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i thon art not already baptized, the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
If Infant Baptism, and the receiving of Infants baptized in private, are to be at the same time,
the Minister may make the ques. tions to the Sponsors, and the sucrecding Prayers, serve for both. And again, after the Immersion, or the pouring of Water, and the receiving into the Church, the Minister may use the remainder of the Service for both.
THE MINISTRATION OF
OF RIPER YEARS,
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
day, Hanhiztegis Person been already upon God the Father, through our
Lord Jesus Christ, that of his boun
teous goodness he will grant to these f if they answer, No: then shall the Minister (the People all standing
Persons that which by nature they
cannot have ; that they may be bapuntil the Lord's Prayer) proceed tized with water and the Holy Ghost, as followeth.
and received into Christ's holy Church,
and be made lively members of the all men are conceived and born same. in sin, (and that which is born of tbe
Then shall the Minister say, flesh is flesh,) and they who are in the flesh cannot please God, but live
Let us pray in sin, committing many actual transgressions; and our Saviour Christ
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God; saith, None can enter into the king- save Noah and his family in the ark dom of God, except he be regenerate from perishing by water; and also and born anew of water and of the didst safely lead the children of Holy Ghost; I beseech you to call Israel thy people through the Red
Sen, figuring thereby thy holy Baptism; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan, didst sanctify the ele. ment 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 Christ's Church; and being stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, aud rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally they may come to the land of everlasting life, there to reign with thee, world without end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
and immortal God, the aid of all who need, the helper of all who flee to thee for succour, the life of those who believe, and the resurrection of the dead; We call upon thee for these thy Servants, that they, coming to thy holy Baptism, may receive re. mission of their sins, hy spiritual regeneration. Receive them, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy wellbeloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall tind; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. So give now unto us who ask; let us who seek, find; open the gate unto us who knock; that these thy Servants may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eterual kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Minister shall say, Hear the words of the Gospel, written
by St. John, in the third Chapter, beginning at the first Verse.
named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews : the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these
miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old ? can be enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth : 80 is every one that is born of the Spirit.
After which he shall say this
Exhortation following. BI
ELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel
the express words of our Saviour Christ, that except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Whereby ye may perceive the great necessity of this Sacrament, where it may be had. Likewise, immediately before his ascension into heaven, (as we read in the last Chapter of Saint Mark's Gospel) he gave command to his disciples, saying, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not sball te damned. Which also showeth unto us the great benefit we reap thereby. For which cause Saint Peter the Apostle, when upon his first preaching of the Gospel many were pricked at the heart, and said to him and the rest of the Apostles. Men and brethren, what shall we do? replied and said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as
the Lord our God shall call. And his holy. Word to grant all those with many other words exhorted he things that we have prayed for; them, saying, Save yourselves from which promise he, for his part, will this untoward generation. For (as most surely keep and perform. the same Apostle testifieth in another Wherefore, after this promise made place) even Baptism doth also now by Christ, ye must also faithfully, save us, (not the putting away of the for your part, in the presence of filth of the flesh, but the answer of a these your Witnesses, and this whole good conscience towards God,) by the congregation, promise and answer to resurrection of Jesus Christ." Doubt the following questions. ye pot therefore, but earnestly be.
( The Minister shall then demand lieve, that he will favourably receive
of the Persons to be baptized as these present Persons, truly repent
followeth ; the Questions being coning, and coming unto him by faith .;
sidered as addressed to them sever. that he will grant them remission of
ally, and the Answers to be made their sins, and bestow upon them the
accordingly. Holy Ghost; that he will give them tbe blessing of eternal life, and make
Question. them partakers of his everlasting Doll his works, the vain pomp and kingdom.
Wherefore, we being thus persuad- glory of the world, with all covetous ed of the good will of our heavenly desires of the same, and the sinful Father toward these Persons, declar- desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt ed by his Son Jesus Christ; let us not follow, nor be led by them? faithfully and devoutly give thanks Answer. I renounce them all; to him, and say,
and, by God's help, will endeavour ALMIGHTY and everlasting God,
not to follow, nor be led by them. A beavenly Father, We give thee
Minister. Dost thou believe all humble thanks, For that thou hast
the Articles of the Christian Faith, vouchsafed to call us to the know
as contained in the Apostles' Creed?
Answer. I do. ledge of thy grace, and faith in thee : Increase this knowledge, And con
Question. Wilt thou be baptized firm this faith in us evermore. Give
in this Faith? thy Holy Spirit to these thy Servants,
Answer. That is my desire. That they may be born again, And
Question. Wilt thou then obedibe made heirs of everlasting salva
ently keep God's holy will and comtion ; Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
mandments, and walk in the same Who liveth and reigneth with thee
all the days of thy life? and the Holy Spirit, Now and for
Answer. I will, by God's belp. ever. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say, Then the Minister shall speak to MERCIFUL God, grant that the the Persons to be baptized on this wise.
may be so buried, that the new man
may be raised up in them. Amen, WELL-BELOVED, who are come W
Grant that all sinful affections may bither desiring to receive holy die in them, and that all things beBaptism, ye bave beard how the con- longing to the Spirit may live and gregation hath prayed, that our Lord grow in them. Amen. Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to re- Grant that they may have power ceive you and bless you, to release and strength to have victory, and to you of your sips, to give you the triumph, against the devil, the world, kingdom of heaven, and everlasting and the flesh. Amen. life. Ye have heard also, that our Grant that they, being here dediLord Jesus Christ hath promised in cated to thee by our office and minis.
observed here as in the Baptism of Infants.
Then shall the Minister say,
ren, that these Persons are regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christ's Church, let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these benefits; and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that they may lead the rest of their life according to this beginning.
Then shall be said the Lord's
Prayer, all kneeling. 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 for give us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead is not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
try, may also be endued with leavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, o blessed Lord God, who dost live, and govern all things, world without end. Amen.
LMIGHTY, everliving God, Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did sbed out of his most precious side hoth water and blood; and gave commandment to liis disciples, that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy congregation ; sanctify this Wa. ter to the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that these thy Servants, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Minister take each Person to be baptized by the right hand; and placing him conveni. ently by the Font, according to his discretion, shall ask the Godfathers and Godmothers the Name; and then shall dip him in the water, or pour water ripon him, saying,
I baptize thee In the Name of of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say, WE TE receive this Person into the
congregation of Christ's flock; and do sign him Here the Min. with the sign of the ister shall make Cross, in token that hereafter he shali a Cross upon the not be ashamed to
Person's foreconfess the faith of
head. 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. [ The same rule, as to the omission
of the sign of the Cross, is to be
mereiful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate these thy Servants with thy Holy Spirit, to receive them for thine own children by adoption, and to incorporate them into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that they, being dead unto sin, and living 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 they are made partakers of the death of thy Son, they may also be partakers of his resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, they may be inheritors of thine ever. lasting kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then, all standing up, the Minis. ter shall use this Exhortation following; speaking to the Godfathers and Godmothers first.
serve him; ye must remember, that part and duty also, being made the it is your part and duty to put them children of God and of the light, by in mind, what a solemn vow, promise, faith in Jesus Christ, to walk anand profession, they have now made swerably to your Christian calling, before this congregation, and especi- and as becometh the children of ally before you their chosen wit- light; remembering always, that Bapnesses. And ye are also to call upon tisin doth represent unto us our prothem to use all diligence to be rightly fession; which is, to follow the instructed in God's holy Word; that example of our Saviour Christ, and so they may grow in grace, and in to be made like unto him; that, as the knowledge of our Lord Jesus he died, and rose again for us, so Christ, and live godly, righteously, should we, who are baptized, die and soberly, in this present world. from sin, and rise again unto rightAnd then, speaking to the baptized
eousness; continually mortifying all Persons, he shall proceed and say, our evil and corrupt affections, and
daily proceeding in all virtue and
the Bishop, 80 soon after his Baptism as conveniently may be; that so he
and end with the thanksgiving following the baptism.
at the same time, the Minister shall use the exhortation and one of the prayers next following in the Office for Adults; only, in the exhortation and prayer, after the words, these Persons, and these thy Servants, adding, and these Infants. Then the Minister shall proceed to the questions to be demanded in the cases respectively. After the immersion, or the pouring of water, the prayer shall be as in this service; only, after the words, these thy Servants, shall be added, and these Infants. After which the remaining part of each service shall be used ; first that for Adults, and lastly that for Infants. fIf any persons, not baptized in their infancy, shall be brought to be bap
tized before they come to years of discretion to answer for themselves, it may suffice to use the Office for Public Baptism of Infants; or, in case of extreme danger, the Office for Private Baptism; only changing
the word Infant, for Child, or Person, as occasion requireth. [ If there be reasonable doubt concerning the baptism of any person,
such person may be baptized in the manner herein appointed ; saving that, at the immersion or the pouring of water, the Minister shall use this form of words :
the Father, and of the Son, and of N., I baptize thee In the Name of the Holy Ghost. Amen.