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heavenly Father towards these Persons, declared by his Son Jesus Christ j let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks to him, and say,

Almighty* and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, for 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 these Persons that they may be born again, and be made heirs of everlafting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth, with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Then the Priest shall speak to the Persons to to be baptized on this wise:

Well-beloved, who are come hither desiring to receive holy Baptism, ye have heard how the congregation hath prayed, that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive you and bless you, to release you of your sins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye have heard also, that Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his holy Word, to grant all those things that we have prayed for; which promise he, for his part, will most surely keep and perform.

Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, ye must also faithfully, for your part, promise in the presence of these your Witnesses, and this whole Congregation, that ye will renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly believe God's holy Wor<l, and obediently keep his commandments.

Then shall the Priest demand of each of the Persons to be baptized, severally, these Questions following:

Question. Dost thou renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the flesh} so

that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them?

Answer. I renounce them .all.

Q. Ijost thou believe, &c. as in p. 431.. .

A. All this I stedfasriy believe.

Q. \\ Ilt thou be baptized in this faith?

A. That is my desire.

Q. Wilt thou then obediently keep God's holy will and cwiniii.indments, and walk in the same aJl the days of thy life?

A. I will endeavour so to do, God, being my helper.

Then shall the Priest say,

\J Merciful God, grant that' the old Adam in these Persons may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in them. Amen.

Grant that all carnal affections may die in them, and that all things belonging to the Sjrrit may live ami grow in them. Amen. j

Grant that they_ may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.

Grant that they being here dedicated to thee by our Oilice 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. - .

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Then shall the Priest take each Person to be baptised, by the right hand, and placing him conveniently by the Font, according to his discretion, shall ask the Godfathers and Godmothers the Name; and then shall dip him in the water, or pour water upon him, -saying,

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

Then shall the Priest say, W^E receive this Person, &c. as in p. 43*

Then shall the Priest say,

Seeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that these Persons are 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 they may lead the rest of their life according to this beginning.

Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all kneeling.

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

YV E yield thee humble thanks, O heavenly Father, 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 these Persons; that being now born again, and made heirs of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, they may continue thy servants, and attain thy promises, through the same Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, everlastingly. Amen,

Then all standing up, the Priest shall Mm this Exhortation following; speaking t* the Godfathers and Godmothers Jirst. Forasmuch as these Persons have promised in your presence, to renounce the devil and all his work?, to believe in God, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your part and duty to put them in mird, what a solemn vow, promise, at profession they have now made befe this Congregation, and especially before you their chosen Witnesses. And ye are also to call upon them tc use all diligence to be rightly instructed in God's holy Word; that so they may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and live godly, righteously, and soberly in this present world.

{And then speaking to the new baptized Persons, he shallproceed, and say,)

And as for you, who have now by Baptism put on Christ, it is yonr part and duty also, being made the Children of God and of the light, by faith in Jesus Christ, to walk answerably to your Christian calling, and as becometh the children of light; remembering always that Baptism represented! 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.

It is expedient that every Person, thus baptized, should be confirmed by the Bishop, so soon after bis Baptism as conveniently may be; that so be may be admitted to the ffoly Communion.

If any Persons, not baptized in their Infancy, shall be brought to be baptixeJ before they come to years of discretion t$ answer for themselves; it may suffice ti use the Office for Public Baptism ofInfants, or (in case of extreme danger) the office for Private Baptism ; only changing the word [Infant] for [Child or r*cf sou] as occasion requireth.



Question. VV Hat is your name? Answer. N. or M. Q. Who gave you this name? A. 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.

Q. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?

A. They did promise and vow three things in my Name: First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh. Secondly, that 1 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.

Q. Dost thou not think that thou art hound to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?

A. 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 unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end.

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rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall 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 resurretlion of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Q. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Articles of thy Belief?

A. 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 san£tifieth me, and all the elect people of God.

Q. You said that your Godfathers and Godmothers did promise for you, that you should keep God's Commandments-: Tell me how there be?

A. Ten.

Q. Which he they?


1. He same which God spake in the twentieth chapter of Exodus, saying, I am the lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, dut of the house of bondage.

I. 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, or 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 thera


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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. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it 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 thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God gi\ eth 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 neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.

Q. What dost thou chiefly learn by these Commandments?

A. I learn two things: My duty towards God, and my duty towards my neighbour.

Q. What is thy duty towards God?

A. 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 Ivjs holy Name and his Word, and to lerve him truly all the days of my life.

Q. What is thy duty towards thy Neighbour?

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A. My duty towards my Neighbour, is to love him as myself, and to do to' all men as I would they should do unto me: To love, honour, and succour my father and mother: To honour and obey the King, and all that are put in authority under him: To submit myself to all my governors, teachers, spiritual pasters and masters: To order myself lo«y and reverently to all my betters : It hurt no body by word or deed : 1; be true and just in all my dealing;. To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart: To keep my hands from picking and stealing, and my tongee from evil speaking, lying, and slandering: To keep my body in temperance, soberness, and chastity: Not to covet nor desire other men's goods; but to learn and labour truly to get mine own living, and to do my duty in that state of life unto which it shall please God to call me.

Catech'ut. My good Child, know this, that thou art not able to do these things of thyself, nor to walk in the Commandments of God, and to serve him, without his special grace; which thou must leant at all times »o call for by diligent praver: Let me hear therefore, if thou canst say die Lord's Prayer.


(jur Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven: Give as this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Q. What desirest thou of God in this Prayer?

./. I desire my Lord God our heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodness, to send his grace unto me, and to all people; that we may worship him, serve him, and obey him, as we ought to do. And I pray unto God, that he will send us at

things.that be needful both for our souls and bodies; and that he will be merciful unto us, and forgive us our sins; and that it will please him to save and defend us in all dangers ghostly and bodily; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness, and from our ghostly enemy, and from everlasting death. And this I trust he will do of his mercy and goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ: And therefore I say, Amen; So be it.


How many Sacraments hath Christ ordained in his Church?

A. Two only, as generally necessary to salvation; that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord.

Q. What meanest thou by this word Sacrament?

A. I mean an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us, ordained by Christ himself, as a means whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof.

Q. How many parts are there in a Sacrament?

A. Two; the outward visible sign, and the inward spiritual grace.

Q. What is the outward visible sign, or form in Baptism I

A. Water; wherein the person is baptized, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Q- What is the inward and spiritual grace?

A. A death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness: for being by nature born in sin, and the children of wrath, we are hereby made the children of grace.

Q. What is required of persons to be baptized?

A. Repentance, whereby they forsake sin ;• and Faith, whereby they stedfastly believe the promises of God made to them in that Sacrament.

Q. Why then are Infants baptized, when by reason of their tender age they cannot perform them?

A. Because they promise them both by their sureties -, which promise, when they come to age, themselves are bound to perform.

Q. Why was the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper ordained?

A. For the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of the death of Christ, and of the benefits which we receive thereby.

Q. What is the outward part, or sign of the Lord's Supper?

A. Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received.

Q. What is the inward part, or thing signified?

A. The Body and Blood of Christ, which are verily and indeed taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper.

Q. What are the benefits, whereof we are partakers thereby?

A. The strengthening and refreshing of our sduls by the Body and Blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the Bread and Wine.

Q. What is required of them who come to the Lord's Supper?

A. To examine themselves, whether they repent them truly of their former sins, stedfastly purposing to lead a new life5 have a lively faith in God's mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of his death; and be in charity with all men.

The Curate of every Parish shall diligently u/mn Sundays and Holy-Days, after the second Lesson at Evening Prayer, openly in tlic Church instruct and examine so many Children of his Parish sent unto him as lie sltall think convenient, in tome part of this Catechism.

jindw all Fathers, Mothers, Masters, and Dames, shall cause their Children, Servants, and Apprentices (which have not learned their Catechism J to come to the Church at the lime apjKtinted, and obediently to hear, and he ordered by the Curate, until such time as they have learned alt that is here appointed for them to learn.

So soon as Children are come to a competent age, and can say in their mother tongue, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments; and also can answer to the other Questions of this short

Catechism ,• they shall be brought to the Bishop. And every one shall htm* a Godfather, or a Codmother, as a witness of their Confirmation.

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