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Then the Priest shall take the Child into his hands, and shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers,
Name this Child.
creetly and warily, saying,
pour Water upon it, saying the aforesaid words, James ii. 7. N. I baptize thee, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
1 Then the Priest shall say, * Here the We receive this Child into the congregation of Christ's flock, Priest shall and do sign him with the sign of the Cross, in token that make a Cross
the hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Child's fore Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, Rev. xxii. 4. against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christ's Gal. vi. 14. faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen. 2 Tim. ii. 3,
1 Then shall the Priest say, Rev. ii. 10. 1 Pet. i. 23. SEEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that this Child is regeJohn xv. 5. nerate, 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.
1 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. Amen.
I Then shall the Priest say,
hath pleased thee to regenerate this Infant with thy Holy Gal. iv. 4, 5. Spirit, to receive him for thine own Child by adoption, and to
incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we be- John i. 12.
and Godmothers 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 may 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 a Christian life ; remembering always, that Baptism doth represent unto us our profession ; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour 1 Pet. ii. 21. 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 Col. iii. 5, 6. all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
I Then shall he 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 further instructed in the Church Catechism set forth for that purpose.
It is certain by God's Word, that Children which are baptized, dying 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 published in the Year MDCIV.
Luke i. 4.
THAT IS TO SAY,
AN INSTRUCTION TO BE LEARNED OF EVERY PER-
1 Cor. xii.
Question. Gen. xvii. 5. What is
Answer. My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptism ;
wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and 27. Eph. v. an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven. 30.
Question. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then Gal. iii. 16. 27.
for you? Rom. viii.
Answer. They did promise and vow three things in my 17. Eph. v. 11. name.
First, that I should renounce the devil and all his 1 John iii. 8. works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the James iv. 4. sinful lusts of the flesh. Secondly, that I should believe all Gal. v. 24. the Articles of the Christian Faith. And thirdly, that I should Heb. xi. 6.4 keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same John xiv. 1. all the days of my life. i. 12.
Question. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to be1 John ii. 3
lieve, and to do, as they have promised for thee ? Phil. ii. 13.
Answer. Yes, verily; and by God's help so I will. And I Psal. cxlvi.
heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me Titus iii. 5. to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Johnviii
. 3i. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may conPhil. i. 6. tinue in the same unto my life's end.
Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.
I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth :
And in Jesus Christ bis only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried, He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead, He ascended into heaven, And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty ; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost ; The holy Catholic Church ; The Communion of Saints ; The Forgiveness of sins ; The Resurrection of the body ; And the Life everlasting. Amen.
Question. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Articles of thy Belief?
Answer. 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 1 John iv. mankind.
14. Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and 1 Pet. i, 2. all the elect people of God.
You said, that your Godfathers and Godmothers did promise for you, that you should keep God's Commandments. Tell me how many there be ?
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 the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them : for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
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.
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
What dost thou chiefly learn by these Commandments ? Matt. xxii.
Answer. I learn two things : my duty towards God, and my 37-40. duty towards my Neighbour.
Question. What is thy duty towards God ?
Answer. My duty towards God, is to believe in him, to fear Deut. x. 12. him, and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, Luke xii. 5.
with all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him, to give him thanks, to put my whole trust in him, to call
Heb. xi. 6.