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The Ministration of PUBLICK BAPTISM of
Infants, to be used in the Church. THE
"HE People are to be admonished, that it is moff convenient that Baptifm
Jhould not be adminiftered but mpon Sundays, and other Holy-days, when ebe mojt number of people come together : as well for that the Congregation tbere present may ieftify the receiving of them that be newly baptized into the number of Christ's Church; as aljo because in the Baptifm of Infants, every man present may be put in remembrance of his own Profession made to God in bis Baprifm. For wbicb caufe also it is expedient ibat Baptifm be miniftered in tbe Vulgar Tongue. Neverthelejs (if neceffity lo requiri) Children may be baptized upon any orber day.
And note, That bere shall be for every Male-Child to be baptized, true Godfathers and one Godmorber i ard for every Female, one Godfarber and trus Godmothers.
When there are Children to be baprired, the Parents fall give knowlede thereof over nigbt, or in the Morning before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Curate. And then tbe Godfarbers and Godmor bers, and the People, with the Children, must be ready at tbe Font, eitber immediately after sle laft Lefon al Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Leffor at Evening Prayer, as the Curate by bis discretion shall appoini. And the Prief coming to the Foni (which is then to be filled with pure Water) and fanding ibere, fhall say,
ATH this Child been already baprized, or
If they ar/wer No: Then fall the Priest proceed as followerb.
born in sin, and that our Saviour Chrift faith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghoft; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to this Cbild that thing which by nature be cannot have, that he may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghoit, and received into Christ's holy Church, and be made a lively mem. ber of the fame.
Then shall be Prieft jay
Let us Pray.
didit fáve Noah and his family in the ark from perishe 8 U u
ing by water, and also didst safely lead the children of Ifrael thy people through the Red fea, figuring thereby thy huly Baptisın; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan, didit fanctify Water to the mystical washing away of fin; We beseech thee for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon ibis Child; wash him and fanctify him with the Holy Ghoft; that be 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 to pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally be may come to the land of everlasting life; there to reign with thee world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
the helper of all that fee to thee for fuccour, the life of them that believe, and the resurrection of the dead; We call upon thee for this Infant ; that be coming to thy holy Baptism, may receive remission of bis sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive him, O Lord, as thou haft promised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it Thall be opened unto you : So give now unto us that ask, let us that feek, find ; open the gate unto us that knock; that this Infant may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly walhing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou haft promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the People fand up, and the Prief jball fay, Hear the words of the Gofpel written by Saint Mark, in the tenth Chapter, at the thirteenth Verse:
HEY brought young children to Christ, that he
should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. Bue when Jesus taw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children co come unto me, and forbid them not ; for of fuch is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a litele child, he shall not enter therein.
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Ifler ebe Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief Exhortation upon
the Words of the Gospel.
our Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him ; how he blamed those that 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 toward them.: for he, embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blefled them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earneftiy 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 lite, and make him partaker of his everlaiting kingdom. Where.. fore we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Facher towards this Infant, declared by his Son Jesus Christ, and nothing doubting but that he favourably allowech chis charitable work of ours, in bringing this Infant, to his holy, Baptism, let us faithfully and devourly give thanks unto him, and say, :
Lmighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we
give thee huinble thanks, that thou haft vouchlafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace and faith in thee : Increafe this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to this Infant, that he may be
. born again, and be made an heir of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. Then shall the Prieft speak unto the Godfathers and Godmothers on this wife.
Early beloved, ye have broyght this Child here to be
baptized, ye have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive bim, to release him of his fins, to sanctity 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 bis part will moft surely keep and Р.
:rform, Wherefore after this promise made by Christ, this Infant
must also faithfully for bis part, proinife by you that are bis fureties, (until be come of age to take it upon himself) that be will renounce the devil and all his works, and con. ftantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his Commandments.
I demand therefore,
deyil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covecou's defires of the fame, and the carnal desires of the flesh, fo that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them? Anfw, I renounce them all.
Maker of heaven and earth? And in Jesus Christ his only begotten San our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghoft; born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilare, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into hell, and also did rise again
third day; that he afcended into heaven, and sitçeth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead?
And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghoft; the holy Car tholick Church; the Communion of Saints, the Remiffion of fins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting Life after death? Anfw, All this I stedfastly believe,
commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life? Anjou, I will,
Tben hall be Prief say,
may be fo buried, that the new man may be raised up in him. Amen. ,
Grant that all carnal affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit, may live and grow in bim. Amen.
Grant that he may have power and trength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the Aelh. Amen.
Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtuęs, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, o blessed Lord God, who doft live and govern all things, world without erd. Amen.
Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did Ined out of his most precious fide both water and blood, and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go Itach all nations, and baprize them in the Name of the Fa. ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft; Regard, we bekech chee, the supplications of thy Congregation ; fanctity this Water to the mystical walhing away of fin; 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 and elect children, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Fbep the Priet fall take the Child into his hands, and fall say to the God. fatbers and Godmorbers,
Name this Child. And oben naming it after item (if thev frall certify him that the Child may well endure it) bejball dip it in the Water discreetly and warily, saying,
I baprize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the
So, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen, Bus if tboy certify tbat the Child is weak, it shall fuffice ia pour Water upon
it, saying the aforesaid Words, I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of ţhe Holy Ghult, Amen,