The ritual of a Catholic baptism is the first of three sacraments of Christian initiation, with the Eucharist (Communion) and the Confirmation. The celebration is similar for all baptisms, infants, children or adults. The parents of very young children speak in their name.
At the heart of this celebration is the Christening garment which is the most important. During the Victorian era, baptism gowns were very elaborate. Over time, many changes were made regarding the materials and the embellishment. Apart from the gown, there is the ensemble of garments which is fabricated with expertise. Baptism is also characterized by a number of codes, signs, gifts etc.
This exhibition answers many questions and displays several Baptism gowns filled with history as well as accessories which definitely make Baptism an institution. Everything shown in this exhibit comes from the Museum's collection.