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Then the Priest fhall say,
Here the Pricft fhall E receive this Child into the Con make a Cross upon the gregation of Christ's flock, and Child's forehead. do fign him with the fign of the Crots, in token that hereafter be fhall not be afhamed to confels the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, against fin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Chrift's faithful foldier and fervant unto his lifes end. Amen.
Then fhall the Prieft fay,
Eeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that this Child is regenerate and grafted into the body of Chrift's Church, let us give thanks unto Almighty God for there benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that this Child may lead the rest of his life according to this begin. ning.
Then fhall be faid, all kneeling,
UR Father which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trefpaffes, as we forgive them that trefpafs against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen,
Then fall the Priest fay
E yield thee hearty thanks, moft merciful Father, that it hath pleafed 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 be being dead unto fin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Chrift in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of fin, and that as he is made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be partaker of his refurrection; fo that finally with the refidue of thy holy Church, be may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom, through Chrift our Lord. Amen.
Then all ftanding up, the Priest fall fay to the Godfathers and Godmo thers this Exhortation following.
Orafmuch as this Child hath promifed by you his fureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to ferve him; ye muft remember, that it is your parts and duties to fee that this Infant be taught, fo foon as be fhall be able to learn, what a folemn vow, promise, and profeffion be bath here made by you. And that he may know thefe things the better, ye fhall call upon him to hear Sermons, and chiefly ye fhall provide that he may learn the Creed, the Lords Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Chriftian ought to know and believe to his fouls health; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Chriftian life; remembering always, that Baptifin doth reprefent unto us our profeffion; which is to follow the example of our Saviour Chrift, and to be made like unto him; that as he died, and rofe again for us; fo fhould we, who
are baptized, die from fin, and rife again unto righteousnefs, continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
Then fall be add, and say,
are to take care that this Child be brought to the Bishop, to be confirmed by him, as foon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and be further inftructed in the Church Catechifm fet forth for that purpose.
[T is certain by God's Word, that Children which are baptized, dying before they commit actual Sin, are undoubtedly faved."
"To take away all fcruple concerning the Ufe of the "Sign of the Crofs in Baptifm; the true Explication "thereof, and the juft Reafons for the retaining of it, may
be feen in the Thirtieth Canon, firft published in the "Year MDCIV."
The MINISTRATION of
Private BAPTISM of Children in Houfes,
HE Curates of every Parifh fhall often admonish the People that they defer not the Baptifm of their Children longer than the first or fecond Sunday next after their Birth, or ather Hol-day falling between; anlejs upon a great and reasonable caufe, to be approved by the Curate,
And also they shall warn them, that without like great Caufe and Neceffity. they procure not their children to be Baptized at home in their houses. But when need foall compel them fo to do, then Baptijm ball be administered on this fafbian:
First, let the Minifler of the Parish (or in his abfence, any other lawfid Minifter that can be procured) with them that are prefent, call upon God, and fay the Lords Prayer, and fo many of the Collects appointed to be jaid before in the Form of Public Baptifm, as the time and prefent exigence will Juffer. And then, the Child being named by fome one that is prefent, the Minifier fall pour Water upon it, faying these words:
I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the
Then all kneeling down, the Minifter shall give thanks unto God, and fay yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleafed thee to regenerate this Infant with thy Hoy Spirit; to receive bim for thine own Child by adop tion, and to incorporate him into thy Holy Church. And we humbly beseech thee to grant, that as he is now made Partaker of the death of thy fon, fo he may be also of his Returrection; And that finally, with the refidue of thy Saints, be may inherit thine everlafting Kingdom, through the fame thy Son Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And let them not doubt, but that the Child fo baptized, is lawfully and fufficiently baptized, and ought not to be baptized again. Yet nevertheless, if the Child, which is after this fort baptized, do afterward live, it is expedient that it be brought into the Church, to the intent that if the Minifter of the fame Parish did himself baptize that Child, the Congregation may be certified of the true Form of Baptifm, by bim privately before used. In whith Cafe be fall fay thus,
to the due and
Order of the Church, at fuch a time, and at such a place, before divers witneffes, I baptized, this Child.
But if the Child were baptized by any other lawful Minifter; then the Miniker of the Parish where the Child was born or chriftened, fhall examine and try whether the Child be lawfully baptized, or no. In which cafe, if thofe that bring any Child to the Church, do answer that the fame Child is already baptized, then shall the Minifter examine them further, Saying,
Y whom was this Child baptized?
Who was prefent when this Child was baptized? Because fome things effential to this Sacrament may happen to be omitted, through fear or hafte, in fuch times of extremity, therefore I demand further of you,
With what Matter was this Child baptized?
And if the Minifter fell find by the Anfwers of fuch as bring the Child, that all things were done as they ought to be; then shall not be Chriften the Child again, but shall receive bim as one of the Flock of true Chriftian People, Jaying thus,
Certify you, that in this cafe all is well done, and accord
ing unto due order, concerning the baptizing of this Child; who being born in original fin, and in the wrath of God, is now by the laver of Regeneration in Baptifm, received into the number of the children of God, and heirs of everlafting life: For our Lord Jefus Chrift doth not deny his grace and mercy unto fuch Infants, but most lov. ingly doth call them unto him, as the holy Gofpel doth witness to our comfort on this wife:
The Gofpel. S. Mark x. 13.
HEY brought young children to Chrift, that he fhould touch them; and his difciples rebuked those that W w
brought them. But when Jefus faw it, he was much dif pleafed, 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.
After the Gospel is read, the Minifter fhall make this brief Exhortation upon the Words of the Gospel:
viour Chrift, 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; for he embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and bleffed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he hath likewife favourably received this prefent 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 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 declared by his Son Jefus Chrift towards this Infant; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and fay the Prayer, which the Lord himfelf taught us:
UR Father which art in heaven; Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trefpaffes, as we forgive them that tref pass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Lmighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that thou haft vouchfafed 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 this Infant, that he being