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4. Praise him in the cymbals 5. Praise him upon the welland dances (? : praise him upon tuned cymbals ; praise him upon the strings and pipe.

the loud cymbals.

6. Let every thing that hath (1) v. 4. “ Dances." See note on Psalm cxlix. 3.

breath : praise the Lord.

Lessons for the Thirty-first Day of the Month throughout the Year.

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(1) ante, 200. (2) ante, 130. (3) ante, 52. (4) ante, 210. (5) ante, 234. (6) ante, 228.

THE MINISTRATION OF

PUBLIC BAPTISM OF INFANTS,

TO BE USED IN THE CHURCH.

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 so

require,) Children may be baptized upon any other Day. And note, That there shall be for every Male Child to be baptized, two 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 Lessor 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,

Let us pray.

Hath this Child been already bap

Then shall the priest say, tized or no ?

Almighty and everlasting God, who If they answer No; then shall the Priest proceed as followeth :

of thy great mercy didst (a) save Noah

and his family in the ark from perishing Dearly beloved, forasmuch as all by water ; and also didst safely lead men are conceived and born in sin; the children of Israel thy people and that our Saviour Christ saith, through the Red Sea, figuring thereby “None can enter into the kingdom of thy holy Baptism; and by the Baptism of

God, except he be regenerate, and thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ in " born anew of Water and of the Holy the river Jordan, didst sanctify Water “ Ghost;" I beseech you to call upon to the mystical washing away of sin ; God the Father, through our Lord Jesus We beseech thee, for thine infinite merChrist, that of his bounteous mercy he cies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon will

grant to this Child that thing which this Child; wash him, and sanctify him by nature he cannot have; that he may with the Holy Ghost; that he, being be baptized with Water and the Holy delivered from thy wrath, may be reGhost, and received into Christ's Holy ceived into the ark of Christ's Church; Church, and be made a lively member of the same.

(a) 1 Pet. iii. 21. antc, 134.

him, and say,

and being stedfast in faith, joyful words of our Saviour Christ, that he through hope, and rooted in charity, commanded the children to be brought may so pass the waves of this trouble- unto him ; how he blamed those that some world, that finally he may come would have kept them from him ; how to the land of everlasting life; there to he exhorteth all men to follow their inreign with thee world without end, nocency. Ye perceive how by his outthrough Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ward gesture and deed he declared his

good will toward them; for he embraced Almighty and immortal God, the aid them in his arms, he laid his hands of all that need, 'the helper of all upon them, and blessed them. Doubt that flee to thee for succour, the life of ye not therefore, but earnestly believe them that believe, and the resurrection that he will likewise favourably reof the dead; We call upon thee for ceive this present Infant ; that he will this Infant, that he coming to thy holy embrace him with the arms of his Baptism, may receive remission of his mercy; that he will give unto him the sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive blessing of eternal life, and make him him, O Lord, as thou hast promised by partaker of his everlasting kingdom. thy well-beloved Son, saying, “ Ask (6), Wherefore, we being thus persuaded

and ye shall have; seek, and ye shall of the good will of our heavenly Father “ find; knock, and it shall be opened un- towards this Infant, declared by his “ to you:” So give now unto us that ask; Son Jesus Christ; and nothing

doubtlet us that seek, find; open the gate unto ing, but that he favourably alloweth this us that knock; that this Infant may enjoy charitable work of ours, in bringing the everlasting benediction of thy hea- this Infant to his Holy Baptism; let us venly washing, and may come to the faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, hea

. Then shall the People stand up, and the venly Father, we give thee humble Priest shall say,

thanks, that thou hast vouchsafed to Hear the words of the Gospel written call us to the knowledge of thy grace,

by Saint Mark, in the 10th chapter, and faith in thee: Increase this knowat the 13th verse.

ledge, and confirm this faith in us They brought young children to

evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to Christ, that he should touch them : and

this Infant ; that he may be born again, his disciples rebuked those that brought tion, through our Lord Jesus Christ

,

and made an heir of everlasting salvathem. 14. But when Jesus saw it, he

who liveth and reigneth with thee and was much displeased, and said unto them, « Suffer the little children to come unto

the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

Amen. me, and forbid them not; for of such « is the kingdom of God. 15. Verily

Then shall the Priest speak unto the GodI say unto you, Whosoever shall not

falhers and Godmothers on this wise. “ receive the kingdom of God as a little « child, he shall not enter therein." Dearly beloved, ye have brought 16. And he took them up in his arms, put this Child here to be baptized ; ye have his hands upon them, and blessed them. prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ

would vouchsafe to receive him, to fêAfter the Gospel is read, the Minister shall | lease him of his sins, to sanctify him make this brief Exhortation upon the with the Holy Ghost, to give him the words of the Gospel,

kingdom of heaven, and everlasting

life. Beloved, ye hear in this Gospel the

Ye have heard also, that our

Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in (6) Matt. vii. 7.

his Gospel to grant all these things in

that ye have prayed for: which promise, ) walk in the same all the days of thy he, for his part, will most surely keep life ? and perform. Wherefore, after this Answer. I will. promise made by Christ, this Infant must also faithfully, for his part, pro

Then shall the Priest say, mise by you that are his sureties, (un- O merciful God, grant that the old til he come of

age
to take it

upon

him- Adam in this Child may be so buried, self,) that he will renounce the devil and that the new man

may
be raised

up all his works, and constantly believe him. Amen. God's holy word, and obediently keep Grant that all carnal affections may his Commandments.

die in him, and that all things belongI demand therefore,

ing to the Spirit may live and grow

in him. Amen. Dost thou, in the Name of this child, Grant that he may have power and renounce the devil and all his works, strength to have victory, and to triumph the vain pomp and glory of the world, against the devil, the world, and the with all covetous desires of the same, flesh. Amen. and the carnal desires of the flesh, so Grant that whosoever is here dedithat thou wilt not follow, nor be led by cated to thee by our Office and Ministhem?

try, may also be endued with heavenly Answer. I renounce them all.

virtues, and everlastingly rewarded,

through thy mercy, oblessed Lord Minister.

God, who dost live and govern all Dost thou believe in God the Father things, world without end. Amen. Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth ?

And in Jesus Christ his only- | Almighty, everliving God, whose begotten Son our Lord ? And that most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, for the forgiveness of our sins, did born of the Virgin Mary ; that he suf- shed out of his most precious side both fered under Pontius Pilate, was cruci- water and blood; and gave commandfied, dead, and buried; that he went ment to his disciples, that they should down into hell, and also did rise again go (c) teach all nations, and baptize the third day; that he ascended into them in the Name of the Father, and of heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; ReGod the Father Almighty; and from gard, we beseech thee, the supplications thence shall come again at the end of of thy Congregation; sanctify this the world, to judge the quick and the

Water to the mystical washing away dead?

of sin ; and grant that this Child, now And dost thou believe in the Holy to be baptized therein, may receive the Ghost; the holy Catholic Church"; fulness of thy grace, and ever remain the communion of saints; the remission

in the number of thy faithful and elect of sins; the resurrection of the flesh; children, through Jesus Christ our and everlasting life after death?

Lord. Amen. Answer. All this I stedfastly believe.

Then the Priest shall take the Child into his

hands, and shall say to the Godfathers Minister.

and Godmothers. Wilt thou be baptized in this

Name this Child. faith? Answer. That is my desire.

And then naming it after them (if they shall certify him that the Child may

well Minister.

endure it) he shall dip it in the water disWilt thou then obediently keep God's creetly and warily, saying, holy will and commandments, and

(c) Matt. xxviii. 19.

Here the

N. I baptize thee, In the Name of he may also be partaker of his resurthe Father, and of the Son, and of the

rection; so that finally, with the reHoly Ghost. Amen.

sidue of thy holy Church, he may be

an inheritor of thine everlasting kingBut if they certify that the Child is weak, dom, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

it shall suffice to pour water upon it, saying the aforesaid words,

Then all standing up, the Priest shall say N. I baptize thee, In the Name of to the Godfathers and Godmothers this the Father, and of the Son, and of the

Exhortation following: Holy Ghost. Amen.

FORASMUCH as this Child hath proThen the Priest shall say,

mised by you his sureties, to renounce

the devil and all his works, to believe We receive this Child into the

in God, and to serve him ; ye must reCongregation of Christ's flock; and

member, that it is your parts and duties do sign him with the

to see that this Infant be taught, so Priest shall make sign of the Cross ; in

soon as he shall be able to learn, what a Cross upon the token that hereafter he Child's forehead. shall not be ashamed to

a solemn vow, promise, and profession

he hath here made by you. "And that confess the faith of Christ crucified,

he may know these things the better, and manfully to fight under his banner, ye shall call upon him to hear Sermons; against sin, the world, and the devil; and chiefly ye shall provide, that ke and to continue Christ's faithful soldier

may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and servant unto his life's end. Amen. and the Ten Commandments in the Then shall the Priest say,

vulgar (d) tongue, and all other things

which a Christian ought to know, and Seeing now, dearly beloved brethren, believe to his soul's health ; and that that this Child is regenerate, and grafted this Child may be virtuously brought into the body of Christ's Church; let us

up to lead a godly and a Christian life ; give thanks unto Almighty God for remembering always, that Baptism these benefits, and with one accord doth represent unto us our profession; make our prayers unto him, that this which is, to follow the example of our Child may lead the rest of his life ac- Saviour Christ, and to be made like cording to this beginning.

unto him ; that as he died, and rose Then shall be said, all kneeling,

again for us, so should we, who are The Lord's Prayer.

baptized, die from sin, and rise again

unto righteousness, continually mortiOur Father, &c. to — But deliver us fying all our evil and corrupt affections from evil. Amen.

and daily proceeding in all virtue and

godliness of living. Then shall the Priest say,

Then shall he add, and say: We yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased

Ye are to take care that this Child be thee to regenerate this Infant with thy brought to the Bishop to be confirmed Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine by him, so soon as he can say

the Creed own Child by adoption, and to incorpo- the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Com rate him into thy Holy Church. And mandments in the vulgar (d) tongue humbly we beseech thee to grant, that

and be further instructed in the Church he being dead unto sin, and living Catechism, set forth for that purpose. unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify

(d) “ Vulgar," i. e. “ English;" which

all understand, in opposition to the Latin, the old man, and utterly abolish the

which is only understood by the learned whole body of sin; and that as he is

and which was used in the services before made partaker of the death of thy Son, the Reformation.

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