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ALMIGHTY, everliving GOD, whose most dearly beloved Son JESUS CHRIST, for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of his most precious side both water and blood; and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should teach all nago tions, and baptize them in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST; regard, we beseech thee, the supplications of thy congregation; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of sin; and grant that the persons, now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful children, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Minister take each person to be baptized by the right hand; and placing him conveniently by the Font according to his discretion, shall ask the Godfathers and Godmothers the name; and then shall dip him in the
water, or pour water upon him, saying,
N. I BAPTIZE thee in the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST. Amen.
¶ Then shall the Minister say, WE receive this person, into the congregation of CHRIST'S Flock, and do sign him Here the Minwith the sign of the ister shall make cross; in token that a cross upon the hereafter he shall not person's forehead. 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.
The same rule, as to the omission of the sign of the cross, is to be observed here, as in the Baptism of İnfants.
Then shall the Minister say,
SEEING now, dearly beloved brethren, that these persons are reof CHRIST'S Church; let us give generate, and grafted into the body thanks unto ALMIGHTY GOD for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that they may lead the rest of their life according to this beginning.
Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all kneeling. Hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingOUR Father, who art in heaven, dom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
WE yield thee humble thanks, heavenly Father, that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee: increase this knowledge, and confirm Give thy this faith in us evermore. holy Spirit to these persons; that be. ing now born again, and made heirs of everlasting salvation, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST, they may con. tinue thy servants, and attain thy promises, through the same Lord JESUS CHRIST thy Son; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same HOLY SPIRIT, everlast ingly. Amen.
Then, all standing up, the Minister shall use this Exhortation following: speaking to the Godfathers and Godmothers first.
FORASMUCH 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 solemn 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 baptized persons, he shall proceed and say,
It is expedient that every person thus baptized should be confirmed by the Bishop, so soon after his baptism as conveniently may be; that so he may be admitted to the Holy Communion. Whereas necessity may require the baptizing of adults in private houses, in consideration of extreme sickness; the same is hereby allowed in that case. And a convenient number of persons shall be assembled in the house where the Sacrament is to be performed. And in the exhortation, Well-beloved, &c. instead of these words, come hither desiring, shall be inserted this word, desirous.
WHAT is your name?
Ans. N. or M.
AND 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, and 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 sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
If there be occasion for the Office of Infant Baptism and that of Adults at the same time, the Minister shall use the exhortation and one of the prayers next following in the Office for Adults; only, in the exhortation and prayer, after the words, these persons, and these thy servants, adding, and these infants. Then the Minister shall proceed to the questions to be demanded in the cases respectively. After the immersion, or the pouring of water, the prayer shall be as in this service; only, after the words, these persons, shall be added, and these infants. After which the remaining part of each service shall be used; first that for Adults, and lastly that for Infants. 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 Public Baptism of Infants; or, in case of extreme danger, the Office for Private Baptism; only changing the word infant, for child, or person, as occasion requireth.
THAT IS TO SAY,
AN INSTRUCTION, TO BE LEARNED BY EVERY PERSON BEFORE HE BE BROUGHT TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE BISHOP.
Quest. Who gave you this name? Ans. My Sponsors in 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 Sponsors then for you? Ans. 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 Insts 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.
Quest. Dost thou not think that
thou art bound to believe, and to do, I brought thee out of the land of Egypt, as they have promised for thee? 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 ain a jealous GOD, and visit, the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Ans. Yes verily; and by GOD'S help so I will: and I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called 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.
I BELIEVE in GOD the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
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.
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 buIV. Remember that thou keep ried; He descended into hell; The holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt third day he rose from the dead; He thou labor, and do all that thou ascended into heaven, And sitteth on hast to do; but the seventh day is the right hand of GOD the Father the Sabbath of the LORD thy GOD. Almighty; From thence he shall In it thou shalt do no manner of come to judge the quick and the dead. work, thou, and thy son,and thy
I believe in the HOLY GHOST; daughter, thy man-servant, and thy The holy catholic Church; The com- maid-servant, thy cattle, and the munion of saints; The forgiveness of stranger that is within thy gates. sins; The resurrection of the body, For in six days the LORD made heaand the life everlasting. Amen. ven and earth, the sea, and all that Quest. What dost thou chiefly in them is, and rested the seventh learn in these articles of thy Belief? day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Ans. First, I learn to believe in seventh day, and hallowed it. GOD the FATHER, who hath made me, and all the world.
V. Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the LORD thy GOD giveth thee.
Secondly, in GOD the SON, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind. Thirdly, in GoD the HOLY GHOST, who sanctifieth me, and all the people of GOD.
VI. Thou shalt do no murder. VII. Thou shalt not commit adul tery.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not bear false wit ness against thy neighbor.
X. Thon shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
Quest. What dost thou chiefly. learn by these commandments?
Ans. I learn two things; my duty
Quest. You said that your sponsors did promise for you, that you should keep GOD's commandments. Tell me how many there are.
Quest. Which are they?
THE same which GOD spake in the twentieth chapter of Exodus, saying, I am the LORD thy GOD, who
give us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
toward GOD, and my duty toward my neighbor.
Quest. What is thy duty toward GOD?
Ans. My duty toward 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 honor his holy name and his word; and to serve him truly all the days of my life.
Quest. What is thy duty toward thy neighbor?
Ans. My duty toward my neighbor is, to love him as myself, and to do to all men as I would they should do unto me: to love, honor, and succor my father and mother: to honor and obey the civil authority: to submit myself to all my governors, teach. I ers, spiritual pastors, and masters: to order myself lowly and reverently to all my betters: to hurt nobody 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 iny tongue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering: to keep my body in temperance, soberness, and chastity: not to covet nor desire other men's goods; but to learn and labor 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.
Quest. What desirest thou of GOD, in this prayer?
Ans. 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 are needful both for our souls and bodies; and that he will be merciful unto us, and forgive us our sins; and that it will please him to save and defend us in all dangers both of soul and body; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness, and from our spiritual enemy, and from everlasting death: and this trust he will do of his mercy and goodness, through our Lord JESUS CHRIST; and therefore I say, Amen : So be it.
HOW many Sacraments hath CHRIST ordained in his Church?
Ans. Two only, as generally necessary to salvation; that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord.
Quest. What meanest thou by this word Sacrament?
Ans. I mean an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, given unto us; ordained by CHRIST himself; as a means whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof.
Quest. How many parts are there in a Sacrament?
Ans. Two; the outward visible sign, and the inward spiritual grace.
Quest. What is the outward visible sign or form in Baptism?
Ans. Water; wherein the person is baptized, In the name of the FATHER, and of the SON, and of the HOLY GHOST.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name; Thy king. dom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And for-1
Quest. What is the inward and spiritual grace?
Ans. A death unto sin, and a new
Ans. The body and blood of CHRIST, which are spiritually taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper.
The Minister of every parish shall diligently upon Sundays and Holy days, or on some other convenient occasions, openly in the church, instruct or examine so many children of his parish, sent unto him, as he shall think convenient, in some part of this Catechism.
Quest. What are the benefits whereof we are partakers thereby
Ans. The strengthening and refreshing of our souls by the body and blood of CHRIST, as our bodies are by the bread and wine.
Quest. What is required of those who come to the Lord's Supper?
Ans. To examine themselves, whether they repent them truly of their former sins, steadfastly purposing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in God's mercy, through CHRIST, with a thankful remembrance of his death; and be in charity with all
And all fathers, mothers, masters, and mistresses shall cause their children, servants, and apprentices, who have not learned their Catechism, to come to the church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear, and to be ordered by the Minister, until such time as they have learned all that is here appointed for them to learn.
¶ So soon as children are come to a competent age, and can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and can answer to the other questions of this short Catechism, they shall be brought to the Bishop.
And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Minister of every parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the names of all such persons within his parish, as he shall think fit to be presented to the Bishop to be confirmed.
Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed and standing in order before the Bishop; he, or some other Minister appointed by him, shall read this preface following:
THE ORDER OF CONFIRMATION,
TO the end that confirmation may be ministered to the more edifying of such as shall receive it, the Church
LAYING ON OF HANDS UPON THOSE WHO ARE BAPTIZED, AND COME TO YEARS OF DISCRETION.
hath thought good to order, that none shall be confirmed, but such as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and can also answer to such other ques tions, as in the short Catechism are contained: which order is very con.