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The Miniftration of PUBLICK BAPTISM of Infants, to be used in the Church.

HE People are to be admonished, that it is moft convenient that Baptifm but upon Sundays, and other

the moft number of People come together: as well for that the Congregation there prefent may teftify the receiving of them that be newly baptized into the number of Chrift's Church; as aljo because in the Baptifm of Infants, every man prefent may be put in remembrance of his own Profeffion made to God in bis Baptifm. For which caufe also it is expedient that Baptism be ministered in the Vulgar Tongue. Nevertheless (if necessity so require) Children may be baptized upon any other day.

And note, That there fhall be for every Male-Child to be baptized, two Godfathers and one Godmother and for every Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers.

When there are Children to be baptized, the Parents shall give knowledge thereof over night, or in the Morning before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Curats. And then the Godfathers and Godmothers, and the People, with the Children, must be ready at the Font, either immediately after the laft Lefon at Morning Prayer, or elfe immediately after the laft Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the Curate by his difcretion fhall appoint. And the Prieft coming to the Font (which is then to be filled with pure Water) `and Banding ibere, fhall faj,


If they aufwer No: Then fall the Prieft proceed as followeth. Early beloved, forafmuch as all men are conceived and born in fin, 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 Jefus Chrift, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to this Child that thing which by nature be cannot have, that ke may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Chrift's holy Church, and be made a lively mem ber of the fame.


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ATH this Child been already baptized, or



Then hall the Prief fay
Let us Pray.

didit fave Noah and his family in the ark from perifh U u


ing by water, and alfo didft fafely lead the children of Ifrael thy people through the Red fea, figuring thereby thy holy Baptifm; and by the Baptifm of thy well-beloved Son Jefus Chrift in the river Jordan, didft fanctify Water to the mystical washing away of fin; We befeech thee for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon this Child; wafh 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 ftedfaft in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may fo 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 Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lmighty and immortal God, the aid of all that need,


the helper of all that flee 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 Baptifm, may receive remiffion of his fins by fpiritual regeneration. Receive him, O Lord, as thou haft promised by thy well-beloved Son, faying, Afk, and ye fhall have; feek, and ye, fhall find; knock, and it fhall be opened unto you: So give now unto us that afk; let us that feek, find; open the gate unto us that knock; that this Infant may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou haft promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then fball the People ftand up, and the Prieft ball fay,

Hear the words of the Gofpel written by Saint Mark, in the tenth Chapter, at the thirteenth Verfe:


HEY brought young children to Chrift, that he fhould touch them; and his difciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jefus taw it, he was much difpleafed, and faid unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of fuch is the kingdom of God. Verily I fay unto you, Whofoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and bleffed them.

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After the Gospel is read, the Minifter fhall make this brief Exhortation upon the Words of the Gospel.


Eloved, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our Saviour Chrift, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him; how he blamed thofe 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 bleffed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earneftiy believe that he will likewife favourably receive this prefent Infant; that he will embrace him with the arms of his mercy, that he will give unto him the bleffing of eternal life, and make him partaker of his everlafting kingdom. Wherefore we being thus perfuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards this Infant, declared by his Son Jefus Chrift, and nothing doubting but that he favourably alloweth this charitable work of ours, in bringing this Infant, to his holy Baptifm, let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and fay,

Lmighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that thou haft vouchiafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace and faith in thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us ever-more. Give thy Holy Spirit to this Infant, that he may be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jefus Chrift, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Then fhall the Priest speak unto the Godfathers and Godmothers on this wife.

beloved, have brought this Child here to be

baptized, ye have prayed that our Lord Jefus Chrift would vouchfafe to receive bim, to releafe him of his fins, to fanctify him with the Holy Ghoft, to give him the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye have heard alfo, that our Lord Jefus Chrift hath promifed in his Gofpel to. grant all these things that ye have prayed for: which promife he for his part will moft furely keep and perform, Wherefore after this promife made by Chrift, this Infant


must also faithfully for bis part, promife by you that are bis fureties, (until he come of age to take it upon himself) that he will renounce the devil and all his works, and con ftantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his Commandments.

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 defires of the fame, and the carnal defires of the flesh, fo that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them?

Anfw, I renounce them all.



OST thou believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth?

And in Jefus Chrift his only begotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghoft; born of the Virgin Mary; that he fuffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into hell, and alfo did rife again the third day; that he afcended into heaven, and fitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence fhall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead?

And doft thou believe in the Holy Ghoft; the holy Ca tholick Church; the Communion of Saints; the Remiffion of fins; the Refurrection of the flesh; and everlasting Life after death?

Anfw. All this I ftedfastly believe,


ILT thou be baptized in this Faith?

Anfw. That is my defire.



ILT thou then abediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the fame all the days



of thy life? Anfo, I will,

Then fhall the Prieft fay,

Merciful God, grant that the old Adam in this Child may be fo buried, that the new man may be raifed 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 ftrength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.

Grant that whofoever is here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlaftingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O bleffed Lord God, who doft live and govern all things, world without end. Amen.

whose most beloved

Son Jefus Chrift, for the forgiveness of our fins, did` ined out of his most precious fide both water and blood, and gave commandment to his difciples, that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them In the Name of the Fa ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft; Regard, we befeech thee, the fupplications of thy Congregation; fanctity this Water to the myftical wafhing 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 Jefus Chrift our Lord, Amen.

Then the Priest ball take the Child into his hands, and fhall fay to the Godfathers and Godmothers,

Name this Child.

And then naming it after them (if they fall certify him that the Child may
well endure it) be jball dip it in the Water difcreetly and warily, faying,
I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Ghost.



But if they certify that the Child is weak, it fall fuffice to pour Water upon it, faying the aforefaid Words,

I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen,



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