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THE MINISTRATION OF
PUBLIC BAPTISM OF INFANTS,
TO BE USED IN THE CHURCH.
(1.) The people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient
that Baptism should not be administered but upon Sundays, and other Holy-days, when the most number of people come together; as well for that the Congregation there present may testify the receiving of them that be newly baptized into the number of Christ's Church ; as also because in the Baptism of Infants every Man present may be put in remembrance of his own profession made to God in his Baptism. For which cause also it is expedient that Baptism be ministered in the vulgar tongue. (Nevertheless, if necessity so require,) Children
may be baptized upon any other day. (2.) And note, that there shall be for every Male-child to be
baptized two Godfathers and one Godmother ; and for every
Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers. (3.) When there are Children to be baptized, the Parents shall
give knowledge thereof over night, or in the morning before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Curate. And then the Godfathers and Godmothers, and the people with the Children, must be ready at the Font, either immediately after the last Lesson at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the Curate by his discretion shall appoint. And the Priest coming to the Font, (which is then to be filled with pure Water,) and standing there, shall say,
If they answer, No: Then shall the Priest proceed as fol
First Exhortation. Eph. ii. 3. DEARLY beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived and Rom. v. 12. born in sin ; and that our Saviour Christ saith, None can 18. John iii. 3.5. enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and
born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghost; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ,
that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to this Child that John i, 12, thing which by nature he cannot have ; that he may be baptized 13.
with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ's Acts ii. 41. 47.
holy Church, and be made a lively member of the same. 1 Cor. xii.
Then shall the Priest say, 13.
Let us pray
1 Pet. iii.
First Prayer. Almighty and everlasting God, who of thy great mercy 19, 20, 21., didst save Noah and his family in the ark from perishing by 1 Cor. x.1, 2.
water; and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy holy Bap
tism; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Matt. iii. 13, Christ, in the river Jordan, didst sanctify Water to the mysti14, 15.
cal washing away of sin ; We beseech thee, for thine infinite Acts xxii. 16.
mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon this Child; wash him and sanctify him with the Holy Ghost ; that he, being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the ark of Christ's Church ; and being stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally he may come to the land of everlasting life, there to reign with thee, world without end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Second Prayer. ALMIGHTY and immortal God, the aid of all that need, the John xi. 25. helper of all that fee to thee for succour, the life of them
that believe, and the resurrection of the dead ; We call upon
thee for this Infant, that he, coming to thy holy Baptism, Titus iii, 5. may receive remission of his sins by spiritual regeneration.
Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy wellbeloved Son, saying, Ask, and ye shall have ; seek, and ye shall find ; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: So give now unto us that ask ; let us that seek find; open the gate unto us that knock; that this Infant may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.
( Then shall the people stand up, and the Priest shall say, Hear the words of the GOSPEL, written by Saint Mark, in
the tenth Chapter, at the thirteenth Verse. They brought young children to Christ, that he should touch them ; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them 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.
Second Exhortation. After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief
EXHORTATION 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
how he blamed those that would have kept them from him ; how he exhorteth all men to follow their innocency. Ye perceive how by his outward gesture and deed he declared his good will toward 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 favourably receive this present Infant ; that he will embrace 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 Infant to his holy Baptism ; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and
say, Thanksgiving. ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, for 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, Titus iii. 7. and be made an heir of everlasting salvation ; through our
Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and
Preface to the Covenant.
mothers on this wise.
after this promise made by Christ, this Infant must also 2 Pet. iii. 21. 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 constantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his commandments.
I demand therefore, 1 John iii. 8 Dost thou, in the Name of this Child, renounce the devil and 9, 10.
all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all 1 John ii. 15, 16.
covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the Rom. viii. 6. flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them ? 12, 13, 14. 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 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 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
Prayer for Sanctification of Child.
I Then shall the Priest say, O MERCIFUL God, grant that the old Adam in this Child may 1 Cor. xv.45. be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in him. 22. & Rom.
vi. 4. Amen.
Grant that all carnal affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in him. Rom. vi. 11. Amen.
Grant that he may have power and strength to have vic- Eph. iii. 16. tory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the James iv. 7.
Rom. xvi. flesh. Amen.
20. Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our 1 John v. 4.
Rom. viii. 9. office and ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, 37. and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O blessed Lord God, who dost live and govern all things, world without end. Amen.
Prayer for Consecration of Water. ALMIGHTY, everliving God, whose most dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of Zech. xiii. 1.
John xix.34. bis most precious side both water and blood; and
1 John v. 6. mandment to his disciples, that they should go teach all i. 7. nations, and baptize them in the Name of the Father, the Matt. xxviii. Son, and the Holy Ghost ; Regard, we beseech thee, the 18, 19. supplications of Thy congregation; Sanctify this Water to the mystical washing away of sin ; and grant that this Child, 1 John v. 14. 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.