Baptism, or christening, is one of the most important events in a person’s faith journey, and is for this reason one of the most celebrated customs among Christian families. The welcoming of a new member into the church is one of the most profound experiences that takes place, which is why like all major life events, is one that is celebrated with solemnity and taste. Because of this, parents often take the time to beautify the event as much as possible. Here are some things to consider when thinking about when christening is being celebrated to make sure your little one is comfortable and happy throughout the service.
In olden times, babies were often baptized through partial or full immersion with no clothes, so the only christening outfits they really had were swaddling clothes, which eventually developed into the christening blankets we have today. Depending on your particular faith tradition, this may or may not have been done, so it’s important to ask in advance. For those faith communities which use different rules (such as sprinkling or pouring using a baptismal shell) it’s often appropriate for the child to be dressed in christening outfits, which are often modeled on the older custom of baptismal robes. Depending on your church’s own traditions, these outfits are often accessorized and in some cases can include bonnets for little girls. While a large number of christening outfits are a variant of white, there are also some that come in different colors as well.
There are a number of baptismal shells available if that is what your faith tradition recommends, which can then be kept as a memento of your child’s reception into the Christian community.
The Christening Blanket: What Keeps the Baby Warm
The christening blanket, as mentioned before, is more common in faith traditions where the baby is placed in a font and at least partially submerged. After the baby’s baptism (and occasional anointing with oil) he or she is usually wrapped in the christening blanket to make sure the baby stays warm after being placed in the font. The christening blanket can often be ornate, but the main concern should of course be that baby is comfortable during the celebration of the sacrament, so the material is just as important as the style of the blanket.
The Baptismal Cross: Things That Last
In many churches, the baptismal cross is used as a tradition and given to the child to wear for the rest of their lives. Often parents will keep the baptismal cross and use another cross for dress. In some churches, this is not recommended, and younger children often have the cross pinned to their clothes until they are old enough to wear it around their neck or keep it in their pockets. Again, this is best determined by the church where you plan to hold the baptism. There are so many different styles of crosses available, but it is best to remember that a baptism is forever, and it is almost always a once-in-a-lifetime event. Choosing the right cross, like every accessory for baptism, should be chosen with memories that last forever in mind.
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