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gregation hath prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive you and bless you, to release you of your sins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye have heard also that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his holy Word to grant all those things that we have prayed for; which promise he, for his part, will most surely keep and perform.
Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, ye must also faithfully, for your part, promise in the presence of these your witnesses, and this whole congregation, that ye will renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his commandments.
Then shall the Priest demand of each of the Persons to be baptized, severally, these Questions following:
OST thou renounce the devil and all his works, the
vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the fame, and the carnal desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow nor be led by them? Antw. I renounce them all.
Maker of heaven and earth? And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into hell; and also did rise again the third day; that he afcended into heaven, and fitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead?
And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; the Communion of Saints; the Remission of sins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting life after death?
Anfw. All this I stedfastly believe.
WILT thou be baptized in this faith?
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and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life?
Answer. I will endeavour so to do, God being my helper.
9 Then shall the Priest say, Merciful God, grant that the old Adam in these perfons may be so buried, that the new man may be
in them. Amen. Grant that all carnal affections may die in them, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in them. Amen.
Grant that they may have power and strength to bave victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.
Grant that they being 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 doft live and govern all things, world without end. Amen.
LMIGHTY, everliving God, whose most dearly
beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our fins, 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, the Son, and the Holy Ghost: Regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of this congregation; fan&tify this water to the mystical washing away of fin; 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 and elect children, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Priest take each person to be baptized by the right hand, and placing him conveniently by the Font,
* Here the Prielt Thill make a cross
according to his discretion, shall ask the Godfathers and Godmothers the Namne; and then shall dip him in the water, or pour water upon him, saying,
I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
T Then shall the Priest say, WE
E receive this person into the congregation of
Christ's flock, and do sign* him with the sign of the cross, in token that hereafter open the periu's he thall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner against fin, the world, and devil; and to continue Christ's faithful foldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.
Then all the Priest say, SEEN EEING now, dearly-beloved brethren, that these per.
fons are 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 they may lead the rest of their lives according to this beginning.
Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all kneeling.
Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
TE 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 being now born again, and made heirs of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, they may continue 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 fame Holy Spirit, everlastingly. Amen.
BAPTISM OF SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS.
Then all standirg up, the Priest shall use this Exhortation following ; speaking to the Godfathers and God
mothers first. FOR "ORASMUCH 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 new baptized Persons, he shall
proceed, and say, ND 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, as becometh the children of light; remembering always that baptism reprefenteth 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 fin, 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 bis Baptism as conveniently may be; that so he may be admitted to the holy Communion.
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 Publick Baptisni of Infants, or (in case of extreme danger) the Office for Private Baptism; only changing the word Infant, for Child, or Person, as occafion requireth.
THAT IS TO SAY,
An INSTRUCTION, to be learned of every Ferson before be
be brougbt to be confirmed by the Bishop.
Answ. N. or M.
Answ. My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptism; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
Quest. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?
Answ. They did promise and vow three things in my name. First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lufts of the flesh. Secondly, that I should believe all the Articles of the 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.
Queft. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?
Anfw. Yes verily; and by God's help so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called
A Catechison] The ancient Jews had Catechists for the instruction of their children in the law and Talmud; they were called “Instructors of Babes;" fee Rom. ii. 20. Having attained the age of thirteen, they were brought to the Temple, for publick examination; and it approved, were then called “ Children of the Precept;" and were thenceforth answerable for their own conduct. Grotius very ingeniously supposes that this practice explains our Saviour's examination in the Temple, when he had attained twelve years of age; since this premature presentation for that purpose was sometimes the case with children of extraordinary abilities, who were then proverbially said to have “run before the command;" Grot.in Luc. i. 42. The early Christians adopted this practice from the Jews, and appointed an officer in every church called a Catechist, who instructed the young people in the principles of religion.
The Bishop) In all the Prayer-Books till the last Review, the Catechifin makes part of the Confirmation service. The rubrick is the same as the above, except that the word “Child” occurs instead of “ Person.” In the first book the Catechism concludes with the Belief. In James Ist's time, the service was penned as we have it at present by Bishop Overall, and inserted in his Prayer-Book A. D. 1603.