Non-infant baptisms

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  1. Daft Bat

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    I have a Book of Common Prayer dated MDCCLVII (1757), which not only has Baptisms of Infants but also an Order of Service for baptising older people. It is called:

    The Order of Baptism for Those of Riper Years.

    What a lovely expression!
     
  2. Guy

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    It is and still in use today in the current Book of Common Prayer.
    The online version states it as
    The Ministration of Baptism to such as are of Riper Years and able to answer for themselves

    Cheers
    Guy
     
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    Good grief!! Had I known I was considered "ripe", perhaps I would have chosen a different church!! I was 18 or 19 when I was baptized in the Anglican (C of E) church & confirmed a week later. Was there a separate "ripe" ritual for that too?
     
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    Certainly not in 1757, Heather, and not today either. The full title of the service both today and in my 1757 book is:
    The Order of Confirmation, or Laying On of Hands upon Those that are Baptized, and come to Years of Discretion.
     
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    I can't remember if we were all a lot older but I doubt it. The Bishop wouldn't come there just for a small number of people. It was one of the larger churches
     

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