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birth, and Dedication of the new-born Infant
Drder for the Administration of poly Baptism.
On coming into the Church, the Candidate for Baptism, with the Sponsors, shall remain near the entrance, or at some convenient place near the baptistery or font.
If the person to be baptized have been previously admitted a Catechumen, the Priest (after prayer at the altar) shall commence with the Exhortation immediately preceding the Confession: but if otherwise, he shall come down to the Candidate and Sponsors, and commence as follows:
LMIGHTY GOD, from whom thou seekest the gift of faith, and of that eternal life which is the portion of them that believe, Grant unto thee all thy desire, and fulfil in thee the good pleasure of His will.
THIS is life eternal, that thou shouldest know the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He hath sent. And the true faith is this, that thou worship One God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the substance. For there is one Person of the Father, and another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all One, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Here all shall kneel.
Let us pray.
LMIGHTY GOD, most merciful Father, who willest not that any should perish, but that all should come to the knowledge of the truth; Mercifully regard this infant [or, person]; put away from him all blindness of heart; loose him from the bonds of death in trespasses and sins; save him from the dominion and presence of the devil; and make him of the number of Thy children through the quickening power of Thy Spirit, and an heir of Thine eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Then the Priest shall rise and say;
THE Lord Jesus Christ our God, who with His finger did cast out devils, and came into the world to destroy the works of the devil, Preserve thee from Satan, and from all his works, and from all his evil power; and cause him to depart from thee, both now and for ever. The Lord deliver thee from every evil and unclean spirit; the spirit of deceit and guile; of idolatry and covetousness; of falsehood and uncleanness; that the Holy Ghost may take up His abode and dwell in thee, henceforth and for ever.