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Christ's Church ; and being that thou art a teacher come steadfastin faith, joyful through from God; for no man can do hope, and rooted in charity, these miracles that thou doest, may so pass the waves of this except God be with him. Jesus troublesome world, that finally answered and said unto him, they may come to the land of Verily, verily, I say unto thee, everlasting life; there to reign Except a man be born again, with thee, world without end, he cannot see the kingdom through Jesus CHRIST our of God.
Nicodemus saith Lord. Amen.
unto him, How can a man be
born when he is old ? can he T Or this.
enter the second time into his ALMIGHTY and immortal mother's womb, and be born ? God, the aid of all who need, Jesus answered, Verily, verily, the helper of all who flee to I say unto thee, Except a man thee for succour, the life of be born of water and of the those who believe, and the Spirit, he cannot enter into resurrection of the dead ; we the kingdom of God. That call
upon thee for these persons, which is born of the flesh, is that they, coming to thy holy esh; and that which is born of Baptism, may receive remission the Spirit, is Spirit. Marvel of their sins, by spiritual re- not that I said unto thee, Ye generation. Receive them, O must be born again. The wind LORD, as thou hast promised bloweth where it listeth, and by thy well-beloved Son, saying, thou hearest the sound thereof; Ask, and ye shall receive ; seek, but canst not tell whence it and ye shall find; knock, and cometh, and whither it goeth : it shall be opened unto you: so is every one that is born so give now unto us who ask; of the Spirit. let us who seek, find; open the TAfter which he shall say this Exhortation gate unto us who knock ; that
following: these persons may enjoy the BELOVED, ye hear in this everlasting benediction of thy gospel the express words of heavenly washing, and may our Saviour Christ, that, come to the eternal kingdom except a man be born of water which thou hast promised by and of the SPIRIT, he cannot Christ our Lord. Amen.
enter into the kingdom of God. Then the Minister shall say, Whereby ye may perceive the Hear the words of the gospel, great necessity of this Sacrawritten by Saint John, in the ment, where it may be had third chapter, beginning at the Likewise, immediately before first verse :
his ascension into heaven, (as
we read in the last chapter THERE was a man of the of Saint Mark's gospel,) he Pharisees, named Nicodemus, gave command to his disciples, a ruler of the Jews. The same saying, Go ye into all the world, came to Jesus by night, and and preach the Gospel to every said unto him, Rabbi, we know creature. He that believeth,
and is baptized, shall be saved ;| fully and devoutly give thanks but he that believeth not, shall to him, and say, be damned: which also showeth ALMIGHTY and everlasting unto us the great benefit we God, heavenly Father, we give reap thereby. For which cause thee humble thanks, for that Saint Peter the Apostle, when thou hast vouchsafed to call us upon his first preaching of the to the knowledge of thy grace, Gospel many were pricked at and faith in thee : increase this the heart, and said to him and knowledge, and confirm this the rest of the apostles, Men faith in us
Give and brethren, what shall we do? thy Holy Spirit to these replied, and said unto them,
persons, that they may be born Repent and be baptized every again, and be made heirs of one of you, for the remission everlasting salvation, through of sins, and ye shall receive our Lord Jesus Christ, who the gift of the Holy Ghost: liveth and reigneth with thee For the promise is to you and and the Holy Spirit, now and your children, and to all that for ever. Amen. are afar off, even as many as | Then the Minister shall speak to the the LORD our God shall call.
persons to be baptized on this wise : And with many other words
WELL-BELOVED, who are exhorted he them, saying, Save
come hither desiring to receive yourselves from this untoward holy Baptism, ye have heard generation. For, as the same how the Congregation hath apostle testifieth in another prayed, that our Lord Jesus place, even baptism doth also Christ would vouchsafe to now save us, (not the putting receive you and bless you, to away of the filth of the flesh, release you of your sins, to but the answer of a good con
the kingdom of heaven,
give you science towards God,) by the and everlasting life, Ye have resurrection of JESUS CHRIST. heard also that our Lord JESUS Doubt ye not therefore, but Christ hath promised in his earnestly believe, that he will holy word, to grant all those favourably receive these present things that we have prayed persons, truly repenting, and for; which promise he, for his coming unto him by faith ; that
part, will most surely keep and he will grant them remission of
Wherefore, after their sins, and bestow upon this promise made by Christ, them the Holy Ghost; that he
ye must also faithfully, for will give them the blessing of
your part, in the presence of eternal life, and make them these your witnesses, and this partakers of his everlasting whole Congregation, promise kingdom. Wherefore, we being thus questions.
and answer to the following persuaded of the good will of a The Minister shall then demand of the our heavenly Father toward
persons to be baptized as follows; the these persons, declared by his questions being considered as addressed to
them severally, and the answers to be Son JESUS CHRIST, let us faith- made accordingly.
everlastingly rewarded, through DOST thou renounce the thy mercy, o blessed LORD devil and all his works, the vain God, who dost live and govern pomp and glory of the world, all things, world without end. with all covetous desires of the Amen. same, and the sinful desires of ALMIGHTY, everliving God, the flesh; so that thou wilt whose most dearly beloved Son not follow, nor be led by them? Jesus Christ, for the forgive
Answer. I renounce them ness of our sins, did shed out all; and, by God's help, will of his most precious side both endeavour not to follow, nor water and blood; and gave be led by them.
commandment to his disciples, Question. Dost thou believe that they should go teach all all the articles of the Christian nations, and baptize them in faith, as contained in the Apos- the name of the Father, and tles' Creed ?
of the Son, and of the Holy Answer. I do.
Ghost ; regard, we beseech Question. Wilt thou be bap- thee, the supplications of thy tized in this faith?
congregation ; sanctify this Answer. That is my desire. water to the mystical washing
Question. Wilt thou then away of sin; and grant that the obediently keep God's holy persons, now to be baptized will and commandments ; and therein, may receive the fulness walk in the same all the days of thy grace, and ever remain of thy life?
in the number of thy faithful Answer. I will, by God's children, through JESUS CHRIST help.
Amen. 1 Then shall the Minister say,
Then shall the Minister take each
to be baptized by the right hand ; and O MERCIFUL God, grant
placing him conveniently by the Font,
according to his discretion, shall ask the that the old Adam in these Godfathers and Godmothers the name;
and then shall dip him in the water, or persons may be so buried, that
pour water upon him, saying, the new man may be raised up in them. Amen.
N. I baptize thee in the name Grant that all sinful affections
of the FATHER, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. may die in them, and that all things belonging to the Spirit Then shall the Minister
say, may live and grow in them. WE receive this person into Amen.
the Congregation of Christ's Grant that they may have Flock, and do power and strength to have sign him with the ister shall make victory, and to triumph against sign of the cross ; person's forehead. the devil, the world, and the in token that hereflesh. Amen.
after he shall not be ashamed Grant that they, being here to confess the faith of Christ dedicated to thee by our office crucified, and manfully to fight and ministry, may also be en- under his banner, against sin, dued with heavenly virtues, and the world, and the devil; and
* Here the Min
to continue CHRIST's faithful/ Then, all standing up, the Minister shall soldier and servant unto his
use this Exhortation following; speaking
to the Godfathers and Godmothers first. life's end. Amen.
FORASMUCH as these
perT The same rule, as to the omission of the
sons have promised, in your sign of the cross, is to be observed here, as in the Baptism of Infants.
presence, to renounce the devil T Then the Minister shall
and all his works, to believe in SEEING now, dearly beloved God, and to serve him ; ye brethren, that these persons are must remember, that it is your regenerate, and grafted into the part and duty to put them in body of Christ's Church ; let mind, what us give thanks unto ALMIGHTY promise, and profession, they God for these benefits, and with have now made before this one accord make our prayers congregation, and especially unto him, that they may lead before you their chosen witthe rest of their life according nesses. And ye are also to call to this beginning.
upon them to use all diligence
to be rightly instructed in I Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all God's holy word ; that so they
kneeling. OUR Father, who art in hea- may grow in grace, and in the ven, Hallowed be thy Name; Christ; and live godly, right
knowledge of our Lord JESUS Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in eously, and soberly, in this heaven; Give us this day our
present world. daily bread ; And forgive us our
And then speaking to the baptized persons,
he shall proceed and say, trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us ; And
AND as for you, who have lead us not into temptation; But now by baptism put on Christ, deliver us from evil. Amen.
it is your part and duty also,
being made the children of God WE yield thee humble thanks, and of the light, by faith in O heavenly Father, that thou Jesus Christ, to walk answerhast vouchsafed to call us to ably to your Christian calling, the knowledge of thy grace, and as becometh the children and faith in thee: increase this of light; remembering always, knowledge, and confirm this that Baptism representeth unto faith in us evermore. Give thy us our profession; which is, holy Spirit to these persons; to follow the example of our that being now born again, and Saviour Christ, and to be made heirs of everlasting sal- made like unto him; that as he vation, through our Lord JESUS died, and rose again for us, so CHRIST, they may continue thy should we, who are baptized, servants, and attain thy pro- die from sin, and rise again mises, through the same Lord unto righteousness; continually Jesus Christ thy Son; who mortifying all our evil and liveth and reigneth with thee, corrupt affections, and daily in the unity of the same Holy proceeding in all virtue and SPIRIT, everlastingly. Amen. Igodliness of living.
It is expedient that every person thus baptized should be confirmed by the Bishop, so soon after his baptism as conveniently may be; that so he may be admitted to the Holy Communion. Whereas necessity may require the baptizing of adults in private houses, in consideration of extreme sickness; the same is hereby allowed in that case. And a convenient number of persons shall be assembled in the house where the Sacrament is to be performed. And in the exhortation, Well-beloved, &c. instead of these words, come hither desiring, shall be inserted this word, desirous. If there be occasion for the Office of Infant Baptism and that of Adults at the same time, the Minister shall use the exhortation and one of the prayers next following in the Office for Adults ; only, in the exhortation and prayer, after the words, these persons, and these thy servants, adding, and these infants. Then the Minister shall proceed to the questions to be demanded in the cases respectively. After the immersion, or the pouring of water, the prayer shall be as in this service; only, after the words, these persons, shall be added, and these infants. After which the remaining part of each service shall be used ; first
that for Adults, and lastly that for Infants. | If any persons, not baptized in their infancy, shall be brought to be baptized before they
come to years of discretion to answer for themselves, it may suffice to use the Office for Public Baptism of Infants; or, in case of extreme danger, the Office for Private Baptism; only changing the word infant, for child, or person, as occasion requireth.
AN INSTRUCTION, TO BE LEARNED BY EVERY PERSON BEFORE HE BE
BROUGHT TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE BISHOP.
walk in the same all the days WHAT is your name?
of my life. Ans. N. or M.
Quest. Dost thou not think Quest. Who gave you this that thou art bound to believe, name ?
and to do, as they have promised Ans. My Sponsors in Bap- for thee? tism ; wherein I was made a Ans. Yes verily ; and by member of Christ, the child God's help so I will: and I of God, and an inheritor of the heartily thank our heavenly kingdom of heaven.
Father, that he hath called me Quest. What did your spon- to this state of salvation, through sors then for you?
JESUS CHRIST our Saviour : Ans. They did promise and and I pray unto God to give vow three things in my name: me his grace, that I may conFirst, that I should renounce tinue in the same unto my the devil and all his works, the life's end. pomps and vanity of this wicked Catechist. Rehearse the artiworld, and all the sinful lusts cles of thy Belief. of the flesh; Secondly, that I
Answer. should believe all the articles of I BELIEVE in God the the Christian faith; And thirdly, Father Almighty, Maker of that I should keep God's holy heaven and earth: will and commandments, and And in JESUS CHRIST his