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Tben fall tbe Priest fay,
Merciful God, grant that the old Adam in this Child

may be fo buried, that the new man may be raised up in bim. Amen.

Grant that all carnal affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit, may live and grow in bim. Amen.

Grant that he may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the felh. Amen.

Grant that whofoever is here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly vir: tues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O blessed Lord God, who doft live and govern all things, world without erd. Amen. Almighly everliving God, whose most dearly beloved A Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did ihed out of his most precious fide both water and blood, and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go stach all nations, and baprize chem In the Name of the Fa. ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft; Regard, we befeech thee, the supplications of thy Congregation ; functity this Water to the mystical walhing away of" fin; 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 and elect children, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Then the Prieff Dall take the Child into his hands, and fall say to the God. fatbers and Godmothers,

Nanie this Child. . And iben naming it after them (if thev Arall cerrify him ihat the Child may

will endure it) be sball dip it in the Water difcreerly and warily, saying, Ni i baprize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the N . Syii, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

· Bu ij fbry certify that the Child is weak, it fall fuffice te pour Water upon

it, Jaying ibe aforejaid Words, T I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of che IV. Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.

Then . Then tbe Priest jhall say, Here the Prieft hall VITE receive this Child into the Cone make a Crofs upon the VV gregation of Chrit's Hock, and Cbild's forehead..

do sign bim with the sign of the Crois, in

di Gion him with the token that hereafter be shall not be afhained to contels the faith of Christ crucified, and mantully to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his lifes end. Amen.

Then shall the Priest fay, . Eeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that this Child is u regenerate an! 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 lite according to this 'begin. ning.

Then shall 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 is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trel-, pass against us. And lead us not into temptacion; but de liver us from evil. Amen,

Iber all the Priest Jay. W E yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father,

V that it hath pleafed thee to regenerate this Infant with thy Holy Spirit, to reccive him for thine own Child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beleech thee to grant, that be being dead unto fin, 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 be is made partaker of the death of thy Son," he may also be partaker af his relurrection ; fo that finally with the refidue of thy holy Church, be may be an inberitor of thine everlasting, kingdon, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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· Iben all ftanding up, the Priest mall say to the Godfathers and Godmor

thers this Exhortation following. DOrasmuch as this Child hath promised by you his sure

ties, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to terve him; ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this Infant be taught, so soon as be fhall be able to learn, what a folemn vow, promise, and profeffion he hath here made by you. And that he 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 Lords Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his souls health ; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and å Christian life ; remembering always, that Baptisın 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 ; fo 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 fall be add, and say, W E are to take care that this Child be brought to the

Bishop, to be confirmed by him, as soon as be can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and be further instructed in the Church Catechism let forth for that purpose.

• TT is certain by God's Word, that Children which are 4 baptized, dying before they commit actual Sin, are s undoubtedly saved." &" To take away all fcruple concerning the Use of the " Sign of the Cross in Baptism; the true Explication " thereof, and the juft Reasons for the retaining of it, may “ be seen in the Thirtieth Canon, first puolilhed in the * Year MDCIV.”


Private BAPTISM of Children in Houses,

T HE Curates of every Parish hall often admonijh the People that they

I drfer nor the Baprifm of their Children longer than the first or fecond Sunday next after ibert Birib, og at ber Hol.-day falling between ; unlejs upo ex a great and reasonable cause, to be approved by the Curate.

And also they shall warn them, that witbout like great Cause and Naceltilyo they procure not their children to be Baptized at bome in their houfer. But when need fall compel them so to do, then Buptijn ball be administered on this fabian :

Forf, let the Minister of the Parish (or in his abfence, ang orber laturid Minifier that can be procured) with them that are prefont, call spor Gody and say the Lord's Prayer, and so many of the Colleets appointed ng be paid before in the Form of Public Baptism, as obe time and prejeni exigence zull Juffer. And then, the Child being named by fome one that is presente the Minister fall pour Water upon it, jaying these words :

NT I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the

V. Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then all kneeling down, the Minifter frall give banks unto God, and say W E yield the hearty thanks, most merciful Facher, that W i t hath pleafed thee to regenerace this Infant with thy Hoy Spirit; tu receive bim for chine own Child by adop tion, and to incorporate him into thy Holy Church. And we humbly beseech thee to grant, that as he is now made Partaker of the death of thy fon, to be may be also of his Resurrection; And that finally, with the residue of thy Saint:, be may inheric thine everlasting Kingdom, through this time thy Son Jelus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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And let them not doubt, but that the Child to baptized; 'is lawfully and juf:

ficiently baptized, and ought not to be baptized again. Yer nevertheless, if the Child, which is after this fort baptized, do afterward live, it is exo pedient that it be brought into ihe Church, to the intent that if the Mi. niffer of the fame Parish did himself baprize that Child, the Congregarion may be certified of the true Form of Baplism, by bim privately before ujeda

In whith Case be fall say thus, 1 Certify you, that according to the due and prescribed I 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 Minifter; then the Mi

nifer of the Paris where the Child was born or christened, fall examine and try wherber the Child be lawfully baprized, or no. In which case, if ibofe that bring any Child to the Church, do answer that the same Child is already baptized, then fall the Minister examine them furiber, saying, DY whom was this Child baptized ? . D 'Who was present when this Child was baptized ?,

Because some chings essential to this Sacrament may happen to be omitted, through fear or halte, in such times of extremity, therefore I demand further of you,

With what Matter was chis Child baprized ?

With what Words was this Chilj baprized ? And if the Minister DH find by the Anfwers of such as bring ibe Child, that

all things were done as rbey ought to be; i ben hall not be Christen the · Child again, bur fhall receive bim as one of ibe Flock of true Chriftiax

People, Jaying thus, y Certify you, that in this case all is well done, and accord. 1 ing unto due order, concerning the baptizing of this Child; who being born in original sin, and in the wrath of God, is now by the laver of Regeneration in Baptism, received into the number of the children of God, and heirs of everlasting life: For our Lord Jesus Christ doth not deny his grace and mercy unto such Infants, but most lov. ingly doth call them unto hini, as the holy Gospel doch witness to our comfort on this wise:

The Gospel. S. Mark x. 13. THEY brought young children to Christ, that he should I touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that WW , .


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