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which all our christian ad- and of the Son, and of the vantages should terminate. Holy Ghost.

Let us, therefore, as many as are here assembled, by

Min. Let us pray. the present administration of baptism, take occasion ALMIGHTY God, the to establish in our minds a Father of our Lord Jesus lively sense of our obliga- Christ, regard in mercy tions to serve God, accord the prayers of thy people; ing to the gospel of his Son, and bless thy servant, who in holiness and righteous- hath now been acknowness all our days.

ledged as a member of the Then shall the Minister

christian church, by bap

tism. Incline his heart to say to the Person desir

receive with all readiness ing to be baptized,

the doctrines and instrucOUR Lord Jesus com tions of Christ, and to submanded, that all persons

mit faithfully to the authoribaptized should be instruct- ty of his laws. Give him ed in his holy gospel. strength to triumph over You, in the profession of the temptations of vice, the christian faith, present and to be steadfast in the yourself to be baptized ac practice of that holiness cording to his institution. which baptism is designed Do you now promise, that to represent; that, living you will receive the in

as becometh a good and structions of the christian faithful member of the religion, and govern your

christian church here faith and practice by its earth, he may at length pardoctrines and laws?

take in heaven of that eterAnsw. This I now pro nal kingdom which thou mise, and by the help of hast revealed to us by God, will endeavour to Jesus Christ our Lord. perform.

Amen. The Minister shall then baptize the Person, say

WE give thee humble ing,

thanks, O heavenly Father.

that thou hast vouchsafed I BAPTIZE thee in to call us to the knowledge the name of the Father of thy grace, and faith in

on

thee; increase this know govern your faith and pracledge, and confirm this tice by its doctrines and faith in us evermore, that laws.

laws. May you carefully we may be enabled to mor- keep in mind this promise, tify all our evil and cor and perform it faithfully. rupt affections, and daily to To this end, you are diliproceed in all virtue and gently and honestly to godliness of living, till we search the scriptures. come to that eternal king. These contain every thing dom, which thou hast pro

necessary to eternal salvamised by Jesus Christ our tion; and from these you Lord. Amen.

may

obtain all that informa

tion which is requisite to NOW unto him who is improve your understandable to keep us from falling and confirm your faith. ing, and to present us fault

Above all, you are carefully less before the presence of

to obey the precepts of the his glory, with exceeding gospel, and to cultivate that joy, to the only wise God purity of heart and affecour Saviour, be glory and

tions, which all its laws, majesty, dominion and pow ordinances, and doctrines er, through Jesus Christ, are designed to promote. for ever and ever. Amen. Having the fear of God

before your eyes, be you THE EXHORTATION.

now exhorted to discharge, with fidelity and exactness

the duty you have now acChristian Brother,

knowledged. To the due IN obedience to the observance of it may God command of our Lord Je

heart ; and sus Christ, that all persons may he bless you with sucbaptized be instructed in cess, for your improvement his holy religion ; you have in christian knowledge, and now engaged, by a solemn holiness of life, for the hopromise before God and nour of religion, and the this assembly, that you will glory of his holy name, receive the instructions of through Jesus Christ our the christian religion, and Lord. Amen.

incline your

END OF BAPTISM OF THOSE OF

RIPER YEARS

MATRIMONY.

First the Banns of those who are to be married, may be

published in the Church three several Sundays or Holydays, in this manner ;

I PUBLISH the Banns ed of God in the time of of marriage between M. man's innocency; which of - and N. of - If estate Christ adorned and any of you know cause or beautified with his

prejust impediment why these sence, and first miracle two persons should not be that he wrought in Cana joined together in matrimo of Galilee; and is comny, ye are to declare it. mended of St Paul to be This is the first [second or honourable

among

all third] time of asking. men; and therefore is not

by any to be enterprised, When the Persons to be or taken in hand, lightly

married are assembled or unadvisedly; but reverwith their Friends, the ently, discreetly, soberly, Minister shall say,

and in the fear of God.

2

DEARLY beloved, we And also, speaking to the are gathered together here Persons who are to be in the sight of God, and in married he shall say, the face of this congregation, to join together this IREQUIRE and charge man and this woman in you both, as ye will anmatrimony; which is an swer at the dreadful day of honourable estate, institut- judgment, when the se

crets of all hearts shall be husband, to live together disclosed, that if either of after God's ordinance, in you know any impediment, the estate of matrimony? why ye may not be lawfully Wilt thou love him, comunited in matrimony, ye fort him, honour and keep do now consess it. For him, in sickness and in be ye well assured, that so health, in sorrow and in many as are joined togeth- joy; and forsaking allother, er otherwise than God's keep thee only unto him, word doth allow, are not so long as ye both shall joined together by God, live? neither is their matrimony lawful.

The Woman shall answer,

I will

If no impedimentbe alleged,

then shall the Minister say unto the Man,

Then shall the Minister say,

or

M. WILT thou have Who giveth this woman this woman to thy wedded

to be married to this man? wife, to live together after God's ordinance, in the Then the Minister, receivestate of matrimony? Wilt ing the Woman, at her thou love her, comfort her,

Father's Friend's honour and keep her, in hands, shall cause the sickness and in health, in Man with his right hand, sorrow and in joy; and to take the Woman by forsaking all other, keep her right hand, and to thee only unto her, so long say after him as followeth; both shall live?

I, M. take thee, N. to The Man shall answer,

my wedded wife, to have

and to hold, from this day I will.

forward, for better for

worse, for richer for poorer, Then shall the Minister in sickness and in health, say unto the Woman; to love and to cherish, till

death us do part, according N. WILT thou have to God's holy ordinance, this man to thy wedded and the laws of the land.

as ye

er, in

Then shall the Woman like of everlasting life; send wise say after the Minister; thy blessing upon these thy

servants, whom we bless I, N. take thee, M. to in thy name. Enable my wedded husband, to them to perform the covehave and to hold, from this nant which they have now day forward, for better for

made in thy presence, worse, for richer for poor- May they seriously attend

sickness and in to the duties of the new health, to love and to cher relation in which they ish, till death us do part, stand to each other; that according to God's holy it may not be to them a ordinance and the laws of state of temptation and the land.

sorrow, but of holiness and

comfort; may they live Then shall they loose together in peace and love;

their hands, and the Man and wilt thou, the God of shall give unto the Wo peace and love, be always man a Ring, putting it with them, and lead them upon the fourth finger of in the paths of innocence her left hand. And the and virtue to eternal life; Man holding the Ring through Jesus Christ our there, and taught by the Lord. Amen. Minister, shall say,

Then shall the Minister WITH this ring I thee speak unto the People. wed; with all my worldly goods I thee endow; and FORASMUCH as M. to thee only do I promise and N. have consented toto keep myself, so long as gether in wedlock, and we both shall live. Amen. have witnessed the same

before God and this comThen the minister shall say, pany, and thereto have en

gaged and pledged themselves to each other, and

have declared the same by O ETERNAL God, giving and receiving a ring, creator and preserver of and by joining hands; I all mankind, giver of all pronounce that they be spiritual grace, the author Man and Wife; and those

Let us pray.

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