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The meaning of christenings

 

For Christian families, christening or baptism of their child is one of the most crucial parts of their children's infancy. It means that the child's original sin is being erased and he or she becomes a full-pledged child of God. It also signifies the child's entrance into the Christian faith and the family and community welcomes him or her to their fold.

This event is marked with a ceremony held in church. For the Orthodox, the young one is brought to the church wearing new clothing, with his or her parents and godparents. The latter are chosen by the parents and have the duty to help raise the child to believe in the Church's commandments as well as guide him or her as the child grows up. They have an crucial role in the ceremony and also in the child's life. The child would then be placed near the baptismal font and dipped into the water several times, oil is then rubbed all over their body and head, completing the ceremony by cutting a small amount of the child's  hair, which is then kept eternally.  The child is then to be dressed in new clothing which is chosen and  purchased by the godparent.  For the Catholics, young ones are brought to church wearing white, with his or her parents and godparents. The latter are chosen by the parents and have the duty to help raise the child to believe in the Church's commandments as well as guide him or her as the child grows up. They have an crucial role in the ceremony and also in the child's life. The child would then be placed near the baptismal font and water is poured over his or her forehead to signify his or her being cleanse of sin followed by the formal giving of the child's name.

After the actual christening ceremony the family usually celebrates the happy day by going out  to a restaurant or hiring out a special place for the day.  On the other hand, if you are the invitee and only have a small knowledge of what you're suppose to do, you should remember that it's customary to give gifts to the youngster on this day.  Unlike birthday gifts, christening gifts should be timeless pieces, something that they can use when they're older. Godparents usually present the child with jewellery such as a beautiful necklace with cross pendants or earrings with the child's birthstone. Jewellery is just an expression of this wonderful event in a young one's life. It signifies longevity and a strong commitment from the godparents to their godchildren.