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Grant that all they which for thy sake in this life do deny and forsake themselves, may win and purchase thee, (0 Lord,) which art everlasting treasure. Amen.
GRANT that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our office and ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded through thy mercy, O blessed Lord God, who dost live and govern all things world without end. Amen.
The Lord be with you.
ALMIGHTY everliving God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood, and gave commandment to his disciples that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; Regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thycongregation, and grant that all thy servants which shall be baptized in this water, prepared for the ministration of thy holy sacrament, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful and elect children, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Wherein is contained a Catechism for Children. To the end that Confirmation may be ministered to the more edifying of such as shall receive it, (according tol St. Paul's doctrine, who teacheth that all things should be done in the church to the edification of the same,) it is thought good, that none hereafter shall be confirmed, but such as can say in their mother tongue the Articles of the Faith, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and can also answer to such questions of this short Catechism, as the Bishop (or such as he shall appoint) shall by his discretion appose them in. And this order is most convenient to be observed for divers considerations.
| First, because that when children come to the years of discretion, and have learned what their godfathers and godmothers promised for them in baptism, they may then themselves, with their own mouth, and with their own consent, openly before the church, ratify and confess the same; and also promise, that by the grace of God they will evermore endeavour themselves faithfully to observe and keep such things as they by their own mouth and confession have assented unto.
Secondly, forasmuch as confirmation is ministered to them that be baptized, that by imposition of hands and prayer they may receive strength and defence against all temptations to sin, and the assaults of the world and the devil; it is most meet to be ministered when children come to that age, that partly by the frailty of their own flesh, partly by the assaults of the world and the devil, they begin to be in danger to fall ninto sin.
Thirdly, for that it is agreeable with the usage of the church in times past, whereby it was ordained, that confirmation should be ministered to them that were of perfect age, that they, being instructed in Christ's religion, should openly profess their own faith, and promise to be obedient unto the will of God.
And that no man shall think that any detriment shall come to children by deferring of their confirmation, he shall know for truth, that it is certain by God's word that children, 'being baptized, (if they depart out of this life in their infancy,) are undoubtedly saved.
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A Catechism, that is to say, an Instruction to be loarned of every
child before he be brought to be confirmed of the Bishop.
Question. What is your name?
Answer. My godfathers and godmothers in my baptism ; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
Question. What did your godfathers and godmothers then for you?
Answer. They did promise and vow three things in my name. First, that I should forsake the devil, and all his works and pomps, the vanities of the wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh. Secondly, that I should believe all the articles of the Christian faith. And thirdly, that I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life.
Question. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to believe, and to do as they have promised for thee?
Answer. Yes, verily; and by God's help so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end.
Question. Rehearse the articles of thy belief.
Answer. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven Pand earth : and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, which was 'conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Ponce Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried, he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth "on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence s shall he come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
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Answer. First, I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made me and all the world.
Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me and all mankind.
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God.
Question. You said that your godfathers and godmothers did promise for you, Pthat ye should keep God's commandments. Tell me how many there be ?
Answer. The same which God spake in the twentieth chapter of Exodus, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
bondage. Answer. Thou shalt have none other gods but me?
II. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them.
For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shew mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep
my commandments. III. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
For the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his name
in vain. IV. Remember that thou keep holy the sabbath day.
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thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the
seventh day, and hallowed it. V. Honour thy father and V.Honour thy Fatherand thy thy mother.
mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord
thy God giveth thee. VI. Thou shalt do no murder. VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery. VIII. Thou shalt not steal. IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his ser- neighbour's house, thou shalt vant, nor his maid, nor his ox, not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his ass, nor any thing that nor his servant, nor his maid, is his.
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thing that is his. Question. What dost thou chiefly learn by these commandments ?
Answer. I learn two things: my duty towards God, and my duty towards my neighbour.
Question. What is thy duty towards God?
Answer. My duty towards God is to believe in him, to fear him, and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him, to give him thanks, to put my whole trust in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy name and his word, and to serve him truly all the days of my life.
Question. What is thy duty towards thy neighbour ?
Answer. My duty towards my neighbour is to love him as myself, and to do to all men as I would they should 9 do to me: to love, honour, and succour my father and mother : to honour and
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