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Offer unto God thanksgiving;
and pay thy vows unto the most High
TIME DEUM ET
I acknowledge Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior. I will endeavor to obey the Ten Commandments & the Summary of the Law, and follow the Rule of the Order of Centurions; and through faith and the aid of the Holy Spirit - fear God and do what is right. So help me God.
Commandments & Summary of Law * Rule
An homily concerning the right use of Oaths
In ancient times one man would recite the sacramentum aloud (praeiuratio), thereafter each man in turn would say the words, 'idem in me' ('the same in my case').
Christian Version of the ancient sacramentum: I swear by God, by Christ and by the Holy Spirit; and by the majesty of the emperor, which, next to God, should be loved and worshipped by the human race... The soldiers swear to perform with enthusiasm whatever the emperor commands, never to desert, and not to shrink from death on behalf of the Roman state.' This reaffirmation was conducted in the beginning of the new year, originally on 1 January, and later in the Republic on 3 January, which is the Feast of the Order of Centurions [http://www.roman-empire.net/army/army.html]
Sacramentum means "pledge of allegiance" which itself is a translation of the Greek word "mysterion".
The Sacramentum was expanded to include the "aid of the Holy Spirit" to make it a more complete pledge, thereby acknowledging our dependence on the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter and Counselor. See Grace Working in the Elect
We endeavor to follow this rule because we are not yet perfect. Even though baptized and sanctified through baptism and the power of the Holy Spirit, we must contend with the flesh. St Paul addressed this in Philippians 3:12-14; he admits he isn't perfect yet, but says that he forgets what is behind and strains (ENDEAVORS) toward what is ahead, the Prize that awaits him in the Kingdom of Heaven.
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Sacramentary of Gregory of Rome, 600AD].
"The most important thing in the world is to know the will of God, and then to do it!"
[Lieutenant General Thomas J. Jackson]
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