The Ministration of Baptism of Infants
¶ When the Child has been brought forward to the Altar, the Minister may read as follows, from the Gospel of St. Mark:
They brought young children to Christ, that he should touch them; and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
¶ He may then use the following, or some other suitable Exhortation:
My brethren, in our treatment and regard of children, we ought to partake of the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. We should by no means despise or neglect them; but by gentleness and watchful care, do all that we can to bring them into the fold of the Good Shepherd. That God may bless our efforts in so doing, let us now pray.
¶ Then may be offered the following Prayer:
Almighty and most merciful God, we give thanks unto thee, that by thy goodness we have been brought to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and to faith in him. We bless thee for the kind and encouraging words which he spoke, and for his tender compassion towards those whom he came to save; that he did not suffer little children to be driven away from his presence, but took them in his arms and blessed them. And now that we have brought to. thy altar this little one, we pray that thou wilt guide and direct us, while we consecrate him to thee and to thy service. Wilt thou grant that this Baptism of Water may be the type and the earnest of the purifying influences of thy Holy Spirit, by which alone the soul can be regenerated and saved. This we do humbly ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ The Minister may then say to the Parent, or Guardians of the Child:
By the act of bringing this Child here at this time, you express in the most solemn manner your desire and resolve to instruct him in the gospel of Christ, and in every way to do what lieth in you to enable himto resist sinful inclinations and to keep God’s holy will and commandments.
¶ Then the Minister shall take the Child into his arms, and shall say to the Parents or Guardians:
Name this Child.
¶ Naming the Child, he shall apply the water, saying:
I baptize thee, into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
¶ Then shall follow this Benediction:
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ bless and shelter thee; and through his Son, and by his Holy Spirit, aid thee in infirmities, comfort thee in sorrow, guide thee into all truth, and at length receive thee into his heavenly presence. Amen.
¶ In Choirs, or places where they sing, here shall follow (unannounced) an appropriate Hymn. After which, the Benediction:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.