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this Child be brought to the Bishop to be confirmed by him, so soon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and
is sufficiently mandiments, and
other parts of the Church the Name of the Father, and Catechism, set forth for that of the Son, and of the Holy
But if they who bring the Infant to the Church do make such uncertain answers to the Minister's Questions, as that it cannot appear that the Child was baptized with water, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (which are cs-\
If Infant Baptism, and the receiving of Infants baptized in private, are to be at the same time, the Minister may make the Questions to the Sponsors and the succeeding Prayer serve for both. And again, after the Immersion, or the pouring of Water, and the receiving inte the Church, the Minister may use the remainder of the Service for both.
THE MINISTRATION OF
To such as are of Riper Years, and able to answer for
¶ 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 fastings, for the receiving of this Holy Sacrament.
And if they shall be found fit, then the Godfathers and Godmothers,
DEARLY beloved, foras- Ghost; that they, being de
much as all men are livered from thy wrath, may conceived and born in sin (and be received into the Ark of that which is born of the flesh Christ's Church; and being is flesh) and they who are in steadfast in faith, joyful the flesh cannot please God, through hope, and rooted in but live in sin,committing ma- charity, may so pass the waves ny actual transgressions; and of this troublesome world, our Saviour Christ saith, none that finally they may come to can enter into the kingdom of the land of everlasting life; God, except he be regenerate there to reign with thee, world and born anew of Water and without end, through Jesus of the Holy Ghost; I beseech Christ our Lord. Amen. you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous LMIGHTY and immorgoodness he will grant to these who need, the helper of all tal God, the aid of all Persons that which by nature who flee to thee for succour, they cannot have; that they the life of those who believe, may be baptized with Water and the resurrection of the and the Holy Ghost, and re-dead; we call upon thee for ceived into Christ's holy these Persons, that they, comChurch, and be made lively ing to thy holy Baptism, may
members of the same.
Then shall the Minister say,
receive remission of their sins, by spiritual regeneration. Receive them, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, and
Let us pray. LMIGHTY and ever lasting God, who of thy great mercy, didst save Noah shall receive; seek, and ye and his family in the Ark from ye shall find; knock, and it perishing by water; and also shall be opened unto you: So didst safely lead the children give now unto us who ask; let of Israel thy people through us who seck, find; open the the Red Sea, figuring thereby these Persons may enjoy the gate unto us who knock; that thy holy Baptism; and by the everlasting benediction of thy Baptism of thy well-beloved heavenly washing, and may Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan, didst sanctify the ele-which thou hast promised by come to the eternal kingdom ment of water, to the mysti-Christ our Lord. Amen. cal washing away of sin; we beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mer
Then the Minister shall say,
Hear the words of the Gos
cifully look upon these thy pel, written by Saint John, in Servants; wash them and the third chapter, beginning sanctify them with the Holy at the first Verse:
HERE was a man of the be had. Likewise, immedi
Pharisees, named Nico-ately before his ascension into
demus, a ruler of the Jews. heaven, (as we read in the The same came to Jesus by last Chapter of Saint Mark's night, and said unto him, Rab-Gospel) he gave command to bi, we know that thou art a his disciples, saying, Go ye Teacher come from God; for into all the world, and preach no man can do these miracies the Gospel to every creature. that thou doest, except God He that believeth, and is bap be with him. Jesus answered tized, shall be saved; but he and said unto him, Verily, that believeth not, shall be verily, I say unto thee, Except damned: Which also showa man be born again, he can-jeth unto us the great benefit not see the kingdom of God. we reap thereby. For which Nicodemus saith unto him, cause Saint Peter the Apostle, How can a man be born when when upon his first preaching he is old? can he enter the of the Gospel many were second time into his mother's pricked at the heart, and said womb, and be born? Jesus to him and the rest of the answered, Verily, verily, Apostles, Men and brethren, say unto thee, Except a man what shall we do? replied, be born of water and of the and said unto them, Repent Spirit, he cannot enter into and be baptized every one of the kingdom of God. That you, for the remission of sins, which is born of the flesh, is and ye shall receive the gift of flesh; and that which is born the Holy Ghost: For the proof the Spirit, is Spirit. Mar-mise is to you and your chilvel not that I said unto thee, dren, and to all that are afar Ye must be born again. The off, even as many as the Lord wind bloweth where it listeth, our God shall call. And with and thou hearest the sound many other words exhorted he thereof; but canst not tell them,saying, Save yourselves whence it cometh, and whith-from this untoward generaer it goeth: so is every oneftion. For, as the same Aposthat is born of the Spirit. tle testifieth in another place, ¶After which he shall say this even Baptism doth also now Exhorta ion following: save us (not the putting away
BELOVED, ye hear in of the fit of the flesh, but
this Gospel the express the answer of a good conwords of our Saviour Christ, science towards God,) by the that, except a man be born of resurrection of Jesus Christ. Water and of the Spirit, he Doubt ye not therefore, but cannot enter into the kingdom earnestly believe, that he will of God. Whereby ye may favourably receive these preperceive the great necessity of sent Persons, truly repeating, this Sacrament, where it may and coming unto him by faith;
that he will grant them remis- promised in his holy Word, sion of their sins, and bestow to grant all those things that uponthem the Holy Ghost; that we have prayed for; which he will givethem the blessing of promise, he for his part, will eternal life, and make them most surelykeep and perform. Partakers of his everlasting Wherefore, after this promise kingdom. made by Christ, ye must also
Wherefore, we being thus faithfully, for your part, in persuaded of the good will of the presence of these your our heavenly Father toward Witnesses,and this whole Conthese Persons, declared by gregation,promise and answer his Son Jesus Christ, let us to the following questions: faithfully and devoutly give thanks to him, and say,
LMIGHTY and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, for that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase this
The Minister shall then demand of the Persons to be baptized as follows: the Questions being considered as addressed to them severally, and the Answers to be made accordingly.
OST thou renounce the devil and all his works,
knowledge, and confirm this Do
faith in us evermore. Give thy the vain pomp and glory of Holy Spirit to these Persons, the world, with all covetous that they may be born again, desires of the same, and the and be made Heirs of everlast- sinful desires of the flesh; so ing salvation,through our Lord that thou wilt not follow, nor Jesus Christ, who liveth and be led by them? reigneth with thee and the Ans. I renounce them all; Holy Spirit, now and for ever. and, by God's help, will enAmen. deavour not to follow, nor be
Then the Minister shall led by them. speak to the Persons to be
baptized on this wise:
Quest. Dost thou believe all the Articles of the Christian
WELL-BELOVED, who Faith, as contained in the are come hither desi- Apostles' Creed?
ring to receive holy Baptism, Ans. I do.
ye have heard how the Con
Quest. Wilt thou be bapti
gregation hath prayed, that zed in this Faith? our Lord Jesus Christ would Ans. That is my desire. vouchsafe to receive you and Quest, Wilt thou then obe
bless you, to release you of diently keep God's holy will your sins to give you the king-and commandments; andwalk dom of heaven, and everlast-in the same all the days of thy ing life. Ye have heard also life?
that our Lord Jesus Christ hath Ans. I will by God's help.
¶ Then shall the Minister say,dren, through Jesus Christ MERCIFUL God, our Lord. Amen. grant that the old Adam in these Persons may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in them. Amen.
Grant that all sinful affections may die in them, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in them. Amen.
Grant that they may have power and strength to have victory,and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the
Grant that they, being herc dedicated to thee by our Of
Then shall the Minister take each Person to be bați. tized 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 upon him, saying,
baptize thee in the
fice and Ministry, may also¶ Then shall the Minister say,
be endued with heavenly vir- WE receive this Person
tues, and everlastingly re
• Here the
into the Congregation warded, through thy mercy of Christ's Flock, O blessed Lord God, who dost and do * sign him Minister shall live and govern all things, with the sign of make a Cross world without end. Amen. the Cross; in to- upon the perALMIGHTY,everliving God, ken that hereaf- son's forehead. whose most dearly belov-ter he shall not be ashamed to od Son Jesus Christ, for the confess the faith of Christ cruforgiveness of our sins, did cified, and manfully to fight shed out of his most precious under his banner, against sin, side both water and blood the world, and the devil; and and gave commandment to his to continue Christ's faithful disciples, that they should go soldier and servant unto his teach all nations, and baptize life's end. Amen. them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; regard, we beseech thee,the supplications of this Congregation; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that the Persons, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy Persons are regenerate, and grace, and ever remain in the grafted into the body ofChrist's number of thy faithful chil-Church; let us give thanks
The same Rule, as to the Omission of the Sign of the Cross, is to be observed here, as in the Baptism of Infants.
Then the Minister shall say,