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V Collects that may be said after the Col-
lects of Morning or Evening Prayer, or
Communion, at the discretion of the

ASSIST us mercifully, O Lord,
in these our supplications
and prayers; and dispose the way
of thy servants to Wards the at-
tainment of everlasting salvation:
that among all the changes and
chances of this mortal life, they
may everbedefendedby thy most
gracious and ready help, through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may, through thy grace, be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living; to the honour and praise of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. DIRECT us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help ; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in th ee, we may glorify thy holy name; and finally, by thymercy, obtain e verlastinglife, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest

our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking; we beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in thy Son's name; we beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us who have now made our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant,that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will,may effectually be obtained; to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

V Upon the Sundays and other Holy Day* (if there be no Sermon or Communion": shall be said all that is appointed at the Communion, unto the ena of the Gospel, concluding with the Blessing. And if any of the consecrated Bread and Wine remain after the Communion, it' shall not be carried out of the Church • but the Minister and other Communi • cants shall, immediately after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink the same.



To be used in the Church.

TThe people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient thatBaptism should not be administered but upon Sundays and other Holy Days, or Prayer Days. Nevertheless (if necessity so require) Baptism may be administered upon any other day

V There shall be for every Male Child to be baptized, when they can be had, two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfatherand two Godmother*; and Parents shall be admitted as Sponsors, if it be desired.

fWTien there are Children to be baptized, the Parents or Sponsors shall give know ledge thereof, before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Minister. And Then the Godfathers and Godmothers,and the Feople with the Children, must be ready at the Font, either immediately after the last Lesson at Morning Prayer, or els* immediately after the last Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the Minister by his discretion shall appoint. And the Minister coming to the Font (which is then to be filled with pure Water) and standing there, shall say,

Hath this Child been already baptized, or no?
7 If they answer iVo; then shall the iVHnlstrrprocred.asfcHowetl,.

-r^F xm V beloved, torasmuco this Infant, that he, coming to thy

neration. Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Sou, saying, Ask, and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be . opened unto you: So give now unto us who ask; let us who seek, find; open the gate unto us who knock; that this Infant may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen. IT Then the Minister shall say as follows: or else-shall pass on to the questions addried to the Sponsors; and from

ALMIGHTY* ana evermsuug thence lothe pray£ immediately beGod, who, of thy great mer- fore the immersion, or the pouring of - ' ,':'••■• Water on the Infant. But note; that,

in every Church,the intermediate pans of the Service shall be used, once at least in every month (if there be a Baptism) for the better instructing ot the People in the Grounds of Ituant Baptism.

Hear the words of the Gospel, written by Saint Mark, in the tenth chapter, at the thirteenth

THEY brought young Children to Christ,that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much • displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. and rooted incnamy.iuay 'OH'"'" Verily I say unto you, Whosothe waves of this troublesome ever shall not receive the kingworld, that finally he may come d f God as a Kttle cMd, he

.EARLY beloved, forasmuch 1 as all men are conceived and born in sin; and our Saviour Christ saith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew ot Wate? and of the Holy Ghost; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercv he will grant to this Child that which by nature he cannot have; that he may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and re ceived into Christ's holy Church, and be made a living member of the same.

I t Then shall the Minister say,

Let us pray .

LMIGHTY aud everlasting j. x. God, who, of thy great mercy, didst save Noah and his family n the Avk from perishing by water;and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy holy Baptism; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved SonSesus Christ in the (river Jordan, didst sanctify water, to the mystical washing away ot ,"n; we beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thoui wilt mercifully look upon, this Child, wash him, and sanctify him with the Holy Ghost; that he, being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the Ark ot Christ's Church; andberag stead fast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted incharity.may so pass

worm, «■"- »»»'v ■"-, —-• ,.;
to the land of everlasting life,
there to reign with thee, world
without end, through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

u or this.

ALMIGHTY and immortal God, the aid of all who need, the helper of all who flee to thee for succour, the life of those who believe, and the resurrection of the dead: we call upon thee for

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shall not enter therein. And he

took them up in his arms, put his

hands upon them, and blessed


\ After the Gospel is read, the Minister

shall make this brief Exhortation upon

the words of the Gospel:

BELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought unto i the kingdom of heaven and everliim; how he blamed those whoi lasting life. Ye have heard also

would have kept them from him; how he exhorteth all men to followtheir innocency. Ye perceive how,by his outward gesture and deed, he declared his good will toward them: for he embraced them in his arms, he laid liis bands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will likewise favourably receive this present Infant; that he will embrace him with the arms of his mercy; that he will give unto him the blessing of eternal life, and make him partaker of his everlasting kingdom. Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards this Infant, declared by his Son Jesus Christ; and nothing doubting, but that he favourably allowetn this charitable work of ours, in bringing this Infant to his holy Baptism; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and say,

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: Increase this know, ledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to this Infant; that he may be born again, and be made em heir of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Atnen. 11 Then shall the Minister speak unto the

Godfathers and Godmothers in this


DEARLY heloved, ye have brought this ChilUhere to be baptized; ye have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive him, to release him from sin, to sanctify him with the Holv Ghost, to give him

that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised, in his Gospel, to grant all these things that ye have prayed for; which promise,' he tor his part will most surely keep and perform. Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, this Infant must also faithfully, for his part, promise by you that are his sureties (until he come of age to take it upon himself) that lie will renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his Commandments. IT The Minister shall then demand of the Sponsors as follows; the Questions heing considered as addressed to them severally, and the answers to be made accordingly.

I demand therefore,

DOST thou, in the name of this Child, renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and 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?

Ans. I renounce them all; and, by God's help, will endeavour not to follow nor be led by them.

Minis. Dost thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles' Creed?

Ans. I do.

Minis. Wilt thou be baptized in this Faith?

Ans. That is my desire.

Minis. Wiltthou then obedient-: ly keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk inthe same all the days of thy life?

Ans. 1 will, by God's help.
IT Then shall the Minister say,

O MERCIFUL God, grant that the old Adam in this Child may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in him. Amen. Grant that all sinful affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in him. Amen.

Grant that he may have power dier and servant unto his life's and strength to have victory, and | end. Amen.

to triumph against the devil, the world, and the llesh. Amen.

Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O blessed Lord God, who dost live and govern all things, world without end. Amen.

ALMIGHTY, everliving God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood; and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father,and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy Congregation; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that this Child, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful children, through Je sus Christ our Lord. Amen. IT Then the Minister shall take the Child

into his hands, and shall say to the

Godfathers and Godmothers, Name this Child. IT And then,naming it afterthem, he shall

dip it in the Water discreetly, or shall

pour Water upon it, saying,

NI baptize thee in the name of • the Father, and of the Sou, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 1 Then the Minister shall say, TE receive this Child into the Congregation of Christ's „„ , ... Flock,anddo*sign •JJmtUM* hi ith tle sign

u cTM*s upon the of the Cross; in toCMU'sforckead. ken that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully lb fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil; and fo continue Christ's faithful sole

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^ It" those who present the Infant shall desire the sign of the Cross to be omitted, although the Church knows no worthy cause of scruple concerning the same, yet, in that cast;, the Minister 'may omit that part of the above which follows the Immersion, or the pouring of Water on the Infant.

IT Then shall the Minister say,

SEEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that this Child is regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christ's Church; let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that this Child may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning.

IT Then shall be said, all kneeling,

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 this 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. Amen.

% Then shall the Minister say,

WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own Child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he, being dead unto sin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin; and that as he is made Partaker of the Death of thy Sou, Joe may also be Partaker of his Resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting Kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen

I Then, all standing up, the Minister shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation following: FORASMUCH as this Child hath promised by you his Sureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this infant be taught, so soon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession he hath here made by you. And that he may know these things better,' ye shall call uponhim to hear Sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide, that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health; and that this Child may be virtuously brought up to lead a

godlyandaChristian life: remem-
eting always, that Baptism doth
represent 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, ami rise again unto righteous-
ness; continually mortifying all
our evil and corrupt affections,
and daily proceeding in all vir-
tue and godliness of living.
H Then shall he add, and say,

YE are to take care that this
Child be brought to the Bi-
shop to be confirmed by him, so
soon as he can say the Creed, the
Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Com-
mandments, and is sufficiently in-
structed in the other parts of the
Church Catechism set forth for
that purpose.




IT The Minister of every Parish shall often admonish the People, that t.iey oe,er not the Baptismof their children longer than the first or second Sunday nextafter their birth orother Holy Day fallingbetween^ unlessupon a greatand reasonable Cause.

It And also they shall warn them, that, without like great cause and necessity, they procure not their Children to be baptized at home in their houses. But when need shall compel them so to do, then Baptism shall be administered as followeth.

1T First, let the Minister of the Parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful Minister that can be procured) withthose whoare present, call upon God, and say the Lord's Prayer, and so many of the Collects appointed to be said hefore in the Form of

i PuMic Baptism, as the time and present exigence will suffer. And then, the Child being named by some one who is present, the Minister shall pour water upon it, saying these words:

TNT I baptize thee in the name of

I • the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. U Then the Minister shall give thanks unto God, and say, WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, toreceive/timforthmeown Child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant,

that he, being dead unto sin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin; and that as he is made Partaker of the Death of thy Son, he may also be Partaker of his Resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, he may be an Inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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