Baptism is a solemn and joyous occasion. It is a public expression of faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ. In his "Great Commission" to his disciples in Matthew 28:19, Jesus says, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." When this special ceremony takes place, it is important to have an appropriate baptismal robe.
Baptismal robes are garments worn by people who are being baptised into various denominations of Christianity. These gowns are outfits worn by infants, girls, boys, men and women. They can also be worn by members of the clergy or church officials who perform the baptismal rites. Because the entire body is immersed in water during baptism, women's baptismal robes are specially outfitted to alleviate transparency when wet.
The robes are typically long and white. They resemble church choir robes without the sometimes elaborate embellishments. There are two basic types. Women can choose long white gowns that have weights at the hems. This prevents the material from floating and holds it down. The culotte baptismal robe is a wide-legged pant that allows for much-needed modesty when women get into the water. The sizes of both types of robes can normally be purchased in small, medium, large and extra large.
The robes are washable and made of various materials, such as dense white twill, 100 per cent mercerised cotton twill, or 60-40 blend. They are made with double thickness to reduce the possibility of being see-through when the material is wet. They have zippers for convenience, and the robes come with both chest and height measurements. Some robes can be made of various silks if you desire.
Availability and Cost
Search the Internet for websites of Christian companies that sell baptismal robes for women. You can go to the nearest Christian bookstore to inquire as well. Getting dressed for your baptism should not be an enormous expense to you. If you find that the robes cost more than you are willing or can afford to spend, make your own baptismal gown, robe or dress to save money. Go to a neighbourhood fabric store. Choose the pattern that is closest to what you are looking for, and be sure to select material that is not transparent when wet. If you think you can create baptismal robes similar to those shown online or in a local store, give it a try.