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Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting ?

Answer: All this I unfeignedly believe.

Do

you repent of your sins, and renounce the flesh, the devil, and the world, and consent to the Covenant of Grace, giving up yourself to God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, as your Creator and reconciled Father, your Redeemer and your Sanctifier ?

Answer: I do.

Do you here solemnly promise, that, if God continue this child with you till he be capable of instruction, you will faithfully endeavour to acquaint him with the covenant in which he was here engaged by you, and to instruct and exhort him that he perform this covenant as he looks for the blessings upon it, or to escape the curses and wrath of God; that he renounce the flesh, the world, and the devil, and live not after them; and that he believe in this one God in three Persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, his Creator,

Redeemer, and Sanctifier; that he resign himself to Him as his absolute owner, and obey Him as his supreme Governor, and love Him as his most gracious Father, hoping to enjoy Him as His felicity in endless glory?

Answer: I will faithfully endeavour it.

Will you to this end faithfully endeavour to cause him to learn the articles of the Christian Faith, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and to read and hear the Holy Scriptures, and to attend on the public Preaching of God's Word ? Will you endeavour by your own teaching, and example, and restraint, to keep him from wickedness, and train him up in a holy life?

Answer: I will faithfully endeavour it, by the help of God.

Then let the Minister pray thus:

PRAYER.

O MOST Merciful Father by the first Adam sin

MOST Merciful Father! by the first Adam sin

entered into the world, and death by sin; and

we are all by nature children of wrath. But Thou hast given Thy only Son to be the seed of the woman, the Saviour of the world, the Captain of our salvation; to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself, and to wash us in His blood, and reconcile us unto Thee, and to renew us by the Holy Ghost, and to bruise Satan under our feet. In Him Thou hast established the Covenant of Grace, and hast appointed this holy Sacrament of Baptism for our solemn entrance into the bonds of the Covenant, and instating us in the blessings of it, which Thou extendest to the faithful and their seed. We dedicate and offer this child to Thee, to be received into Thy Covenant and Thy Church. We beseech Thee to accept him as a member of Thy Son, and wash him in His blood from the guilt of sin, as the flesh is washed by this water. Be reconciled to him, and take him for Thy child. Renew him in the image of Thy Son; make him a fellow-citizen with the Saints, and of Thy household. Protect him and provide for him as Thine own, and finally preserve him to Thy heavenly Kingdom : Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. AMEN.

Then the Minister shall ask of the parent the name of the child to be baptized; and naming bim, shall say:

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BAPTIZE thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

And he shall thus declare:

THIS

THIS child is now received by Christ's appointment

into His Church, and solemnly entered into the holy Covenant; and engaged, if he lives to the use of reason, to rise with Christ to newness of life, being buried with Him by Baptism; and to bear His Cross, and confess Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under His banner against the flesh, the devil, and the world, and to continue His faithful soldier and servant to the death, that he may receive the crown of life.

Then he shall give thanks and pray.

THANKSGIVING.

E give Thee thanks, Most Merciful Father!

that when we had broken Thy law, and were condemned by it, Thou didst give us a Saviour, and eternal life in Him; and hast extended Thy Covenant of Grace to believers and to their seed; and hast now received this child into Thy Covenant and Thy Church, as a member of Christ, by this Sacrament of regeneration. We beseech Thee, let him grow up in holiness ; and when he comes to years of discretion, let Thy

Spirit reveal unto him the mysteries of the Gospel, and the riches of Thy love in Jesus Christ; and cause him to renew and perform the covenant that he hath now made, and to resign himself, and all that he hath, entirely unto Thee his Lord, to be subject and obedient to Thee his Governor, and to love Thee his Father, with all his heart, and soul, and might. May he ever adhere unto Thee, and delight in Thee, as the portion of his soul; desiring and hoping to enjoy Thee in everlasting glory. Save him from the lusts and allurements of the flesh; the temptations of the devil; the pleasure, profit, and honour of the world; from all the corruptions of his own heart, and all the hurtful violence of his foes. Keep him in communion with Thy saints, in the love and use of Thy Word and worship. May he deny himself and take up his cross, and follow Christ, the Captain of his salvation, and be faithful unto the death, and then receive the crown of life, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. AMEN.

III.

ADDRESS.

THE principal parts of the doctrine of Holy Bap

tism are these three : first, That we with our

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