2007December17, Monday

Revised Liturgy: Prayers for the Service of Infant and Adult Baptism

Posted in Worship at 20:53 by Trey Austin

(Please note: i know that my own practice of not capitalizing the first person singular pronoun may give some the impression that i can’t capitalize properly, the reader should understand that there is an inconsistency in the capitalization and formatting in the Revised Liturgy, and i have done my best to recount here just what is in the book before me.)

Prayer before Baptism:

Almighty and everlasting God, who of Thy great mercy didst save Noah and his family in the ark by water; and also didst safely lead the children of Israel, Thy people, through the Red Sea, figuring thereby Thy holy baptism; and by the baptism of Thy well beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in the river Jordan, didst sanctify water to the mystical washing away of sin: we beseech Thee for thine infinite mercies, graciously to look upon this child, to wash him, and sanctify him with the Holy Ghost, that he being delivered from Thy wrath, may be received into the ark of Christ’s Church, and being steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally he may come to the land of everlasting life, there to reign with Thee, world without end, through Jess Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Prayer after Baptism:

We yeild Thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased Thee, through the mystery of Thy holy Baptism, to deliver this child from the power of darkness, and to translate him into the kingdom of Thy dear Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins. And we humbly beseech Thee to grant that he, being dead unto sin and living unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in His death, may crucify the old man and utterly abolish the whole body of sin; and that, as he is made partaker of the death of Thy Son, he may also be made partaker of His resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of Thy Holy Church, he may be an inheritor of Thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
R: Amen.

From the Short Form of the Baptismal Service, Prayer before Baptism:

O God, the Father, who hast created this child for Thy praise; we place it in Thy merciful hands, that it may please Thee to make it an heir of immortality and glory.

O God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, we bring to Thee the purchase of Thine own blood, that it may please Thee to save it from sin and death.

O God, the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, we consecrate unto Thee what has been born of the flesh, that it may be born of water and of the Spirit.

And now unto Him who creates, unto Him who redeems, and unto Him who sanctifies, the holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, ever one God, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

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