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not ; for of such
is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” After the gospel is read, the minister shall make this brief esdorta.
tion 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 him ; how he blamed those that would have kept them from him; how he exhorted all men to follow their innocency. Ye perceive how by his outward gesture and deed he declared his good will towards them; for he embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt ye not, therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will likewise favoura. bly receive this present infant ; that he will em. brace 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 alloweth this charitable work of ours, in bringing this in fant to his holy baptism, let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and say,
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, heavenly Fa. ther, we give thee humble thanks 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 this infant, that he may be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting salvation : through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. Then shall the priest speak unto the godfather and godmothers
in this wise : DEARLY beloved, ye have brought this child here to be baptized; ye have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchgafe to receive him, to release him of his sins, to sanctify him with the Holy Ghost, to give him the kingdom of heaven and ever. lasting life. You have heard also, that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised also in his gospel, to grant all these things that ye have prayed for ; which promise he for 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 he will renounce the devil and all his works, and constant. ly believe God's holy word, and obediently keep his commandments.
I demand therefore,
Dost thou, in the name of the 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 carnal desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow nor be led by them ? Answer. I renounce them all.
Minister. Dost thou believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth?
And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son, our Lord ? And that he was concieved 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 ascended into heaven, and sitteth 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 Catholic church; the communion of saints ; the remission of sins; the resurrection of the flesh ; and everlasting life after death ? Answ. All this I steadfastly believe.
Wilt thou then obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life? Answ. I will.
Then the priest shall 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 carnal affections may die in hin, and all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in him. Amen.
Grant that he may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world and the flesh. 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 and everlasting God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgive. ness 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 and teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Fa. ther, 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 and elect children: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then the priest shall take the child into his hands, and shall saf to
the godfathers and godmothers. Name this child. And then naming it after them (if they shall certify him that the
child may well endure it,) he shall dip it in the water discreetly and wasily, saying,
N., I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. But if they certify that the child is weak, it shall suffice to pour
water upon it, saying the aforesaid words, N., I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the priest say, We receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock,* and do sign him with the sign of the cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil, and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.
Then shall the priest 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.
Then shall be said, all kneeling, OUR 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 trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Anen.
Then shall the priest 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 we humbly 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
* Here the priest shall make a cross upon the child's forehead.
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 kingdoin through Christ our Lord. Amen. Then, all standing up, the priest shall say to the godfathers and god.
mothers 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 the better, ye shall call upon him to hear sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide that he inay 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 soul's health ; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and Christian life ; remembering 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, and rise again unto righteousness, continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
Then shall be add, and say ; YE are to take care that this child be brought to the bishop, to be confirmed by him, so soon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, and be farther instructed in the Church Catechism set forth for that purpose.
It is certain by God's word, that children which are baptized, Wying before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly saved.
To take away all scruple concerning the use of the sign of the cross in baptism; the true explication thereof, and the just reasons for the retaining of it, may be seen in the XXXth canon, first pubinsbed in the year MDCIY.