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GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the

words, which we have heard this day with our outward ears, may through thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. PREVENT us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy

most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, the fountain of all wisdom, who

knowest our necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things, which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us, for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, who hast promised to hear the

petitions of them that ask in thy Son's Name; We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us that have made now our prayers and supplications unto thee; and grant, that those things, which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effectually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Upon the Sundays and other Holy-days (if there be no Communion) shall be said all that is appointed at the Communion, until the end of the general Prayer (For the whole state of Christ's Church militant here in earth) together with one or more of these Collects last before rehearsed, concluding with the Blessing.

ç And there shall be no celebration of the Lord's Supper, except there be

a convenient number to communicate with the Priest, according to his discretion.

4 And if there be not above twenty persons in the Parish of discretion to receive

the Communion; yet there shall be no Communion, except four (or three at the least) communicate with the Priest.

( And in Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, and Colleges, where there are

many Priests and Deacons, they shall all receive the Communion with the Priest every Sunday at the least, except they have a reasonable cause to the contrary. And to take away all occasion of dissention, and superstition, which any person hath or might have concerning the Bread and Wine, it shall suffice that the Bread be such as is usual to be eaten; but the best and purest Wheat

Bread that conveniently may be gotten. | And if any of the Bread and Wine remain unconsecrated, the Curate shall

have it to his own use: but if any remain of that which was consecrated, it shall not be carried out of the Church, but the Priest and such other of the Communicants as he shall then call unto him, shall, immediately after the Blessing, reverently eat and drink the same.

The Bread and Wine for the Communion shall be provided by the Curate and the Church-wardens at the charges of the Parish. And note, that every Parishioner shall communicate at the least three times in the year, of which Easter to be one. And yearly at Easter every Parishioner shall reckon with the Parson, Vicar, or Curate, or his or their Deputy or De. puties; and pay to them or him all Ecclesiastical Duties, accustomably due, then and at that time to be paid.

After the Divine Service ended, the money given at the Offertory shall be disposed of to such pious and charitable uses, as the Minister and Churchwardens shall think fit. Wherein if they disagree, it shall be disposed of as the Ordinary shall appoint.

THEREAS it is ordained in this Office for the Administration of the

Lord's Supper, that the Communicants should receive the same kneel. “ ing; (which order is well meant, for a signification of our humble and grateful “ acknowledgement of the benefits of Christ therein given to all worthy Receiv. “ ers, and for the avoiding of such profanation and disorder in the holy Com“ munion, as might otherwise ensue;) yet, lest the same kneeling should by any “ persons, either out of ignorance and infirmity, or out of malice and obstinacy, “ be misconstrued and depraved; It is hereby declared, That thereby no adora“ tion is intended, or ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental Bread or " Wine there bodily received, or unto any Corporal Presence of Christ's natural « Flesh and Blood. For the Sacramental Bread and Wine remain still in their “ very natural substances, and therefore may not be adored ; (for that were “ Idolatry, to be abhorred of all faithful Christians;) and the natural Body and “ Blood of our Saviour Christ are in Heaven, and not here; it being against the “ truth of Christ's natural Body to be at one time in more places than one."



The people are to be admonished, that it is most convenient that Baptism should not be administered but upon Sundays, and other Holy-days, when the most number of people come together; as well for that the Congregation there present may testify the receiving of them that be newly baptized 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 profession made to God in his Baptism. For which cause also it is expedient that Baptism be ministered in the vulgar tongue. Nevertheless, (if necessity 80 require,) Children muy be baptized upon any other day. And note, that there shall be for every Male-child to be baptized troo 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 Lesson at Morning Prayer, or else immediately after the last Lesson at Evening Prayer, as the Curate by his discretion shall appoint. And the Priest coming to the Font,

(which is then to be filled with pure Water,) and standing there, shall say, HA

ATH this Child been already bap- and being stedfast in faith, joyful tized, or no?

through hope, and rooted in charity, If they answer, No: Then shall the Priest may so pass the waves of this troubleproceed as followeth.

some world, that finally he may come DE

EARLY beloved, forasmuch as all to the land of everlasting life, there to

men are conceived and born in sin; reign with thee world without end; and that our Saviour Christ saith, None through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. aan tenter into the kingdom of God, Alaid of all that need,

the helper of

LMIGHTY and immortal God, the except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the holy Ghost; I be- all that flee to thee for succour, the life seech you to call upon God the Father, of them that believe, and the resurrecthrough our Lord Jesus Christ, that of tion of the dead; We call upon thee his bounteous mercy he will grant to for this Infant, that he, coming. to thy this Child that thing which by nature he holy Baptism, may receive remission of cannot have; that he may be baptized his sins by spiritual regeneration. Re. with Water and the holy Ghost, and ceive him, O Lord, as thou hast proreceived into Christ's holy Church, and mised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, be made a lively member of the same.

Ask, and ye shall have; seek, and ye Then shall the Priest say,

shall find; knock, and it shall be opened Let us pray.

unto you: So give now unto us that

gate unto us that knock; that this in. who of thy great mercy didst save fant may enjoy the everlasting bene. Noah and his family in the ark from diction of thy heavenly washing, and perishing by water; and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people may come to the eternal kingdom which

thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. thr gh the Red Sea, figuring thereby

Amen. thy holy Baptism; and hy the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ, in T Then shall the people stand up, and the the river Jordan, didst sanctify Water

Priest shall say, to the mystical washing away of sin; Hear the words of the Gospel, written We beseech thee, for thine infinite mer- by Saint Mark, in the tenth Chapter, cies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon at the thirteenth Verse.

HEY brought young children to with the holy Ghost; that he, being Christ, that he should touch them ; delivered from thy wrath, may be re- and his disciples rebuked those that ceived into the ark of Christ's Church; brought them. But when Jesus saw it,


he was much displeased, and said unto Christ hath promised in his Gospel to them, Suffer the little children to come grant all these things that ye have prayed unto me, and forbid them not ; for of for: which promise he, for his part, will such is the kingdom of God. Verily I most surely keep and perform. Wheresay unto you, Whosoever shall not re- fore, after this promise made by Christ, ceive the kingdom of God as a little this Infant must also faithfully, for his child, he shall not enter therein. And part, promise by you that are his sure. he took them up in his arms, put his ties, (until he come of age to take it upon hands upon them, and blessed them. himself,) that he will renounce the devil

After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall and all his works, and constantly believe make this brief Exhortation upon the words God's holy Word, and obediently keep of the Gospel.

his commandments. BE ELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel the

I demand therefore, words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought DOST thou, in the name of this Child,

renounce the devil and all his works, unto him; how he blamed those that the vain pomp and glory of the world, would have kept them from him ; how with all covetous desires of the same, he exhorteth all men to follow their in- and the carnal desires of the flesh, so nocency. Ye perceive how by his out that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by ward gesture and deed he declared his them? good will toward them; for he embraced

Answer. I renounce them all. them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt

Minister. e not therefore, but earnestly believe, DOST thou believe in God the Father that he will likewise favourably receive

Almighty, Maker of heaven and this present Infant; that he will em- earth ? brace him with the arms of his mercy;

And in Jesus Christ his only begotten that he will give unto him the blessing Son our Lord ? And that he was conof eternal life, and make him partaker ceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the of his everlasting kingdom. Wherefore Virgin Mary; that he suffered under we being thus persuaded of the good Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and will of our heavenly Father towards this buried; that he went down into hell, Infant, declared by his Son Jesus Christ; and also did rise again the third day; and nothing doubting but that he fa that he ascended into heaven, and sitteth vourably alloweth this charitable work of at the right hand of God the Father our's in bringing this Infant to his holy Almighty; and from thence shall come Baptism; let us faithfully and devoutly again at the end of the world, to judge give thanks unto him, and say,

the quick and the dead ?

And dost thou believe in the Holy Ahmeh Tak and everlasting God,

heavenly Father, we give thee hum. Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; the ble thanks for that thou hast vouchsafed Communion of Saints; the Remission of to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, sins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and and faith in thee: Increase this know everlasting life after death? ledge, and confirm this faith in us ever

Answer. All this I stedfastly believe. more. Give thy holy Spirit to this Infant,

Minister. that he may be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting salvation ; through W IT, thou be baptized in this

faith? our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and

Answer. That is my desire. reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.


WI Then shalt the Priest speak unto the God.

ILT thou then obediently keep

God's holy will and command. fathers and Godmothers on this wise. DEARLY beloved, ye have brought ments, and walk in the same all the this Child here to be baptized, ye

Answer. I will. have prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive him, to

Then shall the Priest say, release hom of his sins, to sanctify him O MERCIFUL God, grant that the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. buried, that the new man may be raised Ye have heard also that our Lord Jesus up in him. Amen.

Grant that all carnal affections may manfully to fight under his banner, adie in him, and that all things belonging gainst sin, the world, and the devil; and to the Spirit may live and grow in him. to continue Christ's faithful soldier and Amen.

servant unto his life's end. Amen. Grant that he may have power and

Then shall the Priest say, strength to have victory, and to triumph, against the devil, the world, and the SEEING now; dearly beloved breflesh. Amen.

thren, that this child is regenerate, Grant that whosoever is here dedi. and grafted into the body of Christ's cated to thee by our office and minis-Church, let us give thanks unto Al. try may also be endued with heavenly mighty God for these benefits; and with virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, one accord make our prayers unto him, through thy mercy, O blessed Lord God, that this child may lead the rest of his who dost live, and govern all things, life according to this beginning. world without end. Amen.

Then shall be said, all kneding : most dearly beloved Son Jesus OUR Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingChrist, for the forgiveness of our sins, dom come. Thy will be done in earth, did shed out of his most precious side As it is in heaven. Give us this day both water and blood; and gave com- our daily bread. And forgive us our mandment to his disciples, that they trespasses, As we forgive them that should go teach all nations, and baptize trespass against us. And lead us not them in the Name of the Father, the into temptation ; But deliver us from Son, and the Holy Ghost ; Regard, we evil. Amen. beseech thee, the supplications of thy

Then shall the Priest say, congregation ; sanctify this Water to the mystical washing away of sin ; and WE yield the hearty thanks, most grant that this Child, now to be baptized

merciful Father, that it hath therein, may receive the fulness of thy pleased thee to regenerate this Infant grace, and ever remain in the number of with thy holy Spirit, to receive him for thy faithful and elect children ; through thine own Child by adoption, and to inJesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

corporate him into thy holy Church.

And humbly we beseech thee to grant, Then the Priest shall take the Child into that he, being dead unto sin, and living his hands, and shall say to the Godfathers unto righteousness, and being buried and Godmothers,

with Christ in his death, may crucify Name this Child.

the old man, and utterly abolish the And then naming it after them (if they whole body of sin; and that, as he is shall certify him that the Child may wel made partaker of the death of thy Son, endure it) he shall dip it in the Water dis- he may also be partaker of his resurreccreetly and warily, saying,

tion; so that finally, with the residue N. in

• the Father, and of the Son, and heritor of thine everlasting kingdom; of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

through Christ our Lord. Amen. But if they certify that the Child is weak, f Thon, all standing up, the Priest shall say it shall suffice to pour Water upon it, saying to the Godfathers and Godmothers this Essthe foresaid words,

hortation following.

ORASMUCH as this Child hath

promised by you his sureties to reof the Holy Ghost. Amen.

nounce the devil and all his works, to

believe in God, and to serve him; ye Then the Priest shall say,

must remember, that it is your parts WI

E receive this Child into the and duties to see that this Infant be

congregation of Christ's flock, taught, so soon as he shall be able to • Here the Priest

* and do sign him learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and shall make a Cross

with the sign of the profession, he hath here made by you. upon the Child's fore- Cross, in token that And that he may know these things the head.

hereafter he shall better, ye shall call upon him to hear

not be ashamed to Sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide, confess the faith of Christ crucified, and that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's


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