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[Gr., =dipping], in most Christian churches a sacrament. It is a rite of purification by water, a ceremony invoking the grace of God to regenerate the person, free him or her from sin, and make that person a part of the church.
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Tess, who mused on the christening a good deal, wondered if it were doctrinally sufficient to secure a Christian burial for the child.
My mother lay in bed with the christening robe beside her, and I peeped in many times at the door and then went to the stair and sat on it and sobbed.
There was always something of the child in her, and her laugh was its voice, as eloquent of the past to me as was the christening robe to her.
Vesey were our guests at the little christening party, and Mrs.
Three priests came to that christening, and Madame Levaille was godmother.
For a supper at the christening if I had five friends at it .
This infernal christening performed, they fired the pile with lighted matches and with blazing tow, and then stood by, awaiting the result.
Show her a Christening, and she saw a little heathen personage having a quite superfluous name bestowed upon it, inasmuch as it would be commonly addressed by some abusive epithet: which little personage was not in the least wanted by anybody, and would be shoved and banged out of everybody's way, until it should grow big enough to shove and bang.
It must be noted, by the way, that Pyotr Petrovitch had during those ten days eagerly accepted the strangest praise from Andrey Semyonovitch; he had not protested, for instance, when Andrey Semyonovitch belauded him for being ready to contribute to the establishment of the new "commune," or to abstain from christening his future children, or to acquiesce if Dounia were to take a lover a month after marriage, and so on.
In 1980, it was sent to Brisbane so Mary's great-uncle's daughter Jennifer could use it for her babies' christenings.
It's never let us down for any of the family's christenings over the years and we think it's lovely that future generations can still keep wearing it.
After the christenings, Duncan muttered something to Elaine and the vicar said `For those of you who didn't hear, Duncan has just proposed and you now all have a wedding to attend'.