Bap­tism gowns at Beaulne

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TheBeaulne Mu­seum of Coat­i­cook is pleased to present the ex­hi­bi­tion « Let us cel­e­brate the new born. Chris­ten­ing gar­ments. », from the 10 of Fe­bru­ary to the 24 of Novem­ber 2013. The pub­lic and the press are cor­dially in­vited.

The rit­ual of a Catholic bap­tism is the first of three sacra­ments of Chris­tian ini­ti­a­tion, with the Eucharist (Com­mu­nion) and the Con­fir­ma­tion. The cel­e­bra­tion is sim­i­lar for all bap­tisms, in­fants, chil­dren or adults. The par­ents of very young chil­dren speak in their name.

At the heart of this cel­e­bra­tion is the Chris­ten­ing gar­ment which is the most im­por­tant. Dur­ing the Vic­to­rian era, bap­tism gowns were very elab­o­rate. Over time, many changes were made re­gard­ing the ma­te­ri­als and the em­bel­lish­ment. Apart from the gown, there is the en­sem­ble of gar­ments which is fab­ri­cated with Bap­tism is also char­ac­ter­ized by a num­ber of codes, signs, gifts etc.

This ex­hi­bi­tion an­swers many ques­tions and dis­plays sev­eral Bap­tism gowns filled with his­tory as well as ac­ces­sories which def­i­nitely make Bap­tism an in­sti­tu­tion. Ev­ery­thing shown in this ex­hibit comes from the Mu­seum’s col­lec­tion.

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