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He Synod being informed, That there are
some Christians so far unmindful of their Duties in this Matter, as to give other Names to their Children, than the * Christian Names they received in Baptism, and sometimes such as are not used among Christians ; it doth therefore strictly command, that no Christian shall presume to give their Children, or to call them by any other Names, than those that were given them when they were Christened ; or when there shall happen to be any just cause for the changing of their Baptismal Names, it shall be done only at their Confirmation, and whosoever shall transgress herein, shall be severely punished by the Prelate ; and the Priests must not be wanting frequently to admonish their People thereof.
Chriftian Pames.] This left their Baptismal Names which is what several Popes have done, were Christian, and have taken who upon their Creation, have chose that were rank Heathen.
He Synod being informed, That when ma
ny Children are brought together to be Baptized, there are great heats, which shall be firlt Christened ; and that after having lay'd Wagers, they give Money to the Curates for the
preference, all which are intolerable disorders, and such scandalons abominations as the Church ought not by any means to give way to, and which might be eafily prevented, if People could but be perswaded to bring their Children to be Christened upon the eighth day, it being their deferring of their Baptism so long, that is the cause of so many coming together ; wherefore for the removing of these disorders in the Church, the Synod doth command that the Children be baptized as they come, without stinction of first or last, and that the Priests do accustom themselves, either to baptize the poorest first, or all indifferently; and the Vicar or Priest that shall be found to have taken Money, or any Fee, before or after Baptism, thoʻit should be voluntarily offer'd, and of never so small value, or only what is to be Eat, shall be condemned of Simony, and punished according to the Canons.
N all Parochial Churches there shall with
all possible expedition be Fonts provided for Baptism, which may be built with the Fabrick Money, or with the Alms Money of the Church, or by a Collection among the Parishioners ; it must be erected in a decent place, in a corner of the Church, and shall have a hole in the bottom, through which the Water may be conveyed away, that so it may not be thrown
out where it may be trod upon, or treated with ány irreverence, it shall also be close covered at top, and locked up, and until such time as a Font shall be provided, they shall have a Vessel of some Metal or other, which shall be put to no other use, and shall be always kept in fome decent place in the Church, or Sacristy ; neither shall they hereafter make use of any conimon Vessel, as has been the Custom hitherto ; and the Water they have baptized with, shall be thrown in some place of the Church, where it will not be trod upon, and all the Water that shall be made use of in Baptism, whether it be in a Font, or a Veslel, shall be blessed with the Holy Chrism, according to the Roman Ceremonial, which they are to make use of.
THis Synod, conforming it self to the De.
crees of the Holy Council of Trent, and the Universal usages of the Church, doth command every Parish-Church to provide a Book, wherein the Vicar shall register the Names of all that are baptized, together with the Namies of the Parents, and of the place where they live, and of the Godfathers and Godmothers, naming the place also where they were Christened, the day of the Month, and the Year, in this Form: On such a day of the month, in the Year N, IN. Vicar of the Church of N. baptized there, or in such a place, N. the Son of N. and of N. naming
the Father and Mother Natives of such a place, and the Godfathers and Godmothers were N. and N. the Vicar signing his Name to it at the bottom; and when any Priest that is not the Vicar shall Christen a Child, which shall never be done without the Vicars leave, he shall Register it thus: I N. Curate, with leave from the Vicar of such a Church, naming both the Vicar and the Church, did Baptize N. and so on as above, figning his Name at the bottom; which Book shall be always kept in the Church, and the Vicars shall be obliged to give an account thereof, and at every Visitation to shew it to the Prelate, out of which the Curates are to give Certificates of the Age of such as are to be Married, or to receive Holy Orders, that so their Age may be certainly known ; and that such Matters may not be so in the dark, .as they have been formerly, when there was no certain way of coming to the knowledge of Peoples Age, which must needs create great scruples in the Minds of such as were to be Married or Or. dained.
The Dotrine of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
He Second Sacrament is Confirmation, which T
our Lord Christ instituted, in order to the confirming and establishing of Christians in the Faith, so that nothing might be able to see parate them from it through the Power of the
Holy Ghost which is given therein, particularly to that effect; besides the fanctifying Grace which it gives in common with the other Divine Sacraments; the Matter of this Sacrament is the Holy Oyl of Chrism, made of the Oyl of the Olive-tree, signifying the light and purity of the Conscience ; and of Balsam, which signifies the sweet smell of a good Name, both mixed together, and blesled by the hand of the Bishop ; the Form are the words spoke by the Bishop when he dips his Thumb into the said Chrism, making therewith the Sign of the Cross on the Forehead of the Person that is confirmed, saying, I sign thee with the sign of the Cross, and do corifirm thee with the Chrism of Health, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; to which the Bishop subjoyns three holy and wholsome Prayers, wherein he beseeches God to fill those that are confirmed with his Divine Spirit. The ordinary Minister of * Confirmation is the Bishop, for tho'simple Priests may perform several other Unctions, this can be done only by
* The English Jesuits, who dinary Altistances, that the Chrism could not endure that the Pope in Baptism had nos only the fignishould put a Bishop over them ficacion, but all the effe&s of Conhere in England, in their Books firmation, so far at least as to wherein they laboured to prove make it not to be very necefíathat there was no need of one, ry. In a word, that Confirmaci. spoke very lightingly of Confir- on was not simply necessary, nei. . mation ; affirming it to be a Sacra. ther Necesitate Medii, nor Necefment that was not enjoyned but sitate Precepti; so that it was not only where it might be had very likely, thac che want of it in Engcasily; that the efte&s thereof land was the cause of so many might be abundantly supplyed by Peoples apoftatizing from the ca. the other Sacraments, nay by or- tholick Faith : So little do either