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to thee for thy great glory, OJ and ready help, through Sesus LORD God, heavenly King, God Christ our Lord. Amen. the Father Almighty. O LORD, the only begotten ALMIGHTY God, that the words

GRANT, we beseech thee, Son, JESUS CHRIST; O LORD

which we have heard this day God, Lamb of God, Son of the

with our outward ears, may, FATHER, that takest


the sins of the world, have mercy inwardly in our hearts, that

through thy grace, be so grafted upon us.

Thou that takest away the sins of the world, fruit of good living ; to the

they may bring forth in us the have mercy upon us.


honour and praise of thy name, that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer: Lord. Amen.

through JESUS CHRIST Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the FATHER, have

DIRECT us, O LORD, in mercy upon us.

all our doings, with thy most For thou only art holy; thou gracious favour, and further only art the LORD ; thou only, o us with thy continual help; Christ, with the Holy Ghost, that in all our works begun, art most high in the glory of continued, and ended in thee, God the FATHER. Amen. we may glorify thy holy name;

and finally, by thy mercy, obtain Then the Priest (the Bishop, if he be everlasting life, through Jesus present) shall let them depart with this blessing :

CHRIST our Lord. Amen. THE peace of God, which ALMIGHTY GOD, the founpasseth all understanding, keep tain of all wisdom, who knowest your hearts and minds in the our necessities before we ask, knowledge and love of God, and our ignorance in asking; and of his son Jesus CHRIST our we beseech thee to have comLord : and the blessing of God passion upon our infirmities ; ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, the and those things which for our Son, and the Holy Ghost, be unworthiness we dare not, and amongst you, and remain with for our blindness we cannot you always. Amen.

ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of thy Son

JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. Collects that may be said after the Collects of Morning or Evening Prayer, or Com. ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast munion, at the discretion of the Minister.

promised to hear the petitions ASSIST us mercifully, 0 of those who ask in thy Son's Lord, in these our supplications name; we beseech thee merand prayers; and dispose the cifully to incline thine ears to way of thy servants towards us who have now made our the attainment of everlasting prayers and supplications unto salvation; that among all the thee ; and grant, that those changes and chances of this things which we have faithfully mortal life, they may ever be asked according to thy will, defended by thy most gracious may effectually be obtained ; to

the relief of our necessity, and be said all that is appointed at the Com to the setting forth of thy glory,

munion, unto the end of the Gospel,

concluding with the Blessing. And if any through Jesus Christ our of the consecrated bread and wine remain Lord. Amen.

after the Communion, it shall not be carried out of the church; but the Minister and

other communicants shall, immediately 1 Upon the Sundays and other Holy days after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink (if there be no Sermon or Communion) shall

the same.





The people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient that Baptism should not be administered but upon Sundays and other Holy days, or Prayer days. Nevertheless (if necessity so require) Baptism may be administered upon any other day. There shall be for every Male child to be baptized, when they can be had, two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every Female, one Godfather and two Godmothers; and

Parents shall be admitted as Sponsors, if it be desired. 4 When there are children to be baptized, the parents or sponsors shall give knowledge thereof, before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Minister. And then the Godfathers and Godmothers, and the people with the children, must be ready at the Font, either immediately after the last Lesson at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Évening Prayer, as the Minister, by his discretion, shall appoint. And the Minister coming to the Font (which is then to be filled with pure water) and standing there, shall say,

Hath this child been already baptized, or no?

TT If they answer, No; then shall the Minister proceed, as followeth. DEARLY beloved, forasmuch

Then shall the Minister say, as all men are conceived and

Let us pray: born in sin; and our Saviour ALMIGHTY and everlasting Christ saith, None can enter God, who of thy great mercy, into the kingdom of God, didst save Noah and his family except he be regenerate and in the ark from perishing by born anew of water and of the water; and also didst safely Holy Ghost; I beseech you lead the children of Israel thy to call upon God the Father, people through the Red Sea, through our Lord Jesus Christ, figuring thereby thy holy Bapthat of his bounteous mercy, he tism ; and by the baptism of will grant to this child that thy well-beloved Son Jesus which by nature he cannot CHRisT in the river Jordan, have; that he may be baptized didst sanctify water, to the with water and the Holy mystical washing away of sin; GHOST, and received into we beseech thee, for thine CHRIST's holy Church, and be infinite mercies, that thou wilt made a living member of the mercifully look upon this child;

wash him, and sanctify him


with the Holy Ghost; that he, Hear the words of the gospel, being delivered from thy wrath, written by St. Mark, in the tenth may be received into the ark chapter, at the thirteenth verse. of Christ's Church ; and being

THEY brought young childsteadfast in faith, joyful through ren to Christ, that he should hope, and rooted in charity, touch them; and his disciples may so pass the waves of this rebuked those who brought troublesome world, that finally them. But when Jesus saw it, he may come to the land of he was much displeased, and everlasting life ; there to reign said unto them, Suffer the little with thee, world without end, children to come unto me, and through JESUS CHRIST

our forbid them not; for of such is Lord. Amen.

the kingdom of God. Verily I Or this.

say unto you, Whosoever shall ALMIGHTY and immortal not receive the kingdom of God God, the aid of all who need, as a little child, he shall not

And he took the helper of all who flee to enter therein. thee for succour, the life of them up in his arms, put his those who believe, and the hands upon them, and blessed resurrection of the dead; we

them. call upon thee for this infant, 1 After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall

make this brief Exhortation upon the words that he, coming to thy holy of the Gospel : baptism, may receive remission

BELOVED, ye hear in this of sin, by spiritual regeneration. Gospel the words of our Saviour Receive him, O LORD, as thou Christ, that he commanded hast promised by thy well, the children to be brought unto beloved Son, saying, Ask, and him; how he blamed those ye shall have; seek, and ye who would have kept them shall find ; knock, and it shall from him ; how he exhorteth be opened unto you: So give all men to follow their innonow unto us who ask; let us

cency. Ye perceive how, by who seek, find ; open the gate his outward gesture and deed, unto us who knock; that this he declared his good will infant may enjoy the everlast- toward them: for he embraced ing benediction of thy heavenly them in his arms, he laid his washing, and may come to the hands upon them, and blessed eternal kingdom which thou them. Doubt ye not therefore, hast promised by CHRisT our but earnestly believe, that he Lord. Amen.

will likewise favourably receive Then the Minister shall say as follows: this present infant; that he or else shall pass on to the questions will embrace him with the arms addressed to the Sponsors; and from thence to the Prayer immediately before the of his mercy ; that he will give immersion, or the pouring of water on the unto him the blessing of eternal the intermediate parts of the Service shall life, and make him partaker be used, once at least in every month (if of his everlasting kingdom. there be a baptism) for the better instructing Wherefore, we being thus perof the people in the grounds of Infant Baptism

suaded of the good will of our


heavenly Father towards this that he will

the infant, declared by his Son devil and all his works, and JESUS CHRIST ; and nothing constantly believe God's holy doubting, but that he favourably word, and obediently keep his alloweth this charitable work commandments. of ours, in bringing this infant 1 The Minister shall then demand of the to this holy baptism; let us Sponsors as follows; the questions being faithfully and devoutly give

considered as addressed to them severally,

and the answers to be made accordingly. thanks unto him, and say,

I demand therefore, ALMIGHTY and everlasting DOST thou, in the name of God, heavenly Father, we give this child, renounce the devil thee humble thanks, that thou and all his works, the vain hast vouchsafed to call us to pomp and glory of the world, the knowledge of thy grace, with all covetous desires of the and faith in thee: increase this same, and the sinful desires of knowledge, and confirm this the flesh; so that thou wilt not faith in us evermore. Give thy follow, nor be led by them? Holy Spirit to this infant ; Answer: I renounce them that he may be born again, and all; and, God's help, will be made an heir of everlasting endeavour not to follow, nor salvation, through our Lord be led by them. Jesus Christ, who liveth and Minister. Dost thou believe reigneth with thee and the Holy all the articles of the Christian SPIRIT, now and for ever. Amen. faith, as contained in the AposThen shall the Minister speak unto the

ties' Creed? Godfathers and Godmothers in this wise ; Answer. I do. DEARLY beloved, ye have

Minister. Wilt thou be bapbrought this child here to be tized in this faith? baptized ; ye have prayed that

Answer. That is my desire. our Lord JESUS CHRIST would

Minister. Wilt thou then vouchsafe to receive him, to obediently keep God's holy release him from sin, to sanctify walk in the same all the days

will and commandments, and him with the Holy Ghost, to give him the kingdom of heaven of thy life? and everlasting life. Ye have

Answer. I will, by God's help. heard also that our Lord JESUS

q Then shall the Minister say, Christ hath promised, in his

O MERCIFUL God, grant Gospel, to grant all these things that the old Adam in this child that ye have prayed for; which may be so buried, that the new promise, he for his part will man may be raised up in him. most surely keep and perform. Amen. Wherefore, after this promise Grant that all sinful affections made by Christ, this infant may die in him, and that all must also faithfully, for his things belonging to the Spirit part, promise by you that are may live and grow in him. his sureties (until he come of Amen. age to take it upon himself)| Grant that he may have power and strength to have Flock, and do *sign * Here the Min. victory, and to triumph against him with the sign ister shall make the devil, the world, and the of the cross ; in child's forehead. flesh. Amen.

token that hereafter Grant that whosoever is here he shall not be ashamed to dedicated to thee by our office confess the faith of CHRIST and ministry, may also be en- crucified, and manfully to fight dued with heavenly virtues, and under his banner, against sin, everlastingly rewarded, through the world, and the devil; and thy mercy, o blessed LORD to continue CHRIST's faithful God, who dost live and govern soldier and servant unto his all things, world without end. life's end. Amen. Amen.

* If those who present the infant shall desire ALMIGHTY, everliving

the sign of the cross to be omitted, although

the Church knows no worthy cause of God, whose most dearly beloved scruple concerning the same, yet, in that Son Jesus Christ, for the

case, the Minister may omit that part of the

aboye which follows the immersion, or the forgiveness of our sins, did shed

pouring of water on the infant. out of his most precious side T Then shall the Minister say, both water and blood; and gave SEEING now, dearly beloved commandment to his disciples, brethren, that this child is that they should go teach all regenerate, and grafted into the nations, and baptize them in body of Christ's Church ; let the name of the FATHER, and

us give thanks unto ALMIGHTY of the Son, and of the Holy God for these benefits, and with Ghost; regard, we beseech one accord make our prayers thee, the supplications of thy unto him, that this child may congregation ; sanctify this lead the rest of his life according water to the mystical washing to this beginning. away of sin; and grant that

1 Then shall be said, all kneeling, this child, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness

OUR Father, who art in hea. of thy grace, and ever remain/

ven, Hallowed be thy Name, in the number of thy faithful Thy kingdom come; Thy wilí children, through Jesus Christ be done on earth, as it is in our Lord. Amen.

heaven ; Give us this day our

daily bread ; And forgive us our Then the Minister shall take the child into his hands, and shall say to the Godfathers trespasses, as we forgive those and Godmothers,

who trespass against us; And Name this child. lead us not into temptation; But | And then, naming it after them, he shall deliver us from evil. Amen. dip it in the water discreetly, or shall pour water upon it, saying,

I Then shall the Minister say, N. I BAPTIZE thee in the WE yield thee hearty thanks, name of the FATHER, and of most merciful Father, that it the Son, and of the Holy hath pleased thee to regenerate Ghost. Amen.

this infant with thy holy Spirit, 1 Then the Minister shall say, to receive him for thine own WE receive this child into child by adoption, and to inthe congregation of Christ's corporate him into thy holy

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