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Quest. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?
Answ. Yes verily; and by God's help so I will: And I heartily thank our heavenly Father that he hath called me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour : And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end. Catechist. Rehearse the articles of thy belief.
Answer. I Believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth a
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the holy Ghost, Born of the virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried ; He descended into hell; The third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy catholic church; The communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen.
Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn in these articles of thy belief?
Answ. First I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made me, and all the world.
Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind.
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the people of God.
Quest. You said that your sponsors did promise for you, that you should keep God's commandments: Tell me how many there are.
1. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
II. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them : For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me ; and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
III. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his name in vain.
IV. Remember that thou keep holy the sabbath day. Six ý's shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do ; but the s:venthay is the sabbath of the Lord thy God : In it thou shalt do n. maner of work; thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man serant, an thy maid servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thý ates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the am, and al that in them is, and rested the seventh day: Wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother, wat thy days may be
ing in the land which the Lord thy God givet!
X. Thou shalt not ovet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not Govet thy neighbor's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn by these commandments ?
Answ. I learn two things ; my duty towards God, and my duty towards my neighbour.
Quest. What is thy duty towards God?
Answ. My duty towards God is, to believe in him ; to fear him ; and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him ; to give him thanks; to put my whole trust in him ; to call upon him; to honour his holy name and his word; and to serve him truly all the days of my life
Quest. What is thy duty towards thy neighbour.
Anst. My duty towards my neighbour is, to love him as myself, and to do to all men as I would they should do unto me : To love, honour, and succour my father and mother : To honour and obey the civil authority : To submit myself to all my governors, teachers, spiritual pastors and master's : To order myself lowly and reverenity to all my betters : To hurt no body by word or deed : To be true and just in all my dealings : To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart : To keep my hands from picking and stealing, and my tungue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering : To keep my body in temperance, soberness, and chastity: Not to covet nor desire other men's goods ; but to learn and labour truly to get mine own living, and to do my duty in that state of life unto which it shall. please God to call me.
Catechist. My good child, know this, that thou art not able to do these things of thyself, nor to walk in the commandments of God, and to serve him, without his special grace, which thou must ICW'N *
a times to call for by diligent prayer : Let me hear, therefore, if thy cansı say the Lord's prayer.
Answer. Og Fathe, who are in heaven, Hallowed be thy name ; Thy kingdomcome ; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven : Give us this
(ay alf mily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive thse who tl'espass against us; And lead us not into temptation ; Bureliver us from evn
Answ. I desire my Lord God, our heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodness, to send his grace unto me and to all people ; that we may worship him, serve him, and obey him, as we ought to do : And I pray unto God, that he wil send us all things that are needful both for our souls and bodies; ana that he will be merciful unto us, and forgive us our sins; and that it wil please him to save and defend us in all dangers both of soul and body; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness, and fron, our spiritual enemy, and from everlasting death : And this I trust he will do of his mercy and goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ; and therefore I say, Amen : So be it.
ow many Sacraments hath Christ ordained in his church?
Answ. Two only, as generally necessary to salvation ; that is to say, baptism, and the supper of the Lord.
Quest. What meanest thou by this word Sacrament?
Answ. I mean an outward and visiblu sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us; ordained by Christ himself; as a means whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof.
Quest. How many parts are there in a sacrament ?
Antw. Water ; wherein the person is baptised, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Quest. What is the inward and spiritual grace!
Answ. A death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness : For being by nature born in sin, and the children of wrath, we are hereby made the chiidren of grace.
Quest. Wat is required of persons to be baptised?
Answ. R pentance, whereby they forsake sin ; and faith, whereby they steadiastly believe the promises of God made to them in that sacrament.
Quest. Why then are infants baptised, when by reason of their tender age they cannot perform them ?
Answ. Because they promise them both by their sureties; which promise, when they come age, themselves are bound to perform.
Quest. Why was the sacrament of the Lord's Supper ordained ?
Answ. For the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of the death of Christ, and of the benefits which we receive thereby.
Quest. What is the outward part or sign of the Lord's supper?
Answ. Bread and wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received.
Quest. What is the inward part or thing signified ?
Answ. The body and blood of Christ, which are spiritually taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's supper.
Quest. What are the benefits whereof we are partakers thereby?
Answ. The strengthening and refreshing of our souls by the body and blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the bread and wine.
Quest. What is required of those who come to the Lord's supper?
Answ. To examine themselves, whether they repent them truly of their former sins, steadfastly purposing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in God's mercy, through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of his death ; and be in charity with all men. | The minister of every parish shall diligently, upon Sundays and holy
days, or on some other convenient occasions, openly in the church, instruct or examine 80 many children of his parish, sent unto him, as he shall think convenient, in some part of this catechism. And all fathers, mothers, masters, and mistresses shall cause their children, servants, and apprentices, who have not learned their catechism, to come to the church at the time appointed, obediently to hear, and to be ordered by the minister, until such time as they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn. So soon as children are come to a competent age, and can say the creed, the Lord's prayer, and the ten commandments, and can answer to the other questions of this short catechism, they shall be brought to the bishop. And when8oever the bishop shall give knowledge for.children to be brought unto him for their confirmation, the minister of every parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the names of all such persons within his parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the bishop to be confirmed.
THE ORDER OF CONFIRMATION,
OR LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE THAT ARE BAPTISED, AND
COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION,
Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed and standing in order before the bishop; he, or some other
minister appointed by him, shall read this preface following: T.
o the end that confirmation may be ministered to the more edifying of such as shall receive it, the church hath thought good to order
that none shall be confirmed, but such as can say the creed, the Lord's prayer, and the ten commandments; and can also answer to such other questions, as in the short catechism are contained: Which order is very convenient to be observed ; to the end that children, being now come to the years of discretion, and having learned what their godfathers and godmothers promised for them in baptism, may themselves, with their own mouth and consent, openly before the church ratify and confirm the same; and also promise, that, ty the grace of God, they will evermore endeavour themselves faithfully to observe such things as they, by their own confession, have assented unto.
1 Then shall the bishop say, Do ye here, in the presence of God, and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise and vow that ye made, or that was made in your name, at your baptism ; ratifying and confirming the same ; and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe and to do all those things which ye then undertook, or your sponsors then undertook for you? And every one shall audibly answer, I do,
Answ. Who hath made heaven and earth.
Bishop. Let us pray, Almighty and everliving God, who hast vouchsafed to regenerate these thy servants by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given unta them forgiveness of all their sins ; strengthen them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost, the comforter; and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and ghostly strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen.
Then all of them in order kneeling before the bishop, he shall lay his hands upon the head of every one severally, sayings Defend, O Lord, this thy child, for this thy servant] with thy heav,
, enly grace; that he may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom.
Then shall the bishop say,
The Lord be with you. Answ. And with thy spirit.