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I. Thou shalt have none other Gods but me.

II. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the fins of the fathers upon the children, anto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me ; and thew mercy' unto thoufands in thein that love me, and keep my commandments.

DI Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain : for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

IV. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day. Six days shalt thou labour and do all that thou hast to do,; but the seventh day is the Sabbath cf ihe Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man- servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is with. in thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day ; wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it. V. Hor.our hy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. VI, Thou shalt do no murder. VII Thou fhalt not commit adultery. VIII. Thou shali noi Iteal IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

X. Thou shall not covet thy neighbours house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbours wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his

Quest. What dost thou chiefly learn by these conimardments ?
Alfw. I learn cu o things : My duty towards God, and my duty towards my neighbour.
Que ft. What is thy duty towards God?

Anfw. My Duty towards God, is to believe in him, to fear him, and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him, to give him thanks, to put my whole truit in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy Name and his word; and to serve him truly all the days of my life.

Queit. Wiai is thy duty towards thy neighbour?

Antw. My duty towards my heighbour is to love him as myself, and to do to all men, as I would they should do unto me.

To love, honour, and succour my father and mother. To honour and obey the king, and all that are put in authority under him. To submit my self to all my guvernors, teachers, fpiritual pastors and hatters To order myself lowly and reverently to all my betters. To hurt no body by word or deed. To be true and juit in all my dealing: To bear no malice or hatred in my heart. To keep my hands from picking ani tealing, and my tongue from evil speaking, lying and fandering. To keep my body in temperance, Sokerness, and chastity: Not to covet or defire other mens goods ; but to learn and labour traly to get my own living, and to do my duty in that state of life unto which it fall please God to call me.

Chatechiit. My good child know this, that thou art not able to do these things of thyself, nor to walk in the commandments of God, and to serve him without his special grace, which thou must learn at all times to

all for by diligent prayer. Let me hear therefore if thou canst say the Lords Prayer. Answer. UR Father, which art in heaven ; hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass againft us. And lead us not into temptation ; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Quest. What defirelt thou of God in this Prayer ?

Answ, I defire my Lord God our heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodness, to send his grace unto me, and to all people,“that we may worship him, serve him, and obey him as we ought to do. And I pray unto G d, that he will send us all things that be needful both for our souls and bodies ; and that he will be mercitul unto us, and forgive us our sins; and that it will please him to save and defend us in all dangers ghostly and bodily; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness, and from our ghoftly enemy, and from everlasting death. And this I trust he will do of his mercy and goodness, through our Lord Jesus Chriit: and therefore I fay, Amen So be it. Question.

Sacraments hath Christ in his Church ?

Antw. Two only, as generally necessary to falvation ; that is to say, Baptism, and the Sup: per of the Lord.

Quest. What meanest thou by this word Sacrament ?
Antw. I mcan an Outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, given unto us, ordained by
Christ himself, as a means whereby we receive the fame, and a pledge to allure us thereof.

Quest. How many parts are there in a Sacrament?
Anfi. 'Two: the outwa d (visible lign, and the inward spiritual grace.
Quest. What is the outward visible sign or form in Baptism
Answ. Water : wherein the person is baptized, Inibe Name of the Farber, and of the Son, and of the Holy Graft:

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Quest. What is the inward and spiritual grace?

Arw. A death unto fin, and a new birth unto righteousness : for being by nature born in fio, and the children of wrath, we are hereby made the children of grace.

Queit. What is required of persons to be baptized!

Answ. Repentance, whereby they forsake fin; and faith, whereby they stedfasily believe the promises of God made to them in that Sacrament.

Queit. Why then ase Infants bap:ized, when by reason of their tender age they cannot perform them? Answ. Because they promise them both by their fureties: which promise, when they come", to age, theme selves are bound to perform.

Queit. Why was the Sacrament of the Lords Supper ordained ?

Antw. Foi thu continual remembrance of the facrifice of the death of Christ, and of the benefits which we receive thereby.

Quett. What is the outward part or sign of the Lords Supper"
Answ Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received..
Queft. What is the inward part, or this g fignified ?

Antw. The Body and Blood of Christ, which are verily and indeed taken and received by the faithful in the Lord. Supper.

Queft. What are the benefits whereof we are partakers thereby?

Answ. I he strengthening and refreshing of our souls by the Body and Blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the Bread and Wine.

Quest. What is required of them who come to the Lords Supper ?

Anlw. To exam.ne themselves, whether they repent them tru'y of their former fins, stedfally purposing to lead a new life; have a lively faith in Gods mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance of his death ; and be in charity witli all men. The Curate of every Parish fall diligently upon Sundays and Holy-days after the second Lifjon at Evening Proget,

openly in i he church inltruct and examine so many children of bis Parijs fent unto him, as be shall sbirk convenio

ent in some part of this catechifm. And all Fathers, Mothers, Mafters, and Dames, fhall cause their Children. Servants, and Apprentices ( wbich bave

not learned their catechism) io come to the church at the time appointed, and obedien:ly'to hear, and be o-dered by the

Curate, until such time as they have learned all that is bere appointed for them to learn. So soon as children are come to a competant Age, and can say in their Mother Tongue, the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and

the Ten Commandments; and also can answer to the other Queftions of this stort Catechifm ; they fall be brought sa the Bilhop. And every one shall bave a Godfuther or a Godmother, us a Witnefs of tbeir Confirmation. And whenjoever the Bishopfhall give knowledge for Children to be brought unto him for their Confirmation, the Gurate

of every Parish shall either bring, or send in writing, with his band fubjcribed i bereto, the Names of all jucb pere Jens within kis Parish as be shall think fit to be prejented to the Bishop to be confirmed. And if the Bijbep appreus of them, be shall confirm them in the manner

following:

* The ORDER 'of CONFIRMATION,

Or Laying on of Hands upon those that are Baptized, and come to Years of Discretion : Upon the Day appointed; all that are to be then confirmed, being placed, and landing in order before the Biskop, be (as some other Minister appointed by him)

shall read this Preface following, TO

O the end that Confirmation may be ministred to the more edifying of such as shall receive it, the Church

bath thought good to order, That none hereafter thall be Confirmed, but such as can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments; and can also answer to such other Questions, as in the short Catechism are contained ; which order is very convenient to be observed; to the end that children being now come to the years of discretion, and having learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers 'promised for them in Baptism, they may theinselves, with their own mouth and consent, openly before the Church, ratify and con. firm the fame; and also promise that by the grace of God they will evermore endeavour themselves, faithfully to observe such things, as they, by their own confession, have atlented unto.

• The plain Meaning and Design of this Ofice seems to Baptifin. And where Persons are duly prepared for this be that such as have been baptized in their Infancy may Ordinance it is not to be doubted but itmay be very benefihereby Perlonally and publickly take upon themfelves those cial througu the Blefling of God upon the Prayers of the Promises which were made for them by their Sureties at their Bishop.

Then shall be Rilhop fay,.. DO

Oye here in the presence of God, and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise and vow that

was made in your name at your Baptism ; ratifying and confirming the same in your own persons, and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe, and to do all those things which your Godfathers and Godmo. thers then undertook for you?

And every one fall audibly answer, I do.
The Bishop: O'Anfiver." Who hath made heaven and earth.

UR. help is in the name of the Lord ;
Bihop. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Answer. Henceforth world without end,
Bishop. Lord, hear our prayers.
Answer. And lec our cry come unto thee,

Bishop. Let us pray.
LMIGHTY and everliving God, who haft vouchfafed to regenerate these thy servants by water and the

holy Ghoit, and hast given unto them forgiver ess of all their fins; strengthen them, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the holy Ghost the Comforter, and daily increase in them thy manifold gifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom and understanding ; the spirit of council and ghostly strength ; the spirit of knowledge and true godli. ness; and fill them, O Lord, with the spirit o: thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen. Then all of them in order kresling before the Bilhop, be mall lay his band upon the head of every one serverally, saying, D

EFÉND, O Lord, this thy child, (or this in, fervani) with thy heavenly grace, that he may continue thine

for ever : and daily encreate in thy holy spirit more and more, until he come to thy everlasting kingdom.
Tben hall be Bijbeplay The Lord be with you.
Antw. And with thy spirit

And (all kneeling down the Bishop Mall add, Let us pray.
UR Fa her, 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 trespasses as we forgive them that crespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

And this Collect.
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Lmighty and everlasting God, who makeit us both to will and to do those things that be good and accepte

able unto thy divine Majesty ; We make our humble supplications unto thee for these thy servants, upon whom (after the example of thy holy apoftles) we have now laid our hands, to certify them (by this fign) of thy favour and gracious goodness towards them. Let thy fatherly hand, we beseech thee, ever be over them ; let thy Holy Spirit ever be with them; and so lead them in the knowledge and obedience of thy word, that in the end they may obtain everlasting life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with thee and the holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Almighty Lord, and everlafting God, vouchlafe, we beseech thee, to direct, farctify, and govern both our
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Saviour Jelus Christ. Amen.

Then the Bishop fall bless them, saying ibus,
HE blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the coa, and the Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with
you

for ever. Amen. And there shall none be admitted to the boly Communion, until such time as be be confirmed, or be ready and defircus

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Yrn the Banns of all that are to be married together, must be published in the Church ihre feveral Sundays

or Holy-dars, in the time of divine service, immediately before the Sentences for the Offertory, the Curate Jaying after the accufomed manner.

Publish the Barns of Marriage between M. of and N. of If any of you know cause or jult impedi ..

ment, why these two persons should not be joined together in holy Matrimony, ye are to declare it: ''This is the first [second, or third] time of asking.

The reasonableness of this Institucion appears in some upon an unlimited Commerce betwixt the two Sexes, such measuré from the evil consequences which would follow a brutal manner of life must necessarily produce Confusion

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And it she Persons that are to be married, dwell in divers Parishes, the Banns must be asked in both Paribes,

and the Curate of the one Parishilall not folemnize Matrimony betwixt them, without a certificate of the

Perijn Banns being thrice asked from the Curate of the other Parish. At the day appointuel for the Sołeminization of Matrimony, the perfons to be married Mall come into the body of the

church uith their Friends and Neighbours : and there flanding together, the Min on tlie right band, and the Iloman on the left, ile Priell ball fany,

1 EARLY beloved, we are gathered here together in the right of God, and in the face of this con inliituted of God in the time of man's innocency, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church : which holy eitate Christ adorned and beautified with ki: presence, and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commended of St. Paul to be honourable among all men ; and therefore is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in band unadvisedly, lighely or wantonly, to satisfy men's carnal lufts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no anderstanding, but reverently, discreetly, adviseuly, loberly, and in the fear of God; duly considering the causes for which Matrimony'was ordained.

First, it was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the tear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.

Secondly, it was ordained for a remedy against fin, and to avoid fornication, that such persons as have not the gift of continency, might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Chr st's body.

Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual fuciety, help and comfort that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adverfity.

• Tato which holy efiate these two persuns present corne now to he joined. Therefore if any man can fhew any juft cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let hím now speak, or elle here after for ever

And also speaking to the perfons that shall be married, be fall fag, I

Require and charge you both (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment, when the secrets of alty

hearts shall be disc oed) that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined logether in Matrimony, ye do now confefs' it. For be ye well affared, that fo many as are coupled together otherwise, chan Gods Word doth allow,, are not joined together by God, neither is their Matrimony lawful.

If no impediment be alledged, then thall the Curate jay'unto the Man, N. IUT thou have this woman to thy wedded wite, to live together afier God's ordinance, in the holy and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, fo long as ye both shall live? he Man Mall answer, I will.

Then shall the Priest say unto the Woman,
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ly el ate of Matrimony ? Will thou obey him, ferve him, love, honour, and keep him in fickness and in health, and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, fo long as ye both shall live ? The Woman fhall antiver, I will,

Then fall the Miniser say, . Who giveth this woman to be married to this Man?

- Then shall tbey give their troth to each other in this manner' ; The Minijier recciving the woman at her Fathers, or Friends hands, fhali cause the man till kis right band 11 icke the

..Wiman by her right hand and to say after him as followeth : I

N. take thee N. to my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for

richer for poorer, in fickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till deach us do part, according to God's holy ordinanee ; and thereto I plight thee my troth. Iben shall they loose their hands, and the Woman with ker right hand taking the Man by bis right band, fzall likewij

Jay after the Minister. N. take thee N. to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worle, cording to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth. Then Kallibev again loose their bands, and ibe man fhall give unto

ibe Woman a Ring, laying the fame upon sbe took, uitb.tre accufiomed duty to the Priest and Clerk And the Prieft taking the Ring, Jball deliver it unto the and utterly prevent that affectionate and mutual Alhistance greseli happiness this world can

reciprocal gation of our Species; and without which the businets of improve, a tiniting Offspring confirm, and death scarcely Education would be liable to be neglected; hesides, where the diffolve. See Gen, z. 18, 22, 23. John 2. d. 1 Cor. 7;2. Ma riage Union is founded upon Virtue, fupported by Heb. 13. 4. Prudence and gond nature; it bids fair for producing the

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Man, 19 put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left bandAnd the man holding the Ring there, and
taught by be. Prueft, hall say,
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ITH this Ring 1 thee wed, with my body i thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee

. Then the Men leaving the Ring upon the fourth finger of th Wimans lef: hand, they shall borb kneel down, and the

Miniter shall fay, Let us pray. Eternal God, creator and preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting

li:e ; Send ihy blesling upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy Dame; that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully toge:her, so these persons may furely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge ; ) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then all the Prieft juin their right hands togetber, and say, Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Then shalt the Minister speak unto the people : F

Orasmuch as N. and N. have consented together in holy, wettóck, and have witnessed the same bon

fore God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving ofa Ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Gholt. Amen.

And the Minister shall add this bleffing.
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OD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghoft

, blets, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour lock upon you, and so fill you with all spiritual bencdiion and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen. I ben abe Minister, or Clerks going to the Lord's Table, shall say er fing this Psalm followinga

Beati omnes, Psalm 128. B.

LE SSED are all they that fear the Lord; and walk in his ways.

Forihou shalt eat the labour of thinc hands: O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be. Thy wife Mall be as the fruitful vine : upon the walls of thine house. Thy children like che olive-branches : round about thy table. Lo, shus mall the man be blefled: that feareth the Lord. 'l he Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee: that thou shall see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long; Yea thac thou ihalt fee chy children's children'; and peace upon Israel. Glory be to the Father, &c. As it was in the, &c. · Or this Psaln'.

Deus miferatur. Psalm 67. On be merciful unto us, and bless us : and fhew us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto use

: Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad: for thou thalt judge the folk right-oufly, and govern the nations upon earth
Let the people praise thee, O God: let all the people praise thee.
Then Thail the earth bring forth her increase; and God, even our own God, shall give us his blesing.
God shall blets us : ard all the ends of the world thall fear him.
Glory de to the Father, &c.

As it was in the, &c.
The Psalm ended and the Man and the Woman kneeling before the Lords Table, the Prict ftanding at the table, axd tursson

ing bis face towards them fall foy, Lord, have mercy upon us.

Answ. Christ, have mercy upon us. . Minister, Lord, have mercy upon us.

UR Father, which art in heaven ; Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in give them that trespass againit us. And lead us not into tempta:ion ; Bus deliver us from evil. Amen.

Minister. O Lord, save thy servant and thy handmaid;
Answ. Who put their trust in thee.
Minister. O Lord, fend them help from thy holy place.
A sw. And evermore defend them.
Muilter. Be unto them a tower of strength,
Answ. From the face of their enemy.
Minister. O Lord, hear our prayer.
Answ. And let our cry come unto thee

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