Catholic Baptism Gifts for an Adult Male

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Catholic Baptism Gifts for an Adult Male
People can come to embrace their faith at any stage of life. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A Catholic baptism calls to mind the image of an infant held by his parents at a baptismal font. The baby is adorned in white and surrounded by doting godparents and family members. A celebration of food and gifts for the baby follows. This sacrament is celebrated by adults, too. Each year many adults receive the sacrament of baptism. While the fundamental ceremony is the same for adults as for babies, the gift-giving is entirely different.

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Bibles

As a man comes to embrace Catholicism, he can grow and strengthen his faith by reading the Bible. A leather-bound Bible is an appropriate baptism gift for a man. It will hold sentimental value for years. Bibles with daily devotions are also inspirational gifts for the newly baptised. History and translations have brought about the production of multiple versions of the Holy Bible. If you're unable to purchase the gift from a Catholic shop, find one of the following versions that are specific to Catholicism: Douay Rheims, Revised Standard Version (RSV), Revised Standard 2nd Edition, New American Bible (NAB) or the Jerusalem Bible.

Other Books

Other Catholic faith-based books, such as Bible study guides, would be appropriate for a newly baptised man. Books on the lives of saints are another choice. They give accounts of people in history who've made sacrifices in the name of Catholicism. If the baptised man for whom you're shopping is named after a saint, a book about that saint is a good gift. General books about Catholic history, theology and philosophy are good choices as well.

Crosses

It's common for Catholics to adorn the walls of their home with symbols of the their faith. Many Catholic families display a cross in every room of their home. For this reason, the gift of a cross is an option for the newly baptised man. There are thousands of styles and sizes of crosses available commercially. They can be made from materials such as wood, pewter, epoxy, ceramic and acrylic. Some are painted and glossy while others are simple or rustic. When purchasing a cross for a man, choose one that matches his aesthetic style.

Rosaries

Catholics recite the rosary prayer as a reminder of the mysteries of joy, sorrow and the glory of Jesus and his mother Mary. When a Catholic prays the rosary, he is to focus on the mysteries while repeating the "Hail Mary" prayer. The prayer is recited in what are called "decades," meaning, 10 times in a row, with another prayer separating the decades. Keeping count conflicts with the meditation, so the rosary beads are used. For each prayer, the fingers slide a bead. Before giving the rosary beads as a gift, ask a priest to say a blessing over them.

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