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didft fanctify the element of that these Perfons may enjoy water, to the mystical washing the everlasting benediction of away of fin; we beseech thee, thy heavenly washing, and for thine infinite mercies, that may come to the eternal kingthou wilt mercifully look up- dom which thou hast promised on these thy Servants ; walh by Christ our Lord. Amen. them and sanctify them with the Holy Ghost; that they, Then the Minister shall say,
Hear the words of the Gofbeing delivered from thy wrath, may be received into pel, written by Saint John, the Ark of Christ's Church
in the third Chapter, beginand being stedfast in faith, joy- ning at the first Verse: ful through hope, and rooted HERE was a man of the in charity, may so pass the Pharisees, named Niwaves of this troublesome codemus, a ruler of the Jews. world, that finally they may The same came to Jesus by come to the land of everlasting night, and said unto him, life; there to reign with thee, Rabbi, we know that thou world without end, through art a Teacher come from God; Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. for no man can do these iniOr this.
racles that thou doeft, except LMIGHTY and im. God be with him. Jesus an
mortal God, the aid of swered and said unto him, all who need, the helper of all Verily, verily, I say unto thee, who flee to thee for succour, Except a man be born again, the life of those who believe, he cannot see the kingdom of and the resurrection of the God. Nicodemus faith unto dead; we call upon thee for him, How can a man be born these Persons, that they, coming when he is old ? can hę enter to thy holy Baptism, may re- the second time into his moceive remission of their fins, by ther's womb, and be born ? fpiritual regeneration. Receive Jesus answered, Verily, verily, them, O Lord, as thou hast I say unto thee, Except a promised by thy well-beloved man be born of Water and of Son, saying, Alk, and ye the Spirit, he cannot enter Thall receive ; seek, and ye into the kingdom of God. shall find; knock, and 'it That which is born of the shall be opened unto you : flesh, is flesh ; and that which So give now unto us who ask, is born of the Spirit, is Spirit. let us who seek, find ; open Marvel not that I said unto the gate unto us who knock; thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it remission of sins, and ye shall lifteth, and thou heareft the receive the gift of the Holy found thereof; but canst not Ghoft: For the promise is to tell whence it cometh, and you and your children, and whither it goeth : so is every to all that are afar off, even one that is born of the Spirit. as many as the Lord our God
And with many After which, he small say this
other words exhorted hethem, Éxbortation following :
saying, Save yourselves from ELOVED, ye hear in this untoward generation.
this Gospel the express For, as the same Apostle teswords of our Saviour Christ, tifieth in another place, even that, except a man be born of Baptism doth also now fave Waterand of the Spirit, hecan- us, (not the putting away
of not enter into the kingdom of the filth of the flesh, but the God. Whereby ye may per- answer of a good conscience ceive the great necessity of towards God,) by the resurthis Sacrament, where it may rection of Jesus Christ. Doubt be had. Likewise, immedi- ye not therefore, but earnestly ately before his ascension into believe, that he will favouraheaven, (as we read in the last bly receive these present PerChapter of St. Mark's Gof- fons, truly repenting, and compel,) he gave command to his ing unto him by faith ; that disciples, saying, Go ye into he will grant them remiffiall the world, and preach the on of their sins, and bestow Gospel to every creature. He upon them the Holy Ghoft; that believeth, and is baptized, that he will give them the shall be saved; but he that blessing of eternal life, and believeth not, shall be damn- make them Partakers of his ed : Which also Moweth unto everlasting kingdom. us the great benefit we reap Wherefore, we being thus thereby. For which cause persuaded of the good-will of Saint Peter the Apostle, when our heavenly Father toward upon his first preaching of these Persons, declared by his the Gospel many were pricked Son Jesus Christ, let us faithat the heart, and said to him fully and devoutly give thanks and the rest of the Apostles, to him, and say, Men and brethren, what shall LMIGHTY and everwe do? replied, and said unto lasting God, heavenly them, Repent and be bapti. Father, we give thee humble zed every onc of you, for the thanks, for that thou hast
vouchsafed to call us to the The Minister sall then de-
reigneth thee and the Holy Spirit, now and the vain pomp and glory of forever. Amen.
the world, with all covetous Then the Minister Mall speak defires of the faine, and the 10 the Persons to be baptized finful desires of the fleth ; so on this wise :
that thou wilt not follow, nor ELL beloved, whoare be led by them?
come hither desiring Answ. I renounce them all; to receive holy Baptism, ye and, by God's help, will enhave heard how the Congre- deavour not to follow, nor be gation hath prayed, that our led by them. Lord Jesus Christ would Quest. Dost thou believe all vouchsafe to receive you and the Articles of the Christian bless you, to release you of Faith, as contained in the your lins, to give you the Apostles Creed ? kingdom of heaven, and ever- Answ. I do. lasting life. Ye have heard Quest. Wilt thou be bapalso that our Lord Jesus tized in this Faith ? Christ hath promised in his Answ. That is my desire. holy Word, to grant all those Queft. Wilt thou then obethings that we have prayed diently keep God's holy will for ; which promise, he for and commandments; and his part, will most surely keep walk in the same all the days and perform. Wherefore, of thy life? after this promise made by Answ. I will, by God's Christ, ye must also faithfully, help. for
your part, in the presence of these your Witneffes, and 4 Then shall the Minister say, this whole Congregation, pro
Merciful God, grant mise and answer to the follow
that the old Adam in ing Questions :
ibese Persons may be so buried,
that the new man may be rais- ber of thy faithful children, ed up in them. Amen. through Jesus Christ our
Grant that all finful affec- Lord. Amen. tions may die in them, and 9 Then all the Minister take that all things belonging to each Person to be baptized by the Spirit may live and grow the Right Hand; and placing in them. Amen.
: bim conveniently by the Font, Grant that they may have according to his Discretion, power and strength to have mall as the Godfathers and victory, and to triumph Godmothers the Name ; and against the devil, the world, then shall dip him in the naand the flesh. Amen.
ter, or pour Water upon him, Grant that they, being here saying, dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be en
I dued with heavenly virtues, and of the Son, and of the and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, Obleffed Holy Ghost. Amen. Lord God, who dost live and 4 Then all the Minister say, govern all things, world with
É receive this Person out end. Amen.
into the Congregation LMIGHTY,everliving
of Christ's Flock, God, whose most
dearly * Here the Mi- and do * sign bim beloved Son Jesus Christ, for nie prostatit make with the sign of the forgiveness of our sins, did Person's fore- the Cross ; in toshed out of his most precious
ken that hereafside both water and blood
ter be shall not be afhained and gave commandment to to confess the faith of Christ his disciples, that they should crucified, and manfully to go teach all nations, and bap- fight under his banner, against tize them in the Name of the sin, the world, and the devil Father, and of the Son, and and to continue Christ's faithof the Holy Ghost ; regard, ful soldier and servant unto his we beseech thee, the suppli- life's end. Amen. cations of this Congregation; The same Rule, as to the Omissanctify this water to the mys
fion of the Sign of the Cross, is tical washing away of fin ; and
to be observed bere, as in the grant that the Persons, now to
Baptism of Infants. be baptized therein, may re- Then the Minister shall say, ceive the fulness of thy grace, EEING now, dearly beloand ever remain in the num- ved brethren, that these
Persons are regenerate, and Son ; who liveth and reigneth grafted into the body of with thee, in the unity of the Christ's Church ; let us give same Holy Spirit, everlastthanks unto Almighty God ingly. Amen. for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayers Iben, all standing up, the unto him, that they may lead Minister Mall use this Exhorthe rest of their life according tation following ; speaking to to this beginning.
the Godfathers and Godmo
thers first : 'ben shall be said the Lord's
OR ASMUCH as these Prayer, all kneeling.
Persons have promised, in UR Father, who art in your presence, to renounce
thy Name ; Thy Kingdom believe in God, and to serve come; Thy Will be done on him ; ye must remember, that Earth, as it is in Heaven : it is your part and duty to put Give us this day our daily. them in mind, what a solemn bread; And forgive us our vow, promise, and profession trespaffes, as we forgive those they have now made before this who trespass against us ; And Congregation, and especially lead us not into temptation ; before you their chosen WitBut deliver us from evil. nesses. And ye are also to call Amen.
upon them to use all diligence
to be rightly instructed in E yield thee humble thanks, O heavenly they may grow in grace, and
God's holy Word ; that so Father, that thou haft vouch- in the knowledge of our Lord safed to call us to the know. Jesus Chrift; and live godly, ledge of thy grace, and faith in thee : Increase this know- righteously, and soberly, in
this present world. ledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy
Give thy q And then speaking to the bapHoly Spirit to these Persons ;
tized persons, he shall proceed" that being now born again, and made
Heirs of everlasting salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, they may,
ND as for you, who have
conti- now by Baptism put on nue thy Servants, and attain Christ, it is your part and duty i thy promises, through the also, being made the Children: same Lord Jesus Christ thy of God and of the light, by...