above, or thy son, and thy daughter, in the earth beneath, or in thy man-servant, and thy the water under the earth, maid-servant, thy cattle, Thou shalt not bow down and the stranger that is withto them, nor worship them. in thy gates. For in six days For I the Lord thy God am the Lord made heaven and a jealous God; and visit the earth, the sea, and all that fins of the fathers upon the in them is, and rested the children, unto the third and feventh day; wherefore the fourth generation of them Lord blefled the seventh that hate me; and thew day and hallowed it. mercy unto thousands in V. Honour thy father them that love me, and and thy mother, that thy keep my commandments. days may be long in the

III. Thou shalt not take land, which the Lord thy the Name of the Lord thy God giveth thee.

VI. Thou

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VI. Thou Dhalt do no Communicate the Neceffamurder.

ries of Life to the Needy: VII. Thou shalt not Avoid swearing faldly, and commit adultery.

fwearing often, and in vain; VIII. Thou shalt not steal, for thou shalt not be held IX. Thou shalt not bear guiltless. Do not appear

befalse witness against thyfore the Priests empty; and neighbour.

offer thy Free-willOfferings X. Thou shalt not covet continually: Moreover, do thy neigbours house, thou not leave the Church of fhalt not covet thy neigh- Chrift; but go thither in the bours wife, nor his servant, Morning, before all thy nor his maid, nor his ox, work; and again meet there nor his ass, or any thing in the Evening to return that is his.

Thanks to God that He has
TheChristianExplication and preserved thy Life: Be dili-

Improvement, Conftitut. gent, and constant, and la-
Lib. II. c. 36.

borious in thy Calling: OfHAVE before thine Eyes fer to the Lord thy Free-will

the Fear of God, and Offerings; for says he Ho. always remember the Ten nour the Lord with the Fruit CommandmentsofGod. To of thy Labours : If thou art love the one and only Lord not able to cast any thing God with all thy Strength: confiderable intothe Corban, to give no heed to Idols, or yet at least bestow

upon

the any such other Beings, as Strangers one, or two, op lifeless Gods, or senseless Be- five Mites. Lay up for thy ings, or Dæmons: Consider Self HeavenlyTreasure, which the manifold Workmanship neither the Moth nor Thieves of God, which received its can destroy. Beginning through Christ; The Beatitudes, Matth. v. Thou Chale observe the Sab- BLefled are the poor in fpibath,on account of him who

rit for theirs is the kingceased from his Work of dom of heaven. Blessed are Creation, but ceased not from they that mourn, for they bis Work of Providence.'Tis shall be comforted. Bleffed a Reft for Meditation of the are the meek, for they shall Law, not for Idleness of the inherit the earth. Blessed are Hands. Reject every unlaw- they which do hunger and fulLuft:everything destruc- thirst after righteousness, for tive to Men: and all Anger: they shall be filled. Blefled Honour thy Parents, as the are the merciful, for they Authors of thy Being: Love Thall obtain mercy. Blefled thy Neighbour as thy felf: are the pure in heart, for they

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shall fee God. Blessed are the mentof the Holy Ghoft. Let
peace makers, for they shall him learn the Order of the
be called the children of God. feveral Parts of the Creati-
Blefied are they which are on, theSeries of Providence,
persecuted for righteousness the different Dispensations of
Sake, for theirs is the king- the Laws: Let him be in-
dom of heaven. Blessed are structed why the world was
ye when men shall revile you made, and why Man was
and persecute you, and shall appointed to be a Citizen
fayall manner of evil against therein ; let him also know
you fallly, for my fake : Re- his own Nature, of what
joice, and be exceeding glad, fort it is ; let him be taught
for great is your reward in how God punished the Wic-
beaven: for so persecuted ked with Water, and did
they the prophets which glorify the Saints in every
were before you. [See also Generation ; I mean Enoch
that w hole Sermon at the and Noah, and Abraham, and
Mount, Mat. v. vi, vii.] his Pofterity, and Melchife-
S.Paul's Heads of Catechetick dech and Job, and Mofes, and

Instructions. Heb. vi. 2. ofbua, and Caleb, and
TH
Herefore leaving the Phineas the Priest, and those

principles of the doce that were holy in every Getrine of Christ, let us go on neration, and how God ftill unto perfection; not laying took care of, and did not reagain the foundation of reject Mankind, but called pentance from dead works, them from their Error and and of faith towards God, Of Vanity to the Acknowledg[* Dippings, the doctrine of ment of the Truth at various or Baptisins.] *immersions, and Seasons, reducing them from of laying on of hands, and of Bondage and Impiety unto resurrection of the dead, and Liberty and Piety, from Inof eternal Judgment. justice to Righteousness, from The Heads of Catechetick Death Eternal to Everlasting Instruction out of theConfti- Life. Let him that offers tutions, Lib. vii. c. 39, himself to Baptism learn 40, 41.

these and the like things in HE who is to be Catechi- his Catechizing,

zed in the Word of Pie. Let him also be instructed ty, let him be instructed be- in the Doctrines concerning forehis Baptism inthe Know, our Lord's Incarnation, and ledge of the Unbegotten in those concerning hisPaffiGod ; in the Understanding on, and Resurrection from of his only Begotten Son; the Dead, and Afcenfion. in the assured Acknowledg

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And when it remains that first purge his Ground of the
the Catechumen is to be bap- Thorns which are grown
tized, let him learn what up therein, and does then
concerns the Renunciationof fow his Wheat, so ought you
the Devil, and the joining also to take away all Impie-
himself to Chrift: For 'tis ty from them, and then to
fit that he should first abstain low the seeds of Piety in
from things contrary, and them, and vouchsafe them
then be admitted to the My- Baptism: For even our Lord
steries; he must before-hand did in this manner exhort
purify his heart from all us, saying, first make Discia
Wickedness of Dispofition, ples of all Nations, and then
from all Spot and Wrinkle, he adds this, And Baptize
and then partake of the ho- them unto the Name of the Fa-
ly things : For as the skil- ther, and of the Son, and of
fullest Husbandman does the Holy Ghost.
Note, These Heads of Catechetick Instructions are moro

largely explained in the Apostolical Constitutions, Lib,
VIII. whence the Catechumens may be more fully inftruet-
ed in them.

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Note, That Matrimony seems to be a thing of a civil Na

ture, and not directly belonging to religious Worship. Yet

does the holy Bishop Ignatius assure us, That it becomes Epist. ad Polycarp. those that Marry, whether Men or Wo

men, to be joined together with the Approbation of the Bishop ; that so their Marriage may

according to the Lord; and not out of Lust, Which direction therefore it will be fit for every Christian to follow. Nor will the ordinary Form be wholly improper, when corrected, while that matter is intrusted with the Clergy, as it is at present.

The Order for the Visitation of the SICK.
When any person is fick notice shall be given thereof to the

Bishop or some one of the Presbyters; who coming into the
fick Persons house shall say,
PEace be to this house, and Remember not, Lord, our
to all that dwell in it.

iniquities, nor the ini-
When he cometh into the fick quities of our fore-fathers.

man's presence, he mall Spare us, good Lord, spare
Say, kneeling down,

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