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to thee for thy great glory, O LORD GOD, heavenly King, GOD the Father Almighty.
O LORD, the only begotten Son, JESUS CHRIST; O LORD GOD, Lamb of GOD, SON of the FATHER, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer: Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the FATHER, have mercy upon us.
For thou only art holy; thou only art the LORD; thou only, O CHRIST, with the HOLY GHOST, art most high in the glory of GOD the FATHER. Amen.
Then the Priest (the Bishop, if he be present) shall let them depart with this blessing:
THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of GoD, and of his son JESUS CHRIST our Lord and the blessing of GoD ALMIGHTY, the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY GHOST, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.
T Collects that may be said after the Collects of Morning or Evening Prayer, or Communion, at the discretion of the Minister.
DIRECT 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 those who ask in thy Son's name; we beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to
ASSIST us mercifully, O LORD, in these our supplications and prayers; and dispose the 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 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.
¶ 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 Evening 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?
Then shall the Minister say,
¶ If they answer, No; then shall the Minister proceed, as followeth. DEARLY beloved, forasmuch 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, being delivered from thy wrath, may be received into the ark of CHRIST'S Church; and being steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally he may come to the land of everlasting life; there to reign with thee, world without end, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord, Amen,
¶ Or this.
Hear the words of the gospel, written by St. Mark, in the tenth chapter, at the thirteenth verse.
THEY brought young children to CHRIST, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when JESUS saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of GOD. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of GOD as a little child, he shall not And he took enter therein. them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
After the Gospel is read, the Minister shall
make this brief Exhortation upon the words of the Gospel :
ALMIGHTY and immortal GOD, the aid of all who need, the helper of all who flee to thee for succour, the life of those who believe, and the resurrection of the dead; we call upon thee for this infant, that he, coming to thy holy 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 this present infant; that he will embrace him with the arms of his merey; that he will give unto him the blessing of eternal life, and make him partaker of his everlasting kingdom. Wherefore, we being thus persuaded of the good will of our
¶ Then the Minister shall say as follows: or else shall pass on to the questions addressed to the Sponsors; and from thence
to the Prayer immediately before the immersion, or the pouring of water on the infant. But note; that, in every church,
the intermediate parts of the Service shall be used, once at least in every month (if there be a baptism) for the better instructing of the people in the grounds of Infant Baptism.
renounce 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.
heavenly Father towards this that he will
of ours, in bringing this infant to this holy baptism; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and say,
ALMIGHTY and everlasting GOD, heavenly Father, we give thee humble thanks, that thou hast vouchsafed to 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 this infant; that he may be born again, and be made an heir of everlasting salvation, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the HOLY SPIRIT, now and for ever. Amen,
T Then shall the Minister speak unto the
T The Minister shall then demand of the
Sponsors as follows; the questions being considered as addressed to them severally, and the answers to be made accordingly.
I demand therefore, DOST thou, in the name of this child, renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the sinful desires of the flesh; so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them?
Answer. I renounce them all; and, by GoD's help, will endeavour not to follow, nor be led by them.
Minister. Dost thou believe all the articles of the Christian faith, as contained in the Apostles' Creed?
Answer. I do.
Minister. Wilt thou be bap tized in this faith?
Answer. That is my desire. Minister. Wilt thou then obediently keep GoD's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life?
Answer. I will, by God's help.
DEARLY beloved, ye have brought this child here to be baptized; ye have prayed that our Lord JESUS CHRIST would vouchsafe to receive him, to release him from sin, to sanctify him with the HOLY GHOST, to give him the kingdom of heaven and everlasting life. Ye have heard also that our Lord JESUS CHRIST hath promised, in his Gospel, to grant all these things that ye have prayed for; which promise, he for his part will most surely keep and perform. 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
O MERCIFUL GOD, grant that the old Adam in this child may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in him. Amen.
power and strength to have | Flock, and do *sign * Here the Minvictory, and to triumph against him with the sign ister shall make the devil, the world, and the of the cross; in child's forehead.
Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our office and ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, O blessed LORD GOD, who dost live and govern all things, world without end. Amen.
ALMIGHTY, everliving GOD, whose most dearly beloved Son JESUS CHRIST, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood; and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST; regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy congregation; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that this child, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful children, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
Then the Minister shall take the child into
his hands, and shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers,
Name this child. And then, naming it after them, he shall dip it in the water discreetly, or shall pour water upon it, saying,
N. I BAPTIZE thee in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST. Amen.
Then the Minister shall say, WE receive this child into the congregation of CHRIST's
token that hereafter
a cross upon the
he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of CHRIST crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue CHRIST's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.
If those who present the infant shall desire the sign of the cross to be omitted, although the Church knows no worthy cause of scruple concerning the same, yet, in that case, the Minister may omit that part of the above which follows the immersion, or the pouring of water on the infant.
¶ Then shall the Minister say, SEEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that this child is regenerate, and grafted into the body of CHRIST's Church; let us give thanks unto ALMIGHTY GOD for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that this child may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning.
Then shall be said, all kneeling, OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say,
WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this infant with thy holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own child by adoption, and to incorporate him into thy holy