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When I think of my children’s baptisms, there are many memories that come to my mind. While it may not be the holiest thing to admit, the two things that really stick out to me about each sacred event was what they wore and who was there.
These two things are intertwined, for me, as both things make me think of family. The baptism gowns that each of my children wore each first belonged to either one of my sisters or myself. Not only were they very formally joining the Lord’s family, but they were wearing an outward sign that they belonged to our family too. What a beautiful gift our mother provided to us by having held on to and loving cared for our baptism gowns! The only thing that could have made it even more special, I think, is if we had gowns that even more family members had used.
And, yes, we did get some funny looks when our sons wore baptism gowns. But, we also got comments (more than the first type of comments) about how wonderful it was that we decided to use a more traditional type of baptism garment. Our only daughter wore my baptism gown, as it was considerably more feminine.
We now find ourselves in a different season of our lives. We have moved from having a string of baptisms to having a string of First Holy Communions. While the dress code at our parish left very few options for the first two First Communions in our home (both boys), we are just a year and a half away from an entirely different decision than, “What solid colored tie should we buy?” Instead, we’ll be making decisions about a dress, a veil, and more.
Although we had wonderful baptism gowns (at least two that were more heirloom-type gowns) to use, as Catholic converts (from the Episcopal Church), we have no gorgeous First Communion dress that belonged to some great-grandmother. It is now up to us to be the ones that pick the type of dress that could one day be worn by our great-granddaughter. With an eye toward that, I want us to not necessarily go with the cheapest or trendiest dress available. Instead, I want to consider something like this one, a gorgeous linen dress with our daughter’s name and First Communion date embroidered onto the attached slip:
A dress, like this one, says something about the special nature of the day and Sacrament. It says, “You are important. This is important.” And, in the future, it will say to another generation that they are also important. The sacrament that was celebrated by the first girl whose name was embroidered on the slip is the same as the one that is celebrated by the next girl whose name is on the slip. It signifies a tradition of faith and family that sometimes can’t be found in the type of dress that might split at a seam because the same care wasn’t taken while making it as one that is lovingly handmade. (Much like our baptism gowns where my store bought dress hasn’t held up nearly as well as the gorgeous, matching gowns that my sons wore, which were first made for my twin sisters.)
Even if something like a handmade First Communion dress or baptism gown is out of someone’s budget, I think it’s important to find other ways to make Sacraments feel like the very special occasions that they are. What things have you done to make it clear to your child (and others) how important a Sacrament celebration is?
Angie can be found writing at her blog, Many Little Blessings. She is also the founder of Catholic Mothers Online and The Homeschool Classroom. She enjoys using her creativity at Just a Tiny Owl and doing web/blog designs. (She also actually feels this way about sacramental clothing, even though this post is sponsored. She was actually the one to suggest the post topic!)
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