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Monday, March 28 2016

Catholic Christenings

The Catholic Church in England & Wales defines baptism as “the sacrament which makes one a member of the Church”. To Catholics, being “washed with holy waters” during the christening signifies the washing away of original sin and being reborn to a new life in Christ.

Officially, your child can only have a Catholic christening if at least one parent is a Catholic as the priest needs to have a “well-founded hope” that your child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith. For the same reason, you will normally be expected to attend pre-baptism preparation classes for your first child (usually 2 sessions) – ask your parish priest or local church for details and timings of the classes.

What happens during the service?

The ceremony usually takes place in your parish church during the main Sunday service so that the child can be publicly welcomed into the church community. This may mean that a number of children are christened in the same ceremony. However, some parishes may be able to arrange a private service after the main service so speak to your priest about the options.

During the ceremony, the parents and godparents will be directed to gather at front of church or round the font with the child. They will then be asked to make declarations or promises on behalf of the child that they believe in God and will bring the child up to follow Jesus

The priest will make the sign of the cross as a badge to show that Christians are united with Christ and pour water on the child’s head to signify that the child is washed free of sin and raised to a new life with Christ. In some ceremonies the priest may then anoint the child with oil to symbolize the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit

The congregation will then welcome the child into the Church and a candle may be lit in the church and/or given to the parent. This is a reminder of the light which has come into the child’s life.

Some priests will allow parents or guests to choose readings and hymns – again, speak to your priest about the options.

Promises Made

Celebrant: Do you reject Satan?
Parents and godparents: I do.
Celebrant: And all his works?
Parents and godparents: I do.
Celebrant: And all his empty promises?
Parents and godparents: I do.

Godparents (Sponsors)

The Catholic Church says that one godparent is sufficient and not more than two are allowed. If you are having two godparents, then one should be male and one female.  The Godparents cannot be the parents of the child and they should be baptized and preferably confirmed.

The Church considers the role of the Godparent an Important and responsible role, with an obligation to instruct the child concerning faith and morals in default of the child’s parents.

Non-catholic Christians can be “witnesses” but not Godparents
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Wednesday, March 23 2016

Christening Poetry Verses


God grant your little one
All the blessing of His gentle love



Today is your Baptism
Best wishes, this card, sends
As you're christened... (State Name)
Before your family and friends



At (Name of Baby)'s Christening
The Lord will be there
Watching and listening



A child is a precious gift from God
And baptism is God's gift wrapping
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Wednesday, March 16 2016

What To Wear To A Christening

To share in the joy of a baby's Christening is a memorable experience. This special occasion calls for dressy attire.

1 Consult the parents about the formality of the event. Business-casual clothing is appropriate for most baptismal ceremonies; however, slightly dressier attire may be expected of godparents.

2 Consider slacks with a shirt and tie, if you're a man, or a sweater and sport coat. A dressier option would be a suit. Pair loafers with slacks and lace-up shoes with a suit.

3 Select a nice dress, if you're a woman, or a simple suit for a dressier option. Keep skirt length to the knee or longer; pair with low, comfortable heels.

4 Choose bold colors that complement your natural coloring. White and lighter colors may betray any of the baby's blunders on your shoulder.

5 Keep jewelry neat, as the baby may grab on to a dangling earring or long necklace.
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Monday, March 14 2016

Why is Baptism Important?

Baptism is important because Christ commanded it as a part of the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). If we neglect baptism, we’re disobeying our Lord. Since true faith always expresses itself in obedience, those who have believed in Christ and have been properly instructed about baptism will obey Christ by being baptized.

Baptism is the place where a believer publicly confesses Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and identifies with Christ and His church. In talking of our need to follow Him, Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.... For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:34, 38). Baptism is the initial way of confessing Christ publicly.
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Monday, March 07 2016

The Holy Grail and a Silver Christening Cup

Why are silver Christening cups and tankards such popular Christening gifts and how are they connected to our past?

Since the Victorian era, one of the most popular Christening gifts for a baby boy has been a silver cup or silver tankard - a beautiful present that is often passed down from generation to generation. But why should such a seemingly utilitarian object become associated with such an important rite of passage?

Although the Christening cup became increasingly popular in Victorian times, the myths and tradition surrounding cups themselves have roots going back many thousands of years.

Drinking vessels have had a deep and enduring significance in people's lives since early prehistory. From the cups and jars used in Sumerian and Egyptian funeral rites to the Beaker and Celtic cultures of Western Europe, cups and goblets have been used for millennia to carry the ashes and remains of the dead, drink the blood of vanquished foes and seal binding vows.

Think of the cauldrons of the druids, the Vikings' horned cups and the Celtic Quaich and it is plain that cups, tankards and goblets carry a significance way beyond their simple function. Then consider that sports teams compete for cups. The World Cup, the FA Cup, the Ryder Cup and the America's Cup are all fought over with passion and skill, but why are they competing for cups rather than forks, saucepans
or kettles?

Part of the cup's legacy may come from the ritual of sharing a drink from a single cup, as in the Loving Cups and Grace Cups drunk at formal banquets and dinners today. Sharing a drink from the same cup was a common practice in the past at meetings and social gatherings. Trust and communal bonds are reaffirmed when drinking from the same cup, creating a sense of unity and kinship. Similarly, a man is exposed and unprotected as he drinks
– his vision is momentarily obscured and his hands are occupied - so it was a demonstration of trust to drink in another's company. This trust and unity is mirrored in the chalice and the Communion service in the Christian Church.

The Christening cup obviously has precedents from our distant past, which have been adopted over time and assumed a greater religious significance. From the concept of plenty - "My Cup Runneth Over" - in Psalm 23, to the cup of judgment and obligation in Christ's words in Gethsemane - "Let this cup pass from me" - the cup itself has a resonance throughout Christian tradition.

One of the world's most celebrated cups is the Holy Grail. This was the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper and later by Joseph of Arimathea to catch Christ's blood at the crucifixion. It features in Arthurian myth and countless legends, imbued as it was with great power.

But why should the grail be the most sought after artifact from Christ’s life? Why did knights and nobles risk everything in the search for the grail rather than hunt for Christ’s shroud, His crown or any other symbols of The Passion? Once again the ancient lore associated with the power of cups has influenced the later Christian narrative.

So, perhaps the baby boy who receives a Christening cup on the day of his Baptism is receiving something more than a simple cup, he is receiving a Christening gift that reflects fundamental beliefs and traditions from our distant past.

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Saturday, March 05 2016

Making Christening Gowns And Christening Suits A Family Heirloom

Christening gowns or Christening suits are possibly one of the most gorgeous baby items that you will buy for your baby. It is a very special purchase that will commemorate one of baby's most important days. A Christening is an incredibly special occasion to celebrate, what can be more important than presenting your baby to the Lord for his or her Christening?

This day will celebrate the gift that God has given to you in this new baby, and it is definitely a day to rejoice! When considering purchasing Christening gowns you will also need to consider if you want to make this article of baby clothing a family heirloom. If you plan on having more children, do you want a gown that is unisex or would you consider buying another Christening outfit if you have a baby of the opposite sex next time? And, is the style that you have chosen a classic style? Is it a "timeless" design that can easily be passed down to grandchildren and great-grandchildren?

If Christening gowns or suits are dry-cleaned and or preserved properly they can actually last for generations to enjoy! After all the excitement of Christening day is over it is important to consider the following when preserving your Christening outfit:

The vinyl bags that Christening gowns usually come in are not the best storage vessel for your heirloom gown. The chemicals in plastics leach into fabrics and can cause terrible damage over many years. Textiles need to breathe if you want them to last for many years and don't want them to fade or turn yellow. Tissue paper is not ideal unless you are absolutely positive that it is acid-free.

The best and safest way to store your Christening outfit is to store it in a 100% cotton storage bag; if you are too busy to shop for this specialty item then a cotton pillowcase slipped over the hanger will suffice for this purpose too! Make sure that the bag does not have metal snaps or zippers as they can possibly corrode, and why take a chance of having such stains appear on your precious piece? Remember to use a plastic or rubber coated hanger too, as metal hangers can also stain delicate fabric.

Make sure that Christening gowns are clean before you store them in your cotton storage bag. If they require hand washing do so with laundry soap such as Ivory snow, (do not use a detergent soap). Make sure you thoroughly rinse the gown and give it a final rinse with distilled water. Hang it to dry, press and place it in your cotton bag. Remember to store your Christening outfit in a cool, dry area. Never store it in an attic or a basement where a cool and damp atmosphere can encourage mould to grow.

If you take the time to include all of the above preparations in when storing Christening gowns you can be sure that many generations of your family will be able to enjoy it as an heirloom outfit!

About The Author:
Julia Mahler is a successful author and the talented publisher of many websites, included! Providing a wonderfully researched resource for your babies needs including; baby products, strollers, baby bedding, safety, infant clothing and specialty baby items.
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