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Old Mar 5, '09, 7:20 pm
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What do I wear to the Easter Vigil? Am I supposed to wear white like they do with infants?
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Old Mar 5, '09, 7:28 pm
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It is customary in some places to wear white, but in others "something decent" is fine. You are beast off alking to your RCIA coordinator for those details.
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Old Mar 6, '09, 2:51 am
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At my parish they give the new members white robes thay they wear over their clothes. But that is specific to my parish, wearing your "Sunday best" will do just fine otherwise.
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Old Mar 6, '09, 7:06 am
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What do I wear to the Easter Vigil? Am I supposed to wear white like they do with infants?
No one should wear white TO their Baptism, even infants. They are clothed in white AFTER their Baptism. Wear a netural color,dark colors makes more symbolic sense. You should be given a white, robe or sash after your Baptism. If not you can always bring a white jacket to put on AFTER your Baptism.
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Old Mar 6, '09, 7:29 am
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This reminds me of our first Easter Vigil at the Cathedral. The rector decided to handle the RCIA program solo, but, he asked me to go over the dress requirements. We told the Elect to wear Sunday best. One young lady got to the Cathedral in a white strapless dress. My rector and I looked at each other. We knew the bishop was not going to be happy. Luckily, I had light peach sweater (she had to wear it open because of our different sizes) and a potential disaster was averted. Even though my little sweater got wet, I would rather that have happened than something else.

Other than that, everything else went well.
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At my parish they give the new members white robes thay they wear over their clothes. But that is specific to my parish, wearing your "Sunday best" will do just fine otherwise.
That is what my parish did when I was baptized too.
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Old Mar 6, '09, 1:21 pm
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I wore a white simple dress to my baptism. I also got the white sash put on me afterwards...

If you are a guy, I guess maybe light khakis and a white shirt?

Re: babies wearing white after baptism... in my parish, they don't really do that anymore. The baby just wears his or her white gown and the priest baptizes with just water over the forehead.
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What do I wear to the Easter Vigil? Am I supposed to wear white like they do with infants?
I take it you are going to be baptized? If so, it kind of depends on whether you get baptized by pouring on the forehead or if baptism will be by immersion.

Others have given you suggestions. This seems to be one of the most common questions that comes up here. Parishes must not do a very good job of telling people what to wear. They either say nothing or they manage to miss a large number of catechumens.
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We baptize by pouring water over the person while they stand in the pool. Therefore they wear casual clothing which can take a soaking. Then they change to their Sunday best for the rest of the mass.

If you are going to get soaked do not wear white. It tends to become transparent when wet.
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Thank you all so much for the replies. They have been helpful.
I'll be seeing our RCIA director this Sunday, so I'll ask about the specifics of the ceremony and wether or not I'll be soaked.
I'm so excited, I just want to figure out all the details. I was at the Easter Vigil last year, but the only people coming in to our parish were already baptized and only reciving Confirmation and Communion. I have no idea how my baptism will be done, but I know it will be wonderful.
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for my baptism at the easter vigil i wore my good jeans and a nice top and afterwards changed into a white dress
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Re: babies wearing white after baptism... in my parish, they don't really do that anymore. The baby just wears his or her white gown and the priest baptizes with just water over the forehead.
Unfortunately, that takes away from the "Presentation of the White Garment" that is part of the baptismal rite. It was a revelation to me to actually read the Rite and to realize that it presumes immersion (although it makes it quite clear that pouring is perfectly OK) and it presumes that the child is not dressed in white for the Baptism.

When explaining this to parents we compare it to the wedding rings which you don't put on before you leave for the church but exchange as part of the Marriage Ritual. It's the same for the white garment at Baptism.

In the 9 years since we adopted this practice in our parish we've only had one mother categorically refuse to follow our practice.
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Old Mar 8, '09, 7:32 pm
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Now I know.
At our parish they present you with a white robe to wear after you are baptized. So I can wear normal church clothes.
I also won't be given an imersion baptism, so I will only have the water poured over my head. No need to change.
Thanks again for the responses.
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Old Apr 8, '09, 8:43 am
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At our church the adults who are to be baptized wear bown robes which represent "sack cloths and ashes". They have shorts and tops under the robes because we use immursion. They are given a white robe and then leave to change into their "Sunday Best." under the white robes. The symbols are all there and the congreagation sees the transformation.
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Unfortunately, that takes away from the "Presentation of the White Garment" that is part of the baptismal rite. It was a revelation to me to actually read the Rite and to realize that it presumes immersion (although it makes it quite clear that pouring is perfectly OK) and it presumes that the child is not dressed in white for the Baptism.

When explaining this to parents we compare it to the wedding rings which you don't put on before you leave for the church but exchange as part of the Marriage Ritual. It's the same for the white garment at Baptism.

In the 9 years since we adopted this practice in our parish we've only had one mother categorically refuse to follow our practice.
However, if you look at the infant baptisms done by the Holy Father, the children are wearing their white baptismal gowns and he simply pours water over their heads.
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