Christening, Holy Communion, and a Confirmation
There are various special occasions in a child’s life that involve the church, whether you are religious or not.
A Christening, Confirmation, and Communion are the three main ceremonies which are celebrated and irrespective of the difference, the common theme throughout is love. All of the occasions celebrate children in some way or form be it their birth or life ahead.
What is a Christening/Baptism?
A Christening is the beginning of a child's journey with God i.e. the child’s first initiation into the religious faith. Over 100,000 Christenings are performed by the Church of England every year.
At Catholic Christenings, the parents make declarations to the church, the baby is baptized with holy water, and a candle is lit to represent Jesus as the light of the world. Elsewhere, in Church of England christenings, the baby is sprinkled with holy water and the Godparents and parents promise to God that they will bring the little one up in the Christian faith. Despite some confusion, a Baptism is the same thing as a Christening, just a difference in etymology.
Secular ceremonies are free of any commitment to the Christian faith and instead, they are called Baby-naming/welcoming ceremonies. A trained and licensed celebrant can be booked to oversee the service as opposed to a vicar or priest.
Christenings are generally held within the first year of a baby’s life.
What is a First Holy Communion?
This is a religious ceremony performed in church by Roman Catholics when a child reaches the age of around 7-8 years. It celebrates the first time that they accept the bread and wine (also known as the Eucharist) which symbolize the body and blood of Christ. It consists of prayers, hymns, readings, bidding prayers, and the actual Communion.
After the Communion Mass, the child is more deeply initiated into the church. A child needs to have been christened prior to their First Holy Communion.
What is a Confirmation?
A Confirmation is a rite of initiation into the Christian church. It is carried out by anointing and laying on of the hands as well as prayer. The occasion is the sealing of the covenant made in Holy Baptism and it often bestows full membership into the local congregation. In Roman Catholic Churches, it renders the bond with the church more perfect.
It is carried out either immediately after the baptism or later in life when adults are baptized, or when the child reaches early adolescence. It is seen as a ‘coming of age’ rite and is seen as a mature statement of faith.
Your Child’s First Holy Communion is a Once in Lifetime Event in a Catholic family’s life. It deserves to be remembered with beautiful images by using a professional photographer. There is nothing like witnessing the pure joy and beauty that is a little child receiving Jesus for the first time...
I would be honoured to capture a special milestone in your child's life. I am offering First Holy Communion Portrait sessions as well as Reportage Holy Communion Photography. Let's create stunning portraits that your child will treasure for years to come.
I would be more than happy to offer photography services to suit your requirements and your budget.
A typical First Holy Communion Portrait Session includes:
- Portraits of the communion child
- Portraits of the child with their immediate family (parents and siblings)
- Portraits of the child with their siblings
- Portraits of the child with their parents
– Wooden USB Memory Stick
– A five printed images 16"x12"
– Letter with Full Printing Rights
-They will also be uploaded to an online password-protected gallery from which, if you require, you can download the images and also share the link with relatives and friends.
The price is £250 per Family
Please, contact me first if you wanna book me for a bigger group like an event reportage.
When photographing family ceremonies in a Reportage Style Holy Communion Photography, my aim is to capture the spirit of the day in a natural and photojournalistic way. I will attend the service and shoot candid reportage-style shots of your daughter or son making their first Holy Communion plus I will shoot some more formal shots after of your friends and family. You will receive a full reportage of the day on more than 50 reportage-style photos through your event and photos capturing all the atmosphere, details, and fun of your day.