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Wrath of God, is now, by the laver of regeneration in baptism, received into the number of the children of God, and heirs of everlasting life: for our Lord Jesus Christ doth not deny his grace and mercy unto such infants, but most lovingly doth call them unto him, as the holy Gola pel doch witness to our comfort, on this wise:

St. Mark X. 13. THEY "HEY 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. 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

Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him; how he blamed those that would have kept them from him; how he exhorted 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 hath likewise favourably received this present infant; that he hath embraced him with the arms of his mercy; and (as he hath promised in his holy Word) will give unto him the blessing of eternal life, and make bim partaker of his everlasting kingdom. Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father, declared by his Son Jesus Christ, towards this infant, let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and fay the prayer which the Lord himself taught us:

UR 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.

LMIGHTY and everlasting God, heavenly Father,

we give thee humble thanks, that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee; increase this knowledge, and confirin this faith in us evermore. Give thy holy Spirit to this infant, that be, being born again, and being (made an heir of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, may continue thy servant, and attain thy promise; through the fame our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Then shall the Priest demand the Name of the Child; which being by the Godfathers and Godmothers pro

nounced, the Minister shall say, DOS

OST thou, in the name of this Child, renounce the

devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of this 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.

Minister.
OST 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 alcended 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?

Almighty and everlasting, &c.] This prayer in the early prayer-books came after the creed. It was placed where it now stands at the last review.

Then shall, &c.] In Edward VIth's first book the rubric ran thus: “ Then Thall they say the creed, and then

the priest,” &c. In James Ift's prayer-book it was arranged as it now stands, to the words All this I Itedfastly believe."

WILT thou then obediently keep God's holy will

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And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints; the Remission of fins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and everlafting life after death? Answer. All this I stedfastly believe.

Minister.
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thou then ob

and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life? Answer. I will.

Then the Priest Mall say,
E receive this Child into the congregation of

Christ's flock,* and do sign bim with Here the pricht the sign of the Cross, in token that hereafter open the child's be shall not be ashamed to confefs the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner against fin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.

Then Mall the Priest say, EEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that this child

is by baptism regenerate, 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 he may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning.

Then shall the Priest say,
E yield thee most hearty thanks, most merciful

Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this infant with thy holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he, being dead unto fin, and living unto righteousness, and

Believe] In Edward VIth's first book, after this profession came this rubric: "Then the minifter shall put the white vefture, commonly called the cryfome, upon the child, saying, Take this,” &c. the same form as in the publick baptifm.

Minister] From hence to the rubric before the exhortation was added at the last review.

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being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of fin; and that, as he is made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be partaker of his resurrection ; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Then all standing up, the Minister shall make this Exhor

tation to the Godfathers and Godmothers: ORASMUCH as this child hath promised by you

bis sureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, 10 believe in God, and to ferve him; ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this infant be taught, so foon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, he hath made by you. And that he may know these things the better, ye

shall call upon him to hear fermons; and chiefly ye fhall

pro. vide, that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, all other things which a Christian ought to know and be. lieve to his soul's health ; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life; remembering alway, that Baptism doth represent unto us our profession; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour 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 all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.

But if they which bring the Infant to the Church, do make such uncertain answers to the Priest's questions, as that it cannot appear that the Child was baptized with water, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghof (which are essential parts of Baptism;) then let the Priest baptize it in the Form before appointed for Publick

and

Then, &c.} This rubric, (with the exception of the wards “ all standing up,” added at the last review) the exhortation, and rubric after it, were introduced into Edward Vith's first book.

Baptism of Infants ; saving, that at the dipping of the
Child in the Font, he shall use this Form of Words:
F thou art not already baptized, N. I baptize thee in

Holy Ghost. Amen.

THE MINISTRATION OF

Baptism to such as are of Riper Years,

AND ABLE TO ANSWER FOR THEMSELVES.

When any such Persons as are of riper years are to be baptized, timely notice shall be given to the Bishop, or whom be shall appoint for that purpose, a week before at the least, by the Parents, or some other discreet persons ; that so due care may be taken for their Examination, whether ibey be fufficiently instruēled in the Principles of the Christian Religion; and that they may be exhorted to prepare themselves with Prayers and Fasting for the receiving of this boly Sacrament. And if they shall be found fit, then the Godfathers and Godmothers (ihe people being assembled upon the Sunday or Holy-day appointed) Mall be ready 10 present them at the Font, immediately after the Second Lesson, either at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the Curate in his discretion Mall think fit. And sanding there, the Priest shall ask, whether any of the persons here presented be baptized, or no: If they fball

answer, No; tben Jhall the Priest say thus, DEAN

EARLY beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived

and born in fin, (and that which is born of the flesh is flesh) and they that are in the flesh cannot please

Amen] In Edward Vith's first book followed this rubric: “ The water in the font shall be changed every month, once at the leaft; and before any child be baptized in the water fo changed, the prieft shall fay at the foót these prayers following." They consisted of a confecration prayer; the sentences, 'nearly verbatim, which precede our consecration prayer; and that prayer also, with some little alterations.

Themselves] This office was composed and adopted at the last review,

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