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And then naming it after them (if they shall certify him that the Child may well endure it) be shall dip it in the -water discreetly and warily, saying,

JN. I baptize thee, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

But if they certify that the Child is weak, it shall suffice to povr -water upon it, saying the aforesaid -words,

xv. I baptize thee, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Then the Priest shall say,

We receive this Child into the

Congregation of Christ's flock; and

, do * sign him with the

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Priest shallmake S1gn of TM Cross; m

a Cro» upon the token that hereafter he ChiU's forehead. 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. Amen.

Then shall the Priest say,

Oeeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that this Child is regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christ's 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,
The Lord's Prayer.

Our Father, &c. to—But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Then shall the Priest say, ^te 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 At-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 it made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be partaker of his resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, be may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom, through Christ our LonL Amen.

Then all standing up, the Priest thai of to the Godfathers and Godmother: » Exhortation following;

Forasmuch as this Child hath premised by you his sureties, to renouncs 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 in the vulgar tongue, 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 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, who 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.

Then shall he add, and say ,•

Y E are to take care that this Chili be brought to the Bishop to be confirmed by him, so soon as he cm say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commanements in the vulgar tongue, and be further instructed in the Church Catechism, set forth for that purpose.

THE MINISTRATION OF

PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN

IN HOUSES.

THE Curates of every Parish shall often admonish the People, that they defer not the Baptism of their Children longer than the first or second Sunday next after their Birth, or other Holy-Day falling bet-ween, unless upon a great and reasonable cause, to he approved by the Curate.

And also they shall warn them, that -without Hie great cause and necessity they procure not their Children to be baptised at home in their houses. But -when need shall compel them so to do, then Baptism shall be administered on this fashion:

First, let the Minister of the Parish {or, in his absence, any other lawful Minister that can be procured), -with them that are present, call upon God, and say the Lord's Prayer, and so many of the ColleHs appointed to be said before in the Form of Public Baptism, as the time and present exigence -will suffer: And then, the Child being named by some oni that is present, the Minister shall pour -water upon it, saying these -words i

N. I baptize thee, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then all kneeling down, the Minister shall give thanks unto God, and 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 thine own Child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And v. e humbly beseech thee to grant, that as he is now made partaker of the death of thy Son, so he may be also of his resurrection; and that finally, with the residue of thy saints, he may inherit thine everlasting kingdom, through die same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And let them not doubt, but that the Child so baptized is lawfully and sufficiently baptized, and ought not to be baptised again. Tet nevertheless, if the Child, which is after this sort baptized, do afterward live, it is expedient that it be brought into the Church; to the intent,

. that if the Minister of the same Parish did himself baptize that Child, the Con

gregation may be certified of the true Form of Baptism by him privately before used: In which case he shall say thus;

I Certify you, that according to the due and prescribed Order of the Church, at such a time, and at such a place, before divers witnesses I baptized this Child..

But if the Child were baptized by any other lawful Minister, then the Minister of the Parish where the Child was born or christened shall examine and try whether the Child be lawfully baptized or no. In which case, if those that bring any Child to the Church do answer that the same Child is already baptized, then shall the Minister examine them further, saying,

By whom was this Child baptized?

Who was present when this Child was baptized?

Because some things essential to this Sacrament may happen to be omitted through fear or haste, in such times of extremity; therefore I demand further of you,

With what matter was this Child baptized?

With what words was this Child baptized?

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And if the Minuter shall find, by the answers of such as Win? the Child, that all things were done as they ought to be, then shall not he christen the Child again, but shall receive him as one of the flock of true Christian People, saying thus;

I Certify you, that in this case aH is well done, and according unto due order, concerning the baptizing of this Child; who being born in original" sin, and in the wrath of God, is now, by the laver of regeneration in Baptism, received into the number of the children of God, and heirs of everlasting life: for our Lord Jesus Christ doth not deny his- grace and mercy unto such infants, but most lovingly doth call them unto him, as the holy Gospel doth witness to our comfort on this wise;

Mark x. 13 to 16. ante 430.

After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief Exhortation upon the words of the Gospel.

Beloved, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to- be brought unto him; how he blamed those that would have kept them from him; how he exhorted all men to follow their innocency. Ye perceive how by his outward gesture and deed he declared his good will toward them i 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 hath likewise favourably received this present Infant; that he hath embraced him with the arms of his mercy; and (as he hath promised in his holy Word) will give unto him the blessing of eternal life, and make him partaker of his everlasting kingdom. Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father, declared by his Son Jesus Christ, towards this Infant, let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and say the Prayer which the Lord himself taught us:

Our Father, &c. to—But deliver as

from evil. Amen.

Almighty 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» evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit 1 this Infant, that he being born again, and being made an heir of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesa$ Christ, may continue thy servant, and attain thy promise, through the same our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveih and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Then shall the Priest demand the IVame ef the Child; -which being by the Godfathers and Godmothers pronounced, the Minister shall say,

Jljost thou, in the name of this Child, renounce, &c. as in p. 431. Answer. I renounce them all.

Minister.

Dost thou believe, &c^ as in

P-431

Answer. All this I stedfastly believe.

Minister.

\V Ilt thou then obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life?

Answer. I will.

Then the Priest shall say,

Y^e receive, &c. as in p. 432.

Then shall the Priest say,

Oeeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that this Child is by Baptism regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christ's Church; let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these bene* fits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that he may lead the rest of his lift according to this beginning.

Then shall the Priett say.

We yield thee most hearty thanks, &c. as in p. 432.

Then all standing up, the Minister shall make this Exhortation to the Godfathers and Godmothers:

.torasmuch as this Child hath promised, Sec. as in p. 432.

But if they which bring the Infant to the Church do make such uncertain answers to the Priest's questions^ at that it cannot

appear that the Child was baptized with Water, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, (which are essential be

(which are essentia! parts of Baptism ; ) then let the Priest baptize it in the Form before appointed for Public Baptism of Infants; saving, that at the dipping of the Child in the Font he shall use this form of words:

If thou art not already baptized, N.
I baptize thee, In the Name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of th«
Holy Ghost. Amen.

THtf MINISTRATION OF

BAPTISM TO SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS,

AND ABLE TO AKS\VER FOR THEMSELVES.

WHEN any such Persons, as are of Riper Tears, are to be baptized, timely notice shall be given to the Bishop, or whom he shall appoint for that purpose, a week before at the least, by the Parents, or some other discreet Persons; that so due care may be taken for their Examination, whether they be sufficiently instructed in the principles of the Christian Religion; and that they may be exhorted to prepare thentselves with Prayer's and Fasting for the receiving of this holy Sacrament.

And if they shall be found ft, then the Godfathers and Godmothers {the People being assembled upon the Sunday or Holy-Day appointed) shall be ready to present them at the Font, immediately after the second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the Curate in his discretion shall think ft.

And standing there, the Priest shall ask, Whethet any of the Persons here presented be baptized, or no * If they shall answer No, then shall the Priest say thus:

Dearly beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived and born in sin.; and that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and they that are in the flesh cannot please God, but live in sin, committing many actual transgress sions; and that our Saviour Christ saith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghost; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous goodness he will grant to these Persons that which by nature they cannot have -, that they may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ s

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beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon these thy servants; wash them, and san&ify them with the Holy Ghost, that they, being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the .ark of Christ's Church; and being stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally they may come to the land of everlasting life; there to reign with thee world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and immortal God, the
aid, &c. as in p. 430.

Then shall the People stand up, and the
Priest shall say,

Hear the words of the Gospel writ-
ten by Saint John, in the third
chapter, beginning at the first
verse, (ante 161.)

I Here was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the

2. Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God

3- be with him* Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of

A. God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be

5. born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of Water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of

6. God. That which is bom of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born

7. of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be

8. born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it gocth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

After which he shall say this Exhortation following:

Beloved, ye hear in this Gospel the express words of our Saviour Christ, That except a man be bom of Water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Whereby ye may perceive the great necessity of this Sacrament, where it may be had. Likewise, immediately before his ascension into heaver, (as we read in the last chapter of St. Mark's Gospel,) he gave command to his disciples, saying, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved ; but he that believeth not, shall be damned. Which also sheweth unto ui the great benefit we reap thereby. For which cause Saint Peter the Apostle, when upon his first preaching of the Gospel many were pricked at the heart, and said to him and the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? replied and said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost: For the promise is to you, and your children, and to ill that are afar off", even as many 21 the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words exhorted he them, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. For (as the same Apostle testifieth in mother place) even Baptism doth also now save us, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will favourably receive these present Persmt-', truly repenting, and coming unto him by faith; that he will gran! them remission of their sins, and bestow upon them the Holy Ghost; that he will give them the blessing of erernal life, and make them partalcri of his everlasting kingdom.

Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good will of our

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