related to baptism as baptismal vows
- of or associated with baptism
- with respect to baptism; because, baptismal vows.
1640s, from baptism + -al (1).
(a.) with respect to baptism; because, baptismal vows.
The catechetic course, which formerly preceded the complete rite, now intervenes between its two halves; and the sponsors who formerly attested the worthiness of the candidate and received him up as anadochi out of the font, have become god-parents, who take the baptismal vows vicariously for infants who cannot answer for themselves.