Vow

   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.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Vow — Vow, v. i. To make a vow, or solemn promise. [1913 Webster] Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Eccl. v. 5. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vow — Vow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vowing}.] [OE. vouen, OF. vouer, voer, F. vouer, LL. votare. See {Vow}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To give, consecrate, or dedicate to God, or to some deity, by a solemn promise; to devote; to promise …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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