Page images

And if the Minister shall find by believe, that he hath likewise fathe answers of such as bring the vourably received this present InChild, that all things were done fant; that he hath embraced him as they ought to be,

then shall

with the arms of his mercy; and not he christen the Child again, but shall receive him as one of

(as he hath promised in his holy the flock of true christian people, blessing of eternal life, and make

Word) will give unto him the saying thus, CERTIFY you, that in this kingdom. Wherefore, we being

him partaker of his everlasting I case all is well done, and ac

thus persuaded of the good will cording unto due order, concern

of our heavenly Father, declared ing the baptizing of this Child;

by his Son Jesus Christ, towards who being born in original sin, this Infant, let us faithfully and and in the wrath of God, is now,

devoutly give thanks unto him, by the laver of Regeneration in and say the Prayer which the Baptism, received into the num- Lord himself taught us : ber of the children of God, and Heira desexerlastin life in ordemy Over Father, which art in hea. his grace and mercy unto such Thy kingdom come. Thy will be Infants, but most lovingly doth done in earth, As it is in heaven. call them unto him, as the holy Give us this day our daily bread. Gospel doth witness to our com- And forgive us our trespasses, As fort on this wise.

we forgive them that trespass aSt. Mark x. 13.

gainst us. And lead us not into THEY brought young chil temptation; But deliver us from

. dren to Christ, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. ALMIGHTY and


God, heavenly Father, we But when Jesus saw it, he was give thee humble thanks, that much displeased, and said unto hast vouchsafed to

us to them, Suffer the little children to the knowledge of thy grace, and come unto me, and forbid them

faith in thee; Increase this knownot; for of such is the kingdom ledge, and confirm this faith in of God. Verily I say unto you, us evermore. Give thy holy Spirit Whosoever shall not receive the

to this Infant, that he, being born kingdom of God as a little child, again, and being made an heir of he shall not enter therein. And everlasting salvation, through our he took them up in his arms, put Lord Jesus Christ, may continue his hands upon them, and blessed thy servant, and attain thy prothem.

mise; through the same our Lord After the Gospel is read, the

Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth Minister shall make this brief and reigneth with thee and the E.chortation upon the words of Holy Spirit, now and for ever. the Gospel.

Amen. ,

Then shall the Priest demand the Gospel the words of our Sa- Name of the Child; which being viour Christ, that he commanded by the Godfathers and Godmothe children to be brought unto thers pronounced, the Minister him ; how he blamed those that would have kept them from him; how he exhorted all men to follow Child, renounce the devil and their innocency. Ye perceive how all his works, the vain pomp and by his outward gesture and deed glory of this world, with all covethe declared his good will toward ous desires of the same, and the them; for he embraced them in carnal desires of the flesh, so that his arms, he laid his hands upon thou wilt not follow, nor be led them, and blessed them. Doubt by them? ye not therefore, but earnestly Answer. I renounce them all.

shall say,


Then shall the Priest say, Do OST thou believe in God the W yield the most fhearty

Almighty, heaven and earth?

ther, that it hath pleased thee to And in Jesus Christ his only. regenerate this Infant with thy begotten Son our Lord? And that holy Spirit, to receive him for he was conceived by the Holy thine own Child by adoption, and Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; to incorporate him into thy holy that he suffered under Pontius Church. And humbly we beseech Pilate, was crucified, dead, and thee to grant, that he being dead buried; that he went down into unto sin, and living unto rightehell, and also did rise again the ousness, and being buried with third day; that he ascended into Christ in his death, may crucify heaven, and sitteth at the right the old man, and utterly abolish hand of God the Father Almigh- the whole body of sin; and that, ty; and from thence shall come as he is made partaker of the again at the end of the world, to death of thy Son, he may also be judge the quick and the dead? partaker of his resurrection; so

And dost thou believe in the that finally, with the residue of Holy Ghost; the holy Catho- thy holy Church, he may be an lick Church; the Communion of inheritor of thine everlasting kingSaints; the Remission of sins ; dom; through Jesus Christ our the Resurrection of the flesh; and

Lord. Amen. everlasting life after death? ( Then, all standing up, the Minis

Answer. All this I stedfastly ter shall make this Exhortation to believe.

the Godfathers and Godmothers. Minister.

hath promised by you his surekeep God's holy will and ties to renounce the devil and all commandments, and walk in the his works, to believe in God, and same all the days of thy life? to serve him; ye must remember, Answer. I will.

that it is your parts and duties to

see that this Infant be taught, so Then the Priest shall say, soon as he shall be able to learn,

what a solemn vow, promise, and the congregation of Christ's profession he hath made by you.

flock, *and do And that he may know these * Here the Priest sign him with shall make a Cross the sign of the

things the better, ye shall call

upon him to hear Sermons; and upon the Child's forehead,

Cross, in token chiefly ye shall provide, that he

that hereafter may learn the Creed, the Lord's he shall not be ashamed to con- Prayer, and the Ten Commandfess the faith of Christ crucified, ments, in the vulgar tongue, and and manfully to fight under his all other things which a Christian banner, against sin, the world, ought to know and believe to his and the devil; and to continue soul's health; and that this Child Christ's faithful soldier and ser- may be virtuously brought up to vant unto his life's end. Amen. lead a godly and a christian life; Then shall Priest say,

remembering alway, that Baptism

doth represent unto us our profesSI

EEING now, dearly beloved sion; which is, to follow the ex

brethren, that this Child is by ample of our Saviour Christ, and Baptism regenerate, and grafted to be made like unto him; that, into the body of Christ's Church, as he died, and rose again for us, let us give thanks unto Almighty so should we, who are baptized, God for these benefits; and with die from sin, and rise again unto one accord make our prayers unto righteousness; continually mortihim, that he may lead the rest fying all our evil and corrupt afof his life according to this be- fections, and daily proceeding in ginning.

all virtue and godliness of living.

But if they which bring the In- form before appointed for Publick fant to the Church do make such Baptism of Infants; saving that uncertain answers to the Priest's at the dipping of the Child in the questions, as that it cannot ap- Font, he shall use this form of

words. enth Water, In the Name of the I Frized, N. I baptize thee in

F thou art not already bapFather, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, (which are es- the Name of the Father, and of sential parts of Baptism, then

the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. let the Priest baptize it in the





When any such persons, as are of riper years, are to be baptized, timely notice shall be given to the Bishop, or whom he shall appoint for that purpose, a week before at the least, by the Parents, or some other discreet persons ; that so due care may be taken for their Eramination, whether they be sufficiently instructed in the Principles of the Christian 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 or Holy-day appointed) shall be ready to present them at the Font immediately after the Second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the Curate in his discretion shall think fit. And standing there, the Priest shall ask, whether any of the persons here presented be baptized, or no: If they shall answer, No; then shall the Priest say thus,

(9 And here all the Congregation as all men are conceived and

shall kneel.) born in sin, (and that which is LMIGHTY and everlasting born of the flesh is flesh,) and they that are in the flesh cannot didst save Noah and his family in please God, but live in sin, com- the ark from perishing by water; mitting many actual transgres

and also didst safely lead the chilsions; and that our Saviour Christ dren of Israel thy people through saith, None can enter into the

the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy kingdom of God, except he be re- holy Baptism; and by the Bapgenerate and born anew of Water

tism of thy well-beloved Son Jeand of the holy Ghost; I beseech

sus Christ, in the river Jordan, you to call upon God the Father,

didst sanctify the element of Wathrough our Lord Jesus Christ,

ter to the mystical washing away that of his bounteous goodness he of sin; We beseech thee, for thine will grant to these persons that infinite mercies, that thou wilt which by nature they cannot have; mercifully look upon these thy serthat they may be baptized with

vants; wash them and sanctify Water and the holy Ghost, and them with the holy Ghost, that received into Christ's holy Church, they, being delivered from thy and be made lively members of the

wrath, may be received into the same.

ark of Christ's Church; and being Then shall the Priest say, stedfast in faith, joyful through Let us pray.

hope, and rooted in charity, may


ALGod, the aid of ad thatmeta,

so pass the waves of this trouble- flesh is flesh; and that which is some world, that finally they may born of the Spirit is spirit. Marcome to the land of everlasting vel not that I said unto thee, Ye life, there to reign with thee world must be born again. The wind without end; through Jesus Christ bloweth where it listeth, and thou our Lord. Amen.

hearest the sound thereof; but

canst not tell whence it cometh, LMIGHTY and immortal and whither it goeth: so is every

one that is born of the Spirit. the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, the life of them that

After which he shall say this believe, and the resurrection of

Exhortation following. the dead; We call

upon thee for BELOVED, ye hear in this thy holy Baptism, may receive our Saviour Christ, that except remission of their sins by spiritual a man be born of water and of regeneration. Receive them, O the Spirit, he cannot enter into Lord, as thou hast promised by the kingdom of God. Whereby ye thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, may perceive the great necessity and ye shall receive; seek, and ye of this Sacrament, where it may shall find; knock, and it shall be be had. Likewise, immediately opened unto you: So give now

before his ascension into heaven, unto us that ask; let us that (as we read in the last Chapter seek find; open the gate unto us

of Saint Mark's Gospel,) he gave that knock; that these persons

command to his disciples, saying, may enjoy the everlasting bene- Go ye into all the world, and diction of thy heavenly washing, preach the Gospel to every creaand may come to the eternal king- ture. He that believeth and is dom which thou hast promised by baptized shall be saved; but he Christ our Lord. Amen.

that believeth not shall be damn

ed. Which also sheweth unto us Then shall the people stand up,

the great benefit we reap thereby. and the Priest shall say,

For which cause Saint Peter the Hear the words of the Gospel, preaching of the Gospel many

Apostle, when upon his first written by Saint John, in the

were pricked at the heart, and third Chapter, beginning at the said to him and the rest of the first Verse.

Apostles, Men and brethren, what

shall we do? replied and said Pharisees, named Nicodemus, unto them, Repent, and be bapa ruler of the Jews. The same tized every one of you for the came to Jesus by night, and said remission of sins, and ye shall reunto him, Rabbi, we know that ceive the gift of the Holy Ghost. thou art a teacher come from For the promise is to you and God; for no man can do these your children, and to all that are miracles that thou doest, except afar off, even as many as the Lord God be with him. Jesus answer- our God shall call. And with maed and said unto him, Verily, ny other words exhorted he them, verily I say unto thee, Except a saying, Save yourselves from this man be born again, he cannot see untoward generation. For (as the the kingdom of God. Nicodemus same Apostle testifieth in another saith unto him, How can a man place) even Baptism doth also now be born when he is old? Can he save us, (not the putting a way of enter the second time into his the filth of the flesh, but the anmother's womb, and be born? swer of a good conscience towards Jesus answered, Verily, verily I God,) by the resurrection of Jesay unto thee, Except a man be sus Christ. Doubt ye not thereborn of water and of the Spirit, fore, but earnestly believe, that he cannot enter into the kingdom he will favourably receive these of God. That which is born of the

present persons, truly repenting,


and coming unto him by faith; Then shall the Priest demand of that he will grant them remission each of the persons to be baptizof their sins, and bestow upon

ed, severally, these Questions folthem the holy Ghost; that he will

lowing: give them the blessing of eternal

Question. life, and make them partakers of Dost thou renounce the devil his Wherefore we being thus per

pomp and glory of the world, with suaded of the good will of our

all covetous desires of the same, heavenly Father towards these

and the carnal desires of the flesh, persons, declared by his Son Je- so that thou wilt not follow, nor sus Christ; let us faithfully and

be led by them?

Answer. I renounce them all. devoutly give thanks to him, and

OST thou believe in God the

Father Almighty, Maker of

heaven and earth? God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, for that

And in Jesus Christ his only. thou hast vouchsafed to call us to

begotten Son our Lord ? And that the knowledge of thy grace, and

he was conceived by the Holy faith in thee: Increase this know

Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary;

that he suffered under Pontius ledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy holy Spi

Pilate, was crucified, dead, and rit to these persons, that they may

buried; that he went down into be born again, and be made heirs

hell, and also did rise again the of everlasting salvation; through

third day; that he ascended into

heaven, and sitteth at the right our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth

hand of God the Father Almighand reigneth with thee and the

ty; and from thence shall come Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

again at the end of the world, to

judge the quick and the dead? 1 Then the Priest shall speak to And dost thou believe in the

the persons to be baptized on this Holy Ghost; the holy Cathowise :

lick Church; the Communion of

Saints; the Remission of sins : come hither desiring to re

the Resurrection of the flesh; and ceive holy Baptism, ye have heard everlasting life after death? how the congregation hath pray

Answer. All this I stedfastly ed, that our Lord Jesus Christ

believe. would vouchsafe to receive you

Question. and bless you, to release you of WILT thou be baptized in this your sins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting

Answer. That is my desire. life. Ye have heard also, that our

Question. Lord Jesus Christ hath promised WI

TILT thou then obediently in his holy Word to grant all those

keep God's holy will and things that we have prayed for;

commandments, and walk in the which promise he, for his part,

same all the days of thy life? will most surely keep and per

Answer. I will endeavour so to form.

do, God being my helper. made by Christ, ye must also faith. O the old Adam in these

persons Wherefore, after this promise Then shall the Priest say, fully, for your part, promise in the presence of these your Wit- may be so buried, that the new nesses, and this whole congrega- man may be raised up in them. tion, that ye will renounce the Amen. devil and all his works, and con- Grant that all carnal affections stantly believe God's holy Word, may die in them, and that all and obediently keep his command- things belonging to the Spirit may ments.

live and grow in them. Amen.

« PreviousContinue »