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observe all things whatsoever I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.
By this direction of our Saviour, all persons, are to be acknowledged as members of his Church by Baptism, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and dedicated to the divine service, in that religion which came from God the Father, was published to the world by the Son, and confirmed by the operations of the Holy Spirit.
The end and design of Infant Baptisın, by which Rite parents solemnly dedicate their offspring to the service of God, and of Jesus Christ whom he hath sent, is to impress on the minds of parents a sense of their duty towards them, in their innocent and helpless age; and to engage them to train up their children in the fear of God, and in the knowledge of his holy will, revealed to mankind by Jesus Christ.
Then the Minister, addressing himself to the
Parents, shall say,
Under the profession of the Christian Faith, you present this your child to be baptised; do you therefore now promise, that as soon as he becomes capable of learning, you will instruct him in the Christian Religion, according to the best understanding and abilities you are endued with ?
Ans. This we now proinise, and by the help of God will endeavour to perform.
The Minister Mall then take the Child, and baptise
it, saying, I baptise thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Min. Let us pray. ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who haft graciously called us to the knowledge of thy truth
and faith in thee; continue, we entreat thee, this ble Ting to the offspring of thy servants, that they may know the God of their Fathers, and walk before him acceptably. Bless, we beseech thee, this child, who is now dedicated to thee and thy fervice. Preserve, if it please thee, that life which thou hast given, and extend thy care through every period of it. Prosper every endeavour to form good habits in his tender mind. Incline and enable thy servants, entrusted with the care of this child, to perform their duty faithfully; give them wisdom to be his defence against the many çemptations incident to childhood and youth, and as be grows up in life, graciously afsift them to improve his under- · standing, and to open his heart to the impressions of religion and virtue. Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that no good instruction may be loft upon him through inattention or depravity of heart. In all things graciously assist himn to adorn that doctrine which is according to godliness,
and to maintain such a conduct through life, as may lay a foundation for the hope of an happy immortality, through thy great mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'
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 day by 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; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The Exhortation. HAVING folemnly engaged to educate this your child in the principles of religion and virtue, I seriously and earnestly.exhort you to remember, that the wisdom of providence hath made the happineís or misery of this infant to depend, in a great measure, upon the manner in which you shall dif
charge this most important duty. Train him up, therefore, in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it..
And, in the first place, lay the foundation of his future happiness in the love and fear of God, which is the beginning of wisdom. Instruct him early in the knowledge of the Christian Religion, as revealed in the sacred Scriptures, which contain the words of eternal life. Attend, with the utmost diligence and care, to the various workings and propensities of bis tender mind; cherish in it the seeds of humility, kindness, and generosity; labour to subdue all pride, malice, and envy; teach him betimes to govern his appetites and passions, by Thewing him the bad consequences which must follow from the indulgence of them, and guard him against the commission of what is wrong, by leading bim to love and esteem what is right; let your advice, reproof, and even your correction, be administered with the