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Font, (which is then to be filled with pure Water,) and standing there,
shall say,

TT ATH this Child been already
XI baptized, or no ?

17 // they answer, No : Then shall the
Priest proceed atfolloweth.

DEAEL Y beloved, forasmuch
as all men are conceived and
born in sin ; and that our Saviour
Christ saith, None can enter in-
to 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 boun-
teous mercy he will grant to
this Child that thing 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.

T Then shall the Priest lay,
Let us pray.



ALMIGHTY and everlasting
-tX 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 Eed 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 sanc-
tify him with the Holy Ghost ;
that he, being delivered from
thy wrath, may be received into
the ark of Christ's Church ; and
being stedfast 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

170



Of Infants '
1662.



Sponsors in
very ancient
times.
SAR. Mix.
two or three.



1549,;iU nVi
1652 and
1662.
Probably -
composed by
Luther 1523
HEHX. Cos.



PUBLICK BAPTISM OF INFANTS.



1649.
Si. MAX.
There is a
very similar
Prayer In

UE&X. COX.



1549,

altered 1552
and 1662.



1549.
HERM. >
GreatKible.'

A. v., ieea



of everlasting life, there to reign
with thee world without end ;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

ALMIGHTY and immortal
J\. God, the aid of all that
need, the helper of all that flee
to thee for succour, the life of
them that believe, and the re-
surrection 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-be-
loved 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 bene-
diction of thy heavenly washing,
and may come to the eternal king-
dom which thou hast promised
by Christ our Lord. Amen.
c Then shall the people stand up, and

the Prieft shall fay,
Hear the words of the Gospel,

written by Saint Mark, in

the tenth Chapter, at the

thirteenth Verse.
n^HE Y brought young children
JL to Christ, that he should
touch them ; and his disciples re-
buked those that brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was
much displeased, and said unto
them, Suffer the little children
to oome unto me, and forbid
them not ; for of such is the
kingdom of God. Terily 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.



IT After the Gotpel t read, the Minister
thall make thit brief Exhortation
upon the word of the Gotpel.

BELOVED, ye hear in this
Gospel the words of our Sa-
viour Christ, that he commanded
the children to be brought unto
him ; how he blamed those that
would have kept them from him ;
how he exhorteth all men to fol-
low their innocency. Ye perceive
how by his outward gesture and
deed he declared his good will
towa:d 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 favouiably receive
t h is present Infant ; that he will
embrace him with the arms of
his mercy ; that he will give un-
to him the blessing of eternal
life, and make him partaker of
his everlasting kingdom. Where-
fore we being thus persuaded of
the good will of pur heavenly
Father towards this Infant, de-
clared by his Son Jesus Christ ;
and nothing doubting but that
he favourably alloweth this cha-
ritable work of pur's in bringing
this Infant to bis holy Baptism ;
let us faithfully and devoutly
give thanks unto him, and say,

ALMIGHTY and everlasting
JL\- God, heavenly Father, we
give thee humble thanks, for
that thou hast vouchsafed to
call us to the knowledge of thy
grace, and faith in thee : In-
crease this knowledge, and con-
firm this faith in us evermore.
Give thy Holy Spirit to this In-
fant, that he may be born again,
and be made an heir of everlast-
ing salvation ; through our Lord
Jesus Christ, who liveth and
reigneth with thee and the Holy
Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.



171



Go



PUBLICK BAPTISM OF INFANTS.

IT Then tfiall the Priext tpeak unto the down into hell, and also did rise
Godfathers and Godmother* on this again tne t hj r( j <j ay . that he as-

' cended into heaven, and sitteth
T^EARLY beloved ye have j &t the rf ht hand of God the

J brought this Child here to , Father Almighty ; and from
be baptized ye have prayed that thence ghall come aain afc the
our Lord Jesus Christ would end Q the WQrld to j ud the
vouchsafe to receive him, to re- ick and the dead ?



And dost thou believe in the
Holy Ghost; the holy Catho-
lick Church ; the Communion of
Saints ; the Remission of sins ;
the Resurrection of the flesh;
and everlasting life after death ?

Answer. All this I stedfastly



lease him of his sins, to sanctify
him with the Holy Ghost, to
give him the kingd_om 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, this Infant
must also faithfully, for his
part, promise by you that are
his sureties, (until he come of
age to take it upon himself,)
that Jie will renounce the devil
and all his works, and constantly
believe God's holy Word, and
obediently keep his command-
ments.

I demand therefore,

DOST thou, in the name of
this Child, renounce the new ma n may be raised up in
devil and all his works, the vain him. Amen.

Grant that all carnal affec-



Minister.

WILT thou be baptized 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.

IT Then thall the Prient tay,

O MERCIFUL God, grant
that the old Adam in this
Child may be so buried, that the



pomp and glory of the world,
with all covetous desires of the
same, and the carnal desires of
the flesh, so that thou wilt not
follow, nor be led by them ?
Answer. I renounce them all.
Minister.

10ST thou believe in God the
Father Almighty, Maker of
heaven and earth ?
And in Jesus Christ his only-



D



tions may die in him, and that
all things belonging to the Spi-
rit 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



begotten Son our Lord ? And and ministry may also be endued
that he was conceived by the , with heavenly virtues, and ever-
Holy Ghost ; born of the Virgin lastingly rewarded, through thy
Mary ; that he suffered under j mercy, O blessed Lord God, who
Pontius Pilate, was crucified, ; dost live, and govern all things,
dead, and buried ; that he went ! world without end. Amen.



1649.

SIR. MAX.

Enlarged

1552.

1649.

Sm. MAN-.

in this faith

1552.

1552.

SAR. MAN.

1662.



1549.

altered and
placed here
1652



1549, here
1552.



1549,
altered and
placed here
1552.

1549, here
1552.

These 4 peti-
tions were
taken from
the Form of
Consecration
of the Font
in 1649.
This resem-
bled the
Mo/arabio
Form.



172



1540,

altered 1552
and 1662.
From the
Form of Con-
secration of
the Font in
1549, at the
end of the
Office for
Private
Baptism.



' Sanctify . . .
of sin '1682.



1549.
Sin. MVN.

1662.
;-u:. Mix.

1662.

1549,

altered 1552
mid 1662.
SAR. MAM.
(trine im-
menion)

1549.
SiR. MAX.



1549.
SAR. MAS.



1552.
Reception

peculiar to
tng. U.C.P.
1662
(inthisfornij.
Ceremony
liercfr.1552.
Partly from
HEBX. Cox.,



PUBLICK BAPTISM OF INFANTS.



A LMIGHTY, everliving God,
JLX whose most dearly beloved
Son Jesus Christ, for the for-
giveness 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, the
Son, and the Holy Ghost; Re-
gard, we beseech thee, the sup-
plications of thy congregation ;
sanctify this Water to the mys-
tical 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 and elect children ;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

i Then the Priest shall lake the Child
into hi* hand*, and shall say to the
Godfathers and Godmothers,

Name this Child.

T And then naming it after them (if
then shall certify him that the Child
may well endure if > he rha.ll dip it
in the Water ditoreetly and tcarily,
saying,

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

f But if they certify that the Child is
weak, it fhall suffice to pour Water
upon it, saying theforesaid tuordt.

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

r Then the Priest shall say,

WE receive this Child into the
congregation of Christ's
flock ; * and do sign . Hmtnf Pl . ifst
him with the Sign shall mnkeaCross
of the Cross, in vpon the Child's
token that here- /l "' < ' Aead -
after 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 sol-
dier and servant unto his life's
end. Amen.

T Then shall the Priest 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.

T Then fhall be said, all kneeling;

OUR Father, which 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 forgive
us our trespasses, As we forgive
them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into tempta-
tion ; But deliver us from evil.
Amen.

; Then shall the Priest say,

WE yield thee hearty thanks,
most merciful Father, that
it hath pleased thee to regenerate
this Infant with thy Holy Spi-
rit, to receive him for thine own
Child by adoption, and to incor-
porate him into thy holy Church.
And humbly we beseech thee to
grant, that he, being dead unto
sin, and living unto righteous-
iii - .-, and being buried with
Cliii-' 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



Composed in
1552.



173



PRIVATE BAPTISM OF INFANTS.



of thy holy Church, he may be
an inheritor of thine everlasting
kingdom ; through Christ our
Lord. Amen.

f Then, all standing up, the Priest shall
toy to the Godfathers and Godmother*
thi Exhortation following.

FORASMUCH as this Child
hath promised by you his
sureties to renounce the devil
an 1 all his works, to believe in
God, and to serve him ;



and believe to his soul's health ;
and that this Child may be vir-
tuously brought up to lead a
godly and a Christian life; re-
membering always, that Baptism
doth represent unto us our pro-
fession ; 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



and duties to see that this In-
fant be taught, so soon as he
shall be able to learn, what a
solemn vow, promise, and pro-
fession, he hath here made by
you. 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, in the vulgar



tongue, and all other things
which a Christian ought to know



and corrupt affections, and daily
proceeding in all virtue and god-
liness of living.

IT Then thall he add and tay,

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, in the vulgar
tongue, and be further instruct-



ed in the Church-Catechism set
forth for that purpose.

IT is certain by God's Word, that Children which are baptized,
dying before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly saved.
To take away all scruple concerning the use of the sign of the
Cross in Baptism ; the true explication thereof, and the just
reasons for the retaining of it, may be seen in the xxxth Canon,
first published in the Year MDCIV.



THE MINISTRATION OF

PRIVATE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN

IN HOUSES.



The Curatei of every Parith thall often admonith the people, that they defer
not the Baptism of their Children longer than the first or tecond Sunday next
after their birth, or other Holy-day falling between, unless upon a great and
reasonable came, to be approved by the Curate.

And alto they thall warn them, that vithout like great caute and necessity they
procure not their Children to be baptized at home in their homes. But vhen
need thall compel them 10 to do, then Baptism shall be administered on this
fashion:

174



1662.

16491662.
A Rubric
changed in
1662 to a
specific form
of words.



Transposed
in 1662 from
Pref . to Con-
firmation.



1549,

altered 16O4
and 1662.



1549.
SAR. MAS.
(Eng. or
Latin).



1662.
Compare
form in Pub-
lic Baptism.



1549,

altered 16O4
and 1662.
SIB. MAS.



1662.



1604,
altered from

1549.
Sia. MAM.



PEIVATE BAPTISM OF INFANTS.

f First, Jet the Minister of the Parish (or, in hit abtfnce, any otter lawful
Minister that can be procured) with them that are pretent, call upon God,
anil sin/ the Lord's Prayer, and so many of the Collect! appointed to be raid
before in the Form of Publick Baptism, as the time and pretent exigence will
tuffer. And then, the Child being named by some one that it present, the
Minister shall pour Water tifon it, saying these word*;



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

If Then, aft kneeling down, the JJiiiirter
shall give thanks unto God, and say,

Y\ 7"E yield thee hearty thanks,
W most merciful Father, that
it hath pleased thee to regene-
rate ihis Infant with thy Holy
Spirit, to receive him for thine
own Child by adoption, and to
incorporate him into thy holy
Church. And we humbly be-
seech thee to grant, that as he
is now made partaker of the
death of thy Son, so he may be
alsa 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.

IT And let them not doubt, but that the
Child so baptized is lawfully and
sufficiently baptized, and ought not
to be baptized again. Yet neverthe-
tetf, if the Child, which is after thin
tort baptized, do afterward lite, it
is expedient that it be brought into
the Church, to the intent that, if the
Minister nf the fame Parish did him-
self baptize that Child, the Congre-
gation may be certified of the true
Form of Baptism, by him privately
before used: In which case he shall
toy thus,

I CERTIFY you, that accord-
ing to the due and prescribed
Order of the Church, at such a
time, and at such a place, be-
fore divers witnesses I baptized
this Child.

r But if the Child wer? baptized bu any
other lairful J/i;Vter, then the Mi-
nixter nf the Parish, irhfre the Child
vas born or christened, fhall examine
and try whether the Child be lav fully



baptized, or no. In which care, if
those that bring any Child to the
Church do answer, that the tame
Child is already baptized, then shall
the Minister examine them further,
tin hut,

BY whom was this Child
baptized ?

Who was present when this
Child was baptized_ ?

Because some things essential
to this Sacrament may happen
to be omitted through fear or
haste, in such times of extrem-
ity ; therefore I demand further
of you,

With what matter was this
Child baptized ?

With what words was this
Child baptized ?

IT And if the Minuter 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 chritten
the Child afain, but shall receive him
as one cf the flock of true Christian
people, saying thus,

I CERTIFY you, that in this
case all is well done, and ac-
cording unto due order, concern-
ing the baptizing of this Child ;
who being born in original sin,
and in the wrath of God, is now,
by the laver of Regeneration in
Baptism, received into the num-
ber of the children of God, and
heirs of everlasting life : 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 com-
fort on this wise.

St. Hark x. 13.

rpHEY brought young chil-
_L dren to Christ, that he
should touch them ; and his



1549.

,ee Pnbllck
Paptism ot
Infant*,
p. l!fl.



175



PMVATE BAPTISM OF INFANTS.



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, Whoso-
ever shall not receive the king-
dom 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.

If After the Gospel it 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 com-
manded the children to be
brought unto him ; how he
blamed those that 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 npon
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 ever-
lasting kingdom. Wherefore,
we being thus persuaded of the
good will of our heavenly Father,
declared by his Son Jesus Christ,
towards this Infant, let ns faith-
fully and devoutly give thanks
unto him, and say the Prayer
which the Lord himself taught



OUE Father, which 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 for-
give them that trespass against
us. And lead us not into temp-
tation ; But deliver us from evil.
Amen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting
XJL 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, being born again, and being
made an heir of everlasting sal-
vation, through our Lord Jesus
Christ, may continue thy ser-
vant, 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.

IT Then shall the Prieft demand the
Name of the Child; which being by
the Godfathers and Godmothers pio-
nounced, the Minister shall fan,

DOST thou, in the name of
this Child, renounce the
devil and all his works, the vain
pomp and glory of this world,
with all covetous desires of the
same, and the carnal desires of
the flesh, so that thou wilt not
follow, nor be led by them ?
Answer. I renounce them all.
Minister.

DOST thou believe in God the
Father Almighty, Maker
of heaven and earth?

And in Jesus Christ his only-
begotten Son our Lord ? And
that he was conceived by the



1549.
The change
of circum-
stance ac-
counts lor
the different
position of
the Lord's
Prayer from
that which it
occupies in
the Publick
Office.



1549, here
1662.



1549,altcred
1552.



See p. 192.



170



See p. 192.



1662.
See p. 193.



1662.
See p. 193.



PEIVATE BAPTISM OF INFANTS.



Holy Ghost ; born of the Virgin
Mary; that he suffered under
Pontius Pilate, was crucified,
dead, and buried ; that he went
down into hell, and also did rise
again the third day ; that he
ascended into heaven, and sit-
teth at the right hand of God
the Father Almighty ; and from
thence shall come again at the
end of the world, to judge the
quick and the dead ?

And dost thou believe in the
Holy Ghost ; the holy Catholick
Church ; the Communion of
Saints ; the Remission of sins ;
the Resurrection of the flesh ;
and everlasting life after death ?

Answer. All this I stedfastly
believe.

Minister.

WILT thou then obediently
keep God's holy will and
commandments, and walk in the
same all the days of thy life ?
Ansicer. I will.

IT Then the Priert ihall toy,

WE receive thisChild into the
congregation of Christ's
flock;* and do sign fferethePriest
him with the sign shaUmakeaCross
of the Cross, in P the Child's
token that here - *"""*" 1 *
after 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.

IT Then shall the Priett fay,

SEEING now, dearly beloved
brethren, that this Child
is by Baptism 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

Erayers unto him, that he may
3ad the rest of his life according
to this beginning.

*: Then shall the Priest gay,

WE yield thee most 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 Church. And
humbly we beseech thee to grant,
that he being dead unto sin, and
living unto righteonsness ? 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 par-
taker of his resurrection ; so
that finally, with the residue of
thy holy Church, he may be
an inheritor of thine everlasting
kingdom ; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

IT Then, alt standing tip, ttie Minister
r/iall make this Exhortation to the
Godfathers and Godmothers.

T710RASMUCH as this Child
Ji. hath promised by you his
sureties to renounce the devil
and all his works, to believe in
God, and to serve him ; ye must
remember, that it is your parts
and duties to see that Ihis In-
fant be taught, so soon as he
shall be able to learn, what a
solemn vow, promise, and pro-
fession he hath made by you.
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 Command-
ments, in the vulgar tongue, and



177



BAPTISM OF SUCH AS

all other things which a Chris-
tian ought to know and believe



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