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    1786 Proposed U. S. Book of Common Prayer

 

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, or occasions of public worship. Nevertheless, (if necessity so require) they may be Baptized 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 thereon before the beginning of Morning Prayer, to the Minister.

    Minister. Hath this Child been already baptized, or no?

If they answer, No: then shall the Minister proceed, as followeth.

DEarly beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived and born in sin; and our Saviour Christ saith, 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 bounteous mercy, he will grant to this Child that which by nature he cannot have; that he may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and received into Christ's holy Church, and be made a lively member of the same.

Then shall the Minister say,

Let us pray

ALmighty and everlasting God, who of thy great mercy didst save Noah and his family in the Ark from perishing by water; and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy holy Baptism; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan, didst sanctify Water to the mystical washing away of sin; We beseech thee, for thine infinite mercies, that thou wilt mercifully look upon this Child; wash him and sanctify him with the Holy Ghost; that he, being delivered from thy wrath, maybe 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,

ALmighty and immortal God, the aid of those 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 of sin, 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 who ask; let us who seek, find; open the gate unto us who 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 the Minister shall say,

    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 that 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 enter therein. And he took 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:

BEloved, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him; how he blamed those who would have kept them from him; how he exhorteth all men to follow their innocency. Ye perceive how, by his outward gesture and deed, he declared his good will toward them; for he embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will likewise favourably receive this present Infant; that he will embrace him with the arms of his mercy; 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 heavenly Father towards this Infant, declared by his Son Jesus Christ; and nothing doubting but that he favourably alloweth this charitable work of ours in bringing this Infant to his 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 same Holy Spirit, Now and for ever. Amen.

Then shall the Minister speak unto the Godfathers and Godmothers on this wise.

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 made by Christ, you must also faithfully for your part, promise and answer to the following questions:
    Dost thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles Creed; and wilt thou endeavour to have this Child instructed accordingly?
    Answ. I do believe them; and by God's help will endeavour so to do.
    Minister. Wilt thou endeavour to have him brought up in the fear of God, and to obey his holy Will and Commandments?
    Answ. I will, by God's assistance.
 

 

Then shall the Minister say,

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.
   Grant that all carnal affections may die in him, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in him. Amen.
   Grant that he may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph, against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.
   Grant that whosoever is here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlasting 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 (if they shall certify him that the child may well endure it) he shall dip it in the Water discreetly and warily, saying,

N. I baptize thee In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

But if they certify that the child is weak, it shall suffice to pour Water upon it, saying the aforesaid words,
 

 

Then the Minister shall say,

WE receive this Child into the Congregation of Christ's flock;* and do sign him with the sign of the Cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and 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.

But if the Sponsors shall desire that the Sign of the Cross may be omitted, the Minister shall say,

WE receive this child into the Congregation of Christ's Flock; and pray that hereafter he may never be ashamed, &c.

Then shall be said;

OUr Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And for give 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 receive this Infant as thine own Child by Baptism, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he, being dead unto sin, and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may crucify the old man, and utterly abolish the whole body of sin; and that, as he is made partaker of the death of thy Son, he may also be partaker of his resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Minister shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers this exhortation following.

FOrasmuch as ye have promised for this Child, that ye will endeavour to have him instructed in the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles Creed, and brought up in the Fear of God, and to obey his holy Will and Commandments; ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this Infant be taught, so soon as he shall be able to learn what a solemn vow, promise, and profession ye have here made for him. And that he may know these things the better, ye shall call upon him to hear Sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide, that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health; and that this Child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life; remembering always, that Baptism doth represent unto us our profession; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him; that, as he died, and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding to all virtue and godliness of living.

Then shall he add and say,

YE are to take care that this Child be brought to the Bishop to be confirmed by him, so soon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and is sufficiently instructed in the other parts of the Church Catechism set forth for that purpose.

 

 

 

The Ministration of

PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN,

in Houses

 

The Minister of every Parish shall often admonish the People, that they defer not the Baptism of their Children longer than the first or second Sunday next after their Birth, or other Holy-day falling between, unless upon a great and reasonable Cause.

And also they shall warn them, that with out like great cause and necessity they procure not their Children to be baptized at home in their Houses. But when need shall compel them so to do, then Baptism shall be administered as followeth.

First, let the Minister of the Parish (or, in his absence, any other lawful Minister that can be procured) with those who are present call upon God, and say the Lord's Prayer, and so many of the Collects appointed to be said before in the Form of Public Baptism, as the time and present exigence will suffer. And then, the Child being named by some one who is present, the Minister shall pour water upon it, saying these words;

N. I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then the Minister shall give thanks unto God, and say,

WE yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to receive this Infant as thine own Child by Baptism, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And we humbly beseech thee to grant, that as he is now made partaker of the death of thy Son so he may be also of his resurrection; And that finally, with the residue of thy Saints, he may inherit thine everlasting kingdom, through the same, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And let them not doubt, but that the Child so baptized is lawfully and sufficiently baptized, and ought not to be baptized again. Yet nevertheless, if the Child, which is after this sort baptized do afterward live, it is expedient that it be brought into the Church, to the intent that, if the Minister of the same Parish did himself baptize that Child, the Congregation may be certified of the true form of baptism, by him privately before used: In which case he shall say thus,

I Certify you, that according to the due and prescribed Order of the Church, at such a time, and at such a place, before divers witnesses I baptized this Child.

But if the Child were baptized by any other lawful Minister, then the Minister of the Parish where the Child was born or christened, shall examine whether the same hath been lawfully done. And if the Minister shall find by the Answers of such as bring the Child, that all things were done as they ought to be; then shall not he christen the Child again; but shall receive him as one of the Flock of true Christian People, saying thus;

I Certify you, that in this case all is well done, and according unto due order, concerning the Baptizing of this Child; who is now by Baptism incorporated into the Christian Church: For our Lord Jesus Christ doth not deny his grace and mercy unto such Infants, but most lovingly doth call them unto him, as the holy Gospel doth witness, to our comfort on this wise.
 

 

The Gospel   St. Mark 10.13.

THey brought young children to Christ, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that 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 enter therein. And he took 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.

BEloved, ye heard in this Gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, that he commanded the children to be brought unto him; how he blamed those who would have kept them from him; how he exhorted all men to follow their innocency. Ye perceive how by his outward gesture and deed he declared his good will toward them; for he embraced them in his arms, he laid his hands upon them, and blessed them. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he hath likewise favourably received this present Infant; that he hath embraced him with the arms of his mercy; and (as he hath promised in his holy Word) 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 heavenly Father, declared by his Son Jesus Christ, towards this Infant, let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, and say the Prayer which the Lord himself taught us:

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And for give us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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 being an heir of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, may continue thy servant, and attain thy promise, through the same our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
 

 

Then shall the Minister demand the Name of the Child; which being by the Godfathers and Godmothers pronounced, the Minister shall say to them,

DOst thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles Creed; And wilt thou endeavour to have this Child instructed accordingly?
    Answer. I do believe them; and by God's help will endeavour so to do.

Minister.

WIlt thou endeavour to have him brought up in the fear of God, and to obey his holy Will and Commandments?
    Answer. I will, by God's assistance.

Then the Minister shall say,

WE receive this Child into the Congregation of Christ's flock;* and do sign him with the sign of the Cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and 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.

The same rule to be observed, as to the omission of the Sign of the Cross, as in the Public Baptism of Infants; and the Minister to proceed as in that Form, to the end thereof.

But if they who bring the Infant to the church do make such uncertain Answers to the Minister's 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 Holy Ghost (which are the essential parts of Baptism) then let the Minister Baptize it in the Form before appointed for Public Baptism of Infants; saving that at the dipping of the Child in the Font, he shall use this Form of Words:

IF thou art not already Baptized, N. I baptize thee In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, 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 such Persons, as are of Riper Years, are to be baptized, timely notice shall be given to the Minister; that so due care may be taken for their examination, whether they be sufficiently instructed in the Principles of the Christian Religion; and that they may be exhorted to prepare themselves with Prayers and Fasting for the receiving of this holy Sacrament.

And if they shall be found fit, the Minister, in presence of the Sponsors or other Witnesses chosen for this Purpose, either at the Morning or Evening Service, shall say,

DEarly beloved, forasmuch as all men are conceived and born in sin, (and that which is born of the flesh is flesh,) and they that are in the flesh cannot please God, but live in sin, committing many actual transgressions; and that our Saviour Christ saith, 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 bounteous mercy, he will grant to these persons that 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 shall the Minister say,

Let us pray

ALmighty and everlasting God, who of thy great mercy didst save Noah and his family in the Ark from perishing by water; and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red Sea, figuring thereby thy holy Baptism; and by the Baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ, in the river Jordan, didst sanctify the element 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 them and sanctify them with the Holy Ghost; that they, 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 they may come to the land of everlasting life, there to reign with thee world without end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this,

ALmighty and immortal God, the aid of those who need, the helper of all that flee to thee for succour, the life of those who believe, and the resurrection of the dead; We call upon thee for these persons, 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 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 these persons 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 the Minister shall say,

    Hear the words of the Gospel, written by Saint John, in the third Chapter, beginning at the first Verse:

THere was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto 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 flesh; 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 listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

After which he shall say this Exhortation following.

BEloved, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our Saviour Christ, 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 Mark's 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 sheweth unto us the great benefit we reap thereby. 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 remission of sins, 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 shall call. And with many other words exhorted he them, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. For (as the same Apostle testifieth in another place) even Baptism doth also now save us, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, 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 these present persons, truly repenting, and coming unto him by faith; that he will grant them remission of their sins, and bestow upon them the holy Ghost; that he will give them the blessing of eternal life, and make them partakers of his everlasting kingdom.
    Wherefore we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards these persons, declared by his Son Jesus Christ; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks to 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 these persons, that they may be born again, And be made heirs of everlasting salvation; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Spirit, Now and for ever. Amen.
 

 

Then the Minister shall speak to the persons to be baptized on this wise:

WEll-Beloved, who are come hither desiring to receive holy Baptism, ye have heard how the congregation hath prayed, that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchsafe to receive you and bless you, to release you of your sins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. Ye have heard also, that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his holy Word to grant all those things what we have prayer for; which promise he, for his part, will most surely keep and perform.
    Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, ye must also faithfully for your part, in the presence of these your Witnesses, and this whole Congregation, promise and answer to the following Questions;

Question.

DOst thou believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith, as contained in the Apostles Creed?
    Answ.  I do.
    Question. Wilt thou endeavour to live in the fear of God, and to obey his holy Will and Commandments?
    Answ. I will, by God's assistance.

Then shall the Minister say,

O Merciful God, grant that the old Adam in these persons may be so buried, that the new man may be raised up in them. Amen.
    Grant that all carnal affections may die in them, and that all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in them. Amen.
    Grant that they may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph, against the devil, the world, and the flesh. Amen.
   Grant that they being 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 this Congregation; Sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that the persons 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 shall the Minister take each Person to be baptized by the right Hand, and placing him conveniently by the Font, according to his Discretion, shall ask the Name; and then shall dip him in the Water, or pour Water upon him, 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,

Baptism_1789_img.gif (1365 bytes)WE receive this person into the Congregation of Christ's flock; and* do sign him with the sign of the Cross, in token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and 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.

The same Rule, as to the omission of the sign of the Cross, to be observed here, as in the Baptism of Infants.

Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer.

OUr Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And for give us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

WE yield thee humble thanks, O heavenly Father, 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 these persons; that, being made heirs of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, they may continue thy servants, and attain thy promises; through the same Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, everlastingly. Amen.

Then the Minister shall use this Exhortation following, speaking to the Godfathers and Godmothers first.

FOrasmuch as these persons have declared in your presence, that they believe all the articles of the Christian Faith as contained in the Apostles Creed; and have promised that they will live in the Fear of God, and obey his holy Will and Commandments, ye must remember, that it is your part and duty to put them in mind, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession they have now made before this Congregation, and especially before you their chosen Witnesses. And ye are also to call upon them to use all diligence to be rightly instructed in God's holy Word; so they may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and live godly, righteously, and soberly in this present world.

And then, speaking to the new baptized Persons, he shall proceed, and say,

AND as for you, who have now by Baptism put on Christ, it is your part and duty also, being made the Children of God and of the light, by faith in Jesus Christ, to walk answerably to your Christian calling, and as becometh the children of light; remembering always that Baptism representeth unto us our profession; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him; that as he died, and rose again for us; so should we, who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.

It is expedient that every person, thus baptized, should be confirmed by the Bishop so soon after his Baptism as conveniently may be; that so he may be admitted to the holy Communion.

If any Persons not baptized in their Infancy shall be brought to be baptized before they come to years of discretion to answer for themselves; it may suffice to use the Office for Publick Baptism of Infants, or (in case of extreme Danger) the Office for Private Baptism; only changing the word [Infant] for [Child or Person] as occasion requireth.

 

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