What are the roots of baptism

Symbols, signs, motifs for baptism

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Design the baptismal service with pictures and symbols!


Shepherd / sheep

Root / tree

Rose / petals

Guardian Angel

Keep children busy with symbols

The candle as a symbolic object at baptism

The candles as a sign for Jesus

Jesus repeatedly referred to himself as the light for a dark world. The burning candle therefore became a symbol for Jesus himself. As the candle gives off light and warmth and "fades", it exemplifies how Jesus sacrificed himself.


The Easter candle and the christening candle

Easter candles and christening candles indicate with the symbols attached to them in a special way to Jesus (God). On the Easter candles we usually find the letters Alpha and Omega (A and Ω) as well as five red nails (arranged in a cross shape) and the current year.

The year is renewed every year for Easter. The year makes it clear: "The good news of Jesus Christ is also valid this year and is always new."

Alpha and Omega (A and Ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. On the Easter candle (on which the christening candle is lit) these two letters mean: God is the beginning and the end.

Five red nails the Easter candle symbolize the five wounds of Jesus on the cross.

I give you detailed information about the history, meaning and design of the christening candle here: Christening candle


Matching Bible passages on the subject of "light"

Jesus speaks:

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12).

You are the light of the world! (Matthew 5:14).

I came into the world as a light, so that whoever believes in me doesn't stay in the dark! (John 12:46).

Suggestion: Decorate small candles with matching symbols and give one of these candles to each of the children present at the christening ceremony. Clarify this plan during the baptismal talk with the clergyman. Perhaps it is possible that the children gather around the baptismal font and here the light is passed on to them by also lighting their candles.


Shepherd and sheep as motifs at the baptism

Sheep and shepherds as images at baptism

The shepherd means protection. The sheep are safe with him. As a symbol he stands for God. "The Lord is my Shepherd," the young David prayed thousands of years ago. Jesus says of himself: "I am the good shepherd."

The sheep alone is helpless; it takes the shepherd. The parents express with these pictures: "As a shepherd protects his sheep, so should God be with our child."

With baptism, the child is incorporated into God's flock as a "sheep".

Tip: Hang a large picture of the Shepherd and his sheep in the baptistery. A large sheep with the name of the baptized child can be stuck on it. More children can write their names in the other lambs.

Tip: Cut out sheep are glued to clothespins. The name of a child can then be written on each sheep. These little sheep cling to a large shepherd made of cardboard; later every child is allowed to attach their sheep to their clothes and take them with them.


Matching Bible passages on the baptismal theme "Shepherd and Sheep"

The Lord is my Shepherd, I will want nothing! (Psalm 23:19).

God will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will gather the lambs in his arms and carry them in the puff of his robe. He will lead the ewes. (Isaiah 40:11).

As a shepherd seeks his sheep when they are astray from his flock, so I will seek my sheep and I will deliver them from all places, says God. (Ezekiel 34:12).

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. (Gospel of John 10:11).

I am the good shepherd and know mine, and mine know me. (John 10:14).

Root / tree as motifs and their symbolic message

The root means support, home, security, security. The child should find all this with God. In addition, the parents and the baptismal society as well as the congregation want to do everything good for the child so that his "roots" can develop.

The tree says: "You should have healthy roots; you should be strong and bear good fruit!" Therefore, the tree is a popular motif for decorating christening candles. See also the chapter: Christening Candle Motifs.


Matching biblical passages for the symbols root and tree

Like Joseph you will grow like a tree at the source, the branches rising up over the wall. (Genesis 49:22).

For a tree has hope even when it is cut down; it can kick again and its saplings will not fail to appear. (Job 14: 7).

Thou shalt be like a tree planted by the watercourse, which bears its fruit in due time, and its leaves do not wither. And what he does, that turns out well. (Psalm 1,3)

You are like a tree, planted by the water, which stretches its roots towards the stream. For although the heat comes, it is not afraid, but its leaves remain green; and he does not worry when a drought year comes, but bears fruit without ceasing. (Jeremiah 17: 8).

Tip: Perhaps you have the opportunity to borrow a real, large root, which is then used as a decoration next to the baptismal font.

Tip: The guests of the christening party can hang their "wish leaves" on a real tree or on one made of cardboard. (Notes and pens are available for the baptized guests. The notes can have the shape of leaves of a tree. The guests are asked to write a wish for the child on the sheet. These leaves are then attached to the tree. The tree, which is initially bare, is given thus “wish sheets.” These wishes are like prayer requests that are expressed before God.


The symbolic meaning of roses / petals

Flowers are signs of beauty and expressions of love. "We love you," they say to the person being baptized. "You should bloom in many ways; the people around you should enjoy you." Therefore, flowers are popular symbols on the christening candle. Compare the candles in the chapter: Signs and symbols on the christening candle.

The Rose is called the king flower. It is the flower of superlatives: no other flower has such a large number of leaves; no other flower in our gardens blooms so many months of the year; no other flower comes in so many variations and colors.


Matching Bible passages on the topic of roses and flowers:

God says: I will make you bloom like a flower. This is how you grow up and become tall and extremely beautiful. (Ezekiel 16.7).

God says: I want to be like the dew for you. You will bloom like a lily and sink your roots deep like a cedar tree. (Hosea 14.6).

Like a lily, God makes you bloom. Sing in a loud voice, praise God for all his deeds. (Sirach 39:14)

Tip: Real petals or petals cut out of paper can adorn the edge of the baptismal font in the church. Wishes or intercessions can be written on the sheets of paper.

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Angel / Guardian Angel as a theme of the baptismal service

Angel / Guardian Angel as a motif in the act of baptism

An angel said to Hagar in the Old Testament and to Mary in the New: "Do not be afraid".

Angels showed Abraham and Moses the way and led the people of Israel through the desert.

Angels are messengers of God sent to bring good news. They reveal unimagined possibilities and accompany us on difficult journeys. You are clearly on the side of the good, fight against evil and protect against its destructive influences.

The motif "angel" expresses: "God shows you a good way". The angel motif tells the child at baptism: "A guardian angel accompanies you, protects you, protects you from all evil, strengthens you to do everything good."


Matching Bible passages relating to "Engel / Guardian Angel"

God has commanded his angels to keep you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)

The Lord God will send you his angel and make your journey a success. (Genesis 24:40).

I will send an angel to go ahead of you. He is supposed to protect you along the way and bring you to the place I have determined. (2 Moses 23:20).

God said to Moses, saying to you, I will send an angel to go before you and I will drive out all your enemies. (2 Moses 33: 2).

Tip: Perhaps people from your circle of friends or family may make little guardian angels for the baptism, which are then given to the guests as a sign of blessing. There are plenty of handicraft sheets and coloring pages in handicraft shops and bookstores; The teachers in the nearest kindergarten will certainly be happy to help you find ideas.


Actively involve children in the preparation and organization of the christening ceremony

Involve children in preparation for baptism. Children can paint symbols, color them in, grind them in different colors, cut them out, glue them on or print them on using various techniques (such as potato printing).

The chosen baptismal symbol can:
• decorate the invitation letters and the song sheet
• hang on a banner above the church door
• Find a place painted on a sheet or sheet on the front of the altar, on the pulpit or on the church wall
• be printed on the table decoration.

Tip: If you want to paint an oversized baptism motif on the wall, it is advisable to first paint or copy the template small on a foil. If this is then thrown on the wall with an overhead projector or beamer, the outlines can be drawn quickly and easily.

A meaningful symbol can be present anywhere at the christening ceremony, e.g. on the christening candle, on the invitations, on the song sheets.


The pages with symbols / signs / graphics

• Baptism symbols

Christian characters

Cross shapes

Signs on crosses

Graphics / motifs