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tized 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 profeljion 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
[ 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. 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 Lefon at Morning Prayer, or else in
mediately after the last Lefon at Evening Prayer, as the before the Reformation, and till Edward VIth's Review, part of the service was performed in the porch, and part in the church, before the font. Anciently the Baptisterium, or Font, was placed in the church door or porch; because baptism being the sacrament of initiation into the church, it was deemed proper, that the person to be baptized fhould go through the ceremony previously to his entering the house of God.
Two Godfathers] In the ancient Christian church one sponsor was confidered as fufficient.--Bingham Ant. Chriff. Church, vol. iv. 318. When the practice of requiring more than one took place is uncertain; but it is clear that the church lras fixed the number and fex of the furetiesagreeably to the above rubric for nearly six hundred years.-Concil. Labbei, tom. xi. p. i. col. $75,0.
Font] What the font is every body knows, but not why it is fo called. The rites of baptifin in the first times were performed in founrains and rivers, boch because their converts were many, and because those ages were un provided of other Baptisteries. We have no other remainder of this rite but the name, for hence it is that we call our baptisteries fonts; which, when religion found peace, were built and confecrated for the more reverence and reipect of the facrament. These were set at first fome diftance from the church; (Cyril, Cat. Myf. 1.) after in the church porch; and that fignificantly, because baptism is the entrance into the church mystical, as the porch to the temple. At the last they got into the church, but not into every, but the City Church, where the Bishop refíded'; hence called the Mother Church, because it gave fpiritual birtn by baptifm; afterwards they were brought into rural churches. Wherefoever they ftcod, they were had in high veneration. Anaftaf. Ep. ad Orthodox. complains Tadly of impiety in his time, such as never was heard of in war, that men should set fire to churches and fonts; and after mentioning the fonts, “Good God! Chrift-killing Jews, and heathenith Atheists, have withbúe al referente entered and detiled the fonts,"
Curate in his discretion shall appoint. And the Priest coming to the Font, (which is then 10 be filled with pure water) and standing there, fhall say,
Hath this Child been already baptized, or no?
ceived and born in fin; and that our Saviour Chrift faith, 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 mercy he will grant to this Child that thing which by nature he cannot have ; that he may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Chrilt's holy Church, and be made a lively member of the same.
Then shall the Priest say,
Let us pray.
mercy didst save Noah and his family in the ark from perishing by water; and also didst fafely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy holy Baptism ; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan, didst fan&tify Water to the mystical washing away of sin; We beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon this Child; wash him, and fan&tify him with the Holy Ghost; that he being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the ark of Christ's Church; and being stedfalt in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this trou. blesome 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.
Lmighty 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 this Infant; that he coming to thy holy Baptism, may receive remission of his sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast
promiled by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Alk, and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it fhall be. opened unto you: So give now unto us that alk; 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 St. Mark, in
the tenth Chapter, at the thirteenth Verse: 'HEY brought young children to Christ, that lie
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 fhall 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 Exhortation upon the Words of the Gospel. Eloved, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our
be brought unto him; how he blamed those that wculd 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, de. clared by his Son Jesus Chrift; 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 bim, and say,
Lmighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we
give thee humble thanks that thou hast vouchsafed 10 call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith ir thee: Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us
Give thy Holy Spirit to this Infant, that he may be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for
Then shall the Priest Speak unto the Godfathers and
Godmothers on this wise. D EARLY beloved, ye have brought this Child here be baptized; ye
have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive him, to release him of bis sins, to sanctify him with the Holy Ghost, to give bim the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye have heard also, that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his Gospel to grant all these things that ye have prayed for: which promife he, for his part, will most furely keep and perform. Wherefore, after this promife made by Christ, this Infant must also faithfully, for his pare, promise by you that are bis fureties, (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,
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.
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 af. cended into heaven, and fitteth 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 Ghoft; the holy Catholick Church; the Communion of Saints; the Remission of sins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting life after death? Answer. All this I stedfastly believe.
and commandments, and walk in the fame all the days of thy life? Answer. I will.
Then shall the Priest say, O old
may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in bim. Amen.
Grant that all carnal affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grown
in bim. 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,