Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Baptismal Gowns Worthy of the Occasion
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
I was corresponding with a friend about a Baptism gown for her yet unborn baby. She was looking at gowns on Ebay that, though beautiful, I doubted would hold up to generations of use. I urged her to think in terms of "dynasty" in choosing a gown that would be worthy of the family name and worthy of frequent use over generations of Catholic families.
Wilding optimistic? Okay. I can live with that. But what is hope for is we can't indulge in it once in a while?
Though a very frugal individual, I think that when it comes to Baptismal gowns, especially for one that is being purchased for several hundred years of use, that you should not look at the price in making your choice. Surely indulgent grandparents or generous godparents can be the means to the Baptismal gown necessary.
Following are a few of my favorite gowns. The first two are availabe from:Once Upon A Time.
For some simpler gowns and Baptismal accessories you can go here. Handmade.
Another from Once Upon a Time:
Below an 1870s Antique English Christening gown available from Paula's Antique Linens.
There is also a tradition I've heard of where a seamstress will take the wedding gown of the mother and refashion it into the Baptism gown for their first child. A beautiful idea.
Finally, I'm not sure if the tradition of the Baptismal bonnet which becomes a wedding hanky (something old) is catching on but it is a lovely idea. You can order one here if it takes your fancy.
It's my belief that for your child's Baptism the baby should be dressed like royalty. Because upon completion of the Baptism, he is.