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BAPTISM OF SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS.
f Then all standing up, the Priet Mall use this Exhorta
tion following ; speaking to the Godfathers and God
mothers first. FOR "ORASMUCH as these persons have promised, in your
presence, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your part and duty to put them in mind, what a folema 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, that 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, ND 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, 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 fin, 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 overy Person thus baptized should be confirmed by the Bishop so soon after bis 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 occafion requireth.
THAT IS TO SAY,
An INSTRUCTION, to be learned of every Ferson before be
be brougbt to be confirmed by the Bishop.
Answ. N. or M.
Answ. My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptism; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
Quest. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?
Answ. They did promise and vow three things in my name. First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lufts of the flesh. Secondly, that I should believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith. And thirdly, that I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life.
Queft. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?
Anfw. Yes verily; and by God's help so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called
A Catechison] The ancient Jews had Catechists for the instruction of their children in the law and Talmud; they were called “Instructors of Babes;" fee Rom. ii. 20. Having attained the age of thirteen, they were brought to the Temple, for publick examination; and it approved, were then called “ Children of the Precept;" and were thenceforth answerable for their own conduct. Grotius very ingeniously supposes that this practice explains our Saviour's examination in the Temple, when he had attained twelve years of age; since this premature presentation for that purpose was sometimes the case with children of extraordinary abilities, who were then proverbially said to have “run before the command;" Grot.in Luc. i. 42. The early Christians adopted this practice from the Jews, and appointed an officer in every church called a Catechist, who instructed the young people in the principles of religion.
The Bishop) In all the Prayer-Books till the last Review, the Catechifin makes part of the Confirmation service. The rubrick is the same as the above, except that the word “Child” occurs instead of “ Person.” In the first book the Catechism concludes with the Belief. In James Ist's time, the service was penned as we have it at present by Bishop Overall, and inserted in his Prayer-Book A. D. 1603.
me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end. Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.
Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of hea-
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and fitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he lhall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.
Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Articles of thy Belief?
Answ. First, I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made me, and all the world;
Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind;
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who fanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God.
Queft. You said that your Godfathers and Godmothers did promise for you, that you should keep God's commandments: tell me how many there be?
of brought thee out of the land of Egypt, and out of the house of bondage.
I. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
II. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the. fins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shew mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
III. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain : for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his Name in vain.
IV. Remember that thou keep holy the fabbath-day. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maidservant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in fix days the Lord made heaven and earth, the fea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.
V. Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the landwhich the Lord thy God giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt do no murder.
IX. Thou shalt not bear falfe witness against thy neigh bour.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shall not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor bis maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn by these commandments?
Answ. I learn two things: my duty towards God, and my duty towards my Neighbour.
Quest. What is thy duty towards God?
Answ. My duty towards God, is to believe in him, to fear him, and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him, to give him thanks, to put my whole trust in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy Name and his Word, and to serve him truly all the days of my life
Quest. What is thy duty towards thy Neighbour?
Answ. My duty towards my Neighbour is, to love him as myself, and to do to all men as I would they should do unto me: To love, honour, and succour my father and mother : To honour and obey the King, and all that are put in authority under him: To submit myself to all my governors, teachers, spiritual pastors and masters: To order myself lowly and reverently to all my betters : To hurt no body by word or deed: To be true and just in all my dealings: To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart: To keep my hands from picking and stealing, and my tongue from evil-speaking, lying, and flandering : To keep my body in temperance, soberness, and chastity: Not to cover nor desire other men's goods; but to learn and labour truly to get mine own living, and to do my duty in that state of life, unto which it shall please God to call me.
Catechist. My good child, know this, that thou art not able to do these things of thyself, nor to walk in the Commandments of God, and to serve him, without his special grace; which thou must learn at all times to call for by diligent prayer. Let me hear therefore if thou canst say the Lord's Prayer.
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.
Quest. What desirest thou of God in this Prayer?
Answ. I desire my Lord God, our heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodness, to send his grace unto me, and to all people; that we may worship him, serve him, and obey him, as we ought to do. And I pray unto God, that he will send us all things that be needful both for our souls and bodies; and that he will be merciful unto us, and forgive us our fins; and that it will please him to save and defend us in all dangers, ghostly and bo. dily; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness, and from our ghostly enemy, and from everlasting