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PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN

IN HOUSES.

The minister of every parish shall often admonish the people that they defer not the baptism of their children longer than the first or second Sunday next after their birth, or other holy day falling between, unless upon a great and reasonable cause. And also they shall warn them, that, without like great cause, and necessity, they procure not their children to be baptised at home in their houses. But when need shall compel them 80 to do, then baptism shall be administered as followeth. First, let the minister of the parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful minister that can be firocured) with those who are present, call upon God, and say the Lord's prayer, and so many of the collects appointed to be said before in the form of publick baptism, as the time and present exigence will suffer. And then the child being named by some one who is present, the minister shall pour

water upon it, saying these words : N. I baptise thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then the minister shall give thanks unto God and say, W Ꮃ

E yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hatha 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 holy 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.

And let them not doubt, but that the child so baptised is lawfully and sufficiently baptised, and ought not to be baptised again. Yet nevertheless, if the child, which is after this sort baptised, do afterward live ; it is expedient that it be brought into the church, to the intent that if the minister of the same parish did himself baptist that child, the congregation may be certified of the true form of baptism, by him

privately before used : In which case he shall say thus, I certify you, that according to the due and prescribed order of the Church, at such a time and at such a place, before divers witnesses, I baptised this child.

But if the child were baptised by any other lawful minister, then the minister of the parish where the child was born or christened, shall examine whrther the same hath been lawfully done. And if the minister shall find, by the answers of such as bring the child, that all things were done as they ought to be ; then shall not he christen the

child again, but shall receive him as one of the flock of true christian people, saying thus, I

CERTIFY you, that in this case all is well done, and according unto due order, concerning the baptising of this child; who is now by baptism incorporated into the christian church:, For our Lord Jesus Christ doth not deny his grace and mercy unto such infants; but most lovingly doth call them unto him, as the holy gospel doth witness to our comfort on this wise. I Then the minister shall say as follows : or else shall pass on to the

questions addressed to the sponsors.

Hear the words of the gospel, written by St. Mark, in the tenth chapter, at the thirteenth verse. They 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, Wiosoever 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 ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he hath likewise favourably received this present 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 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, declared by his Son Jesus Christ, towards this infant, let us faithfully and devout. ly give thanks unto him, and say the prayer which the Lord himself taught us. 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 temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Then shall the minister demand the name of the child ; which being by the godfathers and godmothers pronounced, the minister shall say

as follows: 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.
Minister. Wilt thou be baptised in this faith?
Answer. That is my desire.

Minister. Wilt thou then obediently keep God's holy will and com mandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life? Answer. I will, by God's help.

( Then the minister shall say, We reccive this child into the congregation of Christ's fock, and do* sign him with the sign of the cross ; in token that

* Here tbe mine hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of ister sball make Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, a tross upon the

» child's forebeads against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen. T The same rule is to be observed here, as to the omission of the sign of the cro88, as in the publick baptism of infants.

Thon 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 according to this beginning.

[ Then shall be said, all kneeling, W.

E 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 holy 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.

Then, all standing up, the minister shall say to the godfathers and godmothers this exhortation following: FORASMUCH as this child hath promised by you his sureties, to rea nounce 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. And 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 commandments, and all other things which a christian ought to know and believe to his soul's heaith ; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godiy 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 again for us, so should we, who are baptised, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godli ness of living

T Then shall he add, and say, Y.

are to take care that this child be brought to the bishop to be confirmed 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.

But if they who bring the infant to the church do make such uncer. tain answers to the minister's questions, as that it cannot appear. that the child was baptised, with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ( which are essential parts of baptism) then let the minister baptise it in the form before appointed for publick baptism of infants ; saving, that at the dipping of the

child in the font, he shall use this form of words : Ir thou art not already baptised, N. I baptise thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. I If infant baptism, and the receiving of infants baptised in private,

are to be at the same time, the minister may make the questions to the sponsors and the succeeding prayer serve for both. And again, after the immersion, or the pouring of water, and the receiving into the church, the minister may use the remainder of the service for both.

THE MINISTRATION OF BAPTISM

TO SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS, AND ABLE TO ANSWER FOR THEM

SELVES.

When any such persons as are of riper years are to be baptised, timely notice sball be given to the minister ; that so due care may

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be taken for their examination, whether they be sufficiently instructo. ed in the principles of the christain religion; and that they may be exhorted to prepare themselves, with prayers and fasting, for the receiving of this holy sacrament. And if they shall be found fit, then the godfathers and godmothers, (the people being assembled upon the Sunday, holy day, or prayer day appointed) shall be ready to present them at the font, immediately after the second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the minister in his discretion shall think fit. And standing there, the minister shall ask, Whether any of the per80n8 here presented be baptised or no ? If they shall answer, No;

then skall the minister say thus : DEARLY beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived and born in sin (and that which is born of the flesh is flesh) and they who are in the flesh cannot please God, but live in sin, committing many actual transgressions; and our Saviour Christ saith, None can enter into 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 goodness he will grant to these persons that which by nature they cannot have ; that they may be baptised with water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ's holy church, and be made lively members of the same.

4 Then the minister shall 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 well beloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan, didst sanctify the element of water, to the mystical washing away of sin; we beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon these thy servants; wash them and sanctify them with the Holy Ghost ; that they, 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 they 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 these persons, that they, coming to thy holy baptism, may receive remission of their sins,

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