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THE MINISTRATION OF
BAPTISM TO SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS,
AND ABLE TO ANSWER FOR THEMSELVES
ther kingdom of God, except he be Alphe Calid of all that need, the
1 When any such persons, as are of riper years, are to be baptized, timely notice shall
be given to the Bishop, or whom he shaŭ appoint for that purpose, a week before at the least, by the Parents, or some other discreet persons; Thai so due care may be taken for their Examination, whether they be sufficiently instructed in the Prin. ciples of the Christian Religion, and that they may be exhorter to prepare them
Selver with Prayers and Faxiing for the receiving of this holy Sacrament. 1 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 preseni them at the Font immediately after the second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer,
as the Curate in his discretion shall think fit. 9 And standing there, the Priest shad ask, tohether any of the persons here presented be baptized, or no: If they shall answer, No; then shall the Priest say thus, EARLY beloved, forasmuch as joyful through hope, and rooted in
all men are conceived and born charity, may so pass the waves of in sin, (and that which is born of this troublesome world, that finally the flesh is flesh,) and they that are they may come to the land of everin the flesh cannot please God, but lasting life, there to reign with thee live in sin, committing many actual world without end; through Jesus transgressions; and that our Saviour Christ our Lord. Amen. Christ saith, None can enter into
LMIGHTY and regenerate and born anew of Water and of the holy Ghost; I beseech helper of all that flee to thee for sec. you to call upon God the Father, cour, the life of them that beliere, ihrough our Lord Jesus Christ, that and the resurrection of the dead; of his bounteous goodness he will We call upon thee for these persons, grant to these persons that which by that they, coming to thy holy Bapnature they cannot have that they tism, may receive remission of their may be baptized with Water and sins by spiritual regeneration. Re. the holy Ghost, and received into ceive them, O Lord, as thou hast Christ's holy Church, and be made promised by thy well-beloved Son, lively members of the same.
saying, Ask, and ye shall receive; Then shall the Priest say,
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and Let us pray.
it shall be opened unto you: So give
now unto us that ask; let us that (And here all the Congregation shall seek find; open the gate unto us kneel.)
that knock ; that these persons may A"
LMIGHTY and everlasting enjoy the everlasting benediction of
God, who of thy great mercy thy heavenly washing, and may come didst save Noah and his family in to the eternal kingdom which thou the ark from perishing by water; hast promised by Christ our Lord. and also didst safely lead the chil. Amen. dren of Israel thy people
through Then shall the prople stand up, and the the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy
Priest shall say, holy Baptism; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ, Hear the words of the Gospel, writin the river Jordan, didst sanctify ten by Saint John, in the third the element of water to the mystical Chapter, beginning at the first washing away of sin ; We beseech
Verse. thee, for thine infinite
mercies, that THERE was a man of the Phares
upon these sees, a ruler thy servants; wash them and sanctify of the Jews. The same came to them with the holy Ghost, that they, Jesus by night, and said unto him, being delivered from thy wrath, may Rabbi, we know that thou art a be received into the ark of Christ's teacher come from God; for no man Church; and being stedfast in faith, I can do these miracles that thou doest, A God, heavenly Father, we give of the Spirit.
BAPTISM OF SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS. 287 except God be with him. Jesus an. flesh, but the answer of a good conswered and said unto him, Verily, science towards God,) by the resurverily I say unto thee, Except a man rection of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye be born again, he cannot see the not therefore, but earnestly believe, kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith that he will favourably receive these unto him, How can a man be born present persons, truly repenting, and when he is old ? Can he enter the coming unto him by faith ; that he second time into his mother's womb, will grant them remission of their and be born? Jesus answered, Ve- sins, and bestow upon them the holy rily, verily I say unto thee, Except Ghost; that he will give them the a man be born of water and of the blessing of eternal life, and make Spirit, he cannot enter into the king. them partakers of his everlasting dom of God. That which is born of kingdom. the flesh is flesh; and that which is Wherefore we being thus persuad. born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel ed of the good will of our heavenly not that I said unto thee, Ye must Father towards these persons, declar. be born again. The wind bloweth ed by his Son Jesus Christ; let us where it listeth, and thou hearest faithfully and devoutly give thanks the sound thereof; but canst not tell to him, and say, whence it cometh, and whither it
LMIGHTY and everlasting goeth : so is every one that is born Al
thee humble thanks, for that thou
hast vouchsafed to call us to the After which he shall say this Exhortation following.
knowledge of thy grace, and faith
in thee: Increase this knowledge, BE
ELOVED, ye hear in this Gos- and confirm this faith in us ever pel the express words of our
more. Give thy holy Spirit to these Saviour Christ, that except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, and be made heirs of everlasting
persons, that they may be born again, he cannot enter into the kingdom of salvation; through our Lord Jesus God. Whereby ye may perceive the Christ, who liveth and reigneth with great necessity of this Sacrament, thee and the Holy Spirit, now and where it may be had. Likewise, im- for ever. Amen. mediately before his ascension into heaven, (as we read in the last Chap- 1 Then the Priest shall speak to the perter of Saint Mark's Gospel,) he gave sons to le baptized on this wise: command to his disciples, saying,
come_hither desiring to rethe Gospel to every creature. He ceive holy Baptism, ye have heard that believeth and is baptized shall how the congregation hath prayed, be saved ; but he that believeth not our Lord Jesus Christ would shall be damned. Which also shew. vouchsafe to receive you and bless eth unto us the great benefit we reap you, to release you of your sins, to thereby. For which cause Saint Pe. give you the kingdom of heaven, ter the Apostle, when upon his first and everlasting life. Ye have heard preaching of the Gospel many were also, that our Lord Jesus Christ pricked at the heart, and said to him hath promised in his holy Word to and the rest of the Apostles, Men grant all those things that we have and brethren, what shall we do? prayed for; which promise he, for replied and said unto them, Repent, his part, will most surely keep and and be baptized every one of you for perform. the remission of sins, and ye shall Wherefore, after this promise receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. made by Christ, ye must also faith. For the promise is to you and your fully, for your part, promise in the children, and to all that are afar off, presence of these your Witnesses, even as many as the Lord our God and this whole congregation, that shall call. And with many other ye will renounce the devil and all words exhorted he them, saying, his works, and constantly believe Save yourselves from this untoward God's holy Word, and obediently generation. For (as the same Apo- keep his commandments. stle testitieth in another place) even Then shat the Priest demand of each Baptism doth also now save us, (not of the persons to be baptized, severally, the putting away of the filth of the these Questions following:
288 BAPTISM OF SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARA. Question.
dicated to thee by our office and
ministry, may also be endued with and all his works, the vain rewarded, through thy mercy, 0 pomp and glory of the world, with blessed Lord God, who dost lire, all covetous desires of the same, and and govern all things, world with the carnal desires of the flesh, so
out end. Amen. that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them?
God, Answer. I renounce them all.
whose most dearly beloved Son Question.
Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of
our sins, did shed out of his most OST thou believe in God the precious side both water and blood, heaven and earth?
ciples, that they should go teach all And in Jesus Christ his only-be- nations, and baptize them in the gotten Son our Lord ? And that he Name of the Father, the Son, and was conceived by the Holy Ghost ; the Holy Ghost ; Regard, we beborn of the Virgin Mary, that he seech thee, the supplications of this suffered under Pontius Pilate, was congregation; sanctify this Water crucified, dead, and buried ; that to the mystical washing away of he went down into hell, and also sin; and grant that the persons now did rise again the third day; that to be baptized therein may receive he ascended into heaven, and sitteth the fulness of thy grace, and ever at the right hand of God the Father remain in the number of thy faith. Almighty; and from thence shall ful and elect children, through Jesus come again at the end of the world, Christ our Lord. Amen. to judge the quick and the dead? And dost thou believe in the Holy it Then shall the Priest take each person
to be baptized by the right hand, and Ghost; the holy Catholick Church;
placing him conveniently by the lonl, the Coinmunion of Saints; the Re
according to his discretion, shot ass mission of sins; the Resurrection of the Godjathers and Godmothers the the flesh; and everlasting life after Name; and then shall dip him in the death?
water, or pour water upon him, saying, Answer. All this I stedfastly be. lieve.
. the Father, and of the Son, Question.
and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the Priest say,
congregation of Christ's flock;
* and do sign him ILT thou then obediently
• Here the Priest shall make a Cross
with the sign of mandments, and walk in the same upon the person's the Cross, in to.
ken that hereafter all the days of thy life?
he shall not be Answer. I will endeavour so to ashamed to confess the faith of do, God being my helper.
Christ crucified, and manfully to Then shall the Priest say,
fight under his banner, against sin,
the world, and the devil; and to MERCIFUL God, grant that continue Christ's faithful soldier and
the old Adam in these persons servant unto his life's end. Amen. may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in them. Amen.
Then shall the Priest say,
EEING now, dearly beloved bremay die in them, and that all things thren, that these persons are rebelonging to the Spirit may live and generate, and grafted into the body grow in them. Amen.
of Christ's Church, let us give thanks Grant that they may have power unto Almighty God for these beneand strength to have victory, and fits, and with one accord make our to triumph, against the devil, the prayers unto hiin, that they may lead world, and the tlesh. Amen.
the rest of their life according to this Grant that they, being here de beginning.
Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, upon them to use all diligence to all kneeling.
be rightly instructed in God's holy
Hallowed be thy Name. Thy grace, and in the knowledge of our kingdom come. Thy will be done Lord Jesus Christ, and live godly, in earth, As it is in heaven. Give righteously, and soberly in this preus this day our daily bread. And sent world. forgive us our trespasses, As we for. And then, speaking to the new baptized give them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation ;
persons, he shall proceed, and say.) But deliver us from evil. Amen. AN
ND as for you, who have now
by Baptism put on Christ, it o heavenly Father, that thou made the children of God and of the hast vouchsafed to call us to the light, by faith in Jesus Christ, to knowledge of thy grace, and faith walk answerably to your Christian in thee; Increase this knowledge, calling, and as becometh the chil. and confirm this faith in us ever- dren of light; remembering always more. Give thy holy Spirit to these that Baptism representeth unto us persons ; that, being now born again, our profession; which is, to follow and made heirs of everiasting sal- the example of our Saviour Christ, vation, through our Lord Jesus and to be made like unto him; that Christ, they may continue thy ser- as he died, and rose again for us; wants, and attain thy promises ; so should we, who are baptized, die through the same Lord Jesus Christ from sin, and rise again unto right. thy son, who liveth and reigneth eousness; continually mortifying all with thee, in the unity of the same our evil and corrupt affections, and Holy Spirit, everlastingly. Amen. daily proceeding in all virtue and 1 Then, all standing up, the Priest shall godliness of living.
use this Exhortation following; speak-9 It is expedient that every person, thus ing to the Godfathers and Godmothers
baptized, should be confirmed by the first,
Bishop 80 soon after his Baptism as conveniently may be ; that so he may
be admitted to the holy Communion, to renounce the devil and all his TV any persons not baptized in their works, to believe in God, and to infancy shall be brought to be baptizeol serve him; ye must remember, that before they come to years of discretion it is your part and duty to put them
to answer for themselves; it may sufin mind, what a solemn vow, pro.
fice to use the Office for Pullick Bap
lism of Infants, or (in case of extreme mise, and profession they have
dan ger) the Office for Private Bapmade before this congregation, and
tism ; only changing the word [Infant) especially before you their chosen
for (Child or Person) as occasion rewitnesses. And ye are also to call
Fhave promised in your presence
THAT IS TO SAY, AN INSTRUCTION TO BE LEARNED OF EVERY PERSON, BEFORE HE
BE BROUGHT TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE BISHOP.
WHAT is your name?
Question. What did your Godfathers
and Godmothers then for you? . or M.
Answer. They did promise and vow Question. Who gave you this Name? three things in my name. First, that
Answer. My Godfathers and God. I should renounce the devil and all mothers in my Baptism; wherein I his works, the pomps and vanity of was made a member of Christ, the this wicked world, and all the sinful child of God, and an inheritor of the lusts of the flesh. Secondly, that I kingdom of heaven.
should believe all the Articles of the
Christian Faith. And thirdly, that brought thee out of the land of E. I should keep God's holy will and gypt, out of the house of bondage. commandments, and walk in the same 1. Thou shalt have none other all the days of my life.
gods but me. Question. Dost thou not think that II. Thou shalt not make to thyself thou art bound to believe, and to do, any graven image, nor the likeness as they have promised for thee? of any thing that is in heaven above,
Answer. Yes verily; and by God's or in the earth beneath, or in the help so I will. And I heartily thank water under the earth. Thou shalt our heavenly Father, that he hath not bow down to them, nor worship called me to this state of salvation, them: for I the Lord thy God am a through Jesus Christ our Saviour. jealous God, and visit the sins of the And pray unto God to give me his fathers upon the children unto the grace, ihat I may continue in the third and fourth generation of them same unto my life's end,
that hate me, and shew mercy unto
thousands in them that love me, and Catechist.
keep my commandments. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. III. Thou shalt not take the Name Answer.
of the Lord thy God in vain : for the I that
Almighty, Maker of heaven and taketh his Name in vain. earth :
IV. Remember that thou keep holy And in Jesus Christ his only
and do all that thou hast to do;
the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy (ihost, Born of the Virgin of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt
but the seventh day is the Sabbath Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pi. late, Was crucified, dead, and bu: do no manner of work, thou, and thy ried, He descended into hell; The son, and thy daughter, thy man-ser. third day he rose again from the
vant, and thy maid-servant, thy cat. dead, He ascended into heaven, And tle, and the stranger that is within sitteth at the right hand of God the thy gates. For in six days the Lord Father Almighty; From thence he made heaven and earth, the sea, and shall come to judge the quick and all that in them is, and rested the se. the dead.
venth day; wherefore the Lord bless. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The ed the seventh day, and hallowed
it. holy Catholick Church; The Com
V. Honour thy father and thy mo. munion of Saints; The Forgiveness ther, that thy days may be long in of sins; The Resurrection of the the land which the Lord thy God body; And the Life everlasting. A giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt do no murder.
VII. Thou shalt not comunit aQuestion. What dost thou chiefly
dultery, learn in these Articles of thy Belief
VIII. Thou shall not steal. Answer. First, I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made
IX. Thou shalt not bear false wit
ness against thy neighbour. me, and all the world.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighSecondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind.
bour's house, thou shalt not covet thy Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor who sanctifieth me, and all the elect his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor people of God.
any thing that is his. Question.
Question, You said, that your Godfathers and What dost thou chiefly learn by Godmothers did promise for you, that these Commandments ? you should keep God's Command. Answer. I learn two things: my ments. Tell me how many there be ? duty towards God, and my duty to. Answer. Ten.
wards my Neighbour. Question. Which be they?
Question. What is thy duty towards
Answer. My duty towards God, is THE same which God spake in the twentieth Chapter of Exodus, to love him with all my heart, with
to believe in him, to fear him, and saying, I am the Lord thy God, whó | all my mind, with all iny soul, and