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Jesus Christ, and be partaken of the rewards" 6f holiness and purity in the life everlasting. Amen.
Then stall each child's Sponsor give it the kiss of-peacev and the Pries fall give the children a little os the consecrated Milk and Honey, and shall say,
BE ye admitted into the congregation of Christ's flock, receive the kiss of peace, and taste of this Milk and Honey in token of your spiritual infancy, and of your entrance into the true land of promise, the church; and may ye at the last day enter into the land of eternal rest, the kingdom! of heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then stall the Sponsors ill the name of the children fay aloud the hor is fray er.
OUR Father, who art in heaven; Hallowed 6c thy 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 them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from die evil one. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
'Then Jhall the Priest pronounce this Blessing over the baptized children.
A Lmighty God, the Father of Christ his only**. begotten Son, give you bodies undefiled, pose hearts, and watchful minds, knowledge without error, and the powerful influence of his Holy Spirit, that ye may obtain and assuredly enjoy the truth, through his Christ; by whom glory be to the Father in the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.
Then'Then Jhall the Deacon fay,
CEeing now, dearly beloved, that these children 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 these children may lead the rest of their lives according to this beginning.
Anfw. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Then JJjall the Pries say,
WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, for that it hath pleased thee to regenerate these infants with thy Holy Spirit, to receive them for thine own children by adoption, and to incorporate them into thy holy church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that they 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 they are made partakers of the death of thy Son, they may also be partakers of his resurrection ; so that finally with the residue of thy holy church, they may be inheritours of thine everlasting kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then Jhall the Pries say to the Sponsors this exhortation following.
T^Orasmuch as these children have promised, by you •*- their sureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your part and duty to see that these infants be taught, so soon as they shall be 1 I "able able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, they have here made by you. And that they may know these things the better, ye shall call upon them to hear sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide that they 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 foul's health; and ye shall use your utmost endeavours, that these children may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and christian life; remembring 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 Jhall the Deacon add, and say,
Ye are to take care, that these children be brought to the Bishop to be confirmed by him so soon as conveniently may be, that so they may be admitted to the holy communion.
Note, that is the number of children to be baptized and multitude os people present be so great, that they cannot conveniently sand at the Church-door j then let them sand 'within the Church in some convenient place nigh unto the Church-door, and there let all things be said and done, appointed to be said end done at the Church-door.
Ministration of Publick Baptism
Such as are of riper years, and able Co answef for themselves.
When Catechumens are to he baptized, they Jh all give in their names before Lent, desiring to be baptized at the approaching Paschal Festival.
And the Priefl or Deacon shall examine whether they be sufficiently inftrutled in the principles of the Christian religion, and exhort them to prepare themselves with prayers and fasting for the re* ceiving of this Holy Sacrament.
And if they /hall be found ft, then the Sponsors or Witnesses (who shall be of-the Faithful and above sixteen years of age, a Man for a Male-* Catechumen and a Woman for a Female-Catechu-> men) and the people with the Candidates for Baptism must be ready at the Church-door at the time that the Priest by his discretion shall appoint\ And the Priest and Deacon coming to the Church*
I a door,
door, and standing there, the Priest Jhall say to the persons that are to be baptized.
Have ye been already baptized or no?
If they answer, No; then stall the Deacon proceed as followeth.
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 transgressions; and that our Saviour Christ faith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghost; let us call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to these persons that thing which by nature they cannot have, that they may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and be received into Christ's Holy Church, and be made lively members of the fame.
People. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Then stall the Priest fay, the persons to be baptized
ALmighty and everlasting God, who of thy great mercy didst save Noah and his family in the ark, and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red-sea, figuring thereby thy holy baptism; and by the baptism of thy wellbeloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan didst sanctify the element of Water to the mystical washing away of sin: We beseech thee of thine infinite