Friday, January 24, 2014

Renewing baptismal promises

Today, Pope Francis tweeted:—
We are called to live our baptism every day, as new creatures, clothed in Christ. 
In keeping with the Pope's encouragement, allow me to invite you to take 60 seconds and renewal your baptismal promises to our Lord.

Not only is this a beautiful way to spend some time with our Lord in prayer, recharge your commitment to Christian discipleship, and be in solidarity with the Holy Father, but it is also a way to gain a partial indulgence!

According to  Enchiridion Indulgentiarum (1999) concession no. 28 § 2.1, the Christian faithful gain a partial indulgence for renewing their baptismal promises according to any legitimate formula ("renovatio baptismalia qualibet formula").  Therefore, let us pray:—

RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL PROMISES

I, N. N., who through the tender mercy of the Eternal Father was privileged to be baptized "in the Name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 19:5) and thus to share in the dignity of his divine Sonship, wish now in the presence of this same loving Father, of his only-begotten Son, and by the power of the most Holy Spirit to renew in all sincerity the promises solemnly made at the time of my holy Baptism.

I, therefore, now do once again renounce Satan; I renounce all his works; I renounce all his allurements.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I 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.

Having been buried with Christ unto death and raised up with him unto a new life, I promise to live no longer for myself or for that world which is the enemy of God but for him who died for me and rose again, serving God, my heavenly Father, faithfully and unto death in the holy Catholic Church.

At the Savior's command, and formed by divine teaching, I now dare to say: Our Father...

And lead us not into temptation.
— But deliver us from evil.

O Lord, hear my prayer.
— And let my cry come unto you.

Let us pray.

May almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us 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. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. R. Amen.