I just had my second child baptized last month. Honestly, I think we packed too many events in one day. We started early that afternoon by blessing our new house. Then it was time to run off to have my daughter baptized. And after that, came the reception, which also doubled as my husband’s 40th birthday party. Take it from me, you’ll want to plan your child’s baptism way in advance. Below, you’ll find some christening tips to consider.
In my case, I did plan in advance. However, I ended up packing too many activities together, thus, there were details I overlooked. For example, I planned that the candles I prepared for the house blessing would be the same ones we’d use for the baptism. Oh that was so wrong! Because after the house blessing, most of the candles were used up and the cups I had attached to keep the wax from dripping were burnt with holes. I was so embarrassed as I distributed them to the godparents.
But suffice it to say that the baptism pushed through even as my daughter drowned the priest’s voice with her unabated wailing.
Oh well, my baby is a Christian now and that’s what matters.
So if you’re planning your child’s baptism soon, learn from me and don’t lump it with your other big-time events. Aside from that, here are other practical tips to help you prepare for your event:
1.Choose godparents who practice the faith. Remember, a christening initiates your child to your religion and godparents commit to raise your child in the faith. If you’re a Catholic, don’t get your best friend who is an agnostic, your boss who’s a Buddhist or your sister who converted to a born-again church. As much as possible, godparents should have received the sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation, Penance and the Eucharist. Even better, chose those who will be good examples to your child.
2. Schedule your baby’s baptism ahead with your church or parish. There’s normally a fee and they usually require a down payment when you reserve a day and time. They’ll also ask for a copy of your child’s birth certificate. In some churches, a seminar for godparents is even required. So, make sure to check in advance.
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