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The most folemn times for the administration of Pub,
lick Baptism are the Night before Easter, Easterday, and Whitsunday. Publick Baptism may also be administred on any day between Easter and
Pentecost. And note, that there Mall be a Sponsor or Surety for
every child to be baptized, which Sponsor shall be the Father or Mother of the child, if either of thema is to be had, otherwise the Sponsor may
be of the Faithful above fixteen years of age. When there are children to be baptized, the parents
or others shall give knowledge thereof to the Deacon or Priest. And then the Sponsors and the People with the children must be ready at the Church-door at the time that the Priest by his discretion shall appoint. And the Priest and Deacon coming to the
Church-door, and standing there, the Priest Mall
Have these children been already baptized or no?
as followeth, D
Early beloved, forasmuch as all men are con
ceived and born in fin, and that our Saviour Chrift faith, None can enter into the kingdom of God, except he be regenerate and born anew of Water and of the Holy Ghost; let us call the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of his bounteous mercy he will grant to these children that thing which by nature they cannot have, that they may be baptized with Water and the Holy Ghost, and be received into Christ's holy church, and be made lively members of the fame,
People. Lord, have mercy: We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord.
Then all the Priest say,
mercy didst lave Noah and his family in the ark, and also didst safely lead the children of Israel thy people through the Red-fea, figuring thereby thy holy baptism; and by the baptism of thy well-beloved Son Jesus Christ in the river Jordan dids fanctify the element of Water to the mystical washing away of fin : We beseech thee of thine infinite mercy that thou wilt graciouslly look upon these children wash them, and fanctify them with the Holy Ghost, that they 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 they may come to the land of everlasting life, there to reign with thee world without end, through Jesus Christ our Lorą. Amen, Almighty ever-living God, whose most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ
, for the forgiveness of our fins, did shed out of his most precious fide both water and blood, and gave commandment to his apofles that they should make disciples of all nations, and baptize them In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft: We call upon thee for these infants, that they coming to thy holy baptism may obtain remission of their fins by spiritual regeneration : Receive them, O Lord, as thou hast promised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, Alk 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 infants 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 skall the Priest blow upon every child's face,
and hgn them with the sign of the cross upon
the forehead, after which be Mall say, I Command thee, thou unclean spirit
, in the name
, and of Ghost, that thou come out of and depart from these infants, whom our Lord Jesus Christ hath vouchsafed to call to his holy baptism, to be made members of his body, and of his holy congregation.
Therefore, thou cursed fpirit, remember thy sen-
Iben Mall the Deacon say,
Then fall the Deacon read the Gospel.
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, før of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whofoever 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.
And the Gospel ended, the Deacon Mall fay,
Then stall the Priest 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 thofe that would have kept them from him ; how he ex horteth 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 these present infants, that he will embrace them with the arms of his mercy, that he will give unto 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 infants, declared by his Son Jesus Christ, and nothing doubting but that he favourably allowech this charitable work of ours, in bringing tbese infants to his holy baptism, let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks unto him, Then shall the Priest say the following thanksgiving, Almighty and everlasting God, heavenly Fathet;
, 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 infants, that they may be born again, and be made heirs of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reignęth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.