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1 The Minister of every Parish shall often admonish the People, that they defer not the baption of

their children longer than the first or second Sunday nexi 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 baptistn shall be administered as followeth.
First, let the Minister of the Parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful Minister that can be pro-
cured) 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 1 But if the child were baptized by any other

lawful Minister, then the Minister of the Pariah of the FATHER, and of the Son, and

where the child was born or christened, shall of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

examine whether the same hath been lawfully

done. And if the Minister shall find, by the I Then the Minister shall give thanks unto God,

answers of such as bring the child, that all

things were done as they ought to be; then WE yield thee hearty thanks, most shall not be christen the child again, but shall

receive him as one of the flock of true Christian merciful Father, that it hath pleased People, saying thus : thee to regenerate this infant with thy holy Spirit, to receive him for

I CERTIFY you, that in this caso thine own child by adoption, and to

all is well done, and according, unto incorporate him into thy holy Church. due order, concerning the baptizing of And humbly we beseech thee to grant,

this child ; who is now by baptism in. that he, being dead unto sin, and liv? corporated into the Christian Church:

For our Lord JESUS CHRIST doth Ing. unto righteousness, and being buried with CHRIST in his death, not deny kis grace and mercy unto may crucify the old man, and utterly such infants ; but most lovingly doth abolish the whole body of sin ; and call them unto him, as the holy gospel that as he is made partaker of the doth witness to our comfort on this

wise. death of thy Son, he may also be par. taker of his resurrection; so that ^ Then the Minister shall say as follows : or else finally, with the residue of thy holy Sponsors:

shall pass on to the questions addressed to the Church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom, through ten by St. Mark, in the tenth chapter,

Hear the words of the gospel, writ. CARIST our Lord. Amen.

at the thirteenth verse.
1 And let them not doubt, but that the child so

baptized is lawfully and sufficienuly baptized,
and ought not to be baptized again. Yet never

THEY brought young children to theless, if the child which is after this sort bap CHRIST, that he should touch them ; tized do afterward live ; it is expedient that it and his disciples rebuked those who if the Minister of the same Parish did himself brought them, But when JESUS baptize that child, the Congregation may be saw it

, he was much displeased, and privately before used : in which case he shall said unto them, Suffer the little child. kay thus:

ren to come unto me, and forbid I CERTIFY you, that according them not; for of such is the king. to the due and prescribed Order of the dom of God. Verily I say unto you, Church, at such a time and at such Whosoever shall not receive the king: a place, before divers witnesses, Idom of God as a little child, he shall baptized this child.

not enter therein. And he took them

up in his arms, put his hands upon Minister. Dost thou believe all the them, and bressed them.

articles of the Christian faith, as con. 1 After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make tained in the Apostles' Creed ?

this brief Exhortation upon the words of the Answer. I do. Gospel : BELOVED, ye hear in this Gos- ently keep God's holy will and com.

Minister. Wilt thou then obedi. pel the words of our Saviour Christ, mandments, and walk in the same all that he commanded the children to the days of thy life? be brought unto him; how he blam. ed those that would have kept them

Answer. I will, by God's help. from him; how he exhorteth all men Then the Minister shall say, to follow their innocency. Ye perceive how, by his outward gesture

WE receive this child into the and deed, he declared his good-will Congregation of Christ's Flock, toward them: for he embraced them and do* sign him Here the Minin his arms, he laid his hands upon

with the sign of the -ister shall make them, and blessed them. Doubi

cross;

in token that child's forehead.

ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, hereafter he shall not that he hath' likewise favorably re be ashamed to confess the faith of ceived this present infant; that be CHRIST crucified, and manfully to hath embraced him with the arms of fight under his banner, against 'sin, his mercy; and, as he hath promised the world, and the devil; and to con in his holy word, will give unto him tinue CHRIST's faithful soldier and

Amen. the blessing of eternal life, and make servant unto his life's end. him partaker of his everlasting king. The same rule is to be obwerved here, u tom dom. Wherefore, we being thus per

the omission of the sign of the cros, as in

the Public Baptism of Infants. suaded of the good will of our heavenly Father, declared by his Son * Then shall the Minister my, JESUS CHRIST, toward this infant, let us faithfully and devoutly give brethren, that this child is regene

SEEING now, dearly beloved thanks unto him, and which the LORD himself taught us.

rate, and grafted into the body of

CHRIST's Church; let us give thanks OUR Father, who art in heaven, unto ALMIGHTY GOD for these beHallowed be thy Name; Thy king. nefits, and with one accord make our dom come; Thy will

be done on earth, prayers unto him, that this child may as it is in heaven; Give us this day lead the rest of his life according to our daily bread; And forgive us our this beginning. trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not 1 Then shall be said, all kneeling, into temptation; But deliver us from

WE yield thee hearty thanks, most evil. Amen.

merciful Father, that it hath pleased # Then shall the Minister demand the name of thee to regenerate this infant with

Godmothers pronounced, the Minister shall say thy holy Spirit, to receive him for as follows:

thine own child by adoption, and to DOST thou, in the name of this incorporate him into thy holy Church. child, renounce the devil and all his And 'humbly we beseech thee to works, the vain pomp and glory of grant, that he being dead unto sin, the world, with all covetous desires and living, unto righteousness, and of the same, and the sinful desires of being buried with CHBist in his the flesh; so that thou wilt not follow, death, may crucify the old man, and por be led by them ?

utterly abolish the whole body of sin; Answer. I renounce them all; and, and that as he is made partaker of by God's help, will endeavor not to the death of thy Son, he may also be follow, nor be led by them. partaker of his resurrection; so that

say

the prayer

finally, with the residue of thy holy are baptized, die from sin, and rise Church, he may be an inherilor of again unto righteousness; continually thine everlasting kingdom, through mortifying all our evil and corrupt CHRIST our Lord. Amen.

affections, and daily proceeding in all 1 Then, all standing up, the Minister shall say to virtue and godliness of living. the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation following:

Then shall he add, and say, FORASMUCH as this child hath YE are to take care that this child. promised by you, his sureties, to re- be brought to the Bishop to be connounce the devil and all his works, firmed by him, so soon as he can to believe in God, and to serve say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, him; ye must remember, that it is and the Ten Commandments, and is your parts and duties to see that this sufficiently instructed in the other infant be taught, so soon as he shall parts of the Church Catechism, set be able to learn, what a solemn vow, forth for that purpose. promise, and profession he hath here

& But if they who bring the infant to the church made by you:

And that he may do make such uncertain answers to the Minisknow these things the better, ye shall ter's questions, as that it cannot appear that the

child was baptized with Water, in the Name call upon him to hear sermons; and

of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy chiefly ye shall provide, that he may

Ghost (which are essential parts of Baptism)

then let the Minister baptize it in the Form belearn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer,

fore appointed for Public Baptism of Infants ; and the Ten Commandments, and saving, that, at the dipping of the child in the all other things which a Christian

Font, he shall use this form of words : ought to know and believe to his IF thou art not already baptized, soul's health; and that this child N. I baptize thee in the name of the may be virtuously brought up to lead FATHER, and of the Son, and of the a godly and a Chris an life: re- Holy Ghost. Amen. membering always, that baptism doth 11 If Infant Baptism, and the receiving of Infants represent unto us our profession; baptized in private, are to be at the same time, which is, to follow the example of

the Minister may make the Questions to the Sponsors and the succeeding

prayers serve for our Saviour Christ, and to be made both. And again, after the Immersion, or tho like unto him; that as he died, and

pouring of water, and the receiving into the

Church, the Minister may use the remainder rose again for us, so should we, whol of the Service for both

THE MINISTRATION

OF

BAPTISM TO SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS,

AND ABLE TO ANSWER FOR THEMSELVES.

11 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. 1 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 Minis

ter, in his discretion, shall think fit. 1 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 :

DEARLY beloved, forasmuch as cannot please God, but live in sin, all men are conceived and born in sin, committing many actual transgres. (and that which is born of the flesh is sions; and our Saviour Christ saith, fiesh) and they who are in the fiesh | None can enter into the kingdom of

Let us pray

God, except he be regenerate and receive; seek, and ye shall find; born anew of water and of the Holy knock, and it shall be opened unto GHOST; I beseech you to call upon you: So give now unto us who ask ; God the Father, through our Lord let us who seek, find; open the gate JESUS CHRIST, that of his bounteous unto us who knock ; that these per. goodness, he will grant to these per. sons may enjoy the everlasting bene. sons that which by nature they can- diction of thy heavenly washing, and not have; that they may be baptized may come to the eternal kingdom with water and the Holy Ghost, which thou hast promised by CHRIST and received into CHRIST's holy our Lord. Amen. Church, and be made lidely members of the same.

1 Then the Minister shall say,

Hear the words of the gospel, writ# Then shall the Minister say,

ten by Saint John, in the inird chap

ter, beginning at the first verse: ALMIGHT Y and everlasting THERE was a man of the Phari. God, who of thy great mercy, didst sees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of save Noah and his family in the ark the Jews. The same came to JESUS from perishing by water; and also by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, didst safely lead the children of Is- we know that thou art a teacher come rael thy people through the Red Sea, from GOD; for no man can do these figuring thereby thy holy Baptism; miracles that thou doest, except God and by the baptism of thy well-belov. be with him. JESUS answered and ed Son Jesus Christ in the river said unto him, Verily, verily, I say Jordan, didst sanctify the element of unto thee, except a man be born water, to the mystical washing away again, he cannot see the kingdom of of sin; we beseech thee, for thine God. Nicodemus saith unto him, infinite mercies, that thou wilt merci. How can a man be born when he is fully look upon these thy servants ; old ? can he enter the second time wash them and sanctify them with into his mother's womb, and be born? the Holy Ghost; that they, being Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I delivered from thy wrath, may be say unto thee, except a man be born received into the ark of CHRIST'S of water and of the SPIRIT, he cannot Church; and being steadfast in faith, enter into the kingdom of God. That joyful through hope, and rooted in which is born of the flesh, is flesh charity, may so pass the waves of and that which is born of the Spirir, this troublesome world, that finally is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto they may came to the land of everlast- thee, ye must be born again. The ing life; there to reign with thee, wind bloweth where it listeth, and world without end, through Jesus thou hearest the sound thereof; but CHRIST our Lord. Amen.

canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one

that is born of the SPIRIT. ALMIGHTY and immortal God, the aid of all who need, thc helper of 1 After which he shall say this Exhortation all who flee to thee for succor, the life

following: of those who believe, and the resur- - BELOVED, ye hear in this gosrection of the dead; we call upon thee pel the express words of our Saviour for these persons, that they, coming CHRIST, that, except a man be born to thy holy baptism, may receive re- of water and of the Spirit, he canmission of their sins, by spiritual re. not enter into the kingdom of God. generation. Receive them, O LORD, Whereby ye may perceive the great as thou hast promised by thy well-be necessity of this Sacrament, where it loved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shalll may be had. Likewise, immediately

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before his ascension into heaven, (as increase this knowledge, and confirm we read in the last chapter of Saint this faith in us evermore. Give thy Mark's gospel) he gave command to HOLY SPIRIT to these persons, that his disciples, saying, Go ye into all they may be born again, and be made the world, and preach the Gospel to heirs of everlasting salvation, through every creature.

He that believeth, our Lord JESUS CHRIST, who liveth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he and reigneth with thee and the Holy that believeth not, shall be damned: SPIRIT, now and for ever. Amen. which also showeth unto us the great a Then the Minister shall speak to the persons to benefit we reap thereby. For which

be baptized on ibis wise : cause Saint Peter the Apostle, when upon his first preaching of the Gus.

WELL-BELOVED, who are pel many were pricked at the heart

, come hither desiring to receive holy and saill to him and the rest of the Baptism, ye have heard how the apostles, Men and brethren, what congregation have prayed, that our shall we do ? replied, and said unto

Lord Jesus CHRIST would vouchthem, Repent and be baptized every

safe to receive you and bless you, to one of you, for the remission of sins, release you of your sins, to give you and ye shall receive the gift of the the kingdom of heaven, and ever. Holy Ghost: For the promise is lasting life. Ye have heard also that to you and your children, and to all our Lord Jesus Christ hath pro that are afar off, even as many as the mised, in his holy word, to grant all LORD our God shall call. And with those things that ye have prayed many other words exhorted he them, for; which promise he, for his part, saying, Save yourselves from this will most surely keep and perform. untoward generation. For, as the Wherefore, after this promise made same apostle testifieth in another by CHRIST, ye must also faithfully, place, even baptism doth also now for your part, in the presence of these save us, (not the putting away of the your witnesses, and this whole confilth of the flesh, but the answer of a gregation, promise and answer to the good conscience toward God) by following questions. the resurrection of Jesus CHRIST. The Minister shall then demand of the persone Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly to be baptized as follows; the questions being believe, that he will favorably receive

considered as addressed to them severally, and

the answers to be made accordingly. these present persons, truly repenting, and coming unto him by faith ;

Question. that he will grant them remission of DOST thou renounce the devil their sins, and bestow upon them the and all his works, the vain pomp and Holy Ghost; that he will give glory of the world, with all covetous them the blessing of eternal life, and desires of the same, and the sinful make them partakers of his everlast- desires of the flesh; so that thou wilt ing kingdom.

not follow, nor be led by them? Wherefore, we being thus per. Answer. I renounce them all; suaded of the good will of our hea. and, by God's help, will endeavor venly Father toward these persone, not to follow, nor be led by them. declared by his Son JESUS CHRIST, Question. Dost thou believe all let us faithfully and devoutly give the articles of the Christian faith, as thanks to him, and say,

contained in the Apostles' Creed?

Answer. I do. ALMIGHTY and everlasting Question. Wilt thou be baptized , God, heavenly Father, we give thee in this faith? humble thanks, for that thou hast Answer. That is

my desire. vouchsafed to call us to the know. Question. Wilt thou then obedi. ledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: lently keep God's holy will and com

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