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only Son our Lord; Who was the likeness of any thing that conceived by the HOLY GHOST, is in heaven above, or in the born of the Virgin Mary, Suffer-earth beneath, or in the water ed under Pontius Pilate, Was under the earth. Thou shalt crucified, dead, and buried; not bow down to them, nor He descended into hell; The worship them: for I the LORD third day he rose from the dead; thy God am a jealous GOD, He ascended into heaven, And and visit the sins of the fathers sitteth on the right hand of GoD upon the children, unto the the Father Almighty; From third and fourth generation of thence he shall come to judge them that hate me; and show the quick and the dead. mercy unto thousands in them

I believe in the HOLY GHOST; that love me, and keep my The holy catholic Church; commandments. the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn in these articles of thy Belief?

Ans. First, I learn to believe in GOD the FATHER, who hath made me, and all the world.

Secondly, in GOD the SON, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind.

Thirdly, in GoD the HOLY GHOST, who sanctifieth me, and all the people of God.

Quest. You said that your sponsors did promise for you, that you should keep God's commandments. Tell me how many there are.

Ans. Ten.
Quest. Which are they?

THE same which GoD spake in the twentieth chapter of Exodus, saying, I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

I. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.

II. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor

III. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy GOD in vain for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

IV. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy GoD: in it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.

V. Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

VI. Thou shalt do no murder. VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

VIII. Thou shalt not steal. IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. X. Thou shalt not covet thy

neighbour's house, thou shalt desire other men's goods; but

not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.

Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn by these commandments? Ans. I learn two things; my duty towards GoD, and my duty towards my neighbour.

Quest. What is thy duty towards GOD?

to learn and labour truly to get mine own living, and to do my duty in that state of life unto which it shall please GoD to call me.

Catechist. My good child, know this, that thou art not able to do these things of thyself, nor to walk in the commandments of GoD, and to serve him, without his special grace, which thou must learn at all times to call for by diligent prayer. Let me hear, therefore, if thou canst say the Lord's Prayer,


Ans. My duty towards GoD is, to believe in him; to fear him; and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him; to give him thanks; to put my OUR Father, who art in heawhole trust in him; to call ven, Hallowed be thy Name; upon him; to honour his holy name and his word; and to serve him truly all the days of my life.

Quest. What is thy duty towards thy neighbour?

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.

Quest. What desirest thou of God in this prayer?

Ans. My duty towards my neighbour is, to love him as myself, and to do to all men as I would they should do unto me: to love, honour, and Ans. I desire my LORD GOD, succour my father and mother: our heavenly Father, who is the to honour and obey the civil giver of all goodness, to send authority: to submit myself his grace unto me and to all to all my governors, teachers, people; that we may worship spiritual pastors, and masters: him, serve him, and obey him, to order myself lowly and as we ought to do: and I pray reverently to all my betters unto God, that he will send us to hurt nobody by word or all things that are needful both deed to be true and just in all for our souls and bodies; and my dealings: to bear no malice that he will be merciful unto nor hatred in my heart: to keep us, and forgive us our sins; and my hands from picking and that it will please him to save stealing, and my tongue from and defend us in all dangers evil speaking, lying, and slan- both of soul and body; and dering: to keep my body in that he will keep us from all temperance, soberness, and sin and wickedness, and from chastity not to covet nor our spiritual enemy, and from


everlasting death: and this I baptized, when by reason of trust he will do of his mercy their tender age they cannot and goodness, through our Lord perform them? JESUS CHRIST; and therefore I say, Amen: So be it.


HOW many Sacraments hath CHRIST ordained in his Church? Ans. Two only, as generally necessary to salvation; that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord.

Quest. What meanest thou by this word Sacrament?

Ans. I mean an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, given unto us; ordained by CHRIST himself; as a means whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof.

Quest. How many parts are there in a Sacrament?

Ans. Two; the outward visible sign, and the inward spiritual grace.

Quest. What is the outward visible sign or form in Baptism? Ans. Water; wherein the person is baptized, In the name of the FATHER, and of the SoN, and of the HOLY GHOST.

Quest. What is the inward and spiritual grace?

Ans. A death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness: for being by nature born in sin, and the children of wrath, we are hereby made the children

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Ans. Because they promise them both by their sureties; which promise, when they come to age, themselves are bound to perform.

Quest. Why was the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper ordained?

Ans. For the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of the death of CHRIST, and of the benefits which we receive thereby.

Quest. What is the outward part or sign of the Lord's Supper?

Ans. Bread and wine, which the LORD hath commanded to be received.

Quest. What is the inward part or thing signified?

Ans. The body and blood of CHRIST, which are spiritually taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper.

Quest. What are the benefits whereof we are partakers thereby?

Ans. The strengthening and refreshing of our souls by the body and blood of CHRIST, as our bodies are by the bread and wine.

Quest. What is required of those who come to the Lord's Supper?

Ans. To examine themselves, whether they repent them truly of their former sins, steadfastly purposing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in God's mercy, through CHRIST, with a thankful remembrance of his death; and be in charity with all men.

The Minister of every parish shall diligently upon Sundays and Holy days, or on some other convenient occasions, openly in the Church, instruct or examine so many children of his parish, sent unto him, as he shall think convenient, in some part of this Catechism. And all fathers, mothers, masters, and mistresses shall cause their children, servants, and apprentices, who have not learned their Catechism, to come to the church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear, and to be ordered by the Minister, until such time as they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn.

So soon as children are come to a competent age, and can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and can answer to the other questions of this short Catechism, they shall be brought to the Bishop.

And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Minister of every parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the names of all such persons within his parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the Bishop to be confirmed.





¶ Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed and standing

in order before the Bishop; he, or some other Minister appointed by him, shall read this preface following:

TO the end that confirmation may be ministered to the more edifying of such as shall receive it, the Church hath thought good to order, that none shall be confirmed, but such as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments;

and can also answer to such

other questions, as in the short

faithfully to observe such things as they, by their own confession, have assented unto.

Then shall the Bishop say, DO ye here, in the presence of GOD, and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise and vow that ye made, or that was made in your name, at your baptism; ratifying and confirming the same; and acknowledging yourselves bound

to believe and to do all those

things which ye then undertook, or your sponsors then undertook for you?

And every one shall audibly answer, I do.

Catechism are contained: which
order is very convenient to be
observed; to the end that
children, being now come to the
years of discretion, and having
learned what their godfathers
and godmothers promised for
them in baptism, may them-
selves, with their own mouth
and consent, openly before the
Church ratify and confirm the
same; and also promise, that,
by the grace of GoD, they will
evermore endeavour themselves out end.


OUR help is in the name of the LORD;

Ans. Who hath made heaven and earth.

Bishop. Blessed be the name of the LORD;

Ans. Henceforth, world with

Bish. LORD hear our prayer; Ans. And let our cry come unto thee.

TAnd these Collects.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, who makest us both to Bishop. Let us pray. will and to do those things ALMIGHTY and everliving which are good, and acceptable GOD, who hast vouchsafed to unto thy divine majesty; we regenerate these thy servants make our humble supplications by water and the HOLY GHOST, unto thee for these thy servants, and hast given unto them upon whom, after the cxample forgiveness of all their sins; of thy holy apostles, we have strengthen them, we beseech now laid our hands; to certify thee, O LORD, with the HOLY them, by this sign, of thy GHOST, the Comforter; and favour and gracious goodness daily increase in them thy towards them. Let thy Fatherly manifold gifts of grace; the hand, we beseech thee, ever spirit of wisdom and under- be over them: Let thy HOLY standing, the spirit of counsel SPIRIT ever be with them: and and ghostly strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, O LORD, with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen.

Then all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall lay his hands upon the head of every one severally, saying,

DEFEND, O LORD, this thy child [or, this thy servant] with thy heavenly grace; that he may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy HOLY SPIRIT more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Then shall the Bishop say,
The LORD be with you.
Ans. And with thy spirit.
¶ All kneeling down, the Bishop shall add,

Let us pray.

so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST; who, with thee and the HOLY GHOST, liveth and reigneth ever one GOD, world without end. Amen.

O ALMIGHTY LORD, and everlasting GOD, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul, through our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Amen.


THE blessing of GOD ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY GHOST, be upon you, and remain with you for ever.

OUR Father, who art in hea-¶ Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying ven,\ 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.


T And there shall none be admitted to the

Holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be confirmed.

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