When a child is born, one of the first things that needs to be accomplished is choosing the right name for the baby. This will prove a pivotal and life-changing moment, and parents must be diplomatic about the baby-naming, as this can often make or break a child’s future life. Children must learn also to accept their christened names, as this shows their maturity and sense of growth.
During a christening, the child’s name will be made official in a ceremony. Personal relatives and friends will be present in the gathering. Christening is often associated with the baptism of a child, which holds similar qualities. In baptism, the child is presented to the priest and then dipped into a basin of holy water. In fact, the word “baptism” is related with the process that involves consecrated water.
The christening of a child is strongly tied with the name one has given to him. A gathering is orchestrated that celebrates the name and the inclusion of the child into its immediate society. This can be done when the child is an infant, preferably less than a year old, with some being only a few days weeks, or months old.
A christening ceremony usually occurs on a Sunday, after the mass session. It will have in it, the official guests and elders that the immediate family wishes to serve as witness and guides for the child in the future. It is the official acceptance of the child’s name and life. It is a spiritual celebration for the newly christened child. It is a significant period in one’s life and photographs must be taken for every part of the christening. This will make it more memorable and when the child grows older, he will surely cherish those cute photos and parents as well as godparents will treasure them for a lifetime. It is a once in a lifetime affair that indicates belongingness to the community.
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