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know these things the better, ye Mall call upon bien to hear Sermons, and chiefly ye shall provide that he may learn the Creed, the Lords Prayer, and the Ten Commandments in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his souls health ; and that this Child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian lite; remembering alway, that Baptism doch represent unto us our prefellion, which is to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, 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 mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtųe and godliness of living. But if they which bring the Infant to the Church do make fuch uncertain
Answers to the Priests 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 boly Ghoff ( which are fential Purts of Baptism) then let the Prieji baptize it in the Form before appointed for publick Baptism of infants ; saving that at the dipping of the Child in the Font, be jhall use this Form of words : F thou are not already baptized, N. I baptize thee, In
the Name of the Father, and of the Sun, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The MINISTRATION of BAPTISM to such
as are of riper Years, and able to answer for themselves.
WHEN any fuh Perfons as are of riper Years ar: to be baptized, timely
be purpose, a Week before at the least, by the Parents, or some other discreet Perfons; that so due care may be laken for their Examination, whether they be fufficicvily instructed in the Principles of the Chriftian Religion ; and that they may be exhorted to prepare themselves with Prayers and fafting for the receiving of this hol, Sacrament.
And if they fall be found fit, then the Godfathers and Godmothers (the People being assembled upon the Sunday or Holy-day appointed) fall be ready to prefent them at the Font, immediately after ile Second Lilon, tilber at Morning or Evening Prayer, as the Curare in bis discretion ball think fit.
And standing there, ibe Prief shall ak whether any of the Perfors bere prijented be baprized, or no: if they stali anfwer, No: then pħall'ike Priest Jay ibus,
a born in sin (and that which is born of the flesh is felli) and they that are in the Aesh cannot please God, but live in fin, committing many actual tranigressions; and that our Saviour Christ Taith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate, and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghost; I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his buunteous goodness he will grant to these persons that, which which by nature, they cannot have; that they may be baprized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Chrilt's Holy Church, and be made lively members of the fame.
Then shall the Prief fay,
Let us Pray.
didit save Noah and his family in the Ark from perish, ing by water ; and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red fea, figuring thereby thy holy Baptilni ; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan, didit fanctify the clement of
Water to the mystical washing away of sin; We beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon these thy Servants; wash theni, and fanctify them with the Holy Ghoft; that they being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the Ark of Christ's Church; and being stedfaft in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally they may come to the land of everlasting life; there to reign with thee world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, che life of them that believe, and the refurrection of the dead ; We call upon thee for these perfonis ; that they coming to thy holy Baptifin, may receive remission of their fins by fpiritual regeneration, Receive them, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Soni, saying, Alk, and ye hall receive ; feek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you : So give now unto us that ask; let us chat seek, find; open the gate unto us that knock ; that these per fons may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal Kingdom which thou haft
promised by Chrift our Lord. Amen.
Tben fall she People fland up, and the Prift fall say, Hear the words of the Gospel written by Saint John, in the
third Chapter, beginning at the first Verle : THERE was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodenzus,
a ruler of the Jews. The same came to Jesus by night, and faid unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a a teacher conie from God; for ro mian can do these miracles that thou dnest, except God be with him. Jesus anfvered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot fre the kingdom of God. Nicodemus faith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old ? Can be enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily I fay CREO thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is fesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it lifteth, and thou hearest the found thereof; but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it gocth: fo is every one that is born of the Spirit.
After which he shall say this Exhortation following :
Saviour Chrift, that except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Whereby ye may perceive the great necessity of this Sacrament, where it may be had. Likewise immediately before his ascension into heaven (as we read in the last Chapter of Saint Marks Gospel) he gave command to his disciples, saying, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved , but he that believeth not, shall be damned. Which also Theweth unto us the great benefit we'reap there. by. For which cause Saint Peter the Apostle, when upon his first preaching of the Gospel many were pricked at the heart, and said to him and the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? replied and said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remiffion of fins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God Mall call. And with many other words exhorted he them, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. For (as the fame Apostle testifieth in another place) even Baptism doch also now fave us (not the putting away of the filth of the feh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will favourably receive theft present Persons, truly repencing and coming unto him by faith ; that he will grant them remiffion of their fins, and be ftow upon them the Holy Ghoft; that he will give them the blessing of eternal life, and make them partakers of his ever. lafting kingdom.
Wherefore we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards these Perfuns, declared by his Son Jesus Chrift; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks to him, and fay,
Lmighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we
give thee humble thanks, for that thou haft vouchfated co call us to the knowledge of thy grace and faith in thee; Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore: Give thy Holy Spirit to these Persons, that tbey may be born again, and be made heirs of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. Then tbe Priet fall speak to the Persons to be baptized on this wife:
Ell-beloved, who are come hither defiring to receive
hach prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchlafe to receive you and bless you, to release you of your fins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. re have heard also that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his holy word to grant all those things that we have prayed for; which promise he' for his part will most surely keep and performi
Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, ye must also faithfully for your part promise in the presence of these your witneffes, and this whole Congregation, that ye will renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his Commandments. Then pall the Priest demand of each of the Perfons to be baptized, severally,
i bese Questions following. Queft. OST thou renounce the devil and all his works,
the vain pomp and glory of the 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 ? Answ. I renounce them all.