What is Christening?

What is Christening? During a christening, your child will be baptized with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.

The word “christen” comes from English culture and isn’t properly defined in the modern-day.  It obviously derives from the word “Christ”, and means “to bring to Christ”.  It is usually used about infants rather than adults.   

What Is a Christening Ceremony Like?

Christening ceremonies are a big rite of passage in the Catholic or Anglican church. Parents typically invite friends and family to the ceremony to see their child christened. Children often wear a special gown for the occasion.


The ceremony has special orders and passages for the clergy to read from. After the welcoming, the parents and godparents make a promise to the child. Among these are to pray for the child they give them a good example to take care of them and guide them in the faith.


Image of a baby in baptismal clothing

 White is color of purity wearing a white garment during baptism symbolizes that the person being baptized now has a clean slate in the eyes of God

Oil is another baptismal symbol of the Holy Spirit. Of course, oil also symbolizes the Holy Spirit during other sacraments and religious gatherings. During the baptism, the baby is anointed with oil, and oil is mentioned several times in the Bible as a symbol of bringing the person and the Holy Spirit together. Holy oil is used during a baptism to strengthen the faith of the anointed. They also symbolize the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Water is the Christian symbol o divine life as well as a sign of purity and cleansing from sin. The outward sign of baptism is the actual pouring of the water on the head while reciting the words, “I baptize thee in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The cleansing quality of water is considered something that can purify a person from the outside.

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