When a person is baptized, that person (or that person’s parents and Godparents in the case of infants) is asked a series of questions:
Do you reject sin,
so as to live in the freedom of God’s children?
Do you reject the glamor of evil,
and refuse to be mastered by sin?
Do you reject Satan,
father of sin and prince of darkness?
Do you believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth?
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?
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?
To each of these questions the candidate (or parents/Godparents) answers “I do.” These answers in the affirmative constitute the promises.
Anyone may renew their baptismal promises at any time by repeating these questions and again answering affirmatively. Witnesses at a baptism are often invited to renew their own baptismal promises and all persons attending a Mass with baptisms or during the Easter season may be invited to renew their baptismal promises instead of praying the Nicene Creed. This does not mean, however that they are repeating their baptism; baptism, once validly conferred, is permanent and cannot be undone or redone.
Candidates for confirmation may also be asked to renew their baptismal promises as part of the Rite of Confirmation. Likewise, subsequent renewal of baptismal promises is not the same thing as repeating the sacrament of Confirmation.