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and obey the civil authority: To submit myself to all my governors.

teachers, spiritual pastors and masters: To order myself lowly a ll to all my betters: To hurt nobody by word or deed: To be true and just in all my dealings: To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart: To keep my hands from picking and stealing, and my tongue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering: To keep my body in temperance, soberness, and chastity: Not to covet nor desire other men's goods; but to learn and labour truly to get mine own living, and to do my duty in that state of life unto which it shall please God to call me.

Caiechist. 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 call for by diligent prayer. Let me hear, therefore, if thou canst say the Lord's Prayer.


I Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy Name. Thy ^i ll cal l will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Question. What desirest thou of God in this Prayer?

Answer. I desire 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 God, that he will send us all things that are needful both for our souls and bodies; and that he will be merciful unto us, and forgive us our sins: and that it will please him to save and defend us in all dangers both of soul and body; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness, and from our spiritual enemy, and from everlasting death. And this I trust he will do of his mercy and goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ. And therefore I say, Amen, So be it.


ll many Sacraments hath Christ ordained in his Church! *1 Answer. Two only, as generally necessary to salvation; that is to say, Baptism, and the Supper of the Lord.

Question. What meanest thou by this word Sacrament?

Answer. I mean 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 same, and a pledge to assure us thereof.

Question. How many parts are there in a Sacrament? l Two; the outward visible sign, and the inward soul I

Question. What is the outward visible sign, or form in Baptism?

Answer. Water; wherein the person is baptized, In the Ara?ne of the Father, and of the Son, arid of the Holy Ghost.

Question. What is the inward and spiritual grace?

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





Upon the day appointed, all that are to be then confirmed, being placed and standing in order before the Bishop; he, or some other Minister appointed by him, shall read this Preface following. rPO ths end that Confirmation may be ministered to the MR I of such as shall receive it, the Church hath thought good to order, That none shall 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 I learned what their Godfathers and Godmothers promised for them in Baptism, may themselves, with their own mouth and consent, openly before the Church, ratify and confirm the same; and I promise, that, by the grace of God, they will evermore endeavour themselves faithfully to observe such things, as they, by their own confession, have assented unto.

Then shall the Bishop say,

X\0 ye here, in the presence of God, and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise and vow that ye made, or that was made in your name, at your Baptism; ratifying and confirming the same; and acknowledging yourselves bound to believe and to do all those things which ye then undertook, or your Sponsor's then undertook for you?

If And every one shall audibly answer,
I do.

YOUR help is in the Name of the Lord;

Answer. Who hath made heaven and earth.
Bishop. Blessed be the Name of the Lord;
Answer. Henceforth, world without end.
Bishop. Lord, hear our prayer.
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Bishop. Let us pray.

ALMIGHTY and everliving God, who hast vouchsafed to regenerate these thy servants by Water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given unto them forgiveness of all their sins; 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 counsel and ghostly strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness; and fill them, O Lord, with the spirit of thy holy fear, now and for ever. Amen.

Ki ll all of them in order kneeling before the Bishop, he shall lay

his hands upon the head of every one severally, saying, TJEFEND, O Lord, this thy Child [or, this thy Servant] with thy heavenly grace; that he may continue thine for ever j and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Then shall the Bishop say,
The Lord be with you.
Answer. And with thy spirit.

And all kneeling down, the Bishop shall add,

Let us pray.

/*YUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. The "kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses^ As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

And these Collects. A LMIGHTY and everliving God, who makest us both to will and to do those things which are good, and acceptable unto thy Divine Majesty; We make our humble supplications unto thee for these thy servants, upon whom, after the example of thy holy Apostles, we have now laid our hands, to certify them, by this sign, 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.

r\ ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech ^ I to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that, through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

•fl" Then the Bishop shall bless them, saying thus,

HPHE Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the A Holy Ghost, be upon you, and remain with you for ever. Amen

T And there shall none be admitted to the Holy Communion, until such time as he be confirmed, or be ready and desirous to be nu ll



The laws respecting Matrimony., whether by publishing the Ban* in churches, or by License, being different in the several States, every Minister is left to the direction of those laws, in every thing that regards the civil contract between the parties.

And when the Bans are published, it shall be in the following

I I publish the Bans of Marriage between M. of , and

JV. of . If any of you know cause, or just impediment, 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.

At the day and time appointed for Solemnization of Matrimony, the Persons to be married shall come into the body of the Church, or shall be ready in some proper house, with their friends and neighbours; and there standing together, the Man on the right hand, and the Woman on the left, the Minister shall say, T"\EARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of ■■-'God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is commended of Saint Paul to be honourable among all men: and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly j but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace. I And also speaking unto the Persons who are to be married, he shall say,

I REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dread
ful day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be dis-
closed, that if either of you know any impediment, why ye may
not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it.
For be ye well assured, that if any persons are joined together other-
wise than as God's Word doth allow, their marriage is not lawful.
1 I Minister, if he shall have reason to doubt of the lawfulness
of the proposed Marriage, may demand sufficient surety for his
indemnification: but if no impediment shall be alleged, or sus-
pected, the Minister shall say to the Man,
TUT t thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live
1TJ-- together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matri-
mony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in
it and in health: and, forsaking all others, keep thee only
unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

% The Man shall answer,
I will.

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