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* The Ministration of private BAPTISM of Children in Houses. HE Curates of every Parish Mall often admonish the People that they defer not the . Baptism of tbeir Children
longer than the firt or fecond Sunday next after 'eir Birth, or other Holy-day falling between unless upon a great and teasonable causz, yo*bie opproved by the Curate. ** And also they hall warn tl em, tt at without like great cause and necessity they procure nat their Children to be
B prized at home in «heir baules. Bui when need shall compel them so to do, ihen Baprifm shall be adminis
tered on this fashion : First, let the Minister of the Parish lor in his absence, any other lawful Minister that can be procured) with
them that are present, call upon God, and say the Lords Prayer, and so many of the Colletis appointed to be faid. before in the Form of Public Baptism, as the time and present exigence will suffer. And tben, tit
Chila being named by some one that is present, the Minister fall pour water upon it, saying these words:
Then all kneeling down, the Minister fall give thanks unto God and fig.
to holy Church. And we humbly beseech thee to grant, that as he is now made partaker of the death of any Son, so he may be also of his resurrection; and that finally, with the residue of thy Saints, he may it herit thine everlasting kingdom, through the Tame thy. Son Jelus Chrilt our Lord. Amen. Ind let them nii doubt, but that the Child so hapsized, is lawfully and sufficiently baptized, and ought not 10 be baptized
again. Yet nevertheless, if the Child, which is after ibis fort baptized, de afterward live, it is expedient that it be brought into the church, rotbe intent that if the Minifler of the Jame Parijb did himjėlf baptize thai Child, ibe Ceme gregation may be certified of the true Form of Baptism, by him privately before used : In wbich caje be fball say itas,
place, before divers witnesses I baptized this Child.; But if the Child were baptized by any other lawful Minifftr; then the Minister of the Parily where the Child was boinor chriftened, shall examine and try whrther the Child be lawfully baptized or ro. In which case, if i bolculat bring any Child to the cburch, do answer that the fame Child is already baptized, then ball ihe Minister examine them further saying:
Y whom was this Child baptized ?
d was baptized > Because some things eflential to this Sacrament may happen to be omitted through fear or hafte, in fuch times of extremity; therefore I demand further of
you, With what matter was this Child baptized ?
With what words was this Child baptized ? Anå if the Minifter shall find by the answers of such as bring the Child, ihat all things were done as they sught to be; then shall not be chriften the Child again buo fall receive him as one of the Flock of true christian People, lapsg thus. Certify you, that in this case all is well done, and according anto due order, cancerning the baptizing of
this Child; who being born in original fin, and in the wrath of God, is now by the laver of Regeneracion in Baptism, received in to the number of the children of God, and heirs of eve lasting life: for our Lord Jesus Chrifi doth not deny his grace and mercy unto such Infants, but molt lovingly doth call them unto him as the holy Gospel doth witness to our comfort on this wise:
'The Gospel S. Mark 10. 13. 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 child dren to come unto me, and forbid them not : for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whofoever 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
Our Church has in this Office provided against the at. Christian Parents be under concern if their Child should be tacks of sickness, or any pressing necessity of this nature,, without it ; provided it is not owing to their own negligence which may happen before the Child can receive public Bapo or impiety. For there is no doubt but that he ho faid tilin, that it may receive the visible Seal of Admiffion into “Suffer the little Children to come unto me, and to bid them Covenant with God before it leaves the world. Yet let no not," will graciously and mercifully receive it.
of Infants, to be used in the Church.
THE People are to be admonihed, that it is most convenient sbat Baptism frould not be adminiftered but upon Sundays,
and other Holy-days, when the most number of people come cogerber : as well for that the Congregation there prefent may lify the receiving of bem that be newly baptized into the number of Christs Churcb; as also becanje in the Baptism of Infants, every man present may be pui in remembrance of his own prifefion made to God in bis Baptifm. For which cause also it is expedient that Baptism he ministered in the Vulgar Tongue. Nevertheless (up
necefiry se require) Children may be baptized upon any other day. And note, That there Mall be for every Male-Child to be baptized, two Godfathers and one Godmother: and for every
Fema e, one Godfather and two Godmothers.
the beginning of Ilorning Prayer, to the Curate. And then the Godfathers and Godmor bers, and the People with
If they fall answer, No: Tben soall the prieft proceed as followeth,
fa ţh, None can enter into the kingdom of God except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the Holy Gholt; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his boun. teous mercy he will grant to this Child that thing which by nature be cannot have, that he may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Chrifts holy Church, and be made a lively member of the same.
Then fall the Priest say,
Let us pray.
from perishing by water, and also didt safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red sea, Eguring thereby thy holy Baptism; and hy tre Baptism of thy well beloved Son Jesus Christ, in the river Jordan, didit fan&ityWater to the mystical washing away of lins. We beseech thee for thine infinite reicies, that chou will mercifully look upon this Child; walh him and fanctify him with the Holy Ghost; that be being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the ark of Christs Church ; and being stedfast in faită, joyful through hope, and ruoted in charity, may, so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally be may come to the land of everlasting life; there to reigo with the world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A
LMIGHTY and immortal God, the aid of all that need, the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, be coming to thy holy Baptism, may receive remifiion of bis lins by spiritual regeneration." Receive bim, o Lord, as thou haft promised by thy well-beloved Son, faying, Ak, and ye Mhall have ; seek, and ye hall fiod; knock, and it thall be opened unto you : So give now unto us that afk ; let us that seek, find ; open the gate unto us that knock; that this Infant may enjoy the everlasting benedi&tion of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou has promiled by Christ our Lord. Aren.
Then sball :be People stand up, and the Priest jħall Jay.
'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 mach displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid then not : for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say ungo you, Whofoever 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 chem.
As Children under the Law of Moses were admitted the Gospel Covenant by Baptism as that is a Rite which into Covenant with God by Circumcision ; fo it appears no Christ seems to have instituted instead of the other : and is les proper' that Infants thould early be made partakers in designed as a folemn Dedication of those who partake of
After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall make this brief Exhortation upon the words of the Gospel.
, that he conim nded the children to be brought' unto him ; how he blamed those that would have kept them from him ; how he exhorieth 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 blered them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will likewife favourably receive this present Infant ; that he will embrace him with the arins of his mercy ; that he will give unto bim the blessing of eternal life, and make him partaker of his everlasting kingdoin. Wherefore being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards this Infant, declared by his Son Jesus Chrift; and nothing doubting, but that he favourably alloweth this charitable work of our's, in bringing ibis Infant to his holy baptism ; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him and say,
IMIGHTY and everlasting Go.l, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that thou haft confirm this faith in us evermose. Give thy Holy Spirit to this Infant, that he inay be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigned with the: and the Holy Spirit, now ang for ever. Amen.
Then shalt the Prielt fjeak unto the Godfathers and Godmothers on this arije. EARLY beloved ye have brought this Child here to be baptized; ye have prayed that our Lord Jesus to give him the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye have heard also. that cur Lord Jesus Chrift bach promised in his Gospel to grant all thelc things that ye have prayed for : which promise, he for his part will molt surely keep and perform. Wher fore, after this promise made by Christ, this Infant must also faithfully for bis part, promise by you that are bis fureties (until be co.de of age to take it upon bimself;) that he will renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly beiieve Gol's holy Word, and obediently keep his Commandments. I demand therefore, Os
of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the field, so that thoa
only begotton 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 ascended 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 doft thou believe in the Hɔly Ghost; the holy Catholick Church; the communion of saints; the
? Antw. I will,
Then ball the price fay.
W' days of thy life?
O Merced in himo
it to the service of God; and to point out that moral Purity institution was more particularly useful in the early Ages and Righteousness of Life, which should adorn every Pro- of the Gospel, when Christians were exposed to Perfecution, tessor of Chriftianity. See Rom. 6, 3. 4 1 Pet. 3, 21. and Children were liable to be deprived of their parents
GODFATHERş and GODMOTHERS seem to have been ori. by Martyrdom, and educated in Pagan Principles : and ·ginally appointed to inftruét the Child in his Duty, if Need were Sponfers but careful in any degree to perforın their en, he, and frequently to remind him that if he does not be- gagements 'tis not to be doubted but this Institution would lieve and obey the Gospel, when he comes to Years of dif- bc itill advanatgeous to Religion. cretion, he will reap no benefit fiom his Baptifin. This
After the Gifpel is read, the Minister Mall make this brief Exhortati n upon the Words of the Gospel.
to be brought unto him s 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 outivard gesture and deed he declared his good will toward thein ; for he einbraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earneitly believe, that he hath likewise favourably received this present Infant; that he bath embraced him with the arms of his mercy, and (as he hath promised in his holy word) will give unto him the blesing of eternal life, and make him 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 say the Prayer, which the Lord himself hath taught us :
UR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thý 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 vouchA us fi m this faith in us evernore. Give thy holy Spirit to this Infant, that he being born again, and being made an heir of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, may continue thy servant, and attain thy promile; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, whu liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, row and for ever. Amen. I bin fall the Prieji demand the Name of the Child, which being by the Godfathers and Godmothers pronounced,
the Minister fall say, D
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 wilē not follow, nor be led by them? An). I renounce them all.
OST thcu believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth ?
And in Jesus Christ bis only begotten Soo our Lord ? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghoft; boin 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 ascended into heaven, and fitteth at theright 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 Ghost; the Holy Ca:holick Churc the Communion of Saints, the Reo mision of fins ; the Resurrection of the flesh ; and everlasting lite after death? Ans. All this i Nedfastly believe.
Miniller. ILT thou then obediently keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days
of thy life?
Anf. I wiil.
9 hen pall I be Prief say, E receive this child into the co“gregation of Christ's Rock, and do * sign him with the fign of the
• Here the Priest Cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be alhamed to confess the faith of shall make a cross upon tbe Christ crucified, and mantully to fight under Christ's banner, against fin, the Childs forehead.
world, and the Devil; and to continue Chrifts faithful soldier and servant unto his lifes end. Amen.
Then the Prief mall say, EEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that this Child is by Baptism regenerate, and grafted into the body
of Christs Church, let us give thanks anto 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 the Prieft mall say, 7 E yield the most hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this In,
fant with thy holy Spirit, to receive him for chine own Child by adoption and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he being dead anto fin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly ablish 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 refurrection; so that finally with the residue of thy Holy Church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlafting Kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I ben all landing up, the Minister shall make this exhortation to :he Godfathers and God fathers: ORASMUCH as this Child hath promised by you his Sureties, to renounce the devil and all his works, F
to believe in God, and to serve him ; ye must remember that it is your parts and duties to see that this
infant be taught, fo fuon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession he hath here made by you. And that he may know these things the becter, ye shall call upon him to hear Sermons, and chiefly ye shall provide that he may learn the Creea the Lord's Prayer, and Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to hi; foul's health ; and thar this Child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life ; remembering always that Baptifm doth represent unto us our profesion; which is to follow the example of our Saviour Chris, and be made' like unto him ; that as he died, and rose again for us ; fo should we, who are baptized, die from fin, and rise again unto righteousness, continually mortilying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proce.ding in all virtue and godline is of living. But if they which bring the Infant to the Church do make such uncertain Answers to the Priests Qucflions, as
that it cannot appear that the child was baptized with later, In the name of the Father, ana of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (which are effential purts of Baptism) then let th: Prielt tapt ze it in the Firm before appointed for Publick Baptism of Infants ; saving that at the dipping of the Child in the Font, be shall use this
For in of words: I Holy Ghollol amely F thou art not already baptized, N. I baptize thee, In the Nanie of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
* The Ministration of Baptism of such as are of Riper Years, varies very little from Public Baptism of Infants, only saying instead of this infant, this Person; and the Gospel is taken out of the thrid Clapier of Saint John, beginning at the firit Verje, to Verse the ninth, after which an Exhortation followeth. A CATECHISM; that is to say, An Inftruction to be learned of every person, before he be brought
to be confirmed by the Bishop. Question. THAT is your Name? WHA
Answ. N. or M. Quest. Who gave you this Name? Anfw.. My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptism, wherein I was made a member of Chrit, the Child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of Heaven.
Quest. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?
Answ. They did promise and vow three things in my Name: Firit, that I hould renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the finful lulls of the fielh : Secondly, that I fhould believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith. And thirdly, that I hould keep Gods holy will and come mandments, and walk in the fame all the days of my life.
Quest. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to believe and do as they have promised for thee ?
Answ. Yes verily; and by Gods help fo I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this state of salvation through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Aud I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my lifes end,
Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy beliet.
Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary ; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, de id, and buried; Ile descended into Hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and filteth on the rigbt hand of God the Fa. ther Almighty; From thence he ihall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; 'The holy Catholick Church ; The Communion of Saints ; The forgiveness of fins; The resurrection of the body ; And the life everlaiting. Amen.
Queft. What doit thou chiefly learn in thele Articles of thy Belief?
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, wno fanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God Quet." You said that your Godfatners and Godmothers did proinise for you, that you should keep Gods Com. mandments. Tell me how many there be ?
Quest, Which be they? Aniwer. «. T
HE fame which God spake in the twentieth Chapter of Exodus saying, I am the Lord thy God,
wiro brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. This excellent Summary of the Faith and Duties of a child, and unworthy the Notice of fuch as are of Riper Christian, stand properly after Baptilin : fignifying hereby Years. For would all Persons of full Age Rill preserve it that the Child should be taught early what things were en in Memory, and seriously and frequently conlider it: it gaged for him at his Baptifin which are contained here. may be presumed that Ignorance in Matters of Religion Yet no one ought to look upon this merely as a Talk for a would not so generally prevail,