Baptismal Vows

Baptism of Jesus
Picture of tapesty of St. John the Baptist, baptizing Jesus Christ,
from Our Lady Queen of Angels Cathedral, Los Angeles. Sept. 16, 2009

Baptismal Vows

These are the vows required of an adult candidate for Baptism just before the sacrament is conferred; in the case of an infant, they are made in his name by the sponsors. According to the Roman Catholic Church Ritual, three questions are addressed to the person to be baptized: "Do you renounce Satan? And all his works? And all his promises?" To each of these the person or his sponsor replies "I do renounce." The practice of renewing the baptismal promises is more or less widespread, particularly at the closing of a mission, or after receiving First Communion, the Sacrament of Confirmation, and as the Easter Vigil Mass. (Source: New Advent Catholic Dictionary Online)

Following are the general construct of those vows:

V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.

V. And all his works?
R. I do.

V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.

V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

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