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Old Feb 12, '09, 10:50 am
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I will be baptised and confirmed at Easter vigil. What is the normal attire for an adult woman? Father has not addressed this yet in RCIA, but I'd like to plan ahead if possible. Thanks!

I should add that we don't have a large baptismal font, the priest will poor water over my head only! Thanks,

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Old Feb 12, '09, 11:00 am
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome Home!!!

Well - you may want to wait until you hear from Father on this one before you buy anything special.

At one parish I used to belong to, adults presenting themselves for baptism would wear long hooded brown robes, they nearly look like monks! They step into the font, kneel down in the water, and have three pitchers of water poured over their heads. After they come out, they are given the same style robe but in white (and dry!), then they take their seat in the pews. So what they wear underneath is not important. They are not shown in street clothes at any time during the Mass. It really is very moving, and it is nice to see them all dressed identically - the sacrament seems to "stand out" more when you are not distracted by pretty dresses and new suits. But that's just my opinion.

When I was baptized as an adult, I wore street clothes I didn't mine getting VERY wet. I went into the font in the water up to my waist, then was poured over with water. Unfortunately this particular parish did not give us anything to put on before the baptism, and well, let's just say I did not choose well in what I wore. My friend told me afterward that I came out nearly naked looking when the thin khaki trousers I had on stuck to me like a second skin and turned transparent!!!! She destroyed the photos, thank goodness!! After the baptism I went back to the sacristy and changed into a white linen suit for the remainder of Mass.

So - anyway - I would check with Father before you buy anything new.

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Old Feb 12, '09, 11:44 am
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Do ask what the process is at YOUR Parish, as it can vary.

At our Parish, adults are baptized at the font by pouring. All that gets wet is the top of the head/forehead. They have a towel to blot off the water.

We advise women to wear what they would normally wear for Church, slacks, dress or skirt/top. Wear something comfortable - it is a long evening and you don't want to be worried about standing in uncomfortable heels or pulling at clothing that is uncomfortable. Layers, it can be chilly outside before you come in, so, a sweater or shawl would be advisable.

Pockets are good, because you may want to have a tissue or hanky handy - it can be emotional!
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Ask your priest or RCIA director.

In our parish the catechumens wear something dark colored that they don't mind getting wet. After they are baptized they put on white albs.
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I will be baptised and confirmed at Easter vigil. What is the normal attire for an adult woman? Father has not addressed this yet in RCIA, but I'd like to plan ahead if possible. Thanks!

I should add that we don't have a large baptismal font, the priest will poor water over my head only! Thanks,
At my parish, we would just ask people to dress nicely, "as if for Church." Wear comfortable shoes, since you will be standing for a long time. Also keep in mind that people will be taking pictures.
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I was given the same advice as what you've received so far; dress like you normally would. Of course, in my parish, that means most of the people will show up in jeans (but I never do).

If I get more detailed instructions, I'll post them here for comparison!
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I will be baptised and confirmed at Easter vigil. What is the normal attire for an adult woman? Father has not addressed this yet in RCIA, but I'd like to plan ahead if possible. Thanks!

I should add that we don't have a large baptismal font, the priest will poor water over my head only! Thanks,
a suit or white blouse with any skirt is good, some fabric that won't be damaged if water splashes. No slacks please. or wear any dress appropriate for church. the key is modesty, no plunging neckline, not strapless, no minis. wear your hair simply, and don't wear makeup, esp. mascara because it probably will run. if your hair is long us a clip, scrunchy or french braid so you don't have drippy locks. your sponsor should stand by with a hand towel for you. wear shoes that are comfortable for walking and standing, flats are great. not new shoes, not slippery shoes or clogs that slap the ground when you walk.

it may be that a large pool is constructed for baptism at Easter, as we do in our church, so make sure you find out. They will go over all this during Lent. if so, they will instruct you on what to wear.
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Old Feb 14, '09, 10:52 pm
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really not appropriate for women at Mass serving such as lector, and for those who will be received, or for the Confirmation Mass, or for First Communion etc. She asked, I gave advice that I would give in this parish. If you have to ask there is not much to discuss. For at least special occasions, and ideally always, women at Mass should wear dresses or skirts. Yeah I know, look at all the old ladies in matching sweats or warmups or cruise wear. But what is, is what is. bear in mind those being baptized here will be immersed so will be wearing gym shorts, tank (with appropriate underpinnings--no wet Tshirt contest) covered by a grey robe and will change after baptism to skirts or dresses (or of course suit for the men).
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If you have to ask there is not much to discuss.
I am not trying to be "smart" or create a problem. I am recieving the sacraments of initiation this Easter and was honestly curious if there was a reason. From the pictures I saw of last years vigil at my parish, They wore brown robes then changed into white robes. Personally, I often wear a dress to Church and people have asked why I am so dressed up .
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There are also women who never wear skirts or dresses. I wear dress slacks to formal occasions, suits with slacks for business and casual slacks for casual wear.

And before you ask, yes, I would wear slacks to meet the president and to a wedding.

There is a big difference between dress slacks and matching sweats.
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She should ask her RCIA director what to wear, and that will depend upon, among other things, how baptism is to be conferred.
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Being a Southern Girl, my mamma always told us that we should wear the very best we had to go to Church.

Look at it this way...you are going to meet Jesus for the very first time, in Baptism and in the Eucharist...wouldn't you want to wear the very best you have?

That's just my take on it!

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Old Feb 17, '09, 9:31 pm
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Everyone being received into the church at the vigil mass should wear very comfortable shoes because the mass is the longest of the year. At my parish we have so many people being confirmed, etc that there is quite a bit of standing.

Check with RCIA or the parish priest on how the baptism will be done at any given parish because it varies quite a bit. Also ask about photography (when allowed, with or without flash) because many well-meaning family members may try to get photos at inappropriate times, especially if this is their first mass.

Welcome home and happy birthday to all of you in the "class of 2009"

Easter Vigil will be my 8th "birthday" in my new life!
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To the person who has stated a woman should always wear a dress/skirt and never slacks....

I have health issues that make it very difficult for me to stand, walk, kneel, etc. Wearing dress pants keeps me modest - much more so than any skirt or dress can do. I lector at my parish and I even wore a dressy pant suit for my reaffirmation of wedding vows at my silver wedding anniversary.

My opinion (and we are all entitled to one) is to be modest and wear our best.
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