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unto righteousness, continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living,
It is expedient that every Perfon, thus baptized, fhould be confirmed by the Bishop, fo foon after his Baptifm as conveniently may be that fo he may be admitted to the holy Communion.
If any Perfons not baptized in their Infancy, shall be brought to be baptized before they come to Years of Difcretion to anjaver for themfelves; it may fuffice to use the Office for Publick Baptifm of Infants, or (in cafe of extreme danger) the Office for Private Raptijm, only changing the word (Infant) for (Child or Perfon) as Occafion requireth.
A CATECHISM; that is to fay, An INSTRUCTION to be learned of every Perfon, before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop.
HAT is your Name?
Queft. Who gave you this Name?
Anfw. My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptifm, wherein I was made a member of Chrift, the Child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of Heaven.
Queft. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?
Anfw. They did promife and vow three things in my Name: First, that I fhould renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the finful lufts of the flesh. Secondly, that I fhould believe all the Articles of the Chriftian Faith. And thirdly, that I should keep Gods haly will and commandments, and walk in the fame all the days of my life.
Queft. Doft thou not think that thou art bound to believe, and to do as they have promifed for thee?
Anfw. Yes verily, and by Gods help fo I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this ftate of falvation, through Jefus Chrift our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the fame unto my lites end.
Catechift. Rehearse the Articles of thy belief.
Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven
And in Jefus Chrift his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghoft, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried, He defcended into Hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He afcended into Heaven, and fitteth. on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he fhall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghott; The holy Catholick Church; The Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of fins; The relurrection of the body; and the life everlasting, Amen.
Quest. What doft thou chiefly learn in thefe Articles of thy Belief?
Anfw. First, I learn to believe in God the Father, who hath made me and all the world.
Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and ali mankind.
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghoft, who fanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God.
Quest. You faid that your Godfathers and Godmothers did promife for you, that you should keep Gods Commandments. Tell me how many there be?
Quest. Which be they?
HE fame which God fpake in the twentieth Chapter of Exodus, faying, I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the houfe of bondage.
I. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
II. Thou shalt not make to thyfelf any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou fhalt not bow down to them, nor worship them: for 1 the Lord
thy God am a jealous God, and visit the fins of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and fhew mercy unto thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments.
III. Thou shalt 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 fabbath-day. Six days fhalt thou labour, and do all that thou haft to do; but the feventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou fhalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy fon, and thy daughter, thy man-fervant, and thy maid- fervant, thy cattle, and the ftranger that is within thy gates. For in fix days the Lord made heaven and earth, the fea, and all that in them is, and refted the feventh day: wherefore the Lord bleffed the feventh day, and hallowed it.
V. Honour thy 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 shalt not commit adultery.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not bear falfe witness againft thy neighbour.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours houfe, thou fhalt not covet thy neighbours wife, nor his fervant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his afs, nor any thing that is his. Quest. What doft thou chiefly learn by thefe commandments ?
Anfw. I learn two things: My duty towards God, and my duty towards my neighbour.
Quest. 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, and with all my foul, and with all my ftrength; to worthip him, to give him thanks, to put my whole truft in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy Name and his Word; and to ferve him truly all the days of my life.
Quest. What is thy duty towards thy Neighbour?
Anfw. Niy duty towards my Neighbour is to love him as myfelf, and to do to all men, as I would they should do unto me. To love, honour, and fuccour my father and mother. To honour and obey the king, and all that are put in authority under him. To fubmit myfelf to all my governors, teachers, fpiritual paflors and afters. order myfelf lowly and reverently to all my betters. To hurt no body by word or deed. To be true and just in all my dealing. To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart. To keep my hands from picking and ftealing, and my tongue from evil-fpeaking, lying and flandering. To keep my body in temperance, fobernefs, and chastity. Not to covet nor defire other mens 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 fhall please God to call me.
Catechift. My good child, know this, that thou art not able to do these things of thyfelf, nor to walk in the com mandments of God, and to ferve him without his fpecial grace, which thou must learn at all times to call for by diligent Prayer. Let me hear therefore if thou canft fay the Lords prayer.
UR Father, 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 trefpaffes, as we forgive them that trefpafs against us. And lead us not into temptation; deliver us from evil. Amen.
Quest. What defireft thou of God in this Prayer ?
Anfo. I defire my Lord God our heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodnefs, to fend his grace unto me, and to all people, that we may worship him, ferve him, and obey him as we ought to do. And I pray unto God, that he will fend us all things that be needful both for our fouis and bodies; and that he will be merciful unto us, and forgive us our fins; and that it will pleafe him to fave and de-. fend us in all dangers ghoftly and bodily; and that he will
keep us from all fin and wickedness, and from our ghoftly enemy, and from everlasting death. And this I trust he will do of his mercy and goodnets, through our Lord Jefus Chrift: And therefore I fay, Amen. So be it.
many Sacraments hath Chrift ordained in his Church?
Anfw. Two only, as generally neceffary to falvation 3 that is to fay, Baptifm and the Supper of the Lord.
Queft. What meanest thou by this word Sacrament ?
Anfw. I mean an outward and visible sign of an inward and fpiritual grace, given unto us, ordained by Chrift himfelf, as a means whereby we receive the fame, and a pledge to affure us thereof.
Queft. How many parts are there in a Sacrament?
Anfi. Two: the outward vifible fign, and the inward Spiritual grace.
Queft. What is the outward vifible fign or form in Baptifm?
Anfw. Water wherein the perfon is baptized, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Queft. What is the inward and fpiritual grace?
Anfw. A death unto fin, and a new birth unto righteoufnefs for being by nature born in fin, and the children of wrath, we are hereby made the children of grace.
Quest. What is required of perfons to be baptized? Anfw. Repentance, whereby they forfake fin; and faith, whereby they ftedfaftly believe the promises of God made to them in that Sacrament.
Quest. Why then are Infants baptized, when by reason of their tender age they cannot perform them?
Anfw. Because they promise them both by their fureties: which promife when they come to age, themfelves are bound to perform.
Quest. Why was the Sacrament of the Lords Supper ordained?
Anfw. For the continual remembrance of the facrifice of the death of Christ, and of the benefits which we receive thereby.