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May we all become a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God, and to show forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
May we follow him who has suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his steps, and being dead to sin should live to righteousness; when reviled, may we not revile again, but by well-doing put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; may we refrain our tongue from evil, and our lips that they speak no guile; may we sanctify the Lord God in our hearts, so that all may be ashamed who falsely accuse our good conversation in Christ.
Grant, O Lord, that if it be thy will, we may suffer for well-doing, rather than for evil-doing.
May the time past of our lives suffice us to have disobeyed thee; for the time to come may we be sober and watch unto prayer; may we have fervent charity among ourselves; that God may in all things be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever.
May the God of all grace, who hath called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that we have suffered for a while, make us perfect, establish, strengthen and settle us, and to him be glory and dominion forever. Amen.
The Baptism of Infants.
And Jesus took a child, and set him in the midst; and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children, in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
And they brought young children to him, that he 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, 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.
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as a little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
My friends :-
I ask, therefore,
Do you give this child to God, to Christ, and to the Church, that he may be God's child forever; and by this baptismal water, the ancient symbol of purity, do you express your desire that he should grow upsamid the purifying influences of the Gospel, and come to Jesus through the medium of all Christian institutions and influences ?
Answer. We do.
Will you instruct him in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and exhort him to keep God's holy will and commandments, and to walk in the same all the days of his life?
Answer. We will.
The child shall then be baptized, the Minister saying
I baptize thee into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
A prayer and hymn may follow, or precede this service.
ORDER OF SERVICES
Burial of the
The services may be introduced by singing a Hymn.
My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for he chastens us not for his pleasure, but for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness to those who are exercised thereby.
It is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting; for the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, and by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Man, that is born of woman, is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cnt down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. For what is our life? It is even as a vapor, which appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Here may follow an address or remarks.
Passages from the 39th and 90th Psalms.
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.
Behold thou hast made my days as it were a span long, and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain; he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my hope ? truly my hope is even in thee.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears consider my calling ; hold not thy peace at my tears ;
For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
o spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, before I go hence, and be no more seen.