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GOD, except he be regenerate and receive; seek, and ye shall find; born anew of water and of the HOLY knock, and it shall be opened unto GHOST; I beseech you to call upon you: So give now unto us who ask; GOD the Father, through our Lord let us who seek, find; open the gate JESUS CHRIST, that of his bounteous unto us who knock; that these per goodness, he will grant to these persons may enjoy the everlasting benesons that which by nature they can- diction of thy heavenly washing, and not have; that they may be baptized may come to the eternal kingdom with water and the HOLY GHOST, which thou hast promised by CHRIST and received into CHRIST's holy our Lord. Amen. Church, and be made lively members

of the same.

Then shall the Minister say,


Then the Minister shall say, Hear the words of the gospel, writ ten by Saint John, in the third chap ter, beginning at the first verse:

THERE was a man of the Phari

Let us pray. ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who of thy great mercy, didst sees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of save Noah and his family in the ark the Jews. The same came to JESUS from perishing by water; and also by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, didst safely lead the children of Is- we know that thou art a teacher come rael thy people through the Red Sea, from GOD; for no man can do these figuring thereby thy holy Baptism; miracles that thou doest, except GoD and by the baptism of thy well-belov- be with him. JESUS answered and ed Son JESUS CHRIST in the river said unto him, Verily, verily, I say Jordan, didst sanctify the element of unto thee, except a man be born water, to the mystical washing away again, he cannot see the kingdom of of sin; we beseech thee, for thine GOD. Nicodemus saith unto him, infinite mercies, that thou wilt merci- How can a man be born when he is fully look upon these thy servants; old? can he enter the second time wash them and sanctify them with into his mother's womb, and be born? the HOLY GHOST; that they, being JESUS answered, Verily, verily, I delivered from thy wrath, may be say unto thee, except a man be born received into the ark of CHRIST'S of water and of the SPIRIT, he cannot Church; and being steadfast in faith, enter into the kingdom of GOD. That joyful through hope, and rooted in which is born of the flesh, is flesh; charity, may so pass the waves of and that which is born of the SPIRIT, this troublesome world, that finally is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto they may come to the land of everlast-thee, ye must be born again. The ing life; there to reign with thee, wind bloweth where it listeth, and world without end, through JESUS thou hearest the sound thereof; but 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 succor, 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, by spiritual regeneration. Receive them, O LORD, as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall

canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the SPIRIT.

¶ After which he shall say this Exhortation following:

BELOVED, ye hear in this gospel the express words of our Saviour CHRIST, that, except a man be born of water and of the SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the kingdom of GOD. Whereby ye may perceive the great necessity of this Sacrament, where it may be had. Likewise, immediately

HOLY SPIRIT to these persons, that they may be born again, and be made heirs of everlasting salvation, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the HOLY SPIRIT, now and for ever. Amen.

be baptized on this wise: WELL-BELOVED, who are

before his ascension into heaven, (as increase this knowledge, and confirm we read in the last chapter of Saint this faith in us evermore. Give thy Mark's gospel,) he gave command to his disciples, saying, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to He that believeth, every creature. and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned: which also showeth unto us the great Then the Minister shall speak to the persons to benefit we reap thereby. For which cause Saint Peter the Apostle, when upon his first preaching of the Gospel many were pricked at the heart, come hither desiring to receive holy and said to him and the rest of the Baptism, ye have heard how the apostles, Men and brethren, what congregation have prayed, that our shall we do? replied, and said unto Lord JESUS CHRIST would vouchthem, Repent and be baptized every safe to receive you and bless you, to one of you, for the remission of sins, release you of your sins, to give you and ye shall receive the gift of the the kingdom of heaven, and everHOLY GHOST: For the promise is lasting life. Ye have heard also that to you and your children, and to all our Lord JESUS CHRIST hath pro that are afar off, even as many as the mised, in his holy word, to grant all LORD our GOD shall call. And with those things that ye have prayed many other words exhorted he them, for; which promise he, for his part, saying, Save yourselves from this will most surely keep and perform. untoward generation. For, as the Wherefore, after this promise made same apostle testifieth in another by CHRIST, ye must also faithfully, place, even baptism doth also now your part, in the presence of these save us, (not the putting away of the your witnesses, and this whole confilth of the flesh, but the answer of a gregation, promise and answer to the good conscience toward GOD,) by following questions. the resurrection of JESUS CHRIST. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will favorably receive these present persons, truly repenting, and coming unto him by faith; that he will grant them remission of their sins, and bestow upon them the HOLY GHOST; that he will give them the blessing of eternal life, and make them partakers of his everlasting kingdom.

Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good-will of our heavenly Father toward these persons, declared by his Son JESUS CHRIST, let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks to him, and say,


The Minister shall then demand of the persons to be baptized as follows; the questions being considered as addressed to them severally, and the answers to be made accordingly.




DOST thou renounce the devil and all his works, the vain 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 endeavor not to follow, nor be led by them.

Question. Dost thou believe all the articles of the Christian faith, as contained in the Apostles' Creed? Answer. I do.

Question. Wilt thou be baptized

ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, heavenly Father, we give thee in this faith? humble thanks, for that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the know.

Answer. That is my desire.
Question. Wilt thou then obedi-

ledge of thy grace, and faith in thee:ently 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 shall the Minister say,

O MERCIFUL GOD, grant that the old Adam in these persons may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in them. Amen.

Grant that all sinful affections may die in them, and that all things be longing to the Spirit may live and grow in them. Amen.

Grant that they may

have power

Then shall the Minister say,

WE receive this person, into the congregation of CHRIST'S Flock, and do sign him * Here the Minwith the sign of the ister shall make hereafter he shall not cross; in token that a cross upon the person's forehead. be ashamed to confess the faith of fight under his banner, against sin, CHRIST Crucified, and manfully to the world, and the devil; and to continue CHRIST's faithful soldier and

servant unto his life's end. Amen.

of the cross, is to be observed here, as in the Baptism of Infants.

and strength to have victory, and to The same rule, as to the omission of the sign triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.

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Then shall the Minister say, SEEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that these persons are reof CHRIST's Church; let us give generate, and grafted into the body thanks unto ALMIGHTY GOD for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that they may lead the rest of their life according to this beginning.

¶ Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all kneeling.


ALMIGHTY, everliving GOD, whose most dearly beloved Son JESUS CHRIST, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most OUR Father, who art in heaven, precious side both water and blood; Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingand gave commandment to his disci- come; Thy will be done on ples, that they should go teach all naearth, as it is in heaven; Give us this tions, and baptize them in the name day our daily bread; And forgive us of the FATHER, and of the SON, and our trespasses, as we forgive those of the HOLY GHOST; regard, we who trespass against us; And lead beseech thee, the supplications of thy us not into temptation; But deliver Amen. congregation; sanctify this water to us from evil. the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that the persons, now to be baptized 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 shall the Minister take each person to be
baptized by the right hand; and placing him
conveniently by the Font according to his dis-
cretion, shall ask the Godfathers and Godmo-
thers the name; and then shall dip him in the
water, or pour water upon him, saying,

N. I BAPTIZE thee in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST. Amen.

WE yield thee humble thanks, O heavenly Father, 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 these persons; that be. ing now born again, and made heirs of everlasting salvation, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST, they may con tinue thy servants, and attain_thy promises, through the same Lord JESUS CHRIST thy Son; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same HOLY SPIRIT, everlast. lingly. Amen.

Then, all standing np, the Minister shall use this Exhortation following: speaking to the Godfathers and Godmothers first.

FORASMUCH as these persons have promised, in your presence, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in GOD, and to serve him; ye must remember that it is your part and duty to put them in mind, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, they have now made before this congregation, and especially before you their chosen witnesses. And ye are also to call upon them to use all diligence to be rightly instructed in GOD's holy word; that so they may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord JESUS CHRIST; and live godly, righteously, and soberly, in this present world.

And then speaking to the baptized persons, he shall proceed and say,

AND as for you, who have now by baptism put on CHRIST, it is your part and duty also, being made the children of GoD and of the light, by faith in JESUS CHRIST, to walk answerably to your Christian calling, and as becometh the children of light; remembering always, that Baptism representeth 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 baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.

It is expedient that every person thus baptized should be confirmed by the Bishop, so soon after his baptism as conveniently may be; that so he may be admitted to the Holy Communion. Whereas necessity may require the baptizing of adults in private houses, in consideration of extreme sickness; the same is hereby allowed in that case. And a convenient number of persons shall be assembled in the house where the Sacrament is to be performed. And in the exhortation, Well-beloved, &c. instead of these words, come hither desiring, shall be inserted this word, desirous.

If there be occasion for the Office of Infant Baptism and that of Adults at the same time, the Minister shall use the exhortation and one of the prayers next following in the Office for Adults; only, in the exhortation and prayer, after the words, these persons, and these thy servants, adding, and these infants. Then the Minister shall proceed to the questions to be demanded in the cases respectively. After the immersion, or the pouring of water, the prayer shall be as in this service; only, after the words, these persons, shall be added, and these infants. After which the remaining part of each service shall be used; first that for Adults, and lastly that for Infants. If any persons, not baptized in their infancy, shall be brought to be baptized before they come to years of discretion to answer for themselves, it may suffice to use the Office for Public Baptism of Infants; or, in case of extreme danger, the Office for Private Baptism; only changing the word infant, for child, or person, as occasion requireth.






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three things in my name: First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of Quest. Who gave you this name? this wicked world, and all the sinful Ans. My Sponsors in Baptism; lusts of the flesh; Secondly, that I wherein I was made a member of should believe all the articles of the CHRIST, the child of GOD, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven. Quest. What did your Sponsors then for you?

Ans. They did promise and vow

Christian faith; And Thirdly, that I should keep GOD's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life.

Quest. Dost thou not think that

thou art bound to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?

Ans. 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.


I BELIEVE in GOD the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

I. 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 ain 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.

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 buIV. Remember that thou keep ried; He descended into hell; The holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt third day he rose from the dead; He thou labor, and do all that thou ascended into heaven, And sitteth on hast to do; but the seventh day is the right hand of GOD the Father the Sabbath of the LORD thy GOD. Almighty; From thence he shall In it thou shalt do no manner of come to judge the quick and the dead. work, thou, and thy son, and thy 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? Ans. 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

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daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.

V. Honor thy father and thy mo. ther, that thy days may be long in the land which the LORD thy GOD giveth thee.

VI. Thou shalt do no murder. VII. Thou shalt not commit adul. tery.

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VIII. Thou shalt not steal.

IX. Thou shalt not bear false wit ness against thy neighbor.

X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet 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?

Ans. I learn two things; my duty

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