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Baptismal vows are the renunciations required of an adult candidate for baptism just before the sacrament is conferred.[1] In the case of an infant baptism they are given by the godparents.

According to the Roman Ritual, three questions are addressed to the person to be baptized: "Dost thou renounce Satan? and all his works? and all his pomps?" To each of these interrogation the person, or the sponsor in his name, replies: "I do renounce".[2]

The practice of renewing the baptismal promises is more or less widespread and often happens in association with other sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation[2].


  1. ^   Delaney, Joseph F. (1913). "Baptismal Vows" . In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
  2. ^ a b Delaney (1907), Joseph. "Baptismal Vows." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 16 September 2018.