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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia
A promise made to God. Being brought into covenant with
God in Holy Baptism, the vows or promises made unto God in that
Sacrament are three in number:
1. RENUNCIATION, by which we renounce the three great powers of evil,—world, flesh and devil.
2. FAITH, by which we confess our belief in the Name into which we are baptized—Father, Son and Holy Ghost, around which the articles of the Christian Faith as contained in the Apostles' Creed are grouped.
3. OBEDIENCE, by which we promise to serve God truly all the days of our life.
These three vows of Baptism cover the whole period of life—past, present and future, and are the basis of all godly and righteous living.
Over and above these vows of their Baptism members of Religious Orders make special vows to God,—vows of poverty, obedience and chastity for the more efficient prosecution of the work they have undertaken for the glory of God and the benefit of souls.
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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Vow'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/v/vow.html. 1901.
the Week of Proper 22 / Ordinary 27