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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 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 everliving God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness 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 teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ; regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy congregation; sanctify this water for this holy Sacrament; and grant that this child, now to be baptized, 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 shall the people stand up: and the Minis
ier shall say, Hear the words of the gospel written by St.
Mark, in the tenth chapter, at the thirteenth
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. Then the Minister shall take the Child into his Hands, and say to the Friends of the Child,
Name this Child.
kle or pour water upon it, or if desired, ime
N. I baptize thee, in the name of the
Then shall be said, all kneeling,
lowed be thy name ; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on 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. Then shall the Minister conclude with ex
The Ministration of Baptism to such as
are of Riper Years. The Minister shall use the following, or some other exhortation, suitablě to this Holy Office.
Dearly beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived and born in sin (and that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and they that are in the flesh, cannot please God, but live in sin, committing many actual transgressions :) and that our Saviour Christ saith, None can 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 goodness he will grant to these persons, that which by nature they cannot have ; that they may be baptized with water and the
Holy Ghost, and received into Ckrist's holy church, and be made lively members of the same.
Then shall the Minister say, Almighty and immortal God, the aid of all that need, the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, the life of them that believe, and the resurrection of the dead; We call upon thee for these persons ; that they, coming to thy holy baptism, may receive remission of their sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive thein, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall tind; 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 these persons may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal king. dom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord.-- Amen.
After which he shall say, 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 these persons, that they may be born again, and be made heirs 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 people stand up, and the Minis
ter shall say, Hear the words of the Gospel written by St.
Jolin, in the third chapter, beginning at the first verse.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews : the same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus ans.. wered and said unto him, Verily, verily,
say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus, saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old ? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born ? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.