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PUBLIC BAPTISM.

PUBLIC BAPTISM. Ithen there are children to be baptized When there are children to be baptized

upon the Sunday or holy-day, the purents upon the Sunday or holy-day, the parents shall give knowledge orer-night, or in shall give knowledge over-night, or in the morning, afore the beginning of the morning, afore the beginning of Morning prayer, to the Curate. And Matins, to the Curate. And then the then the Godfathers, Godmothers, and Godfathers, Godmothers, and people, people with the children, must be ready with the children, must be ready at the at the Font, either immediately after Church door, either immediately afore the last lesson at Morning Prayer, or the last Canticle at Matins, or else imelse immediately after the last Lesson mediately afore the last (unticle at at Evening Prayer, as the Curate by Erensong, as the Curate by his discrehis discretion shall appoint.

tion shall appoint. And then standing there, the Priest shall ask whether the children be Baptized or no.

If they ansuer, No, Then shall the Priest say thus.

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EARLY beloved, forasmuch as all men be conceived and 'born

in sin; and that our Saviour Christ saith, none can enter into the kingdom of God, (except he be regenerate and born anew of water and the holy Ghost;) I beseech you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to these children, that thing which by nature they cannot have ; that they may be baptized with water and the holy Ghost, and received into Christ's holy Church, and be made lively members of the same.

Then the Priest shall say,

Let us pray

ALGod, whichand everlasting A God, which and then justice

mercy

didst save Noe and his family didst destroy by floods of water the in the Ark from perishing by water; whole world for sin, except eight and also didst safely lead the chil- persons, whom of thy mercy (the dren of Israel thy people through same time) thou didst save in the the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy Ark; And when thou didst drown holy Baptism ; and by the Baptism in the Red Sea wicked king Phaof thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ, raoh, with all his army, yet (at the didst sanctify the flood Jordan, and same time) thou didst lead thy

6 didst sanctify the flood Jordan and all other waters, to the mystical washing away, &c. (1604]

Sanctify them and wash them with, &c. [1604) (S. L.] 8 Dear beloved (1549] 9 born in sin; and that no man born in sin can enter, &c. [1549]

cannot have: that is to say, they may be Baptized with the holy Ghost, and received, &c. [1549]

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LMIGHTY and immortal God, the aid of all that need, the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, the life of them that

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1549 all other waters to the mystical people the children of Israel safely washing away of sin ; We beseech through the midst thereof; whereby thee, ('for thine infinite mercies) thou didst figure the washing of that thou wilt mercifully look upon thy holy baptism; and by the bapthese children ; sanctify them and tism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus wash them with thy holy Ghost; Christ, thou didst sanctify the flood that they, being delivered from thy Jordan, and all other waters, to wrath, may be received into the this mystical washing away of sin ; Ark of Christ's Church; and being We beseech thee (for thy infinite steadfast in faith, joyful through mercies) that thou wilt mercifully hope, and rooted in charity, may so look upon these children, and sancpass the waves of this troublesome tify them with thy holy Ghost; that world, that finally they may come by this wholesome laver of regeneto the land of everlasting life, there ration, whatsoever sin is in them to reign with thee world without may be washed clean away ; that end ; through Jesus Christ our they, being delivered from thy Lord. Amen.

wrath, may be received into the ark of Christ's Church, and so saved from perishing; and being fervent in spirit, stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, rooted in charity, may ever serve thee; And finally attain to everlasting life, with all thy holy and chosen people. This grant us, we beseech thee, for Jesus Christ's sake, our Lord. Amen.

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Here sluall the Priest ask what shall be

the name of the child; and when the Godfathers and Godmothers have told the name, then he shall make a cross upon the child's forehead and breast, saying,

RECEIVE the sign of the

holy Cross, both in thy forehead, and in thy breast, in token that thou shalt not be ashamed to confess thy faith in Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner against sin, the world, and the devil, and to continue his faithful soldier and servant unto thy life's end. Amen.

And this he shall do and say to as many

children as be present to be Baptized, one after another.

Let us pray.

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1604 S. L. believe, and the resurrection of the dead; We call upon thee for this infant, that he, coming to thy holy baptism, may receive remission of his sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive him, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, and 'ye shall have ; seek and 'ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: So give now unto us that ask ; let us that seek find; open the gate unto us that knock; that this infant may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the people stand up, and the

Then shall the Priest say,
Priest shall say,

Hear the words of the Gospel written Hear the words of the Gospel, by S. Mark, in the tenth Chapter. [1604] written by Saint Mark, in the tenth Then shall the Presbyter say, chapter, at the thirteenth verse.

Hear the words of the Gospel S. Mark x. 13.

written by S. Mark in the tenth

chapter. [S. L.] THEY brought young children 3 Ta certain time they brought

to Christ, that he should children to Christ, that he touch them; and his disciples re- should touch them ; and his discibuked those that brought them. ples rebuked those that brought

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1549 believe, and the resurrection of the dead; We call upon thee for these infants, that they, coming to thy holy Baptism, may receive remission of their sins by spiritual regeneration. Receive them, (O Lord,) as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Ask, and you shall have; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: So give now unto us that ask; let us that seek find; open 'thy gate unto us that knock; that these infants may enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then let the Priest, looking upon the

children, say, COMMAND thee, unclean

spirit, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the holy Ghost, that thou come out, and depart from these infants, whom our Lord Jesus Christ hath vouchsafed to call to his holy Baptism, to be made members of his body, and of his holy congregation. Therefore, thou cursed spirit, remember thy sentence, remember thy judgment, remember the day to be at hand, wherein thou shalt burn in fire everlasting, prepared for thee and thy Angels. And presume not hereafter to exercise any tyranny toward these infants, whom Christ hath bought with his precious blood, and by this his holy Baptism, calleth to be of his flock.

Then shull the Priest satij,
The Lord be with you.
The People.

And with thy

spirit. Then shall the Priest say,

The Minister, lleur the words of the Gospel, written

Hear now the Gospel written by by Saint Mark in the tenth chapter,

S. Mark.

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T a certain time they brought children to Christ, that he should

touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was displeased, and said unto them, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not ; for to such be

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