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deserved this plague of rain and waters, yet upon our true repentance thou wilt send us such weather, whereby we may receive the fruits of the earth in due season; and learn both by thy punishment to amend our lives, and for thy clemency to give thee praise and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
| In the time of dearth and famine.
() God, heavenly Father, whose gift it is that the rain doth fall, the earth is fruitful, beasts increase, and fishes do multiply; Behold, we beseech thee, the afflictions of thy people; and grant that the scarcity and dearth (which we do now most justly suffer for our iniquity) may through thy goodness be mercifully turned into cheapness and plenty ; for the love of Jesu Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost &c.
| Or thus. 0 God, merciful Father, which, in the time of Heliseus the prophet, didst suddenly turn in Samaria great scarcity and dearth into plenty and cheapness, and extreme famine into abundance of victual; Have pity upon us, that now be punished for our sins with like adversity, increase the fruits of the earth by thy heavenly benediction; and grant, that we,
receiving thy bountiful liberality, may use the same to thy glory, our comfort, and relief of our needy neighbours ; through Jesu Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the time of war. O Almighty God, King of all kings, and Governor of all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent; Save and deliver us (we humbly beseech thee) from the hands of our enemies; abate their pride, assuage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, which art the only giver of all victory; through the merits of thy only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
In the time of any common plague
or sickness. O Almighty God, which in thy wrath, in the time of king David, didst slay with the plague of pestilence sixty and ten thousand, and yet remembering thy mercy didst save the rest; Have pity upon us, miserable sinners, that now are visited with great sickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then command thy angel to cease from punishing, so it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness; through Jesu Christ our Lord.
And the Litany shall ever end with
this Collect following:
Almighty God, which hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise, that when two or three be gathered in thy name thou will grant their requests; Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
Of the Administration of Pub- The Ministration of Baptism
lic Baptism to be used in the to be used in the Church. Church.
It appeareth by ancient writers, that the sacrament of Baptism in the old time was not commonly ministered but at two times in the year, at Easter and Whitsuntide; at which times it was openly ministered in the presence of all the congregation : which custom, (now being grown out of use,) although it cannot for many considerations be well restored again, yet it is thought good to follow the same as near as conveniently may be. Wherefore the people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient that Baptism should not be ministered but upon Sundays and other holydays, when the most number of people may come together : as well for that the congregation there present may testify the receiving of them that be newly baptized into the number of Christ's church; as also because in the baptism of infants every man present may be put in remembrance of his own profession made to God in his baptism. For which cause also it is expedient that baptism be ministered in the English tongue. Nevertheless (if necessity so require) 9children ought at all times to be baptized either at the church or else at home.
9 children may at all times be baptized at home 1552.
When there are children to be baptized upon the Sunday or holyday, the parents
shall give knowledge over night, or in the morning afore the beginning of Matins, to the Curate. And then the godfathers, godmothers, and people, with the children, must be sready at the church door, either immediately afore the last Can. ticle at Matins, or else immediately afore the last Canticle at Evensong, as the Curate by his discretion shall appoint. And then, standing there, the Priest shall ask whether the children be baptized or no. If they answer, No, then shall the Priest say thus :
*DEAR beloved, forasmuch as all men be conceived and born in sin ; uand that no man born in sin can enter into the kingdom of God, (except he be regenerate and born anew of water and the Holy Ghost ;) I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to these children that thing which by nature they cannot have ; *that is to say, they may be baptized with the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ's holy church, and be made lively members of the same.
Then the Priest shall say,
Let us pray. ALMIGHTY and everlasting ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, which of thy justice didst God, which of thy great mercy destroy by floods of water the didst save Noe and his family whole world for sin, except eight in the ark from perishing by persons, whom of thy mercy water; and also didst safely lead (the same time) thou didst save the children of Israel thy peoin the ark; and when thou didst ple through the Red sea, figurdrown in the Red sea wicked ing thereby thy holy baptism ; king Pharaoh, with all hisarmy, and by the baptism of thy wellyet (at the same time) thou beloved Son Jesus Christ, didst didst lead thy people the chil- sanctify the flood Jordan, and dren of Israel safely through all other waters, to the mystithe midst thereof; whereby cal washing away of sin; We thou didst figure the washing beseech thee, for thy infinite of thy holy baptism; and by mercies, that thou wilt mercithe baptism of thy well-beloved fully look upon these children ; Son Jesus Christ thou didst sanctify them and wash them sanctify the flood Jordan, and with thy Holy Ghost; that they,
r Morning Prayer 1552. s ready at the font, either immediately after the last Lesson at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the Curate 1552. Dearly beloved 1552. u and that our Saviour Christ saith, None can enter 1552. * that they may be baptized with water and the Holy Ghost 1552.
all other waters, to this mysti- being delivered from thy wrath, cal washing away of sin; We may be received into the ark beseech thee (for thy infinite of Christ's church; and being mercies) that thou wilt merci- steadfast in faith, joyful through fully look upon these children, hope, and rooted in charity, and sanctify them with thy may so pass the waves of this Holy Ghost; that by this troublesome world, that finally wholesome laver of regenera- they may come to the land of tion, whatsoever sin is in them everlasting life, there to reign may be washed clean away; that with thee world without end ; they, being delivered from thy through Jesus Christ our Lord. wrath, may be received into the Amen. ark of Christ's church, and so saved from perishing; and being fervent in spirit, steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, rooted in charity, may ever serve thee; and finally attain to everlasting life, with all thy holy and chosen people. This grant us, we beseech thee, for Jesus Christ's sake, our Lord. Amen.
Here shall the Priest ask what shall be the name of the child; and when the godfathers and godmothers have told the name, then he shall make a cross upon the child's forehead and breast, saying,
N. Receive the sign of the holy cross, both in thy forehead and in thy breast, in token that thou shalt not be ashamed to confess thy faith in Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner against sin, the world, and the devil, and to continue his faithful soldier and servant unto thy life's end. Amen.