Christening and christening gifts go together. Before you host a christening party, attend a christening ceremony or give christening gifts, you should know more about christening. There are two types of christening: the religious type of christening and the non-religious type.
Religious Type of Christening
Catholic christenings last for 30 minutes. Visit your vicar first for the explanation of the rite. He may ask about your faith and that of the godparents. Then you could reserve a date in the church. He may require you to attend preparation classes to fully understand the significance of baptism. During this rite, the child is brought in front while the parents and godparents promise that they will bring up the child into christene barberich . The child is baptized with Holy Water, a candle is lit to signify that Jesus is the light of the world and it is given to the parents and godparents. It is celebrated on a different service from the mass, for one or more children on a Sunday, and done without hymns.
Non-Religious Type of Christening
Non-religious type of christening can be a Baby-Naming, Welcoming or Thanksgiving ceremony. It is free from commitment to the Christian faith and it lasts for 20 minutes. It can be held anywhere with the help of a licensed celebrant. He can help you in the preparation and could suggest readings, poetry or music that is apt to your situation. You can also include contributions from your friends and family.
Christening is done during the first year of the baby’s life. Some parents wait until the child is older to fully understand what is happening and what it entails.
Photographs can be taken but, in Catholic baptisms, ask the vicar if you could take photographs during certain parts of the ceremony.
The child is dressed in christening gown or family heirloom. Women are dressed smartly while men are dressed in smart shirts and trousers. Suits and ties are not necessary unless you’re a godparent.
A buffet is partaken in the parent’s house while the child is being shown-off to guests. The christening gift is given and the cake is cut. Some parents choose to plant a tree or dedicate a plant to grow with the child.
Godparents as Guardians to the Child
There are usually three godparents, two are of the same sex as the child. Godparents arose from the early days of Christianity wherein the baptized is an adult whose parents are non-Christians. The godparents in both types of christening serve as mentors who will guide the child throughout his or her life and help the child when needed. Godparents can be guardians but it should be written in will and they should give their consent.
Christening gifts for the child
Traditional christening gifts are usually given. In religious christenings, crosses on chains and bible are given. In non-religious ceremonies, albums and shadow boxes are given to store memorabilia of the occasion and be treasured by the child.