*Can I re-use a baptismal candle, a baptismal outfit or the cross from one baptism to another?

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Can I re-use a baptismal candle, a baptismal outfit or the cross from one baptism to another?



Candle: It is not a problem to use the same baptismal candles from one ceremony to another. The church does not have a policy that a candle has to be new to be used in a sacrament. Many people prefer to have a new candle for a child so that they begin their Christian life with fresh, new items - but it is acceptable to pass a candle down for reuse.


Outfit: It is also acceptable to use the same baptismal outfit again for a second child. You may wish to use a new bodysuit and oil liner cap so that you do not have the oil stains there and celebrate with fresh undergarments, but the outfit and bonnet itself can certainly be used from a previous celebration provided they are not covered in oil stains.


Cross: It is practice in the Orthodox faith to pass down a cross. A cross passed down may be used for a baptismal ceremony provided: (1) the cross is an Orthodox cross (not Celtic or other) and (2) the cross is being given to the child, not on loan. The cross is meant to be for the childís lifetime so if it is used in the baptism, it becomes the childís for the rest of the childís life.




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