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Prayer, and so many of the Colleets 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 that is present, the Minister Mall pour
Water upon it, saying these Words ; N. I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of
, and of . . I Then all kneeling down, the Minister shall give thanks unto
God, and say, W
E yield thee 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 bim 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
and in that of Elizabeth, the rubric was as follows: “ Let them that be prefent call upon God for his grace, and say the Lord's-Prayer, if the time will suffer; and then one of them shall name the child, and dip him in the water, or pour water upon him, saying,” &c. which authorized laymen, midwives, &c. to perform the facrament of baptism. This abufe, howa Ever, was corrected in 1975, when the archbishops and bishops unanimously resolved, that even private baptism (in case of necessity) was only to be administered by a lawful minister or deacon. In consequence of this resolution, the practice of laymen baptizing was dropped; and by the rubric above mentioned, inserted after James's conference, the prohibition received the fanction of an act of the legislature.
Water] By an ancient constitution of our church, still in force, it is ordained, that neither the water nor vessel that has been used in the adminiftration of private baptism, is afterwards to be applied to common uses. The early church was particularly careful that the consecrated water fhould be applied only to purposes which it esteemed holy; such as washing the linen of the church: and Bishop Beveridge is faid to have made his parishioners (when minister of St. Peter's, Cornhill) comply with this direction. In the Popish times the care of the holy water was extreme. By 20 injunction of Archbishop Edmund, the baptifterium which contained it was directed to be secured with lock and key, to prevent its profanation. -Lyndewoode Provinc. I. ij. Tit. XXV. p. 247. And in later times the fonts were perforated at the bottom, and a secret passage made to convey the holy water into some place whence it could not be taken for common purposes. About eighteen years since, I recollect a series of most beautiful carthern pipes being discovered in the church-yard of Christ-church, Hampshire, which evidently made part of a channel for the conveyance of the consecrated water from the church to the river, 300 yards distance. Then all kneeling] This rubric and prayer were added at the last review.
of thy faints, 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 fort baptized, do afterward live, it is expedient that it be brought into the Church; to the intent that if the Mi. nister of the same Parish did himself baptize ihai Child, ibe Congregation may be certified of the true Form of Baptifin,
by him privately before used: in which case be shall say tbus, I to
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 Mi. nister; then the Minister of the Parish where the Child was born or christened, shall examine and try whether the Child be lawfully baptized, or no.
In which cafe, if those that bring any Child to the Church, do answer that the same Child is already baptized; then shall the Minister examine them further, saying, Y whom was this child baptized ?
Who was present when this child was baptized? Because some things essential to this facrament may happen to be omitted, through fear or haste, in such times of extremity; therefore I demand further of you,
With what matter was this child baptized ?
find by the Answers of such as bring the Child, that all things were done as they ought to be; then mall not be christen the Child again, but Mall receive him as one of the Flock of true Christian
People, saying thus,
cording unto due order, concerning the baptizing of this child; who being born in original sin, and in the
I certify, &c.] This form was introduced at the last review. And if the Minister, &c.] From hence to the conclusion of the Lord's prayer the service, with some minute verbal differences, was the fame in ilie firft prayer-book of Edward VIth.
Wrath of God, is now, by the laver of regeneration in baptism, received into the number 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 Gola pel doth witness to our comfort, on this wise:
St. Mark X. 13.
HEY 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. ELOVED, ye hear in this Gospel the words of our
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 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 bim 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:
UR 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 temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.
LMIGHTY 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 confirin this faith in us evermore. Give thy holy Spirit to this infant, that be, being born again, and being (made an heir of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, may continue thy servant, and attain thy promise; through the fame our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Then shall the Pries demand the Name of the Child; which being by the Godfathers and Godmothers pro
nounced, the Minister shall say, DOS
OST 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 fame, and the carnal desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them? Answer. I renounce them all.
Maker of heaven and earth? And in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son our Lord? And that he was conceived by the 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 alcended into heaven, and fitteth 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?
Almighty and everlasting, &c.] This prayer in the early prayer-books came after the creed. It was placed where it now stands at the last review.
Then shall, &c.] In Edward VIth's first book the rubric ran thus: “ Then Thall they say the creed, and then
the priest,” &c. In James Ift's prayer-book it was arranged as it now stands, to the words All this I itedfastly believe."
Here the Pricit shall make a crois
And dost thou believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints; the Remission of fins; the Resurrection of the flesh; and everlasting life after death ? Answer. All this I stedfastly believe.
TILT thou then obediently keep God's holy will
and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of thy life? Answer. I will.
Then the Priest fall say, E receive this Child into the congregation of the sign of the Cross, in token that hereafter upon the child? be 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.
Then Mall the Priest say, EEING now, dtarly 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 prayers unto him, that he may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning.
Then shall the Priest say,
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 righteousness, and
Believe) In Edward VIth's first book, after this profession came this rubric: “ Then the minister shall put the white vefture, commonly called the crysome, upon the child, saying, Take this,” &c. the same form as in the publick baptism.
Minister] From hence to the rubric before the exhortation was added at the last review.