Baptisms and Christenings
Baptisms and Christenings are religious sacraments or spiritual ceremonies. During the celebration, the child receives a name within the community of God.
In an adult baptism, the person promised to honour and love God, and to honour and love all others as the self. It is also a welcoming into a congregation or religious community and more importantly, into the family of God.
In an infant or child's baptism, the parents and perhaps godparents promise to raise the child in an environment that fosters the love of God, and the honouring of all others as the self. All in attendance promise to support the parents and the child in this sacred endeavour. It is also a welcoming into the community or congregation, and the family of God.
The ceremony is sanctified with water and oil.
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