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PUBLICK BAPTISM OF INFANTS,
TO BE USED IN THE
T The people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient that
Baptism should not be administered but upon Sundays and other holy days, or prayer days. Nevertheless, (if necessity so require)
Baptism may be administered on any other day. I There shall be for every male child to be baptised, when they can
be had, two godfathers and one godmother; and for every female, one godfather and two godmothers; and parents shall be admitted as sponsors, if it be desired. When there are children to be baptised, the parents or sponsors shall give knowledge thereof, before the beginning of Morning Pray. er, to the minister. And then the godfathers and godmothers, and the people with the children, must be ready at the font, either immediately after the last Lesson at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the minister, by his discretion, shall appoint. And the minister coming to the font ( which is then to be filled with pure water) and standing there,
Hath this child been already baptized, or no? q If they answer No; then shall the minister proceed, as followeth. Dearly beloved, forasmuch, as all men are conceived and born in sin, and our Saviour Christ saith, None can enter in the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of water and of the Holy Ghost ; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy, he will grant to this child that which by nature he cannot have ; that he may be baptised with water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ's holy church, and be made a living member of the same.
Then shall the minister say,
Let us pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy great mercy, didst save Noah and his family in the ark from perishing by water; 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 water, to the mystical washing away of sin ; we beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon this child ; wash him, and sanctify him with the Holy Ghost ; that he, being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the ark of Christ's church ; and being steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally he may come to the land of everlasting life ; there to reign with thee, world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
Or this. Almighty and immortal God, the aid of all who need, the helper of all who flee to thee for succour, the life of those who believe, and the resurrection of the dead; we call upon thee for this infant, that he, coming to thy holy baptism, may receive remission of sin, by spiritual regeneration. Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy well beloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall have : seek, and ye shall find ; knock and it shall be opened unto you! So give now unto us who ask ; let us who seek, find; open the gate unto us who knock, that this infant may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the minister shall say as follows : or else shall pass on to the questions addressed to the sponsors ; and from thence to the Prayer immediately before the Immersion, or the pouring of water on the infant. But note ; that, in every church, the intermediate parts of the service shall be used, once at least in every month (if there be a baptism ) for the better instructing of the people in the grounds of infant baptism.
Hear the words of the Gospel, written by St. Mark, in the tenth chapter, at the thirteenth verse. THE
hey brought young children to Christ, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not ; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever 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 blessed them.
After the Gospel is read, the minister shall make this brief Exhorta
tion upon the words of the gospel : Beloved, ye hear in this gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him ; how he blamed those who 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 blessed them. Doubt yo not therefore, but earnestly 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 life, and make him partaker of his everlasting kingdom. Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards this infant, declared by his Son Jesus Christ ; ang
pothing doubting, but that he favourably alloweth this charitable work of ours, in bringing this in fant, to his holy baptism ; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and say, Almighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, 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 this in fant ; that he may be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Then shall the minister speak unto the godfathers and godmothers in this wise : DEARLY beloved, ye have brought this child here to be baptised; ye have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive him, to release him from sin, to sanctify him with the Holy Ghosts 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 his part will most surely keep and perform. Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, this infant must also faithfully, for his part, promise by you that are his sureties (until he come of age to take it upon himself) that he will renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly believe God's holy word, and obediently keep his commandments.
The minister shall then demand of the sponsors as follows ; the questions being considered as addressed to them severally, and the answers to be made accordingly.
I demand therefore, Dost
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 desires of the same, and the sinful desires of the flesh; so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them ?
Answer. I renounce them all ; and, by God's help, will endeavour not to follow, nor be led by them.
Minister. Dost thou believe all the articles of the christian faith, as contained in the apostles' creed?
Answer. I do.
my desire. Minister. Wilt thou then obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life? Answer. I will, by God's help.
Then shall the minister say,
MERCIFUL God, grant that the old Adam in this child may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in him. Amen.
Grant that all sinful affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in him. Amen.
Grant that he may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.
Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our office 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. ALMIGHTY, everliving God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood ; and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go teach ail nations, and baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy congregation ; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin ; and grant that this child, now to be baptised therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful children, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the minister shall take the child into his hands, and shall say to the godfathers and god mothers,
Name this child. And then, naming it after them, he shall dip it in the water discreet.
ly, or shall pour water upon it, saying, N. I baptise thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then the minister shall say, W
E receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and do* sign him with the sign of the cross ; in token that
* Here the min. hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of ister sball make Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, a cross upon the
cbild's forebead. against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.
If those who firesent the infant shall desire the sign of the cross to be Dmitted, although the church knows no worthy cause of scruple concerning the same, yet, in that case, the minister may onit that part of the above which follows the immersion, or the pouring of water on the infant.
Then shall the minister say, Seeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that this child is 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 this child may lead the rest of his life accord: ing to this beginning.
Then shall be said, all kneeling, Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be 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 those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptations But deliver us from evil. Amen.
4 Then shall the minister say, We yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this infant with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy , hoày church.
And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he 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 he is made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be partaker of his resurrection ; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen. 1 Then, all standing up, the minister shall say to the godfathers and
godmothers this Exhortation following : FORASM
ORASMUCH as this child hath promised by you his sureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this infant be taught, so soon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession he hath here made by you. that he may know these things the better, ye shall call upon him to hear sermons ; and chiefly ye shall provide, that he may learn the creed, the Lord's prayer and the ten con mandments, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health ; and that this child may be virtuously brouglit up to lead a godly and a Christian life : remembering 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 agaix for us, so should we, who are baptised, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt afActions, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
Then shall he add, and say, Yare to take care that this child be brought to the bishop to be conArmed by him, so soon as he can say the creed, the Lord's prayer, and the ten commandments, and is sufficiently instructed in the other parts of the church catechism, set forth for that purpose.