Baptism info page

Baptism info page

Baptism

Beliefnet is the leading site covering religion and spirituality. Baptism is the rite of welcome, celebration, and initiation for all Christians. Whether parents have their baby baptized at birth or when the child is older-or a family member has chosen to become baptized as an adult-this sacred ritual is also a joyous family event, rich with meaning and spiritual symbolism. Beliefnet's diverse offerings on baptism explain what happens when a child is baptized, how to choose a godparent, what prayers and rituals are performed during baptism, even what to serve at a christening party, and what gift to bring if you're invited to a baptism. We also offer personal commentary and reader discussions on baptism, as well as information on baby rituals for every faith. We invite you to dip in to our baptism content and explore.

CATHOLIC BAPTISM

What to Know Before Your Baby's Catholic Baptism

Advice for parents on names, godparents, baptismal certificates, christening parties, and more.

Will an Unbaptized Child Go to Heaven?

A Catholic priest gives a newer and more comforting response to this frequently asked question..

PROTESTANT BAPTISM

'My Full-Immersion Baptism'

Amy Sullivan recalls her "divine dunking" and what it meant to her.

GODPARENTS

Godparents in Different Religions

Our faith-by-faith chart on the role of godparents

How to Choose a Good Godparent

It's not just your best friend, but someone attuned to your child's spiritual development.

BAPTISM AND BABY BLESSINGS IN MANY FAITHS

The "Welcome Your Baby Guide"

Rituals and traditions for newborns in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Paganism

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