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A Few Facts About the Celebration of Infant Baptism and Some Baby Christening Gift Ideas

A Baptismal Prayer For Your Baby Boy

A Baptismal Prayer For Your Baby Boy

A baby is baptized in the Catholic Church and on that day is usually given a Christian name. This is an important event and most parents invite extended family and friends to attend the rite along with a home party afterward.

The Guidelines for Naming
Contrary to common opinion, Catholic parents need not give the baby the name of a Catholic saint. Other special names are given upon baptism also. That being said, there are some benefits to choosing a saint’s name for the child on the day of their Christening.

Benefits

  • Giving the child the name of a recognized saint will connect them to their faith throughout their lifetime
  • The saint will provide the child with a historical example of what a faith-filled life should look like
  • Patron saint days offer another day on the calendar to think about how God does His work on earth through His people

Traditions
Since Christ-ening literally means “putting on” the Lord Christ, it is appropriate to dress the baby in white as a symbol of His purity. Catholic families often have Christening gowns passed down from one generation to another. Others use the mother’s wedding dress or veil to create a baby’s dress. It is also traditional for the godparents to provide a special gown for the occasion.

A baptism candle will be part of the ceremony illustrating deliverance from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of Light. The candle is kept by the parents and may be used over and over in future family celebrations at home.

Tradition says that not only should white garb be worn, but white food should be served. White decorations are also customary.

Baby Christening Gift Ideas
Choosing what gift to bring to the family party depends on several things, including whether or not the attendee is themselves a Catholic. Here are a few baby Christening gift ideas to help.

1. If you cannot attend the event or party sending a congratulatory greeting card is all that is called for.

2. A white flower or white balloon bouquet will be in keeping with the day.

3. Non-Catholic guests shouldn’t feel obligated to give distinctly Catholic gifts. Instead, they can bring things such as an angel figurine, a children’s bible story book or a CD of hymns or lullabies.

4. Catholic guests might choose to give a child’s first Bible, religious jewelry or a children’s crucifix.

These and other baby Christening gift ideas can be found at The Printery House. The Printery House offers a complete line of Christening cards along with gifts that would suit babies of either gender. Take a look at the gifts we offer for the special Christening in your life.

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The History and Practice Related to Christening

Della Robbia Cradle Medal

Della Robbia Cradle Medal

As Christians our faith has a shared history with ancient Judaism. Many of Judaism’s Old Testament (OT) traditions have either carried directly over into Christianity or have taken on a New Testament (NT) look.

The Jewish celebration of Passover as a meal of remembrance has become for Christians the Lord’s Supper or the Communion table. The giving of tithes and offerings, the reading of scripture and singing spiritual songs and the weekly Sabbath are all shared rituals. Baptism, too, is a practice begun among God’s ancient people which is still a part of Christian worship.

Christening
The sacrament of baptism is sometimes referred to as Christening which literally translates as “bringing to Christ”. It is a day when the biological family and the church family together present the child to God and pledge to raise the child in the fear and knowledge of the Lord.

Godparents are special people in the parents’ lives who agree to share the responsibility for Christian training. For this reason, Godparents are a special part of the Christening tradition. The practice of appointing Godparents began in the early days of the church when persecution from outsiders was a real danger. The Godparents join the birth parents at the baptismal for this joyous and serious ritual.

Gowns and Bonnets
Very often babies wear a Christening gown for the occasion. The gowns are typically white which represents purity similar to the symbolism of a white wedding gown. Sometimes white bonnets are also worn. The clothing is traditionally, though certainly not always, a gift made by the Godparents.

A Special Christian Name
For Catholics, Christening usually includes bestowing a special name related to the faith. The names of saints, apostles and early Christians are popular. Sometimes gifts engraved or monogrammed with this new name are given in honor of the day.

Always, a baptism or Christening is cause for celebration. Many families host parties after the church service. The party may include an elaborate meal or it may serve up cake and punch, but some sort of festivity is called for. And whether the party is a family-only event or includes a large list of guests, gifts are usually part of the day.

Gifts to Celebrate
Traditional Christening (or baptism) gifts include jewelry, candles, a photo memory album, crucifix or a child’s first bible. Of course, there are many other wonderful gifts which communicate joy and faith. The Printery House carries a variety of gifts which would be appropriate for a Christening ceremony. Visit us online and see how easy it is to find the perfect gift with the click of a button. It may not be an ancient tradition, but it’s a new one worth developing.

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Best Baby Christening Gift Ideas: Welcome Little One

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Noah’s Arc Cross

A baby christening is one of those milestone moments you won’t want to forget in the life of your child or godchild.

Christening signifies that the child bears a first tangible demonstration of the Holy Spirit and sets the tone for the child to take part in sacraments as they grow in their faith. Gifts exchanged during this special time are sure to be kept and may even be passed down from a child to their own child one day.

If you’re wondering what are the best baby christening gift ideas, here are some simple suggestions:

1. Personalized picture frame with the child’s name and the date of the christening event help to capture the special moment. This can remain a statement of God’s love for years.
2. Children’s jewelry with religious emblems for infant girls is something they will treasure. A dainty bracelet or necklace (as a keepsake, not necessarily to be worn right away) is also memorable and a special choice.
3. A keepsake jewelry box also makes a great baby christening gift for a girl.
4. A special bible with a handwritten note will guide them in their faith for years to come.  Honor and celebrate a baby’s baptism with a bible made even more special with your handwritten message of faith.
5. Decorative crosses like the Noah’s Ark Cross make a bright and cheerful addition to either a boy or a girl’s room, and will serve as a constant reminder that God keeps His promises.
6. The line of endearing Willow Tree sculptures includes several designs with a loving adult figure and a child, which is an excellent gift choice as a godparent or grandparent.

Scripturally, this is a great season of life to remind yourself, and also in any handwritten cards or notes you may send to the family, that God speaks highly and often of children in the Bible.

Even in Genesis, God tells parents to “be fruitful and multiply” and says that children are a blessing, a gift and a very significant responsibility.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise…

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Find all of your baby christening gift ideas, cards and other items to share in a child’s faith at The Printery House – now celebrating 60 years of cards and gifts, with all cards made on-site at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery.

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Religious Celebrations Honor the Royal Baby: Christening Soon to Come

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A Baptismal Day Prayer

It’s a boy! The wait for another heir to the British throne was answered last week with the arrival of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge’s bundle of joy. This precious child was ushered into the world accompanied by the devoted prayers of 600 Westminster Abbey parishioners and clergy. Three plus hours of pealing bells announced that God had answered with a safe arrival.  Bells were rung far beyond the squares of London. All across the U.K. church bells sang out in honor of the young prince.

Eagerness to know if another male heir had been produced was quickly replaced by curiosity over what the third in line to the British throne would be named. Wagers were placed, possibly across the globe, on best guesses for names. Speculation ended only when it was announced that the new royal would bear the name George Alexander Louis. His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge to be precise.

The Anglican priest who married Prince William and Kate Middleton was happy to share in announcing Prince George’s birth. He told reporters that every newborn is a symbol of hope and that the royal baby represents hope magnified. The church is full of celebration and ceremonies which acknowledge that hope. Prayer and bell ringing are just the start. Sometime in the coming months, His Royal Highness will be dedicated to the faith by his parents in a private christening ceremony.

The christening is expected to take place in the time-honored location which is the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. There, a 172-year old baptismal font is filled with water from the Jordan River. Tradition also would require that the brief liturgy and ceremony be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. But Prince William and the Duchess are already becoming known as royals who opt for the simple over the opulent and so it is also speculated that that it might take place in a small chapel at Windsor Castle.

The newest royal has been greeted by ringing bells, firing cannons, Facebook posts, and numberless tweets. But gathered together on the day of his christening will be the people closest to his parents and those who will take an active role in helping the baby to grow into a man who could one day wear the crown of Britain, 15 Commonwealth countries and be head of the Church of England.

If you are invited to a baby christening any time soon, keep in mind that you are participating in a church tradition shared by the powerful and the humble alike. Christians around the world celebrate the hope of new birth in similar fashion, with time honored traditions. Always it is a special day regardless of earthly station. The beautiful aspect of each and every christening is presenting a fresh new life to the King of Kings whose crown never fades and whose kingdom encompasses all the earth.

You don’t need to fire a cannon or man the bell tower to celebrate. Honoring the occasion with a special gift is also a way to celebrate such a momentous event. Look for christening gifts and cards here at The Printery House, we have a large selection of items to choose from-to help you celebrate in a manner fit for a prince.

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