As you're preparing for your baby's baptism, you're likely putting together a guest list of your closest family and friends to share in this special occasion with you. The wording for the invitations should reflect the solemn nature of the event, while expressing your profound joy in welcoming your little one into the world.
Begin the invitation with a short, free-verse phrase that expresses your sentiments about your baby and her baptism. A saying like "Today we place our child in God's care, both now and forever," is ideal, or a short rhyming couplet, like "With little hands and tiny feet, we thank God that (baby's name) has made our lives complete." Or end the invitation with wording that lets your guests know how significant the occasion is: "As God has entrusted us with caring for (baby's name), we rededicate him to the Lord and ask for His guidance as we parent."
Write or type a Bible verse at the top of the baptism invitation or create a border with the words of the Biblical passage. James 1:17 is an ideal verse for the event: "Every good and perfect is from above" (NIV). Or you can ask your local print shop to feature these words from Jeremiah 1:5 around the invite as a border-"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you..." (NIV). It's also a good idea to conclude the invitation with a fitting Bible verse that makes the document even more of a keepsake, like Psalm 127:3, " Children too are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward" (NIV).
Include a passage from one of your favorite poems about babies as part of the baptism invitation. For instance, open the invitation with the first couple of lines from Rabindranath Tagore's "Baby's Way," "If baby only wanted to, he could fly up to heaven this moment. It is not for nothing that he does not leave us." Or make an invitation border with part of a stanza of "The Happy Household" by Eugene Field: "It makes us all feel good to have a baby on the place, With his everlastin' crowing and his dimpling, dumpling face; The patter of his pinky feet makes music everywhere, And when he shakes those fists of his, good-by to every care!"
Feature a quote in the center or at the end of the baptism invitation to signify how excited you are to formally introduce your little one to the world and how important the ritual of baptism is to your family. Anonymous quotes like "A baby is sunshine and moonbeams and more brightening your world as never before" or "Babies are a link between angels and man" are especially fitting. To maintain the religious theme of the baptism, a quote like Baretto's "Babies are bits of stardust, blown from the hand of God" is appropriate.
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