[quote=leschornmom]What do you mean by the white garment? Is there one put on the baby during a baptism? or were you just speaking figuratively? I’ve never been to a Catholic baptism.and what is the baptism candle.
Yes, there is actually a white garment given to the family. It’s usually just a little bib or something, and sometimes it’s placed on the child and sometimes just given to the parents.
In the early church-- first century-- baptisms were by immersion and the people were naked going into the baptismal pool. They would come out and be dressed in white robes symbolizing their rebirth in Christ and purity. The symbolic “white garment” given now to babies is based on that. Adult converts who are baptized are often dressed in a white robe at their baptism, so they too receive a “white garment”.
As for the candle, there is a small candle that is lit from the Pascal candle (the candle that is blessed at Easter) and given to the parents during the baptismal ceremony. When the candle is given the priest says, “receive the light of Christ”. It too is mostly symbolic but it represents the light of Christ and the role the parents and godparents play in teaching the child about Christ. Some people light the candle every year on the anniversary of the child’s baptism and have a little party-- like a birthday celebration-- because it celebrates their “birth” as a Christian.
However, none of this is relevant to the gown you have made for the baby. It is entirely appropriate and will be an heirloom!