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Minister. OST thou believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth? And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down

again the third day; that he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead:

And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; the Com


with the sign of the Cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to 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.

Then shall the Priest say,

ved brethren, that this EEING now, dearly beChild is by Baptism 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 he may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning.

• Then shall the Priest say,

munion of Saints; the Re-WE yield thee most hear

mission of sins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting life after death?

Answer. All this I fastly believe.

WILT thou

ful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this Infant with thy holy Spirit, to rested-ceive 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 unto rightcousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body

Minister. VILT thou then obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life?

Answer. I will.

◄ Then the Priest shall say,

WE receive this Child in- of sin; and that, as he is

to the congregation Tere the Prict of Christ's flock, The Child's and do sign him

shall make a Cross upon Jurchead.

made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be partaker of his resurrection;

so that finally, with the resi- | due of thy holy Church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then, all standing up, the Minister shall make this Exhortation to the Godfathers and Godmothers.


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ORAS MUCH as this Child hath promised by 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 pro- | fession he hath made by hath made by you. And that he may know these things the better, ye shall call upon him to hear Sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide, that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health; and

that this Child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life; remembering alway, that Baptism doth represent unto us our profession; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him; that, as he died, and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.

But if they which bring the Infant to the

Church do make such uncertain answers to the Priest's questions, as that it cannot ap pear 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 Priest baptize it in the from before ap pointed for Publick Baptism of Infants; saving that at the dipping of the Child in the Font, he shall use this form of words.

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When any such persons, as are of riper years, are to be baptized, timely notice shall be given to the Bishop, or whom he shall appoint for that purpose, a week before at the least, by the Pu rents, 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 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_ussembled upon the Sunday or Holy-day appointed) shall be ready to present them at the Font

immediately after the second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the Curate in his discretion shall think fit.

▼And standing there, the Priest shall ask, whether any of the persons here presented be baptized, or no: If they shall answer, No; then skall the Priest say thus,


EARLY beloved, foras- | tism of thy well-beloved Son much as all men are Jesus Christ, in the river Jorconceived and born in sin, dan, didst sanctify the ele(and that which is born of ment of Water to the mystithe flesh is flesh,) and they cal washing away of sin; We that are in the flesh can- beseech thee, for thine infinot please God, but live in nite mercies, that thou wilt sin, committing many actual mercifully look upon these thy transgressions; and that our servants; wash them and sancSaviour Christ saith, None tify them with the holy Ghost, can enter into the kingdom that they, being delivered of God, except he be regene- from thy wrath, may be rerate and born anew of Water ceived into the ark of Christ's and of the holy Ghost; I be- Church; and being stedseech you to call upon God fast in faith, joyful through the Father, through our Lord hope, and rooted in charity, Jesus Christ, that of his may so pass the waves of this bounteous goodness he will troublesome world, that finalgrant to these persons that ly they may come to the land which by nature they cannot of everlasting life, there to have; that they may be bap-reign with thee world withtized with Water and the out end; through Jesus Christ holy Ghost, and received into our Lord. Amen. Christ's holy Church, and be made lively members of the


Then shall the Priest say,

Let us pray.

mortal God, the aid of

LMIGHTY and im

all that need, the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, the life of them that believe,

(¶ And here all the Congregation shall kneel.) and the resurrection of the


dead; We call upon thee for

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who of these persons, that they, comthy great mercy didst save ing to thy holy Baptism, may Noah and his family in the receive remission of their sins ark from perishing by wa- by spiritual regeneration. Reter; and also didst safely ceive them, O Lord, as thou lead the children of Israel hast promised by thy wellthy people through the Red beloved Son, saying, Ask, and Sea, figuring thereby thy holy ye shall receive; seek, and ye Baptism; and by the Bap-shall find; knock, and it

shall be opened unto you: | flesh is flesh; and that which

So give now unto us that
ask; let us that seek find;
open the gate unto us that
knock; that these persons may
enjoy the everlasting benedic-
tion of thy heavenly wash-
ing, and may come to the
eternal kingdom which thou
hast promised by Christ our
Lord. Amen.

Then shall the people stand up, and the
Priest shall say,

Hear the words of the Gospel,
written by Saint John, in
the third Chapter, begin-
ning at the first Verse.

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: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

¶ After which he shall say this Exhortation following.

BELOVED, 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 com

HERE was a man of the Pharisees, 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 an-mand to his disciples, saying, swered and said unto him, Go ye into all the world, and Verily, verily I say unto thee, preach the Gospel to every Except a man be born again, creature. He that believeth he cannot see the kingdom of and is baptized shall be saved; God. Nicodemus saith unto but he that believeth not him, How can a man be born shall be damned. Which also when he is old? Can he enter sheweth unto us the great the second time into his mo- benefit we reap thereby. For ther's womb, and be born? which cause Saint Peter the Jesus answered, Verily, verily Apostle, when upon his first I say unto thee, Except a preaching of the Gospel many man be born of water and of were pricked at the heart, the Spirit, he cannot enter and said to him and the rest into the kingdom of God. of the Apostles, Men and That which is born of the brethren, what shall we do?

thanks, for that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy holy Spirit to these persons, that they may be born again, and be made heirs of everlasting salvation; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

replied and said unto them, | Father, we give thee humble 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 with many other words exhorted he them, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. For (as the same Apostle testifieth in another place) even Baptism doth also now save us, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will favourably receive these present persons, truly repenting, and coming unto him by faith; that he will grant them remission of their sins, and bestow upon them the holy Ghost; that he will give them the blessing of eternal life, and make them partakers of his everlasting kingdom.

Wherefore we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards these persons, declared by his Son Jesus Christ; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks to him, and say,

ALMIGHTY and ever

Then the Priest shall speak to the persons to be baptized on this wise:


́ELL-BELOVED, who are come hither desiring to receive holy Baptism, ye have heard how the congregation hath prayed, that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive you and bless you, to release you of your sins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye have heard also, that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his holy Word to grant all those things that we have prayed for; which promise he, for his part, will most surely keep and perform.

Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, ye must also faithfully, for your part, promise in the presence of these your Witnesses, and

this whole congregation, that

lasting God, heavenly ye will renounce the devil and

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