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And let them not doubt, but that the shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Child so baptized is lawfully and sufficiently baptized, and ought not to be baptized again. Yet nevertheless, if the child which is after this sort baptized, do afterwards live; it is expedient that it be brought into the Church, to the intent that if the Minister of the same Parish did himself baptize that Child, the Congregation may be certified of
the true form of Baptism, by him pri
vately before used: In which case he shall say thus:
After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief Exhortation upon the words of the Gospel.
BELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded CERTIFY you, that according the children to be brought unto to the due and prescribed Order him; how he blamed those that of the Church, at such a time, and would have kept them from him; at such a place, before divers wit-how he exhorteth all men to fol nesses, I baptized this Child. low their innocency. Ye per
But if the Child were baptized by any other lawful Minister, then the Minister of the Parish where the Child was born or christened, shall examine whether the same hath been lawfully done. And if the Minister shall find, by the answers of such as bring the Child, that all things were done as they ought to be; then shall not he christen the Child again, but shall receive him as one of the flock of true Christian People, saying thus:
ceive how, by his outward gesture and deed, he declared his good will toward them: for he embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe,that he hath likewise favourably received this present Infant; that he hath embraced him with the arms of CERTIFY you, that in this his mercy; and, as he hath promised in his holy word, will give ac unto him the blessing of eternal cording unto due order, concerning the baptizing of this Child; life, and make him partaker of his who is now by baptism incorpoeverlasting kingdom. Wherefore, rated into the Christian Church: we being thus persuaded of the For our Lord Jesus Christ doth good will of our heavenly Father, declared by his Son Jesus Christ, not deny his grace and mercy unto such Infants; but most loving-towards this Infant, let us faithfully doth call them unto him, as they and devoutly give thanks unto Holy Gospel doth witness to our Lord himself taught us. him, and say the Prayer which the
comfort on this wise.
Then the Minister shall say as follows: or else shall pass on to the questions addressed to the Sponsors. Hear the words of the Gospel, written by St. Mark, in the tenth chapter, at the thirteenth verse.
Oven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven, Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our tresas we those who
UR Father, art in Hea
to Christ, that he should touch trespass against us; And lead us them; and his disciples rebuked not into temptation; But deliver those who brought them. But us from evil. Amen. when Jesus saw it,he was much dipleased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and not;
Then shall the Minister demand the name of the Child; which being by the Godfathers and Godmothers pronounced, the Minister shall say as follows:
DOST thou, in the name of this
for of such is the kingdom of God. Child, renounce the devil Verily I say unto you, Whosoever land all his works, the vain pomp
and glory of the world, with all
Ans. I renounce them all; and,
Minis. Dost thou believe all the
Minis. Wilt thou be baptized
Ans. That is my desire.
Here the Mimister shall make a Cross upon the
him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he, being dead unto sin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin; and that as he is made Partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be Partaker of his Resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, he may be an Inheritor of thine everlasting Kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Then, all standing up, the Minister shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation following:
ORASMUCH as this Child hath promised by you, his Sureties, to renounce the devil
WE receive this Child into the and all his works, to believe in Christ's God, and to serve him; ye must Flock,and do* sign remember, that it is your parts him with the sign and duties to see that this Infant of the Cross; in to-be taught, so soon as he shall be ken that hereafter able to learn, what a solemn vow, he shall not be promise, and profession he hath ashamed to confess the faith of here made by you. And that he Christ crucified, and manfully to may know these things the better, fight under his banner, against ye shall call upon him to hear Sersin, the world, and the devil; and mons; and chiefly ye shall proto continue Christ's faithful sol- vide, that he may learn the Creed, dier and servant unto his life's the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, 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: reBaptistn 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
The same rule is to be observed here, as
Then shall the Minister say,
EEING now, dearly beloved
generate, and grafted into the
Then shall be said, all kneeling,
all our evil and
most merciful Father, that affections, and daily proceeding it hath pleased thee to regenerate in all virtue and godliness of living. this Infant with thy Holy Spirit,
to receive him for
Then shall he add and say,
by adoption, and to incorporate Y Child be brought to the B
shop to be confirmed by him, so soon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and is sufficiently instructed in the other parts of the Church Catechism, set forth for that purpose.
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 essential parts of Baptism) then let the Minister baptize it in the Form before appointed for Public Baptism of Infants; sav
ing, that, at the dipping of the Child in the Font, he shall use this form of Words:
thou art not already baptized, N. I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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 Prayers serve for both. And again, after the Immersion, or the pouring of Water, and the receiving into 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 themselves 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.
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 Minister, in his discretion, shall think fit. And standing there, the Minister shall ask, Whether any of the Persons here preɛented be baptized or no? If they shall answer, No; then shall the Minister say thus:
Then shall the Minister say, LMIGHTY and everlasting
EARLY beloved, forasmuch bor as all men are conceivich is A God, who, of thy great mer born of the flesh is flesh) and they cy, didst save Noah and his famiwho are in the flesh cannot please ly in the ark from perishing by God, but live in sin, committing water; and also didst safely lead many actual transgressions; and the children of Israel thy people our Saviour Christ saith, None can through the Red Sea, figuring enter into the kingdom of God, thereby thy holy Baptism; and except he be regenerate and born by the Baptism of thy well-beanew of Water and of the Holy loved Son Jesus Christ in the Ghost; I beseech you to call upon river Jordan, didst sanctify the God the Father, through our Lord element of water, to the mystical Jesus Christ, that of his bounte-washing away of sin; we beseech ous goodness he will grant to thee, for thine infinite mercies, these Persons that which by nature that thou wilt mercifully look they cannot have; that they may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ's holy Church, and be made lively members of the same.
upon these thy Servants; wash them and sanctify them with the Holy Ghost; that they, being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the Ark of Christ's
Church; and being steadfast in mother's womb, and be born?
¶ Or this.
the aid of all who need, the helper of all who flee to thee for succour, the life of those who believe, and the resurrection of the dead; we call upon thee for these Persons, that they, coming to thy holy Baptism, may receive remission of their sins, by spiritual re
wind bloweth it list
eth, 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:
generation. Receive them, O Lord, BELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel the express words of our as thou hast promised by thy well- Saviour Christ, that, except a man beloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye be born of Water and of the Spishall receive; seek, and ye shall rit, he cannot enter into the kingfind; knock, and it shall be open-dom of God. Whereby ye may ed unto you: So give now unto perceive the great necessity of us who ask; let us who seek, find; this Sacrament, where it may be open the gate unto us who knock; had. Likewise, immediately behat these Persons may enjoy the fore his ascension into heaven, everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Minister shall say, Hear the words of the Gospel, written by Saint John, in the third chapter, beginning at the first verse.
(as we read in the last chapter of Saint Mark's Gospel,) he gave command to his disciples, saying, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned: Which also showeth unto us the great benefit we reap thereHERE was a man of the Pha-by. For which cause Saint PeTH risees, named Nicodemus, alter the Apostle, when upon his ruler of the Jews. The same came first preaching of the Gospel mato Jesus by night, and said unto ny were pricked at the heart, and him, Rabbi, we know that thou said to him and the rest of the art a Teacher come from God; Apostles, Men and brethren,what 1 for no man can do these miracles shall we do? replied, and said that thou doest, except God be unto them, Repent and be bap with him. Jesus answered and tized every one of you, for the said unto him, Verily, verily, I remission of sins, and ye shall resay unto thee, Except a man be ceive the gift of the Holy Ghost: born again, he cannot see the For the promise is to you and kingdom of God. Nicodemus your children, and to all that are saith unto him, How can a man afar off, even as many as the Lord be born when he is old? can he our God shall call. And with ma euter the second time into his nv other words exhorted he then,
saying, Save yourselves from this in his holy Word, to grant all untoward generation. For, as those things that we have prayed the same Apostle testifieth in an- for; which promise he, for his other place, even Baptism doth part, will most surely keep and also now save us, (not the putting perform. Wherefore, after this away of the filth of the flesh, but promise made by Christ, ye must the answer of a good conscience also faithfully, for your part, in towards God,) by the resurrec- the presence of these your Wittion of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye nesses, and this whole Congreganot therefore, but earnestly be- tion, promise and answer to the lieve, that he will favourably re- following Questions. ceive 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 Par-DOST and all his works, the vain takers of his everlasting kingdom. Wherefore we, being thus per- with all covetous desires of the pomp and glory of the world, suaded of the good will of our heavenly Father toward these same, and the sinful desires of the Persons, declared by his Son Je-flesh; so that thou wilt not fol sus Christ, let us faithfully and low, nor be led by them? devoutly give thanks to him, and say,
A God, heavenly Father, we
Then the Minister shall speak to the
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.
thou renounce the devil
Ans. I renounce them all; and, by God's help, will endeavour not to follow, nor be led by them.
Quest. Dost thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles' Creed' Ans. I do.
may be so buried, that the new
WELL-BELOVED, who are man may be raised up in them.
ceive holy Baptism, ye have heard
Grant that all sinful affections how the Congregation hath pray-may die in them, and that all things ed, that our Lord Jesus Christ belonging to the Spirit may live would vouchsafe to receive you and grow in them. Amen. and bless you, to release you of Grant that they may have pow. your sins, to give you the king-er and strength to have victory, dom of heaven, and everlasting and to triumph against the devil, life. Ye have heard also that our the world, and the flesh. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ hath promised! Grant that they, being here de