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THE RITUAL.

Order of Baptism.

and reign with thee, world without end,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 481. THE MINISTRATION OF BAPTISM TO O merciful God, grant that all carnal INFANTS.

affections may die in him, and that all

things belonging to the Spirit may live The Minister, coming to the Font, which is

and
grow

in him. Amen.
to be filled with pure Water, shall use the
following:

Grant that he may have power and Dearly Beloved: Forasmuch as all strength to have victory, and to triumph men are conceived and born in sin, and against the devil, the world, and the

flesh. Amen. that our Saviour Christ saith, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit Grant that whosoever is dedicated to he cannot enter into the kingdom of God; thee by our office and ministry may also | beseech you to call upon God the be endued with heavenly virtues, and Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, everlastingly rewarded through thy merthat having, of his bounteous mercy, re-cy, o blessed Lord God, who dost live, deemed this child by the blood of his and govern all things, world without Son, he will grant that he, being bap- end. Amen. tized with water, may also be baptized with the Holy Ghost, be received into most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ,

Almighty, ever-living God, whose Christ's holy Church, and become a for the forgiveness of our sins, did shed lively member of the same.

out of his most precious side both water Then shall the Minister say,

and blood, regard, we beseech thee, our supplications." Sanctify this water for

this holy sacrament; and grant that this Almighty and everlasting God, who of child, now to be baptized, may receive thy great 'mercy hast condescended to the fullness of thy grace, and ever reenter into covenant relations with man, main in the number of thy faithful and wherein thou hast included children as elect children, through Jesus Christ our partakers of its gracious benefits, declar- Lord. Amen. ing that of such is thy kingdom: and in thy ancient Church didst appoint divers | Then shall the Minister address the Parbaptisms, figuring thereby the renewing

ents [or Guardians) as follows :of the Holy Ghost; and by thy well-be- Dearly beloved : Forasmuch as this loved Son Jesus Christ gavest command-child is now presented by you for Chrisment to thy holy Apostles to go into all tian baptism, you must remember that it the world and disciple all nations, bap- is your part and duty to see that he be tizing them in the name of the Father, taught, as soon as he shall be able to and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: learn, the nature and end of this holy We beseech thee, that of thine infinite sacrament. And that he mercy thou wilt 'look upon this child : these things the better, you shall call wash him and sanctifying him; that he, upon him to give reverent attendance being saved by thy grace, may be re- upon the appointed means of grace, such ceived into Christ's holy Church, and as the ministry of the word and the pubbeing steadfast in faith, joyful through lic and private worship of God; and furhope, and rooted in love, may so over-ther, ye shall provide that he shall read come the evils of this present world, that the Holy Scriptures, and learn the Lord's Qnally he may attain to everlasting life, \Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the

Let us pray

may know

Apostles' Creed, the Catechism, and all and by thy restraining and renewing
other things which a Christian ought to grace, he may be led to serve thee faith-
know and believe to his soul's health, in fully all his days, so that, when he has
order that he may be brought up to lead glorified thee in his generation, and has
a virtuous and holy life, remembering served the Church on earth, he may be
always that baptism doth represent unto received into thine eternal kingdom,
us that inward purity which disposeth us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
to follow the example of our Saviour
Christ; that as he died and rose again let thy loving mercy and compassion de-

Almighty and most merciful Father. for us, so should we, who are baptized, scend upon these, thy servant and handdie unto sin and rise again unto right- maid, the parents (or guardians) of this eousness, continually mortifying all cor-child.

Grant unto them, we beseech rupt affections and daily proceeding in thee, thy Holy Spirit, that they may all virtue and godliness.

like Abraham, coinmand their household Do you therefore solemnly engage to to keep the way of the Lord. Direct fulfill these duties, so far as in you lies, their actions, and sanctify their hearts, the Lord being your helper?

words, and purposes, that their wholé Answ. We do.

family may be united to our Lord Jesus

Christ in the bands of faith, obedience, Then shall the people stand up, and the and charity; and that they all, being Minister shall say:

in this life thy holy children by adopHear the words of the Gospel, written tion and grace, may be admitted into by St. Mark. [Chap. x, 13–16.]

the Church of the first-born in heaven, They brought young children to Christ, through the merits of thy dear Son, our that he should touch them. And his Saviour and Redeemer. Amen. disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much dis- Then may the Minister offer extemporary pleased, and said unto them, Suffer the

prayer. little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom

Then shall be said, all kneeling : of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed as a little child, he shall not enter therein. will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. And he took them up in his arms, put his Give us this day our daily bread; and hands upon them, and blessed them.

forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive Then

the Minister shall take the Chid into them that trespass against us; and lead his hands, and say to the friends of the

us not into temptation, but deliver us Child,

from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and Name this child.

the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 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 482. THE MINISTRATION OF BAPTISM TO
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Ghost. Amen.

SUCH AS ARE OF RIPER YEARS.
Then shall the Minister offer the following men are conceived and born in sin; and

DEARLY BELOVED: Forasmuch as all prayer, the people kneeling :

that which is born of the flesh is flesh, O God of infinite mercy, the Father of and they that are in the flesh cannot all the faithful seed, be pleased to grant please God, but live in sin, committing unto this child an understanding mind many actual transgressions; and our and a sanctified heart. May thy provi- Saviour Christ saith, Except a man be dence lead him through the dangers, temp-born of water and of the Spirit he cannot tations, and ignorance of his youth, that enter into the kingdom of God :-I behe may never run into folly nor into the seech you to call upon God the Father, evils of an unbridled appetite. We pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, that of thee so to order the course of his life, that his bounteous goodness he will grant to by good education, by holy examples, these persons that which by nature they

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Let us pray

vannot have; that they, being baptized | Then the Minister shall speak to the perwith water, may also be baptized with sons to be baptized on this wise :-the Holy Ghost, and being received into Christ's holy Church, may continue live-desiring to receive holy baptism, you

Well beloved, who have come hither ly members of the same.

have heard how the congregation hath

prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would Then shall the Minister say,

vouchsafe to receive you, to bless you, and to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. And our Lord

Jesus Christ hath promised in his holy Almighty and immortal God, the aid word to grant all those things that we of all that need, the helper of all that flee have prayed for: which promise he for to thee for succor, the life of them that his part will most surely keep and perbelieve, and the resurrection of the dead : form. we call upon thee for these persons; that Wherefore after this promise made by they, coming to thy holy baptism, may | Christ, you must also faithfully, for your also be filled with thy Holy Spirit. Re-part, promise in the presence of this ceive them, O Lord, as thou hast prom- whole congregation, that you will reised by thy well-beloved Son, saying, nounce the devil and all his works, and Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye constantly believe God's holy word, and shall find; knock, and it shall be opened obediently keep his commandments. unto you: so give now unto us that ask : let us that seek, find : open the gate unto Then shall the Minister demand of each us that knock; that these persons may of the persons to be baptized :enjoy the everlasting benediction of thy heavenly washing, and may come to the

Quest. Dost thou renounce the devil eternal kingdom which thou hast prom- and all his works, the vain pomp and ised by Christ our Lord. Amen.

glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires

of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow Then shall the people stand up, and the nor be led by them? Minister shall say:

Answ. I renounce them all. Hear the words of the Gospel, written Quest. Dost thou believe in God the by St. John. [Chap. iii, 1-8.I

Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and There was a man of the Pharisees, earth? and in Jesus Christ his only-benamed Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: gotten Son our Lord? and that he was the same came to Jesus by night, and conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou the Virgin Mary? that he suffered under art a teacher come from God; for no man Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and can do these miracles that thou doest ex- buried ? that he rose again the third day? cept God be with him. Jesus answered that he ascended into heaven, and sitteth and said unto him, Verily, verily, I

at the right hand of God 'the Father

say unto thee, Except a man be born again, Almighty, and from thence shall come he cannot see the kingdom of God! again at the end of the world, to judge Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a

the quick and the dead ? man be born when he is old? Can he Ghost? the holy catholic Church?* the

And dost thou believe in the Holy enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, communion of saints? the remission of Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except å sins? the resurrection of the body, and man he born of water and of the Spirit he everlasting life after death ? cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Answ. All this I steadfastly believe. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, Quest. Wilt thou be baptized in this and that which is born of the Spirit is faith? spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The

Answ. This is my desire. wind bloweth where it listeth, and

Quest. Wilt thou then obediently keep thou heurest the sound thereof, but God's holy will and commandments, and canst not tell whence it cometh, and walk in the same all the days of thy whither it goeth: so is every one that is

life? born of the Spirit.

* The one universal Church of Christ.

Ans. I will endeavor so to do, God being my helper.

Reception of Members.

Then shall the Minister say:

483. FORM FOR RECEIVING PERSONS INTO O merciful God, grant that all carnal

THE CHURCH AFTER PROBATION. affections inay die in these persons, and that all things belonging to the Spirit Upon the day appointed, all that are to be may live and grow in them. Amen. received shall be called forward, and the

Minister, addressing the congregation, Grant that they may have power and shall say: strength to have victory, and triumph against the devil, the world, and the DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN: The flesh. Amen.

Scriptures teach us that the Church is the Grant that they, being here dedicated household of God, the body of which to thee by our office and ministry, may Christ is the Head, and that it is the dealso be endued with heavenly firtues, sign of the Gospel to bring together in and everlastingly rewarded, through thy one all who are in Christ. The fellowmercy, 0 blessed Lord God, who dost ship of the Church is the communion that live and govern all things, world with its members enjoy one with another. The out end. Amen.

ends of this fellowship are, the mainte

nance of sound doctrine, and of the ordiAlmighty, ever-living God, whose mostnances of Christian worship, and the exdearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, for the ercise of that power of godly admonition forgiveness of our sins, did shed out of and discipline which Christ has commithis most precious side both water and ted to his Church for the pronotion of blood; and gave commandment to his holiness. It is the duty of all men to disciples, that they should go teach all unite in this fellowship, for it is only nations, and baptize them in the name of those that “ be planted in the house of the Father, and of the Son, and of the the Lord, that shall flourish in the courts Holy Ghost'; regard, we beseech thee, our of our God.” Its more particular duties supplications; and grant that the persons are, to promote peace and unity; to bear now to be baptized may receive the full- one another's burdens; to prevent each ness of thy grace, and ever remain in the other's stumbling; to seek the intimacy number of thy faithful and elect children, of friendly society among themselves; to through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. continue steadfast in the faith and wor..

ship of the Gospel; and to pray and symThen shall the Minister ask the name of pathize with each other. Among its priveach person to be baptized: and shail ileges are, peculiar incitements to holiness sprinkle or pour water upon him, (or, if from the hearing of God's word and sharhe shall desire it, shall immerse him in ing in Christ's ordinances; the being water,) saying:

placed under the watchful care of pastors, N., I baptize thee in the name of the and the enjoyment of the blessings which Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy household of faith. Into this holy fellow

are promised only to those who are of the Ghost. Amen.

ship the persons before you, who have

already received the sacrament of baptism, Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all and have been under the care of proper kneeling.

leaders for six months on trial, come seek

ing admission. We now propose, in the Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed fear of God, to question them as to their be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy faith and purposes, that you may know will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, that they are proper persons to be adınita Give us this day our daily bread; and ted into the Church. forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us; and lead Then addressing the applicants for admisus not into temptation, but deliver us

sion, the Minister shall say: from evil; for thíne is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. Dearly beloved : You are come hither

seeking the great privilege of union with Then may the Minister conclude with ex- the Church our Saviour has purchased temporary prayer.

with his own blood. We rejoice in the grace of God vouchsafed unto you in militant till you are called to the fellowthat he has called you to be his followers, ship of the Church triumphant, which and that thus far you have run well. is without fuult before the throne of You have heard how blessed are the God." privileges, and how solemn are the duties, of membership in Christ's Church ; ( Then shall the Minister offer extemporary and before you are fully admitted thereto,

Prayer. it is proper that you do here publicly renew your vows, confess your faith, and declare your purpose, by answering the following questions :

Do you here, in the presence of God The Lord's Supper. and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise contained in the baptismal covenant, ratifying and confirming the same, and acknowledging yourselves [The General Conference recommends the bound faithfully to observe and keep that use of pure, unfermented juice of the grape on covenant ?

Sacramental occasions.] Answ. I do.

Have you saving faith in the Lord Je- 484. ORDER FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF sus Christ ?

THE LORD'S SUPPER. Answ. I trust I have.

The Elder shall say one or more of these Do you believe in the doctrines of Ho- sentences, during the reading of which ly Scripture, as set forth in the Articles the persons appointed for that purpose of Religion of the Methodist Episcopal

shall receive the alms for the poor :Church?

LET your light so shine before men, Answ. I do.

that they may see your good works, and Will you cheerfully be governed by glorify your Father which is in heaven. the rules of the Methodist Episcopal (Matt. v, 16.] Church, hold sacred the ordinances of Lay not up for yourselves treasures God, and endeavor, as much as in you upon earth, where moth and rust doth lies, to promote the welfare of your corrupt, and where thieves break through brethren and the advancement of the and steal: but lay up for yourselves Redeemer's kingdom ?

treasures in heaven, where neither moth Answ. I will.

nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves Will you contribute of your earthly do not breuk through nor steal. [Matt. substance, according to your ability, to vi, 19, 20.] the support of the Gospel and the various Whatsoever ye would that men should benevolent enterprises of the Church? do to you, do, ye even so to them: for Answ. I will.

this is the law and the prophets. (Matt.

vii, 12.] Then the Minister, addressing the Church, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, shall say:

Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Brethren, you have heard the responses

heaven; but he that doeth the will of given to our inquiries. Have any of you my Father which is in heaven. (Matt. to allege why these

vii, 21.]

persons should not be received into full member- Zaccheus stood, and said unto the Lord, ship in the Church?

Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give

to the poor; and if I have taken any thing No objection being alleged, the Minister from any man by false accusation, I re

shall say to the candidates :- store him fourfold. [Luke xix, 8.) We welcome you to the communion of He which soweth sparingly shall reap the Church of God; and, in testimony of also sparingly, and he which soweth our Christian affection and the cordiality bountifully shall reap also bountifully. with which we receive you, I hereby ex- Every man according as he purposeth in tend to you the right hand of fellowship; his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, and may God grant that you may be a or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful faithful and useful member of the Church | giver. (2 Cor. ix, 6, 7.)

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