Baptism is an important event in the life of every Orthodox person, his first step into spiritual life. The Baptism ceremony is held in the church in the presence of godparents, parents, relatives and friends. Naturally, I want to leave the memory of this event for many years to come. Souvenirs and gifts will help you with this.
The godmother gives the baby, the baby a kryzhma, a baptismal shirt, an icon, the godfather — a pectoral cross, can give a silver spoon. But if everything is clear with gifts for godchildren, they are classically well-established, then with gift ideas for godparents everything is much more complicated.
So what to give to the godmother and godfather on the day of Epiphany? Let’s look at the main criteria for choosing a gift.
1. The first important criterion that will allow you to avoid all kinds of insults and ambiguities is the equivalence of a gift for a godmother and a gift for a godfather. It is impossible to give gifts of different value, this can be interpreted as a desire to emphasize a greater disposition towards one of the godparents.
2. The next criterion for choosing gifts for godparents comes from the very essence of the event on which the gift is given, namely the Sacrament of Baptism. In other words, the ideal gift for a godmother and godfather should take into account the baptismal theme. It should be noted that the gift set for the godparents of the Stupnikov AA brand was created precisely with an understanding of the need to reflect the symbolism of Baptism. This christening gift set includes: two embroidered terry towels for the godmother and for the godfather, two packing bags and two icons with the Guardian Angel prayer. Each towel is embroidered with a gift inscription and depicts the symbol of Baptism — a Dove, an Angel with a Dove. It was in the form of a Dove that the Holy Spirit appeared at the Baptism of Christ.
Let us recall an excerpt from the Gospel of Luke: “When all the people were baptized, and Jesus, being baptized, prayed: the sky was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form, like a dove…”. Icons with the image of the Guardian Angel and a prayer to the Angel successfully complement gifts for godparents, as if emphasizing the desire of the godson to take care of the well-being of his spiritual parents. After all, prayer to the Guardian Angel helps a person in any difficulties.
3. We can also note such a criterion as the practicality of the gift. It is good if the gift will not only remind you of an important event, but it can also be used in everyday life. In the production of towels for godparents with embroidery of the Stupnikova AA brand, such raw materials are used that allow you to use these towels in the future. Fluffy and soft terry perfectly absorbs water, and threads of soft texture do not scratch the skin.
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