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Min. 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.
W E 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.
N OW 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.
Christ, that all persons baptized be instructed in his holy religion ; you have now engaged, by a solemn promise before God and this assembly, that you will receive the instructions of the Christian religion, and govern your faith and practice by its doctrines and laws. May you carefully keep in mind this promise, and endeavor to perform it faithfully. You are to endeavor to improve in every virtue which relates to God, your neighbor, or yourself; and to this end, you are diligently and honestly to search the Scriptures. These contain everything necessary to eternal salvation; and from these sacred records of our religion you may obtain all that information which is necessary to improve your understanding and confirm your faith. Above all, you are carefully to obey the precepts of the Gospel, and to cultivate that purity of heart and affections which all its laws, ordinances, and doctrines are designed to promote.
Having the fear of God before your eyes, be you now exhorted to discharge with fidelity and exactness the duty you have now acknowledged. To the due observance of it may God incline your heart; and may he bless you with success, for your
improvement in Christian knowledge, and holiness of life, for the honor of religion, and the glory of his holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
END OF BAPTISM OF THOSE OF RIPER YEARS.
This Rite is not necessary for admission to the Church,
but may be used when specially desired.
When the Persons to be confirmed are standing before
the Minister, he shall say : EARLY beloved, in your infancy, when you
could not know the blessedness of the Christian religion, those who best loved you expressed in the most solemn manner, with prayer to Almighty God, their desire that you should be partakers of this inestimable blessedness; and pledged themselves to instruct you in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. You have now reached an age at which it might reasonably be hoped that you would, by your own voluntary act, take upon yourselves the responsibility of a public Christian profession : and forasmuch as you have signified your desire so to do, let me ask you in the presence of God and of this congregation, Do you now renounce the fellowship of 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,
Then shall the Minister say the following Prayer, ALMIGHTY and ever-living God, the Father
of our spirits, who delightest to do us good; strengthen, we beseech thee, these thy servants 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 inward strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness. Grant this, O blessed God, through thy love to us in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Then, all standing, the Minister may lay his hand upon
the head of each one, saying, Defend, O Lord, this thy child with thy heavenly grace, that he may continue thine forever, and may daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until he come unto thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say, The Lord be with you. Answer. And with thy spirit. Minister. Our help is in the name of the Lord; Answer. Who hath made heaven and earth. Minister. Blessed be the name of the Lord ; Answer. Henceforth, world without end. Minister. Lord, hear our prayers ; Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Then the Lord's Prayer, to be said after the Minister. OUR Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be
thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day