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Godfathers and Godmothers, and the Peofile with the Children, must be ready at the Pont, either immediately after the last Lesson at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Evenirg Prayer, as the Mimister, by his Discretion, shall affwint. ...And the Minister coming to the Font (which is then to be filled with sure Pater) and standing there shull say,
Hath this Child been already baptized, or no :
* If they an:ver, No; then shall the Minister froceed, as Jolloweth.
EARLY beloved, foras-|river Jordan, didst sanctify much as all men are con-water, to the mystical washceived and born in sin ; and ling away of sin ; we beseech our Saviour Christ saith, None thee, for thine infinite mercies, can enter into the kingdom of that thou wilt mercifully look God, except he be regenerate upon this Child ; wash him, and born anew of Water and and sanctify him with the Holy of the Holy Ghost; I beseech Ghost; that he,being delivered you to call upon God the Fa-from thy wrath, may be receither, through our Lord Jesus'ved into the Ark of Christ's Christ, that of his bounteous Church ; and being steadmercy, he will grant to this fast in faith, joyful through Child that which by nature he hope, and rooted in charity, cannot have ; that he may be may so pass the waves of this baptized with Water and the troublesome world, that finally
Holy Ghost, and received into
* Then shall the Minister say,
LMIGHTY and everlast-
he may come to the land of everlasting life; there to reign with thee, world without end,
LMIGHTY and immortal God, the aid of all who need, the helper of all who flee to thee for succour, the life of those who believe, and the resurrection of the dead; we call upon thee for
through the Red Sea, figuring this Infant, that he, coming thereby thy holy Baptism; and to thy holy Baptism, may reby the Baptism of thy well-be- ceive remission of sin, by spiloved Son Jesus Christ in the ritual regeneration. Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast'dom of God. Verily I say unto promised by thy well-beloved you, Whosoever shall not reSon, saying, Ask, and ye shall ceive the kingdom of God as have ; seek, and ye shall find; a little child, he shall not enknock, and it shall be opened ter therein. And he took unto you : So give now unto them up in his arms, put his us who ask; let us who seek, hands upon them, and blessed find ; open the gate unto us them.
who knock; that this Infants ..ffer the Gos/.el is read may enjoy the everlasting be- o, o make o
nediction of hyheavenlywash-
Hear the words of the Gospel, written by St. Mark, in the tenth Chapter, at the thirteenth Verse.
THEY brought young chil* dren to Christ, that he should touch them ; and his disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to oome onto me and forbid them
brief Exhortation upon the words of the Gosfiel :
Gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him ; how he blamed those who would have kept them from him ; how he exhorteth all men to follow their innocency. Ye perceive how, by his outward gesture and deed,he declared his good will towards them : For he embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will likewise favourably receive this present Infant; that he will embrace him with the arms of his mercy ; that he will give unto him the blessing of eternal life, and make him fartaker of his everlasting kingdom. Wherefore, we bein thus persuaded of the .# will of our heavenly Father towards this Infant, declared by his Son Jesus Christ; and nothing doubting, but that he favourably alloweth this charitable work of ours, in bring
this Infant to his holy
Baptism; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and say, LMIGHTY and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to this Infant; that he imay be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. ..fmen.
* Then shall the Minister sfieak unto the Godfathers and Godmothers in this wise :
EARLY beloved, ye have
brought this Child here to be baptized; ye have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive him, to release him from sin, to sanctify him with the Holy Ghost, to give him the kingdom of heaven and everlasting life. Ye have heard also that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised, in his Gospel, to grant all these things that ye have prayed for ; which promise, he for his part will most surely keep and perform. Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, this Infant must also faithfully, for his part, promise by you that are his sureties (until he come of
age to take it upon himself) that he will renounce the Devil and all his Works, and constantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his Commandments. * The Minister shall then demand of the Sfonsors as Jollows ; the Questions being considered as addressed to them severally, and the answers to be made accordingly. I demand therefore, OST thou, in the name of this Child, renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the sinful desires of the flesh; so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them : •Ans. I renounce them all; and, by God's help, will endeavour not to follow, nor be led by them. Minis. Dost thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles' Creed? ./ins. I do. Minis. Wilt thou be baptized in this Faith ? Ans. That is my desire. Minis. Wilt thou then obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life 2 ..Ans. I will, by God's help. * Then shall the Minister say, O MERCIFUL God, grant that the old Adam in this Child may be so buried, that
the new man may be raised up in him. Amen. Grant that all sinful affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in him. ..fmem. Grant that he may have power and strength to have victory,and to triumph against the devil, the world and the flesh. 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. - Mmen. f. Mighty, everliving God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did sked 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, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ; regard, we beseechthee,the supplications of thy Congregation; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin ; and grant that this Child, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful children, through JesusChrist outlord. .Amen. ‘s Then the Minister shal take the Child into his hands,
E receive this Child into
the Congregation of Christ's Flock, . A.
+ e. - ere the and do sign him Minister shall with the sign of make a cross the Cross; in to- uponthechild's ken that hereaf-forehead. ter 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 soldier and servant unto his life's end. ..fm.cn.
* If those who freeent the
Church ; let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that this Child may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning.
* Then shall be said, all kneeling.
UR Father, who art in
Heaven,Hallowedbethy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver
us from evil. Amen.
* Then shall the Minister say,
E yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own Child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church 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; and that as he is made Partaker of the Death of thy Son, he may also be Partaker of his Ressurrection ; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, he may be an Inheritor of thine everlasting
Kingdom, through Christ our
* Then, all standing up, the Minister shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Erhortation following :
ORASMUCH as this Child
hath promised by you his Sureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him ; ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this Infant be taught, so soon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession he hath here made by you. And that he may know these things the better, ye shall call upon him to hear Sermons ; and chiefly ye shall provide, that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health ; and that this Child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life : remembering always that Baptism doth rcpresent unto us our profession ; which is, to follow the example of our SaviourChrist, and to be made like unto him; that as he died, and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die from sin and rise again unto:ighteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.