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Ephesians 4:20-24

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Baptismal Vows…

At our baptism, we put on the white robes of our faith, and at our confirmation, we reaffirm those vows:

That is not how you learned Christ, assuming that you have heard of him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus, that you should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth. -Ephesians 4:20-24, NAB

Many of us do not remember our baptisms, but for those who are baptized as adults, they can probably tell you what a moving experience it was for them.  During baptism, our sins are washed away as we put on the pure, clean, white robes of Christ.

Sin stains our lives the moment we are born, but the waters of baptism serve to wash it all away.  It is that process that St. Paul is referring to in this verse.  We leave our old ways and accept the new lives that Christ is offering us through our baptismal vows or promises.

The vows we make during the rite are to reject Satan and hold tight to our faith in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  For those that do not remember their baptisms, these words were spoken on your behalf by your parents and godparents.

At confirmation, we renew these baptismal vows – confirming that we still hold them to be true.  So even if we were too young to remember our baptism itself, we have affirmed these vows once again.

Each year, at the Easter Vigil, we have the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows.  This is an excellent way to keep the vows fresh in our minds, year after year.  If you cannot attend the Easter Vigil Mass for some reason, you can also renew them with your family at home.

Let go of your sinful ways and “put on the new self” that you received through the waters of baptism and your baptismal vows, and each year, remember to repeat these words:

  • 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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