Christening

If you are planning to bring up your child as a Christian then one of the first steps is to have them christened. This celebration can also be a great way to bring the family together and of course, it's an excuse to have a party!   The Service   The first thing you'll need to do is look at booking the service - you'll probably want to start this by talking to your local vicar. They'll be able to go through with you what arrangements you need to make and how the service will work. They might want to…
You may not follow a specific religion but it is important that you hold a “special day” to welcome your new baby into the world.  This is the perfect opportunity for him or her to get together with the whole family for the first time in their life.  Picking a name, choosing its Godparents as well as preparing for the day can be both very rewarding but also exhausting, but definitely worth it. We take a look at three different ways in which you can welcome your baby into the world and surprisingly to some not all of them are…
The christening of Prince George may have been the most talked about event that occurred in 2013, but was it any more special than any other royal family christening, and there has been a lot of them?   We love the royal family for their tradition – and yes they do love tradition which is why we were in awe of the latest christening.  That is because the whole world is having a love affair with the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.  We have watched their…
Since the ancient times the most important moments of human life were surrounded by a variety of beliefs and superstitions. Our ancestors considered birth and christening of a child to be very important events, so they diligently followed all folk precepts and beliefs, wishing newborn child happiness. Some of them are listed below:       The baby should be bathed before the christening ceremony – otherwise he may become a slattern; All controversies should be avoided on the christening day – otherwise the child may be quarrelsome; No gossiping is allowed ­– the child may become a telltale; There should…
The baptismal candle is one of the most important symbols during the christening ceremony. It symbolizes the light which, together with God’s grace, is brought into the life of the new Christian upon receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. Perhaps not everyone is aware that it is the flame of the baptismal candle that should accompany a Christian not only during reception of the most important sacraments, but when seeing him off on his final journey as well.    The Paschal candle, which burns throughout the year at church, symbolizes Christ’s resurrection, and the faith and love that he ignites. It…
The christening garment is the garment of God, the whiteness of which symbolizes purity, and the wearing of which – a new stage of life. During the Rite of Baptism, this sacred symbol acquires magical protective powers, so it must be preserved. Though parents are usually the ones who get their children dressed for special occasions, the baptism garment is special – it is customary in some families that this is provided by the godmother. This duty comes from days of old, together with the Sacrament of Baptism itself. It is thought that the white garment, given to the godchild…
Baptism, to be baptized – what does it mean? It seems to be an obvious and understandable thing to everyone, but when we ask ourselves how we comprehend the meaning and purpose of baptism, probably not everyone could answer this question with honesty and assurance. But do we need an answer to that question? Isn’t it sufficient that the majority of people are baptized, and baptize their children?   To be different would mean to become religiously alienated from the majority.  Furthermore, if we do truly believe in God and have faith in the church, is it worth delving into…
Baptism is a ceremony during which a new child is accepted into God’s family according to the Christian faith; the ceremony takes place in the church that the child and his or her parents belong to. Both children and adults are usually baptized by the bishop, priest or deacon; the ceremony takes place in the part of the church or chapel where the baptistery is located. What is the baptistery – that ever so important place in the house of prayer? The baptistery of the priests themselves, where the source of baptism lies, is considered to be one of the…
The Cross - the cross represents the confession of the Holy Trinity and Christ, who has died and risen. The person being baptized receives the sign of the cross on their forehead at the beginning of the baptismal rite, admitting him or her into the family of believers in the church.    Water - baptismal water is consecrated by prayer. It is the symbol of the cleansing of the person’s life and body; it washes away original sin and brings the person to a new life with God.   Oil (Strengthening) – the breast of the child being baptized is…
An alternative to infant baptism or christening is a naming ceremony.  This is a celebration of the new child and can be of a religious nature, known as a dedication.  However, it can also be a non-religious occasion such as a humanist baby naming ceremony.  These ceremonies are often known as Dedication or Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child ceremony.There is no need to have been or be a formal member of a church to have a Naming and Thanksgiving Ceremony, as this is an alternative to church christening or baptism.Since there are no age limits the Naming and…