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Thy faithful patriarchs of old, and all the prophets: thy holy apostles and evangelists: the blessed martyrs and confessors, even that great cloud of witnesses by which we are compassed about ; all thy saints, in every age, who served thee in life, and continued faithful unto death:
Our brethren and friends departed in the Lord, our parents, our children, and those who were as our own souls: believing that, though our eyes behold them no more, they have not perished, but are kept by thy mighty power unto eternal salvation ; that their spirits are with thee, and their dust is precious in thy sight:
Thanking thee for all thy graces and mercies bestowed upon them, and beseeching thee that we may follow their good examples ; that finally we may be made partakers with them, in soul and body, of thine everlasting glory, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.
concLUDING PRAYER. TASTEN, we beseech thee, O Lord, the coming and kingdom of thy Christ; at whose glorious appearing thy Saints departed shall be raised, and they that are alive shall be caught up to meet him, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Under the veil of earthly things we have now communion with him, but with unveiled face we shall then behold him, rejoicing in his glory; and, by him, with the whole Church, holy and unspotted, shall be presented before the presence of thy glory with exceeding joy. Glory be to God in the highest ; Peace on earth; good-will to men.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then may be sung,
FATHER of peace, and God of love!
Him from the dead thou brought'st again,
When, by his sacred blood,
Th' eternal covnant stood.
O may thy Spirit seal our souls,
And mould them to thy will,
But keep thy precepts still ;
That to perfection's sacred height
We nearer still may rise,
Be pleasing in thine eyes.-Par. lx.
THE BENEDICTION. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The Administration of Baptism.
The Minister may begin by reciting one or more
of the following introductory Sentences.
NYO ye and teach all nations, baptizing them U 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 alway, even unto the end of the world.—Matt. xxviii.
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.—Mark x.
The promise is unto you and to your children.—Acts iii.
As many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.—Gal. iii.
Know ye not that so many of us as have been baptized into Jesus Christ, have been baptized into his death; that like as Christ was raised up by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.Rom. vi.
Those instructions and exhortations having been addressed to the parents of the child, which to "the godly wisdom of the Minister may appear necessary," “ as the ignorance or errors of the people shall require ;" — The following Prayers, taken (in substance) from the Directory, may be said.
Let us pray.
PRAYER BEFORE BAPTISM. W E beseech thee, O Lord, that as thou
W hast not left us strangers and aliens, but hast brought us into thy covenant, and given us the hope of thy promises in Christ Jesus, so thou wouldst graciously vouchsafe to sanctify and bless thine own ordinance at this time; joining the inward baptism of thy Spirit with the outward baptism of water; making it to this infant a seal of adoption, remission of sin, regeneration, and eternal life; that this