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Quest. What is your name?
Answ. My Godfathers and Godmothers in my baptism, wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
Q. By what other name are Godfathers and Godmothers called ?
Q. How many Godfathers and Godmothers must there be for a child ?
A. “There shall be for every male-child to be baptizel two Godfathers and one Godmother; and for every female, one Godfather and two God. mothers."--Second Rubric before Public Baptism.
Q. What does the Twentyninth Canon say concerning Godfathers and Godmothers?
A. “No parent shall be ad. mitted to answer as Godfather for his own child; neither shall any person be admitted Godfather or Godmother to any child, at christening or confirmation, before the said person so undertaking hath received the holy Communion.”
Q. What is their duty ?
A. “ It is their parts and duties to see that the infant be taught, so soon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession he hath made by them." -Exhortation, Public Baptism.
Q. How are they to perform this duty? A. “ And that he
may know these things the better, they
shall call upon him to hear sermons; and chiefly they shall provide that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Chris, tian ought to know and believe to his soul's health ; and that this child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life.”Exhortation, Public Baptism.
Q. What other duty have they ?
A. “ They are to take care that the child be brought to the bishop to be confirmed by him, so soon as he can say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, and be further instructed in the Church Catechism set forth for that purpose."-Exhort. Pub.Bapt.
Q. Are they to be present at the confirmation of the child ?
A. “Every one shall have a Godfather or a Godmother, as a witness of their confirmation.”
- Third Rubric after Catech. Member of Christ.
Q. Explain“ member of Christ."
A. “We are very members incorporate in the mystical body of God's Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people." - Commu
nion Service. Child of God.
Q. How is “ child of God” expressed in the Baptismal Service?
A. “ We yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to receive this infant for thine own child by adoption."
Inheritor of the king- Q. How is the next sen. dom of heaven.
tence expressed ?
A. “ An heir of everlasting
salvation.”-Public Baptism. Quest. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?
Answ. They did promise and vow three things in my name. First, That I should renounce the devil and all his works; the pomps and vanity of this wicked world; and all the sinful lusts of the flesh. Secondly, That I should believe all the articles of the Christian faith. And thirdly, That I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life.
That I should renounce Q. What question was asked the devil and all his works.
of your Godfathers and Godmothers ?
A. “Dost thou, in the name of this child, renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow nor be led by them ?”—Public Baptism.
Q. What is to “renounce" them?
A. “ Not” to “ follow nor
be led by them.”—Pub. Bapt. Pomps and vanity of
Q. What are these called in this wicked world.
the Baptismal Service ? '
A. “ The vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same."
- Public Baptism. Sinful lusts of the flesh. Q. And what are these same ?”
A. “ The carnal desires of the flesh.”- Public Baptism.
Q. What answer did your Godfathers and Godmothers make (in your name) to the foregoing question ?
A. “I renounce them all.”
- Public Baptism. Secondly, That I should Q. What are the Articles of believe, &c.
the Christian faith called in the Baptismal Service ?
A. “God's holy Word.”Public Baptism.
Q. What answer did your sponsors make (in your name) when asked, whether they believed “God's holy Word ?”
A. “ All this I stedfastly
believe.”—Public Baptism. Thirdly, That I should Q. What is to “walk in the keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk
A. “ Diligently to live after
his commandments.”—Litany. in the same all the days Q. What answer did they of my life.
make in your name) when asked whether they would keep his commandments ?
A. “I will.”—Public Bapt.
Q. Why is the child “signed with the sign of the cross” in Baptism?
A. “ In token that hereafter he shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner, against sin, the world, and the devil: and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant unto his life's end.” – Public Baptism.
Q. Is the Church called by any name which means that its members resemble soldiers engaged in warfare?
Å. Yes; “ Christ's Church militant here in earth.” “ Mi.
litant ” means fighting. Prayer for Christ's Church
Militant. Quest. Dost not thou think that thou art bound to believe and to do as they have promised for thee?
Answ. Yes, verily; and by God's help so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that He hath called me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end.
And I heartily thank, Q. What is a “state of sal. &c.
A. A state in which “ being delivered from God's wrath, .and received into the ark of Christ's Church; and being stedfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in charity, we may so pass the waves of this troublesome world, that finally we may come to the land of everlasting life.” — Public Baptism.
Q. What does the Church teach concerning baptized children dying in infancy?
A. “It is certain, by God's Word, that children which are baptized, dying before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly saved.”—Decla
ration, end of Public Baptism. Catechist. Rehearse the articles of thy belief.
Answ. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born