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Then shall the Priest say, EEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that ibis chill

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.

Then Mall be said, all kneeling;
UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy

Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it in heaven: Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespaffes, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.

9 Then shall the Priest say,

E 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 bim into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that be 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 fin; and that as he is make partaker of the death of thy Son, be may also be partaker of his resurrection; fo that finally, with the refidue of thy holy Church, be may be an inberitor of thine everlasting kingdom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

mayeft be partaker of the life everlasting. Amen." Then shall the priest anoint the child on the head, saying, “ Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath regenerated thee by water, and the Holy Ghoft, and hath given unto thee remission of all thy sins, vouchsafe to anoint thee with the unction of his Holy Spirit, and bring thee to the inheritance of everlasting life. Amen.” Then follows this rubric: "When there are many to be baptized, this order of demanding, baptizing, putting on the crisome and anointing, shall be used severally with every child: those that be first baptized departing from the font, and remaining in some convenient place within the church, until all be baptized. At the last end the priest, calling the godfathers and godnothers together, shall say this short exhortation following, “ Forasmuch,” &c.

We yield thee] This prayer, with the exhortation before it, and the Lord's-Prayer, were introduced in the second book of Edward VIth.

Then all standing us, the Prieft fhall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Exhortation follotzing: F F TORASMUCH as this child hath promised by you his

furecies, 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 infaill be tauglit, so soon as he shall be able to learn, what a folemn vow, promise, and profession, he hath here made by you. And that be may know these things the better, ye shall call upon him to hear sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide, that be may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his foul's health; and that this cbild may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life; remembering al. ways, that baptifin 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; lo should we, who are baptized, die from fin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.

Then Mall he add, and fay;
E are to take care that this child be brought to the

bishop to be confirmed by him, fo foon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and be further instructed in the Church Catechism set forth for that purpose. [It is certain by God's word, that Children which are baptized, dying

before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly saved.

Godliness of living] After these words in Edward Vith's first book, are the following rubrics: “The minister shall command that the crisoms be brought to the church, and delivered to the priests after the accustomed manner, at the purification of the mother of every child; and that the children be brought to the bishop,” &c. “Note, That if the number of children to be baptized, and multitude of people present be fo great that they cannot conveniently stand at the church-door; then let them stand within the church in some convenient place nigh unto the hurch-door; and there all things be said and done, appointed to be said and done, at the church-door."

To take away all fcruple concerning the use of the fign of the Crofs

in Baptism; the true explication thereof, and the just reafons for the retaining of it ray tt iter in the xxxth Canon, rst published in the year M,DCIV."]

THE MINISTRATION OF Private Baptism of Children in Houses. | THE Curates of every Parisha mall often admonish the

People, that thev defer not the Baptism of their Children longer than the first or second Sunday next after their Birth, or other Hoiy-day falling between ; unless uf01i a great

and reasonable Caulė, to be approved by the Curate. 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 Houfes. But when need fiall compel them so to do, then Baptism Pirall be administered on this Fashion. First, let the Minister of the Parisli, (or, in his Absence, aily other lawful Minister that can be procured) with them that are prejent, call upon God, and say the Lord's

Pe are to take care, Sc.) In all the praver-books previous to the last review, this exhortation was framed as a rubric. It was then framed as it now stands.

It is certain This, and the following paragraph, were introduced at the last review. The former guards against the application of a Calviniftic sense to the ninth article, and opposes any fears that Calvinistic doctrines may excite in the minds of the weak and fuperititious ; particularly against that tremendous one of St. Austin, Calvin's oracle and master, that there “ were thousands of children in hell of a span in length.”

Private Houses] In both the prayer-books of Edward VIth, and in that of Queen Elizabeth, the title of this oflice was as follows: “Of them that be baptized in private houtes, in time of necellity.” On King James's accelhion these words were added, “ By the minister of the parish, or any other lawful minifter that can be procured.” At the review in Charles Ild's reign it was altered as it now stands.

The Curates, &c.] These three rubrics were fimilar in substance, though somewhat different in words, in all the prayer-books from the reformation to the last review, when they were fettled as they now stand. The form of baptizing also followed, aud after that, a rubric which combined in one the two rubrics beginning with, “ And let them not doubt;" and “ But if the child were baptized,” &c.

Lawful Minister] This direction was adopted after the conference in James ist's reign. In both the common prayer-books of Edward Vlth,

Prayer, and so many of the Colleets appointed to be said before in the Form of Public Baptism,' as the Time and present Exigence will suffer : And then, the Child being named by some one that is present, the Minister Mall pour

Water upon it, saying these Words ; N. I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of

, and of . . I Then all kneeling down, the Minister shall give thanks unto

God, and say, W

E 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 bim into thy holy church. And we humbly beseech thee to grant, that as he is now made partaker of the death of thy Son, so he may be also of his resurrection; and that finally, with the residue of

and in that of Elizabeth, the rubric was as follows: “ Let them that be prefent call upon God for his grace, and say the Lord's-Prayer, if the time will suffer; and then one of them shall name the child, and dip him in the water, or pour water upon him, saying,” &c. which authorized laymen, midwives, &c. to perform the facrament of baptism. This abufe, howa Ever, was corrected in 1975, when the archbishops and bishops unanimously resolved, that even private baptism (in case of necessity) was only to be administered by a lawful minister or deacon. In consequence of this resolution, the practice of laymen baptizing was dropped; and by the rubric above mentioned, inserted after James's conference, the prohibition received the fanction of an act of the legislature.

Water] By an ancient constitution of our church, still in force, it is ordained, that neither the water nor vessel that has been used in the adminiftration of private baptism, is afterwards to be applied to common uses. The early church was particularly careful that the consecrated water fhould be applied only to purposes which it esteemed holy; such as washing the linen of the church: and Bishop Beveridge is faid to have made his parishioners (when minister of St. Peter's, Cornhill) comply with this direction. In the Popish times the care of the holy water was extreme. By 20 injunction of Archbishop Edmund, the baptifterium which contained it was directed to be secured with lock and key, to prevent its profanation. -Lyndewoode Provinc. I. ij. Tit. XXV. p. 247. And in later times the fonts were perforated at the bottom, and a secret passage made to convey the holy water into some place whence it could not be taken for common purposes. About eighteen years since, I recollect a series of most beautiful carthern pipes being discovered in the church-yard of Christ-church, Hampshire, which evidently made part of a channel for the conveyance of the consecrated water from the church to the river, 300 yards distance. Then all kneeling] This rubric and prayer were added at the last review.

of thy faints, he may inherit thine everlasting kingdom, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And let them not doubt, but that the Child so baptized is lawfully and sufficiently baptized, and ought not to be baptized again. Yet nevertheless, if the Child, which is after this fort baptized, do afterward live, it is expedient that it be brought into the Church; to the intent that if the Mi. nister of the same Parish did himself baptize ihai Child, ibe Congregation may be certified of the true Form of Baptifin,

by him privately before used: in which case be shall say tbus, I to

order of the church, at such a time, and at such a place, before divers witnesses I baptized this child.

But if the Child were baptized by any other lawful Mi. nister; then the Minister of the Parish where the Child was born or christened, shall examine and try whether the Child be lawfully baptized, or no.

In which cafe, if those that bring any Child to the Church, do answer that the same Child is already baptized; then shall the Minister examine them further, saying, Y whom was this child baptized ?

Who was present when this child was baptized? Because some things essential to this facrament may happen to be omitted, through fear or haste, in such times of extremity; therefore I demand further of you,

With what matter was this child baptized ?
With what words was this child baptized?
And if the Minister shall

find by the Answers of such as bring the Child, that all things were done as they ought to be; then mall not be christen the Child again, but Mall receive him as one of the Flock of true Christian

People, saying thus,
I in

cording unto due order, concerning the baptizing of this child; who being born in original sin, and in the

I certify, &c.] This form was introduced at the last review. And if the Minister, &c.] From hence to the conclusion of the Lord's prayer the service, with some minute verbal differences, was the fame in ilie firft prayer-book of Edward VIth.

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