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THE BAPTISM

OF THOSE WHO ARE OF RIPER YEARS.

The Persons to be baptized being present and standing before the Minister, the Minister shall begin the Service by saying:

HEAR the words of our Lord Jesus Christ to his apostles:

Go ye, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.

Verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

HEAR also what St. Peter saith:

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; for the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Then the Minister shall say,

Let us pray.

WE give thee humble thanks, O Heavenly

Father, that thou hast vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee; increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore, that we may be enabled to mortify all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily to proceed in all virtue and godliness of living, till we come to that eternal kingdom which thou hast promised by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Minister say to the Person desiring to be baptized,

Do you believe in Jesus Christ as one who

has spoken the words of eternal life?

Answer. I do.

Min. Do you believe in that kingdom of God in the hearts of men, where the will of God is done on earth, even as it is in heaven? Ans. I do.

Min. Do you now promise to obey the commandments of God, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and to make his example the guide of your conduct and life?

Ans. This I now promise and by the help of God will endeavor to perform.

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The Minister shall then baptize the Person, saying,

BAPTIZE thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

WE

Then shall the Minister also say:

E receive this person into the congregation of Christ's flock, as one not ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified. We welcome him as one engaged henceforth to fight manfully under Christ's banner, and to continue his faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end. Amen.

Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY GOD, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, regard in mercy the prayers of thy people; and bless thy servant, who hath now been acknowledged as a member of the Christian Church, by baptism. Incline his heart to receive with all readiness the doctrines and instructions of Christ, and to submit faithfully to the authority of his laws. Give him strength to triumph over the temptations of vice, and to be steadfast in the practice of that holiness which baptism is designed to represent; that, living as becometh a good and faithful member of the Christian Church here on earth, he may at length partake in heaven of that eternal kingdom which thou hast revealed to us by Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

NOW unto him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, through Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen.

CONFIRMATION.

When the Persons to be confirmed are standing before the Minister, he shall say,

WHEN the apostles which were at Jeru

salem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost (for as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

DEARLY beloved, forasmuch as you have

signified your desire to take upon yourselves the responsibility of a public Christian profession, let me ask you in the presence of God and of this congregation, Do you now renounce all fellowship with evil, and resolve to learn and do the will of God as revealed by Jesus Christ?

Each of those about to be confirmed shall answer,

I do.

Then shall the Minister say,

The Lord be with you.

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