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THE MINISTRATION OF
PUBLIC BAPTISM OF INFANTS,
To be used in the Church. The people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient that Baptism should not be administered but upon Sundays and other Holy Days, or Prayer Days. Nevertheless (if necessity so require) Baptism may be administered upon any other day. 1 There shall be for every Male Child to be baptized, when they can be had, two Godfathers and one
Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers; and Parents shall be admitted as Sponsors, if it be desired. When there are Children to be baptized, the Parents or Sponsors shall give knowledge thereof, before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Minister. And then the Godfathers and Godmothers, and the People with the Children, must be ready at the Font, either immediately after the last Les. son at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the Minister, by his discretion, shall appoint. And the Minister coming to the Font (which is iben to be filled with pure Water) and standing there, shall say,
Hath this Child been already baptized, or no?
1 If they answer, No; then shall the Minister proceed, as followeth. DEARLY beloved, forasmuch Ghost; that he, being delivered born in sin ; and our Saviour into the Ark of Christ's Church ; Christ saith, None can enter into and heing steadfast in faith, joythe kingdom of God, except he be ful through hope, and rooted in regenerate and born anew of Wa- charity, may so pass the waves of ter and of the Holy Ghost ; I be- this troublesome world, that finally seech you to call upon God the he may come to the land of everFather, through our Lord Jesus lasting life ; there to reign with Christ, that of his bountcous mer- thee, world without end, through cy, he will grant to this Child that Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. that he may be baptized with
Wa- A God,
the aid of all who need,
LMIGHTY and immortal ter and the Holy Ghost, and in the helper of all who flee to the ceived into Christ's holy Church, and be made a living inember of for succour, the life of those who the same.
believe, and the resurrection of the 1 Then shall the Minister say, .
dead; we call upon thee for this Let us pray.
Infant, that he, coming to thy holy
, God, who, of thy great mer- of sin, by spiritual regeneration. cy, didst save Noah and his fami-Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast ly in the Ark from perishing by promised by thy well-beloved Son, water; and also didst safely lead saying, Ask, and ye shall have the children of Israel thy people seek, and ye shall find; knock, and through the Red Sea, figuring it shall be opened unto you: So thereby thy holy Baptism; and by give now unto us who ask ; let us the Baptism of thy well-beloved who seek, find; open the gate unSon Jesus Christ in the river Jor- to us who knock; that this Infant dan, didst sanctify water, to the may enjoy the everlasting benedicmystical washing away of sin : tion of thy heavenly washing, and we beseech thee, for thine infinite may come to the eternal kingdom mercies, that thou wilt mercifully which thou hast promised by look upon this Child; wash him,
Christ our Lord. Amen. and sanctify him with the Holy " shall pass on to the questions addressed to the
11. Or this,
Sponsors ; and from thence to the Prayer immedi: that he favourably alloweth this on the Infant. But note ; that, in every Church, charitable work of ours, in bringthe intermediate parts of the Service shall be ing this Infant to this holy BapBaptism) for the better instructing of the people tism; let us faithfully and devout in the Grounds of Infant Baptism.
ly give thanks unto him, and say, Hear the words of the Gospel, written by St. Mark, in the tenth ALMIGHTY and everlasting
God, heavenly Father, we chapter, at the thirteenth verse.
give thee humble thanks, that thou NHÉY brought young children hast vouchsafed to call us to the
to Christ, that he should knowledge of thy grace, and faith touch them; and his disciples re-l in thee: Increase this knowledge, buked those who brought them. and confirm this faith in us everBut when Jesus saw it, he was more. Give thy Holy Spirit to much displeased, and said unto this Infant; that he may be born them, Suffer the little children to again, and be made an heir of come unto me, and forbid them everlasting salvation, through our not; for of such is the kingdom Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and of God. Verily I say unto you, reigneth with thee and the Holy Whosoever shall not receive the Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. kingdom of God as a little child, Then shall the Minister speak unto the Godfathers he shall not enter therein. And) and Godmothers in this wise:
EARLY , his hands upon them, and blessed them.
baptized; ye have prayed that our
Lord Jesus Christ would vouch1 After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief Exhortation upon the words of the safe to receive him, to release him
from sin, to sanctify him with the ELOVED, ye hear in this Holy Ghost, to give him the king
Gospel the words of our Şa-dom of heaven and everlasting viour Christ, that he commanded life. Ye have heard also that our the children to be brought unto Lord Jesus Christ hath promised, him ; how he blamed those who in his Gospel, to grant all these would have kept them from him; things that ye have prayed for; how he exhorteth all men to fol- which promise, he for his part will low their innocency. Ye perceive most surely keep and perform. how, by his outward gesture and Wherefore, after this promise made deed, he declared his good will by Christ, this infant must also toward them: For he embraced faithfully, for his part, promise by them in his arms, he laid his hands you that are his Sureties (until he upon them, and blessed them.come of age to take it upon himDoubt ye not therefore, but ear- self) that he will renounce the nestly believe, that he will like-devil and all his works, and conwise favourably receive this pres- stantly believe God's holy Word, ent Infant ; that he will embrace and obediently keep his commandhim with the arms of his mercy; ments.
HD90 that he will give unto him the 1 The Minister shall then demand of the Sponsors blessing of eternal life, and make dressed to them severally, and the answers to be him partaker of his everlasting made accordingly. kingdom. Wherefore, we being I demand therefore,
persuaded of the good will of OST thou, in the name of this our heavenly Father towards
Childrenounce the devil Infant, declared by his Son Jesus and all his works, the vain pomp Christ; and nothing doubting, but and glory of the world, with all
Minis. Wilt thou then obedient-N. Thaptize thee in the name of
WE receive this Child into the
covetous desires of the same, and sanctify this water to the inystical the sinful desires of the flesh; so washing away of sin; and grant that thou wilt not follow, nor be that this Child, now to be baptized led by them?
therein, may receive the fulness of Ans. I renounce them all; and, thy grace, and ever remain in the by God's help, will endeavour not number of thy faithful children, to follow, nor be led by them. through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Minis. Dost thou believe all the Amen. Articles of the Christian Faith, as Then the Minister shall take the Child into his contained in the Apostles' Creed?! mothers,
hands, and shall say to the Godfathers and GodAns. I do.
Name this Child.
the Water discreetly, or shall pour water upon it, this Faith?
saying, Ans. That is my desire.
• the Father, and of the Son, ly keep God's holy will and com- and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. mandments, and walk in the same
Then the Minister shall say, all the days of thy life?
E receive this Child into the Ans. I will, by God's help. | Then shall the Minister say,
Flock, and do *sign
* Here the MinMERCIFUL God,grant that him with the sign of ister shall make the old Adam in this Child the cross; in token a Cross upon the
"s forehead. may be so buried, that the new man
that hereafter he shall may be raised up in him. Amen. not be ashamed to confess the faith
Grant that all sinful affections of Christ crucified, and manfully may die in him, and that all things to fight under his banner, against belonging to the Spirit may live sin, the world, and the devil, and and grow in him. Amen.
to continue Christ's faithful soldier Grant that he may have power
and servant unto his life's end. and strength to have victory, and all those who present the Infant shall desire the
Amen. to triumph against the devil, the sign of the Eross to be omitted, although the world, and the flesh. Amen. Church knows no worthy cause of scruple concern
ing the same, yet, in that case, the Minister may Grant that whosoever is here omit that part of the above which follows the Imdedicated to thee by our Office mersion, or the pouring of Water on the Infant.
1 Then shall the Minister say, and Ministry, may also be endued
SEE with heavenly virtues, and ever
EEING now, dearly beloved
brethren, that this Child is relastingly rewarded, through thy generate, and grafted into the body mercy, O blessed Lord God, who of Christ's Church; let us give dost live and govern all things, thanks unto Almighty God for world without end. Amen.
these benefits, and with one accord LMIGHTY, everliving God, make our prayers unto him, that
whose most dearly beloved this Child may lead the rest of his Son Jesus Christ, for the forgive- life according to this beginning. ness of our sins, did shed out of his Then shall be said, all kneeling,
ven, Hallowed be thy Name: his disciples, that they should go Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will teach all nations, and baptize them be done on Earth, as it is in Heain the name of the Father, and of ven; Give us this day our daily the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; bread; And forgive us our tresregard, we beseech thee, the sup-passes, as we forgive those who plications of thy congregation ;ltrespass against us; And lead us
most precious side both water and OUR Father, whoe artin Hea:
not into temptation;But deliver us what a solemn vow, promise, and from evil. Amen.
profession he hath here made by Then shall the Minister say, you. And that he may know these WE
most merciful Father, that him to hear Sermons; and chiefly it hath pleased thee to regenerate ye shall provide, that he may learn this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and to receive him for thine own Child|the Ten Commandments, and all by adoption, and to incorporate other things which a Christian him into thy holy Church. ` And sought to know and believe to his humbly we beseech thee to grant, soul's health; and that this Child that he, being dead unto sin, and may be virtuously brought up to living unto righteousness, and be- lead a godly and a Christian life. ing buried with Christ in his death, remembering always, that Baptism may crucify the old man, and ut-doth represent unto us our profesterly abolish the whole body of sion; which is, to follow the exsin; and that as he is made Par-ample of our Saviour Christ, and taker of the Death of thy Son, to be made like unto him; that as he may also be partaker of his he died, and rose again for us, so resurrection; so that finally, with should we, who are baptized, die the residue of thy holy Church, he from sin, and rise again unto righmay be an Inheritor of thine ever-teousness; continually mortifying lasting kingdom, through Christ all our evil and corrupt affections, our Lord. Amen.
and daily proceeding in all virtue 1 Then, all standing up, the Minister shall sayı
: 10 and godliness of living. the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation
Then sha! he add, and say, following:
TE are to take care that this FOR
ORASMUCH as this Child
hath promised by you his Bishop to be confirmed by him, so Sureties, to renounce the devil and soon as he can say the Creed, the all his works, to believe in God, Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Comand to serve him; ye must remem-mandments, and is sufficiently inber, that it is your parts and duties structed in the other parts of the to see that this Infant be taught, Church Catechism set forth for so soon as he shall be able to learn, that purpose.
THE MINISTRATION OF
PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
The Minister of every Parish shall often admonish the People, that they defer not the Baptism of their
Children to be baptized at home in their houses. But when need shall compel them so to do, then Bap.
in • of the Father, and of the fants; but most lovingly doth call Son, and of the Holy Ghost. them unto him, as the Holy GosAmen.
pel doth witness to our comfort on 1 Then the Minister shall give thanks unto God, this wise.
1 Then the Minister shall say as follows: or else WE
E yield thee hearty thanks," shall pass on to the Questions addressed to the
most merciful Father, that Sponsors. it hath pleased thee to regenerate
Hear the words of the Gospel, this Infant with thy holy Spirit, written by St. Mark, in the tenth to receive him for thine own chapter, at the thirteenth verse. Child by adoption, and to incor- THE
WHEY brought young children porate him into thy holy Church.
to Christ, that be should touch And humbly we beseech thee to them; and his disciples rebuked
But grant, that he, being dead unto sin, those who brought them. and living unto righteousness, and when Jesus saw it, he was much being buried with Christ in his displeased, and said unto them, death, may crucify the old man,
Suffer the little children to come and utterly abolish the whole body unto me, and forbid them not; for of sin; and that as he is made Par- of such is the kingdom of God. taker of the death of thy Son, Verily I say unto you, Whosoever he may also be Partaker of his shall not receive the kingdom of Resurrection; so that finally, with God as a little child, he shall not the residue of thy holy Church, he enter therein. And he took them imay be an Inheritor of thine ever-up in his arms, put his hands upon lasting Kingdom, through Christ them, and blessed them.
After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make our Lord. Amen.
this brief Exhortation upon the words of the 1 And let them not doubt, but that the Child so bap- Gospel : tized is lawsully and sufficientiy baptized, and
BEL ought not to be baptized again. Yet neverthie
ELOVED, ye hear in this less, if the Child which is after this sort baptized, Gospel the words of our Sado afterwards live; it is expedieut that it be viour Christ, that he commanded Minister of the same Parish did himself baptize the children to be brought unto that Child, the Congregation may be certified of him; how he blamed those that the true form of Baptism, by him privately before
shall say thus : would have kept them from him; CERTIFY
you, that accord-bow he exhorteth all men to foling to the due and prescribed low their innocency. Ye perceive Order of the Church, at such a how, by his outward gesture and time and at such a place, before deed, he declared his good will to divers witnesses, I baptized this ward them: for he embraced them Child.
in his arms, he laid his hands upon 1 But if the Child were baptized by any other law. them, and blessed them. Doubt the Child was born or christened, shall examine ye not therefore, but earnestly bewhether the same hath been lawfully done. And lieve, that he hath likewise fabring the Child, that all things were done as they vourably received this present Inought to be; then shall not he christen the Child fant; that he hath embraced him again, but shall receive him as one of the flock of true Christian People, saying thus :
with the arms of his mercy; and, CERTIFY you, that in this as he hath promised in his holy cording unto due order, concerning ing of eternal life, and make him the baptizing of this Child; who partaker of his everlasting kingis now by baptism incorporated into dom. Wherefore, we being thus the Christian Church: For our persuaded of the good will of our Lord Jesus Christ doth not deny heavenly Father, declared by his
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