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Postby lyons24000 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:21 pm

This is kinda upsetting.

People already hate us enough.
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Postby Rei » Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:28 am

That's quite unfortunate that they both fall on the same day and place.
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Postby Jayelle » Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:09 pm

What the heck is a mass christening?

I thought JW's didn't do infant baptism...
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Postby Syphon the Sun » Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:33 pm

As far as I'm aware, the term christening is used to apply to any baptism, not just infant baptism.
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Postby Luet » Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:55 pm

Yeah, I thought that term was very weird. It's actually a 3 day convention that is made up of 10-45 minute bible discourses. Only one 30 minute part, out of all three days, is for people getting baptized at that particular convention (there are three times a year that people can get baptized). I thought it odd that they referred to the convention as a mass christening. Anyway, I'll be going to the convention next weekend in Amherst, MA. And going to a butterfly conservatory on the way!
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Postby Taalcon » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:15 pm

Doesn't the term "christening" mean "anointing"?

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Postby Luet » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:13 pm

Dictionary.com says that it means "the ceremony of baptism". Christening is not a term that witnesses use in any context, however, so it was weird that the article used it.
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Postby Taalcon » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:41 pm

Anyone reporting on any religion that they know nothing about is certain to make errors (It's hard to find anyone reporting about LDS who don't get something wrong!).

Perhaps one of our Catholic posters can clarify, but I did some additional looking into it to confirm what I thought: Christening seems to refer to the entire Baptism/Initiation ceremony which does involve a ritual renouncing of Satan, the baptism itself (immersion or sprinkling with water), an anointing with oil, and a clothing with a garment representing "putting on Christ".

Personally, I think it's quite cool, seeing how 'christ' means 'anointed', and thus, according to this tradition, one literally becomes an 'anointed one' / a Christian, as they begin the Christian walk.

All really have nothing to do with the Original Post, but just some additional info for the heck of it :)

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Postby Jebus » Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:57 am

Yea, and the godparents have to renounce Satan for the kid during an infant baptism in Catholicism, I had to do that when I became my cousin's godfather. Speaking of that little miss I should probably go see her sometime soon.


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