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Then shall the Minister address the Parents [or

Guardians) as follows: Dearly beloved: Forasmuch as this child is now presented by you for Christian baptism, you must remember that it is your part and duty to see that he be taught, as soon as he shall be able to learn, the nature and end of this holy sacrament. And that he may krow these things the better, you shall call upon him to give reverent attendance upon the appointed means of grace, such as the ministry of the word and the public and private worship of God; and further, ye shall provide that he shall read the Holy Scriptures, and learn the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Catechism, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health, in order that he may be brought up to lead a virtuvus and holy life, remembering always that baptism doth represent unto us that inward purity which disposeth us to follow the example of our Saviour Christ; that as he died and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die unto sin and rise again unto righteousness, continually mortifying all corrupt affec

tions and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness.

Do you therefore solemnly engage to fulfill these duties, so far as in you lies, the Lord being your helper ?

Ans. We do.

Then shall the people stand up, and the Minister

shall say:

Hear the words of the Gospel, written by St. Mark. [Chap. x, 13–16.]

They brought young children to Christ, that he should touch them. And his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus san 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.

Then the Minister shall take the Child into his

hands, and say to the friends of the Child,

Name this child.

And then, naming it after them, he shall sprinkle

or pour Water upon it, or, if desired, immerse it in Water, saying,

N., I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Iloly Ghost. Amen.

Then shall the Minister offer the following

prayer, the people kneeling :O God of infinite mercy, the Father of all the faithful seed, be pleased to grant unto this child an understanding mind and a sanctified heart. May thy providence lead him through the dangers, temptations, and ignorance of his youth, that he may never run into folly nor into the evils of an unbridled appetite. We pray thee so to order the course of his life, that by good education, by holy ex amples, and by thy restraining and re newing grace, he may be led to serve thee faithfully all his days, so that, wheu Te las glorified thee in his generation, and has served the Church on earth, he may be received into thine eternal king. dom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and most merciful Father, let thy loving mercy and compassion

descend upon these, thy servant and handmaid, the parents (or guardians] of this child. Grant unto them, we bescech thee, thy holy Spirit, that they may, like Abraham, command their household to keep the way of the Lord. Direct their actions, and sanctify their hearts, words, and purposes, that their whole family may be united to our Lord Jesus Christ in the bands of faith, obedience, and charity; and that they all, being in this life thy holy children by adoption and grace, may be admitted into the Church of the first-born in heaven, through the merits of thy dear Son, our Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.

Then may the Minister offer extemporary prayer.

Then shall be said, all kneeling :

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 forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, bat deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

1482. THE MINISTRATION OF BAPTISM

TO SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS.

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DEARLY BELOVED : Forasmuch 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 our Saviour Christ saith, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God :-I beserch you to call upon God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous goodness he will grant to these persons that which by nature they cannot have; that they, being baptized with water, may also be baptized with the Holy Ghost, and being received into Christ's holy Church, may continue lively members of the same,

Then shall the Minister say,

Let us pray.

Almighty and immortal God, the aid of all that need, the helper of all that fles to thee for succor, the life of them that

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