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Then may follow a Hymn, after which the following Anthem may be said by the Minister and People:

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good-will toward men. Our souls shall magnify the Lord, and we will talk of his salvation. For he hath visited and redeemed his people. He hath laid help upon one mighty to save. He forgiveth all our sins; he restoreth our souls; he leadeth our feet in the way of peace. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and love of God! He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Therefore with angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord, most high. Amen.

BENEDICTION.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Or this : And now may the Lord God Almighty bless, preserve, and keep you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and give you peace, now and for ever. Amen.

THE BAPTISM OF INFANTS.

HEAR the words of our Saviour, 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.

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.

DEARLY BELOVED,
Ye have brought this child here to be baptized :
I demand, therefore,

Will ye faithfully and earnestly exhort this child to renounce the hurtful vanities of this world, with all covetous desires of the same, and carnal desires of the flesh, so that he may not follow, nor be led by them?

I will.

Will ye instruct him in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?

I will.

Will ye exhort him to keep God's holy will and commandments, and to walk in the same all the days of his life?

I will.

The child shall then be baptized, the Minister saying :

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

N. B. A prayer and hymn may follow, or precede, this service.

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THE BAPTISM OF ADULTS.

Jesus said, Go, and teach 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, unto the end of the world.

Then Peter said, Repent and be baptized every one of you 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, as many as the Lord our God shall call.

The baptism which saveth us is not the putting away the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God.

MY FRIEND AND BROTHER,
You present yourself here to be baptized:

I ask, therefore, Do you believe and trust in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God?

And is it your heart's desire and your deliberate purpose to become a faithful disciple of our Lord and Saviour ?

The person to be baptized having answered these questions in the affirmative, the Minister shall then baptize him, saying:

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

A prayer may follow or precede this service, or it may be concluded with the simple benediction.

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