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Saturday, March 23 2013

What Exactly Is A Christening?

A christening is a holy rite or liturgical ceremony that takes
place within the Christian church, only amidst certain denominations, under the
aid of a priest or preacher, with the family's presence, alongside the
community of church members. If that's a little complicated, don't worry.
Here's a simpler synopsis. Some denominations believe that all Christians have
to be baptized in water to be saved from Hell. While the minority of Christians
believes this, there are still some that cling to it. Because of this, people
practice infant baptism. Infant baptism, also called pedobaptism, involves a
priest, the family, and the church. They all gather together, usually in a
church, and they perform a religious rite on the child. The priest sprinkles
water, meant to symbolize the blood of Christ, on the child. He then chants
some words, and the parents nod their heads or give their approval. The whole
church watches the ceremony publicly so there's no denying it. That's basically
it.

Why Do Babies Get Christened;
What About Baptisms In Later Life?


Sometimes, people do both. A child may get baptized at an early age when he
can't make real decisions. At a later age, say in adolescence or early
adulthood, the person may want to have a special, important ceremony called a
believer's baptism. The believer’s baptism is a more personal event wherein the
friends of the person being baptize may come, in lieu of the friends of the
parents. It’s a private decision that involves the common, unanimous, and
well-deserved appreciation of your closest friends.

So, Why Do People Send Out
Christening Invitations?


The reason that some people send out christening invitations is because not all
people that the family knows will belong to the church in question. Sometimes,
the closest family members will live a town or two away, live in another state,
or attend a different church in a different denomination. Guests are always
welcome at any church service, so people are free to send invites to their
friends. It's replete with a luncheon afterward, and maybe Sunday afternoon
football on the tube with the church guys. The whole family congregates in
celebration of the entrance of a new church member into the spiritual family of
all Christian believers.

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Monday, March 18 2013

Why be Baptized?

Baptism by immersion is a representation of something which has already
taken place in the heart of a person the moment he/she surrendered their life to Christ (1 Pet. 3:21). Baptism is the public acknowledgment of our death to self, burial, and resurrection of a new life we have found in Jesus Christ.


As a believer, we have been “crucified” (standing upright in water), we
have been “buried” (immersed into the water), and we have been “resurrected into new life” (raised out of the water). This becomes a picture of a spiritual birth as defined in Rom. 6:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 12:13. It is the outward testimony of the believer’s inward faith. A sinner is saved the moment their faith is placed in the personof Jesus Christ. Baptism then, is a visible and public testimony to that faith.

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Monday, March 11 2013
Godmother Baptism Gifts
By David McGuffin, eHow Contributor

If you have named a godmother for your soon-to-be-baptized infant, then you may want to consider a specialized gift for such an occasion. Although it is not a requirement to give a gift to the godmother, it may be something, even as a trinket, that becomes memorable and special to your relationship with her years down the road.

Commemorative Cross
  • Select a commemorative cross as a baptism gift for your child's godmother. There are a variety of crosses to choose from, including those that have symbolic meaning and are crafted by artisans from Israel. Other crosses may be included as a statue or ceramic piece that commemorates the date of the baptism with a scene of a shepherd or a baby.
Plaques
  • You can order a plaque commemorating this special day. Giving your child's godmother a plaque could include a special engraving with the date of the baptism and a picture of your child. Having a nice plaque to hang in the godmother's house can help her to remember her friendship with your family and spiritual obligation as she actively participates in your child's growth and development.
Jewelry
  • Jewelry, such as a special ring or a locket with a picture of your child, can remind the godmother about her special relationship with your family and her role in your child's life. One of the benefits of using jewelry is that the godmother actively remembers her importance in your child's life as she puts on and takes off the jewelry item on a regular basis.
Rosary
  • Giving a rosary to your child's godmother can be a gift that is used on daily basis if your family is Catholic. According to Catholicdoors.com, a godmother should be chosen based on her spiritual and moral qualities, which include a meaningful and dutiful prayer life. Therefore, using a rosary as a gift can be helpful in reminding the godmothers of her dedication and responsibility towards praying for your family.
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Friday, March 08 2013

Christening Gown Buying & Care

A christening gown is an outfit traditionally worn by a child to a christening/baptism ceremony. Christening gowns are typically white and very long, and intricately ornate in design. The following offers some quick tips on buying and caring for a christening outfit.

Christening Gown Buying Tips

§  Materials
Cotton, linen, and silk are three materials commonly used to make christening gowns. Cotton is inexpensive and washable. Linen christening gowns make very durable and beautiful family heirlooms. Silk christening gowns are very lustrous and comfortable.
 

§  Color
Yes, white is standard, but even white doesn't have to be uniform. Ivory, cream, and similar variations on white will provide a different look.

§  Era
A christening outfit can be modern or traditional. A Victorian-style christening dress is one option, or perhaps a Celtic or Irish christening gown. Or choose contemporary touches in frills, lace, and embroidery.

§  Accessories
Bonnets, bibs, shoes, and other clothing accessories can enhance or accentuate the style of a christening gown. Use a floral band or appropriate hat style to complement a period gown.

§  Other Details
Pay attention to christening gown lengths. A Cathedral-length christening gown would be dramatic. Appliqué work or colorful buttons can also distinguish a baptism dress.

Christening Gown Care
Another important consideration with christening gowns is washing. Most christening gowns are hand wash or dry clean only. Always follow the stated washing instructions.

If it is necessary for you to hand wash a christening gown, avoid placing it in direct sunlight to dry. To absorb excess water without wringing or twisting the garment, roll it in a clean white towel.

Wash christening outfits before storing them in preservation bags. Rinse and dry thoroughly, and avoid the use of starch or fabric softener.

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Wednesday, March 06 2013

Christening and Baptism Favor Ideas

Baptism and christening ceremonies are an important event that signifies the start of a child’s spiritual life. As a common courtesy to guests who attend these ceremonies, the parents of the child or the host of the event often obtain party favors as a gift. Here are some themes and ideas that are appropriate for these occasions:

1. Cross - The holy cross is by far the most common theme for baptism and christening favors. There are many interpretations of the meaning of the cross. However, the cross is widely accepted as the sign of Christianity. Some favors with this theme are cross-shaped soap, candles engraved with the cross symbol, and chocolate bars with a cross on the customized wrapper.

2. White - The color white symbolizes life, joy, happiness, and purity. Yellow is another color that is often used as it can also symbolize goodness, happiness, and brightness. Sometimes these colors are used together, for example, a white angel with yellow halo.

3. Doves - Doves are a popular theme. These calm, quiet, and elegant birds symbolize purity and peace.

4. Angels - Angels symbolize light, goodness, and divinity. They are often portrayed as humans with wings and halos and have much religious significance in both the Old and New Testaments. Angels are a popular theme on invitations, candles, and personalized candy wrappers.

5. Priests and Holy Men - Priests and holy men offer blessings and guidance to people in spiritual matters.

6. Candles - Candles are commonly used in meditation and religious events and make a great gift or favor for any religious ceremony.

7. Bible - The bible is a symbol of religious perseverance. Most bible themed favors are drawn as a white, black, or brown book with a holy cross on it.

There are various other themes for christenings, but these are some of the most common. Most guests that attend these events are religious, so these ideas will be helpful in finding the right favors. Nevertheless, many people choose to give favors that do not have these themes, but instead have baby-related themes, like stork and baby bottle themes.

Author : Criss White
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