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thefe things the better, ye shall and daily proceeding in all vir call upon him to hear Sermons, tue and godliness of living. and chiefly ye fhall provide that he may learn the Crced, the Lords Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Chriftian ought to know and believe to his fouls health; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life; remembring alway that Baptifm doth reprefent unto us our profeffion, which is to follow the example of our Saviour Chrift, and to be made like unto him; that as he died and rofe for we who are baptized, die from fin, and rife again unto righteouf
But if they which bring the fuch uncertain answers to the Infant to the Church do make Priests queftions, 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 Ghaft, (which are effential. parts of Baptifm) then let the Prieft Baptize it in the Form before appointed for Publick Baptifm of Infants; faving that at the dipping of the Child in the Font, he shall use this Form of words.
F thou art not already baptitize tized, N. I baptize thee In the Name of the Father, and of the
nefs, continually mortifying all Son, and of the Holy Ghost. our evil and corrupt affections, Amen.
The Miniftration of Baptifm to fuch as are of riper years, and able to answer for themselves.
Early beloved;forafmuch are in the flesh cannot please as all men are concei- God, but live in fin, commit ved and born in fin, ting many actual tranfgreffions; (and that which is born of the and that our Saviour Chrift flesh is flesh) and they that faith. None can eater into the
Kingdom of God, except he be Lmighty immortal regenerate, and both new of Ag the aid of all that water and of the Holy Ghoft; need, the helper of all that flec I beseech you to call upon God to thee for fuccour, the life of the Father, through our Lord them that believe, and the reJefus Chrift, that of his bounte- furrection of the dead; We ous goodness he will grant to call upon thee for these perfons, thefe perfons that which by na- that they coming to thy holy ture they cannot have, that they Baptifm, may receive remiffion may be baptized with water of their fins by fpiritual regene and the Holy Ghost, and recei- ration. Receive them, O Lord, ved into Chrifts holy Church, as thou haft promised by thy and be made lively members of wel-beloved Son, faying, Ask, the fame. and ye fhall receive; seek, and ye fall find; knock, and it Thall be opened unto you: so give now unto us that ask; let us that feek, find; open the gate unto us that knock; that perfons may enjoy
mercy didft fave Noah and his lafting benediction of thy heaFamily in the ark from perifh- venly washing, and may come ing by water, and alfo didft to the eternal kingdom which fafely lead the children of Ifra- thou haft promised by Chrift el thy people through the Red our Lord. Amen. fea, figuring thereby thy holy Baptifm; and by the Baptifm of thy wel-beloved Son Jefus Chrift in the river Jordan, didft fanctifie the element of water to the myftical washing away of fin; We beseech thee for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon demus, a ruler of the Jews. The thefe thy fervants; wash them, fame came to Jefus by night, and fanctifie them with the Ho- and faid unto him, Rabbi, we
Then shall the People ftand up, and the Priest shall say, Hear the words of the Gospel written by Saint John, in the third Chapter, beginning at the firft Verfe.
Then fhall the Priest fay,
Here was a man of the
ly Ghoft, that they being dels that thou art a teacher
vered from thy wrath, may be from God; for no man received into the ark of Chrifts can do these miracles that thou Church; and being ftedfaft in doft, except God be with him. faith, joyful through hope, and Jefus anfwered and faid unto Food in charity, may fo pafs him, Verily verily I fay unto the waves of this troublesome thee, Except a man be born a world, that finally they may gain, he cannot fee the king come to the land of everlasting dom of God. Nicodemus faith life, there to reign with thee unto him, How can a man be world without end, through born when he is old? Can he Je us Chrift our Lord. Amen. enter the fecond time into his
mothers womb, and be born?
After which he fall fay this
Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remiffion of fins, and ye fhall receive the gift of the Holy Ghoft. For the promife is to you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God fhalicall. And with many other words exhorted he them, faying, Save your felves from this untoward generation. For (as the fame Apoftle teftifieth in another place) even Baptism doth also now fave us, not the putting away of the filth of the fleli, but the anfwer of a good conscience towards God) by the refurrection of Jefus Chrift.
fpel the exprefs words of earnestly believe that he will ye hear in our Saviour Chrift, that except favourably receive these present a man be born of water and of perfons, truly repenting and the Spirit, he cannot enter into coming unto him by faith the kingdom of God. where that he will grant them remif by ye may perceive the great fion of their fins, and beftow neceffity of this Sacrament, upon them the Holy Ghoft where it may be had. Likewife that he will give them the bler immediately before his afcenfi- fing of eternal life, and make on into heaven (as we read in them partakers of his everlastthe laft Chapter of Saint Marks ing kingdom. Gofpel, he gave command to his difciples, faying, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature,
Wherefore we being thus perfwaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards these perfons, declared by his He that believeth and is bap- Son Jefus Chrift; let us faithtized, fhall be faved; but he fully and devoutly give thanks that believeth not, fhall be to him, and fay, damned. Which alfo fheweth
unto us the great benefit we God, heavenly Father, reap thereby. For which caufe we give thee humble thanks Saint Peter the Apoftle, when for that thou haft vouchsafed to upon his firft preaching of the call us to the knowledge of thy Gofpel many were pricked at grace and faith in thee ; In the heart, and faid to him and creafe this knowledge, and con the reft of the Apoftles, Men firm this faith in us evermore and brethren, what fhall we Give thy Holy Spirit to these do? replied and faid unto them, perfons, that they may be born again,
Answer. I renounce them all.
again, and be made heirs of everlafting falvation, through
Veth and reignethwith thee and D the Father Almighty, Ma
the Holy Spirit, now and for ker of heaven and earth? ever. Amen.
Then the Priest fall speak to the perfons to be baptized, on this mife.
And in Jefus Chrift his only begotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; that he
WElbelovedither defiring Pontius Pilate, was crucified
to receive holy Baptifm, ye dead,and buried; that he went have heard how the Congrega- down into hell, and alfo did tion hath prayed that our Lord rife again the third day; that Jefus Christ would vouchfafe he afcended into heaven, and to receive you, and bless you, to fitteth at the right hand of God release you of your fins, to give the Father Almighty; and from you the kingdom of heaven and thence fhall come again at the everlafting life. Ye have heard end of the world, to judge the alfo that our Lord Jefus Chrift quick and the dead? hath promifed in his holy And doft thou believe in the Word, to grant all thofe things Holy Ghoft; The holy Cathothat we have prayed for; which lick Church; The Commupromife he for his part will nion of Saints; The remiffion of moft furely keep and perform. fins; The refurrection of the Wherefore after this promite flesh; and everlafting life after made by Chrift, ye muft alfo death? faithfully for your part promife in the presence of thefe your believe. witneffes, and this whole Čongregation, that ye will renounce
Anfwer. All this I ftedfaftly
conftantly believe Gods holy
Anfwer. That is my defire.
Ilt thou then obediently
Then fall the Priest demard W keep Guds holy will and
of each of the perfons to be commandment, and walk in baptized, feverally,thefe Que- the fame all the days of thy fions following life?
Anfwer. I will endeavour fo Oft thou renounce the de- to do, God being my helper. vil and all his works, the Then fall the Priest say, the old Adam in these per Merciful God, grant that
vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous defires
of the fame, and carnal de- fons may be fo buried, that the fires of the flesh, fo that thou new man may be raifed up in wilt not follow nor be led by them. Amen.
Grant that all carnal affecti
Then shall the Priest fay,
Grant that they being here WE receive this person in
* Here the Peake
to the Congregation dedicated to thee by our office of Chrifts flock, and miniftry, may also be en- and * do sign him dued with heavenly virtues, and with the fign of the hoses a the everlaftingly rewarded, through Crofs, in token that perfus Fore thy mercy, O bleffed Lord hereafter he fhall God, who doft live and govern not be ashamed to confefs the all things, world without end. faith of Chrift crucified, and manfully to fight under his Lmighty everliving God, banner againft fin, the world, whole moft dearly belo- and the devil; and to continue ved Son Jefus Christ, for the Chrifts faithful foldier and fer. forgiveness of our fins, did flied vant unto his lifes end. Amen. out of his moft precious fide both water and blood, and gave commandment to his difciples, er that they fhould go teach all
ons may die in them, and that
ter, or pour water upon him, faying,
thee In the
N. Name of the Father, and
Grant that they may have of the Son, and of the Holy power and ftrength to have Ghoft. Amen. vistory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the
Then fhall the Priest fay,
Eeing now, dearly beloved
nations, and baptize them In are regenerate and grafted into
thiough Jefus Christ our Lord.
Then shall be faid the Lords
Father, which art in
Heaven Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom Then all the Priest take come. Thy will be done in each perfon to be baptized, by Earth, As it is in Heaven. Give the right hand, and placing us this day our daily bread. him conveniently by the Font, And forgive us our trefpaffes, according to his difcreti n, As we forgive them that tref And lead us fall ask the Godfathers and pass against us. Godmothers the Name; and not into temptation; But de then shall dip him in the wa- liver us from evil. Amen.