Irish Baptism Traditions

Baby’s baptism is a time to celebrate your beliefs and family traditions. An event filled with sentiment and tradition that brings family together. If your family is of Irish origin, you may want to include some Celtic or Irish baptism traditions in your ceremony or reception.

Irish lace bonnet converts to wedding hankyTraditionally, Irish infants wear baptismal gowns made of Irish linen. These lovely gowns are made of flax linen and lace from Ireland. Gowns are passed down generation to generation. An Irish linen hanky from the parent's wedding can be transformed easliy into a baptismal bonnet... or vice versa. You can purchase this beautiful Irish lace baptismal bonnet and save it for your daughter to convert to a hanky at her wedding.

The baptism ceremony is arranged with your church in advance. During the ceremony, the baby is welcomed to the church and the parents and godparents make promises to raise the baby within the faith. Holy water from the font is used during the ceremony. In many places in Ireland, this water was taken directly from many of Ireland’s holy wells before the baptismal font was added within the church.

After the ceremony, most families hold a reception allowing the family and friends who have come together to enjoy some time socializing. These are often held at home, with family members contributing to the meal. They may also be a formal meal at an alternate location. To add some Irish or Celtic touches to your ceremony consider some of these Irish gifts, momentos, and reception ideas.

Irish Blesssing InvitationBegin with an Irish baptism invitation like those sold by PaperSalsa. Some begin or conclude with an appropriate Irish blessing, like:

"May God grant you always a sunbeam to warm you
A moonbeam to charm you
A sheltering angel so nothing can harm you.
(Irish Blessing).

Plan a meal to include some traditional Irish foods, and using an Irish theme to your table decor and favors. This traditional Irish proverb would be lovely added to your decorations; “A New born babe, brings light to the cottage, warmth to the hearth, and joy to the soul, for wealth is family – family is wealth.”

Irish Counting BookIrish theme gifts for the baby may include a book of Irish legends or toys with an Irish theme. An Irish folk tale could even be read to the children attending the reception.

Another article you may enjoy: Origin of some Irish baby names.

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