Renewing My Baptismal Promises

Ever since I heard the homily about the importance of Baptism and lighting a child’s baptismal candle each year following their Baptism by Fr. Jim Wall, now Bishop James S. Wall of the Diocese of Gallup, I always wanted to renew my baptismal promises on the actual date of my Baptism – March 17.

Being Baptized by Rev. Joseph Nativo at St. Lucy's Catholic Church in Newark, NJ on March 17, 1974.

Being Baptized by Rev. Joseph Nativo at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Newark, NJ on March 17, 1974.

For whatever reason, I have never done so until today. After reading Rosario Rodriquez’s blog post last week titled, Today is the Anniversary of my Baptism, it got me thinking that I should do the same thing since my baptismal date was coming up.

After speaking to my Pastor, who is also my boss, Fr. Will Schmid, and explaining to him what I had in mind regarding my baptismal promises, he agreed to renew them with me today.

Baptismal Promises:

V. Do you renounce Satan?  R. I do.

V. And all his works?  R. I do.

V. And all his empty show?  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. And may almighty God, the Father or our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit and bestowed on us forgiveness of our sins, keep us by his grace in Christ Jesus our Lord, for eternal life.  R. Amen.

On January 8, 2014, Pope Francis said the following about knowing our baptismal dates,

“Many of us have no memory of the celebration of this Sacrament, and it is obvious why, if we were baptized soon after birth. I have asked this question two or three times already, here, in this square: who among you knows the date of your Baptism, raise your hands. It is important to know the day on which I was immersed in that current of Jesus’ salvation. And I will allow myself to give you some advice… but, more than advice, a task for today. Today, at home, go look, ask about the date of your Baptism and that way you will keep in mind that most beautiful day of Baptism. To know the date of our Baptism is to know a blessed day. The danger of not knowing is that we can lose awareness of what the Lord has done in us, the memory of the gift we have received. Thus, we end up considering it only as an event that took place in the past – and not by our own will but by that of our parents – and that it has no impact on the present. We must reawaken the memory of our Baptism. We are called to live out our Baptism every day as the present reality of our lives. If we manage to follow Jesus and to remain in the Church, despite our limitations and with our weaknesses and our sins, it is precisely in the Sacrament whereby we have become new creatures and have been clothed in Christ.”

Share with us in the comment box below the date you received the Sacrament of Baptism.

If you don’t know the date of Baptism, I would encourage you to seek it out so when the date comes up on the calendar, you can ask a priest or deacon to renew your baptismal promises.

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