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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. A.
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 of the Holy Ghost; Regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy congregation; and grant that all thy servants which shall be baptized in this water, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful and elect children; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Then the Priest shall take the child Then the Priest shall take the child in his hands, and ask the name; and in his hands, and ask the name; and naming the child, shall dip it in the naming the child, shall dip it in the water thrice. First, dipping the right water, so it be discreetly and warily side ; second, the left side ; the third done ; saying, time dipping the face toward the font: so it be discreetly and warily done; saying,
IN. I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. q And if the child be weak, it shall suffice to pour water upon it, saying the fore
said words, N. I baptize thee &c.
N. I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then the godfathers and godmothers
shall take and lay their hands upon the child ; and the Minister shall put upon him his white vesture, commonly called the chrism, and say,
TAKE this white vesture for a token of the innocence which, by God's grace, in this holy sacrament of baptism, is given unto thee; and for a sign whereby thou art admonished, so long as thou livest, to give thyself to innocency of living, that, after this transitory life, thou mayest be partaker of the life everlasting. Amen. Then the Priest shall anoint the infant
upon the head, saying, Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath regenerate thee by water and the Holy Ghost, and hath given unto thee remission of all thy sins; He vouchsafe to anoint thee with the unction of his Holy Spirit, and bring thee to the inheritance of everlasting life. Amen.
Then the Priest shall make a cross upon
the child's forehead, saying,
We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and do sign him with the sign of the cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christ's faithful sol
dier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.
Then shall the Priest say SEEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that these children be regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christ's congregation, let us give thanks unto God for these benefits; and with one accord make our prayers unto Almighty God, that they may lead the rest of their life according to this beginning.
Then shall be said, 1 Our Father which art in heaven, &c.
Then shall the Priest say,
WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this infant with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thy own child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy congregation. 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; that as he is made partaker of the death of thy Son, so he may be partaker of his resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy congregation, he may be inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen,
When there are many to be baptized, f At the last end, the Priest, calling
this order of demanding, baptizing, the godfathers and godmothers togeputting on the chrism, and anointing, ther, shall say this short Exhortation shall be used severally with every following: child ; those that be first baptized departing from the font, and remaining in some convenient place within the church until all be baptized. At the last end, the Priest, calling the godfathers and godmothers together, shall say this short Exhortation following:
FoRasmuch as these children have promised by you to forsake the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him ; you must remember, that it is your dparts and duty to see that these infants be taught, so soon as they shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, they have made by you. And that they may know these things the better, ye shall call upon them to hear sermons; and chiefly @you shall provide that they may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the English tongue, and all other things which a Christian man ought to know and believe to his soul's health ; and that these children may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and Christian life ; remembering falways, that baptism 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 (which are baptized) die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness ; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living. | The Minister shall command that the The minister shall command that the
chrisms be brought to the church, and children be brought to the Bishop to delivered to the Priests after the ac- be confirmed of him, so soon as they customed manner, at the purification can say in their vulgar tongue the Ar. of the mother of every child ; and that ticles of the Faith, the Lord's Prayer, the children be brought to the Bishop and the Ten Commandments; and be to be confirmed of him, so soon as they further instructed in the Catechism set can say in their vulgar tongue the Ar- forth for that purpose, accordingly as ticles of the Faith, the Lord's Prayer, it is there expressed. and the Ten Commandments; and be further instructed in the Catechism, set forth for that purpose, accordingly
as it is there expressed. And so let the congregation depart in the
name of the Lord.
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9 Note, that if the number of children
to be baptized, and multitude of people present be so great that they cannot conveniently stand at the church door, then let them stand within the church, in some convenient place, nigh unto the church door ; and there all things he said and done, appointed to be said and done, at the church door.
Of them that be baptized in Private Houses, in time of necessity.
The Pastors and Curates shall oft admonish the people, that they defer not the baptism of infants any longer than the Sunday or other holyday next after the child be born, unless upon a great and reasonable cause, declared to the Curate,
and by him approved. And also they shall warn them, that without great cause and necessity they baptize
hot children at home in their houses. And when great need shall compel them so to do, that then they minister it on this fashion. First, let them that be present call upon God for his grace, and say the Lord's Prayer, if the time will suffer. And then one of them shall name the child, and dip him in the water, or pour water upon him, saying these words :
[ N. I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
And let them not doubt, but that the child so baptized is lawfully and sufficiently
baptized, and ought not to be baptized again in the church. But yet nevertheless, if the child, which is after this sort baptized, do afterward live, it is expedient that he be brought into the church, to the intent the Priest may examine and try whether the child be lawfully baptized or no. And if those that bring any child to the church do answer that he is already baptized, then shall the Priest examine them further.
By whom the child was baptized ?
Whether they called upon God for grace and succour in that necessity ?
With what thing, or what matter, they did baptize the child ? With what words the child was baptized ?
Whether they think the child to be lawfully and perfectly baptized ?
And if the minister shall prove by the answers of such as brought the child that
all things were done as they ought to be, then shall not he christen the child