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Christening

Can someone advise me on christening a baby...
how is it done?
at what age?
how do you plan for it?
Do you need to book an appoitment at a church?
( might be a stupid questin, but i really dont know)

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Albi1623

Asked by Albi1623 at 11:10 PM on Jan. 10, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • A lot of it depends on the religion. We're Catholic so that's all I can tell you about :) Contact the church where you want to do it, and they'll let you know the requirements. We needed to take a baptism class, and we had to have at least one godparent who also had to take the class. The priest did the service, our baby was four months old (but they can do it at any age, really) and there was no real plan, we just showed up and the priest took it from there. We did have everyone over for a small gathering at our house afterwards, but that is totally up to you. We invited all our family in the area, and a few close friends, nothing big. Hope this helps!
    bethany169

    Answer by bethany169 at 11:33 PM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • I assume that you are catholic? Christening is for catholic babies.In a Christening- the priest prays for your baby and you chose a god mother and god father (at least one of which has to be catholic). Then the priest will run some holy water on the baby's head. They do not dunk them don't worry. It is a lovely ceremony.I was christened at 4 weeks. A Christening is generally done very early while baby dedications and baptisms have a longer time period. They will be responsible for the moral guidance and generally (Catholic guidance) of your child. You do need to schedule this christening, baby dedication, or baptism for you baby.Christenings are generally done after a mass on Sunday and they ask that you outfit your child in a christening gown which is white. Baby dedications and baptisms usually don't require white and are done usually during church services. Good luck and god bless !
    Mimi2mommy

    Answer by Mimi2mommy at 11:36 PM on Jan. 10, 2009

  • Why would someone want to baptize an innocent baby without sin?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:17 AM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • We are not really part of a religion, so my husband and I had our version of a baptism/christening. We had the woman who married us do it, she had a nondenominational service for us that was really sweet, all about babies needing family and friends and a community. We did it at four months, some do it at three. If you are part of a church, contact them. If not, we did it in our living room :) Most people have a small gathering afterward with family and friends.
    mkemom519

    Answer by mkemom519 at 8:57 AM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • "Why would someone want to baptize an innocent baby without sin?"

    Not sure in all religions, but in the Catholic religion, it is done because we are all born with original sin. They used to bring the baby to the priest dressed in black, then change them into the white christening gown as part of the baptism itself. The change represented the forgiveness of original sin, or something like that.
    bethany169

    Answer by bethany169 at 4:04 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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