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Baptismal Robes

Baptismal robes are available for infants, children, and adults. Infants sizes are 0- 6 months or 6-12 months and children's sizes are made to order given the child's Center Back measurement (measured from the base of the neck to the top of the shoe heel). Adult sizes are available in Men's or Women's. Men's sizes fit a height of 5'7" to 6'2" and a chest up to 52"; Women's sizes fit a height of 5' to 5'6" and a chest of up to 52". The robes are cut very roomy and intended to fit this way. These sizes are always in stock; any custom sizes needed should allow and additional 6 weeks and add $30 to the price.

The robe is made from white, poly-cotton and finished with a gold cross on the back and metallic galloon neck placket.

Prices:
Infants $55
Child $65
Adult $95
Shipping $10 via UPS Ground or $50 via UPS Next Day Air

If you would like to order a baptismal robe, please email me which size you would like and enter a credit card using the secure online form at the "How to Order" tab of the website. Most robes ship out within one week of the order being placed; if there will be any delay, I will notify you.

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Use of Robes for Adult Baptisms

I have had several clients ask for information regarding the use of baptismal robes for adult baptisms. In response to this, here is the procedure we follow at my parish.

The catechumen wears light-colored (preferably white), comfortable clothing (slacks and shirt for men, pants and blouse for women-skirts are not advisable since they tend to float) to go into the font. When he comes out of the font, the sponsor has a white, terry- cloth robe to cover him. The newly-baptized wears this terry-cloth robe during the chrismation, ablution and tonsure after which the priest recites the prayer of blessing over the baptismal garment while blessing the folded baptismal robe. The newly- illumined then exits to change into white dress clothes (whatever he will wear to the reception) and puts the baptismal robe over these dress clothes, wearing it for the remainder of the service.

We have found several advantages to this method: first, the terry cloth robe is much more modest than a mere bath towel and second, since the baptismal robe does not go into the font, there is no necessity for laundering the robe (which is not recommended for garments which have been submerged in holy water and oil). Thus the robe is ready for the newly-illumined to wear it over his street clothes for the next Sunday Liturgy (and however many subsequent Sundays it is worn according to your own local custom).

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