How to Hold a Baby During a Baptism
A baptism or christening is a traditional Christian ceremony designed to welcome an infant to the church. This celebration is also for officially naming the child and is an ideal venue for inviting family and friends to meet the infant. During the christening service, both the priest or minister and parents (or godparents, if selected) will be holding the baby at various points. Prepare yourself by learning the typical order of service.
1 Cradle the baby comfortably as you would on any other occasion while listening to the priest or minister deliver the traditional prayers.
2 Hold the baby securely while the priest or minister leads the congregation in prayer. He will place his hands over the holy water to bless the water. After this point, he will direct you to pass the baby over to him.
3 Gently pass the baby to the priest or minister for the naming and baptizing. While securely holding the child, neck stabilized and body completely supported, the priest will sprinkle the baby's forehead with a few drops of holy water. Some babies may cry or exhibit stress during this procedure. The clergyman should move quickly and gently then return the baby to cradled position for further prayers and blessings.
4 Prepare to receive the baby from the clergyman. Take the baby and hold comfortably, consoling the baby, if necessary.
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