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Old Apr 3, '07, 12:59 pm
sasafr sasafr is offline
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Default RCIA & Easter Vigil

I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I figured it was most appropriate as it deals with RCIA. If not please tell me and i will move it.

I know this probably sounds a little childish, but what is acceptable to wear to the Easter Vigil if you are going to be baptized and such ?
Is a nice skirt(below the knee) and shirt appropriate?(i'm female) Are there any colors I should try to wear or not wear? I'm sorry if my questions seem trivial but, I do not know who else to ask as my RCIA was one on one instruction with the priest.... Thanks for any help
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Old Apr 3, '07, 2:45 pm
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this should have been covered in your class before this, I will tell you how are candidates have been instructed (I think I just answered the same question twice this week, did you do a search?). It depends on if baptism is by immersion or by pouring.

Our candidates arrive dressed in gym shorts and t-shirt or tank-top (ladies please were proper foundation garment, and don't wear white, we are not doing a wet t-shirt contest), and flip flops. Over this they wear a grey cotton "poncho" which we have given them, which represents the penitential garb of lent. At the time of baptism the sponsor helps remove this robe, helps you step into the tub, where you kneel, cross your arms and bend over. It is not full immersion because this is a temporary tub, but Father uses a LOT of water, you will be soaked. then the sponsor helps you out, wraps you in a towel, you walk to the back of the church out to the dressing area. There you have already stored your first communion/confirmation outfit. For ladies we suggest a dress or suit, the typical "Easter" outfit is fine. We supply the white garment for the baptism symbol, so you can wear any color. Girls usually wear a typical first communion dress.

Men and boys we ask for white shirt, dress pants and shoes, suit is great but not mandatory.

Girls are well advised to wear hair simply, not to spend money on a do because it will get wet, don't wear mascara or make-up either. French braid is good for long hair, or use clips. Remember bangs should be off the forehead for the confirmation anointing too,

We like you to dress as quickly as possible after Baptism, so consider simplicity and ease of dressing when you select your outfit. dont forget dry underwear, shoes and stockings, and a comb if you need it.

why not call the parish office today and find out how the baptism is to be done? if just by pouring on the forehead, still keep hairdo simple, but a dress or suit, or blouse and skirt is fine. Modesty is the key element here, not color, although white blouse would be traditional.
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Old Apr 3, '07, 3:22 pm
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Default Re: RCIA & Easter Vigil

When I was baptized I chose to wear a white dress with pastel flowers embrodiered on the hem. We weren't given any guidelines at all. I just thought it was appropriate to wear white.

When Father baptized me I just had to lean over towards the baptismal font. Father poured water over my head. My hair and face were a little wet, but my dress was dry and perfect for first communion and confirmation.

Congratulations on your upcoming Baptism and God Bless!
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Old Apr 3, '07, 3:39 pm
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Default Re: RCIA & Easter Vigil

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I'm sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I figured it was most appropriate as it deals with RCIA. If not please tell me and i will move it.

I know this probably sounds a little childish, but what is acceptable to wear to the Easter Vigil if you are going to be baptized and such ?
Is a nice skirt(below the knee) and shirt appropriate?(i'm female) Are there any colors I should try to wear or not wear? I'm sorry if my questions seem trivial but, I do not know who else to ask as my RCIA was one on one instruction with the priest.... Thanks for any help
What of course depends on the method of Baptism. Color however applies to any method. The idea of removal of Original Sin and clensing of the soul would suggest a brown, or grey before Baptism. Of course you will be dressed in some type of White Baptismal garment after your Baptism.
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Old Apr 4, '07, 1:02 am
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Default Re: RCIA & Easter Vigil

I wore a knee-length, light blue jacket dress and winter white low-heeled pumps. I think I'll wear the same outfit to Easter mass this year.

When I was baptized last year at age 50 , we did do any change of clothing, robes, etc. The baptism consisted of leaning over the baptismal font while the priest pour about three shellsful of holy water over my head. BTW, I leaned over with my face to one side so the water wouldn't run down my face. An altar server immediately handed me a towel to pat down my hair and I was good to go.

It's not trivial to agonize of this at all. It's a woman thing. Only natural.

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