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Regard, we beseech thee, the suppli- | Then all standing up, the Priest shall use cations of this Congregation ; sanctify this Exhortation following ; speaking to this Water to the mystical washing the Godfathers and Godmothers first. away of sin ; and grant that the Per-FORASMUCH as these Persons have prosons now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace,
mised in your presence, to renounce ever remain in the number of thy faith
the devil and all his works, to believe ful and elect children, through Jesus
in God, and to serve him; ye must reChrist our Lord. Amen.
member, that it is your part and duty
to put them in mind, what a solemn Then shall the Priest take each person to vow, promise, and profession they have
be baptized, by the right hand, and plac- now made before this Congregation, ing him conveniently by the Font, according to his discretion, shall ask the
and especially before you their chosen
Witnesses. Godfathers and Godmothers the Name ;
And ye are also to call and then shall dip him in the water, or
them to use all diligence to be pour water upon him, saying,
rightly instructed in God's holy Word;
that so they may grow in grace, and in N. I baptize thee, In the Name of the
the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father, and of the Son, and of the
and live godly, righteously, and soberly Holy Ghost. Amen.
in this present world. Then shall the Priest say,
( And then speaking to the new baptized We receive this Person, &c. as in Persons, he shall proceed, and say,)
And as for you, who have now by Then shall the Priest say, Baptism put on Christ
, it is your part Seeing now, dearly beloved brethren, and duty also, being made the Children that these Persons are regenerate, and of God and of the light, by faith in grafted into the body of Christ's Church; Jesus Christ, to walk answerably to let us give thanks unto Almighty God your Christian calling, and as becometh for these benefits, and with one accord the children of light; remembering almake our prayers unto him, that they ways that Baptism representeth unto us may
lead the rest of their life, accord- our profession; which is, to follow the ing to this beginning.
example of our Saviour Christ, and to
be made like unto him ; that as he died, Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all kneeling
and rose again for us; so should we, Our Father, &c. to. — But deliver us
who are baptized, die from sin, and rise
again unto righteousness; continually from evil. Amen.
mortifying all our evil and corrupt alWe yield thee humble thanks, o
fections, and daily proceeding in all heavenly Father, that thou hast vouch
virtue and godliness of living. safed to call us to the knowledge of thy It is expedient that every Person, thus bepgrace,
and faith in thee: Increase this tized, should be confirmed by the Bishop, knowledge, and confirm this faith in us so soon after his Baptism as conveniently evermore. Give thy Holy Spirit to тау.
be ; that so he may be admitted to these Persons ; that being now born
the Holy Communion. again, and made heirs of everlasting If any Persons, not baptized in their la salvation, through our Lord Jesus fancy, shall be brought to be baptized Christ, they may continue thy servants, before they come to years of discretion to and attain thy promises, through the
answer for themselves ; same Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who
use the Office for Public Baptism of Ixo liveth and reigneth with thee, in the
fants, or (in case of extreme danger) the
Office for Private Baptism ; only chang: unity of the same Holy Spirit, ever- ing the word (Infant] for (Child or Perlastingly. Amen.
son) as occasion requireth.
may suffice to
THAT IS TO SAY,
AN INSTRUCTION, TO BE LEARNED OF EVERY PERSON BEFORE HE BE
BROUGHT TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE BISHOP.
ven, and sitteth at the right hand of What is your name?
God the Father Almighty; from thence Answer. N. or M.
he shall come to judge the quick and
I believe in the Holy Ghost ; the in my Baptism; wherein I was made holy Catholic Church; the communion a member of Christ, the child of God,
of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the and an inheritor of the kingdom of
resurrection of the body; and the life heaven.
everlasting. Amen. Q. What did your Godfathers and
Q. What dost thou chiefly learn in Godmothers then for
these Articles of thy Belief?
A. First, I learn to believe in God things in my Name : First, that I the Father, who hath made me, and should renounce the devil and all his
all the world ; works, the pomps and vanity of this
Secondly, in God the Son, who wicked world, and all the sinful lusts
hath redeemed me, and all mankind; of the flesh. Secondly, that I should
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, believe all the Articles of the Christian
who sanctifieth me, and all the elect Faith. And, thirdly, that I should keep people of God. God's holy Will and Commandments,
Q. You said that your Godfathers and walk in the same all the days of
and Godmothers did promise for you,
that you should keep God's ComQ. Dost thou not think that thou
mandments : Tell me how
there art bound to believe, and to do, as they
A. Ten. have promised for thee? A. Yes, verily; and by God's help
Q. Which be they? so I will. And I heartily thank our
Anster. heavenly Father, that he hath called me The same which God spake in the to this state of salvation, through twentieth chapter of Exodus, saying, Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray “ I am the Lord thy God, who brought unto God to give me his grace,
“ thee out of the land of Egypt, out of may continue in the same
6 the house of bondage. life's end.
I. “Thou shalt have none other gods Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.
II. “ Thou shalt not make to thyself Answer. I
any graven image, nor the likeness of BELIEVE in God the Father Al- “ any thing that is in heaven above, or mighty, Maker of heaven and earth : " in the earth beneath, or in the water
And in Jesus Christ his only Son “ under the earth. Thou shalt not bow our Lord; who was conceived by the “ down to them, nor worship them: for Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; “ I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was cru- 6 and visit the sins of the fathers upon cified, dead, and buried; he descended “ the children, unto the third and fourth into hell; the third day he rose again generation of them that hate me; and from the dead, he ascended into hea- " shew mercy unto thousands in them
6 but me.
" that love me, and keep my Command | to all men as I would they should “ ments.
do unto me: To love, honour, and III. “ Thou shalt not take the Name succour my father and mother : To “ of the Lord thy God in vain : for the honour and obey the King, and all “ Lord will not hold him guiltless that that are put in authority under him: To 6 taketh his Name in vain.
submit myself to all my governors, IV. “ Remember that thou keep holy teachers, spiritual pastors and masters: “ the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou To order myself lowly and reverently “ labour, and do all thou hast to do; to all my betters: To hurt nobody by “ but the seventh day is the Sabbath of word or deed: To be true and just in “ the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do all my dealings: To bear no malice “no manner of work, thou, and thy son, nor hatred in my heart : To keep my “ and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and hands from picking and stealing, and “ thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the my tongue from evil speaking, lying, “ stranger that is within thy gates. For and slandering: To keep my body in “ in six days the Lord made heaven and temperance, soberness, and chastity: “ earth, the sea, and all that in them is, Not to covet nor desire other men's “ and rested the seventh day: wherefore good's; but to learn and labour truly “ the Lord blessed the seventh day, and to get mine own living, and to do my " hallowed it.
duty in that state of life unto which it V. “Honour thy father and thy shall please God to call me. “ mother, that thy days may be long in Catechist. My good Child, know “ the land which the Lord thy God this, that thou art not able to do these giveth thee.
things of thyself, nor to walk in the VI. " Thou shalt do no murder. Commandments of God, and to serve VII. 6 Thou shalt not commit adul- him, without bis special grace; which
thou must learn at all times to call for VIII. - Thou shalt not steal. by diligent prayer: Let me hear there
IX. “ Thou shalt not bear false wit- fore if thou canst say the Lord's “ness against thy neighbour.
Prayer. X. “ Thou shalt not covet thy neigh6 bour's house, thou shalt not covet thy
Answer. neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor
Our Father, which art in heaven, “ his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom “ any thing that is his.”
come; Thy will be done in earth, as it Q. What dost thou chiefly learn by is in heaven : Give us this day our these Commandments ?
daily bread; And forgive us our tresA. I learn two things : My duty passes, as we forgive them that trespass towards God, and my duty towards my against us; And lead us not into neighbour.
temptation, But deliver us from evil. Q. What is thy duty towards God ? Amen.
A. My duty towards God, is to be- Q. What desirest thou of God in lieve in him, to fear him, and to love this Prayer ? him with all my heart, with all my A. I desire my Lord God our mind, with all my soul, and with all heavenly Father, who is the giver
of my strength; to worship him, to give all goodness, to send his grace unto him thanks, to put my whole trust in me, and to all people; that we may him, to call upon him, to honour his worship him, serve him, and obey holy Name and his Word, and to serve him, as we ought to do. And I pray him truly all the days of my life. unto God, that he will send us all
Q. What is thy duty towards thy things that be needful both for our Neighbour ?
souls and bodies ; and that he will A. My duty towards my neighbour, be merciful unto us, and forgive us is to love him as myself, and to do our sins; and that it will please him to
save and defend us in all dangers sake sin; and Faith, whereby they ghostly and bodily; and that he will stedfastly believe the promises of God keep us from all sin and wickedness, made to them in that Sacrament. and from our ghostly enemy, and from Q. Why then are Infants baptized, everlasting death. And this I trust he when by reason of their tender age will do of his mercy and goodness, they cannot perform them? through our Lord Jesus Christ : And A. Because they promise them therefore I say, Amen; So be it. both (k) by their sureties; which pro
mise, when they come to age, themQuestion.
selves are bound to perform. How many Sacraments hath Christ Q. Why was the Sacrament of the ordained in his Church?
Lord's Supper ordained ? A. Two only, as generally necessary
A. For the continual remembrance to salvation; that is to say, Baptism,
of the sacrifice of the death of Christ,
and of the benefits which we receive and the Supper of the Lord.
thereby. Q. What meanest thou by this word
Q. What is the outward part, or Sacrament? A. I mean an outward and visible sign of the Lord's Supper?
A. Bread and Wine, which the sign of an inward and spiritual grace
Lord hath commanded to be received. given unto us, ordained (h) by Christ himself, as a means whereby we receive
Q. What is the inward part, or the (i) same, and a pledge to assure us
thing signified ?
A. The Body and Blood of Christ,
which are verily and indeed taken and Q. How many parts are there in a Sacrament?
received by the faithful in the Lord's A. Two; the outward visible sign, Supper. and the inward spiritual grace.
Q. What are the benefits whereof Q. What is the outward visible sign,
we are partakers thereby ? or form in Baptism ?
A. The strengthening and refreshing A. Water; wherein the person is
of our souls by the Body and Blood of baptized, In the Name of the Father, Christ, as our bodies are by the Bread
and Wine. and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Q. What is the inward and spiritual
Q. What is required of them who
come to the Lord's Supper ? A. A death unto sin, and a new
A. To examine themselves, whether birth unto righteousness : for being by they (1) repent them truly of their nature born in sin, and the children of former sins, stedfastly purposing to wrath, we are hereby made the children lead a new life; have a lively faith in .
God's mercy through Christ, with a Q. What is required of persons to
thankful remembrance of his death; be baptized ?
and be in charity with all men. A. Repentance, whereby they for
(h) “ Ordained ;" referring to the sign, which is the means and pledge by which the spiritual grace is received and assured.
(i) “ The same,” and “ thereof," i. e. “ the spiritual grace.'
(k) “ Both," i.e.“ repentance and faith.” (1) “Repent, &c." ante, 246.
The Curate of every Parish shall diligently upon Sundays and Holy Days, after the second Lesson at Evening
Prayer, openly in the Church instruct and examine so many Children of his Parish sent unto him as he shall think convenient, in some part of this Catechism. And all Fathers, Mothers, Masters, and Dames, shall cause their Children, Servants, and Apprentices (which
have not learned their Catechism) to come to the Church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear and be
ordered by the Curate, until such time as they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn. Su soon as Children are come to a competent age, and can say in their mother tongue, the Creed, the Lord's
Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and also can answer to the other Questions of this short Catechism, they shall be brought to the Bishop. And every one shall have a Godfather, or a Godmother, as a witness of
their Confirmation. And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for Children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation,
the Curate of every Parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the Names of all such Persons within his Parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the Bishop to be confirmed. And if the Bishop approve of them, he shall confirm them in the manner following :
ORDER OF CONFIRMATION,
OR LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE THAT ARE BAPTIZED,
AND COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION.
Upon the Day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and standing in order before the Bishop; he (or some other Minister appointed by him) shall read
this Preface following. To the end that Confirmation may be
The Bishop ministered to the more edifying of such Our help is in the Name of the as shall receive it, the Church hath thought good to order, That none Answer. Who hath made heaven and hereafter shall be confirmed, but such earth. as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, Bishop. Blessed be the Name of the and the Ten Commandments; and can
Lord; also answer to such other Questions, as Answer. Henceforth, world without in the short Catechism are contained : end. which order is very convenient to be Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers; observed ; to the end that children, be- Answer. And let our cry come unto ing now come to the years of discretion, thee. and having learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers promised for
Bishop. Let us pray. them in Baptism, they may themselves, Almighty and everliving God, who with their own mouth and consent, hast vouchsafed to regenerate these thy openly before the Church, ratify and
servants by Water and the Holy Ghost, confirm the same; and also promise,
and hast given unto them forgiveness that by the grace of God they will ever- of all their sins; Strengthen them, we more endeavour themselves, faithfully beseech thee, O Lord, with the Holy to observe such things as they, by their Ghost the Comforter, and daily inown confession, have assented unto.
crease in them thy manifold gifts
of Then shall the Bishop say,
grace; the spirit of wisdom and underDo ye here in the presence
of God, standing, the spirit of council and and of this Congregation, renew the ghostly strength, the spirit of knowsolemn promise and vow, that was made ledge and true godliness, and fill them, in your name at your Baptism; ratify
O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy ing and confirming the same in your
fear, now and for ever. Amen. own persons, and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe, and to do all
Then all of them in order kneeling before those things which your Godfathers
the Bishop, he shall lay his hand spor
the head of every one severally, saying, and Godmothers then undertook for
DEFEND, O Lord, this thy child [or, And every one shall audibly answer, this thy servant] with thy heavenly I do.
grace, that he may continue thine for