What is a Christening?
We know that christenings are religious events that take part in a church. A christening is actually the same thing as a baptism.
Typically there is a church service held by the vicar, followed by the child being blessed over a font using some sacred water. Often christenings take place within the same main weekly Sunday service.
Parents and Godparents read out small sections of a service sheet together throughout the christening service. Usually boys have two Godfathers and one Godmother, whilst girls have two Godmothers and one Godfather.
The christening service itself is usually short and lasts around 20 minutes. Afterwards there is usually a gathering of family and friends for food and drinks at a home or venue.
The religious meaning of a christening
The original meaning of a christening is to erase the child’s original sin and for them to become a fully pledged child of God.
It also signifies the child officially becoming a part of the church and Christian faith. Chosen Godparents are said to have a duty in raising the child to believe in the church commandments, and also to guide them as they grow up.
The pouring of the water over the forehead at the font signifies the cleaning of sin, and is followed by the formal naming of the child.
Why do people have a Christening?
Some of the reasons are:
- For faith and religious reasons
- It is something nice to do for the child and is like a party in their honour
- It is a great way of getting all of the family together and create memories