Choosing the Perfect Christening Hymn

The majority of vicars will let you choose a hymn or two to sing at your baby’s christening. It can sometimes be hard to choose something appropriate and often parents go with the two or three that they know well. This is actually a good idea as people attending the Christening are more likely to sing along to something they are familiar with.

Let’s see how many hymns you remember from school and broaden your knowledge of suitable hymns for a christening. We have listed all the hymns we feel would be good at a christening below and then included the full lyrics to aid you in making your decision.

Hymn choices include:

  • Morning has broken
  • All things bright and beautiful
  • The Lord of the Dance
  • Sing Hosanna
  • Lord of all hopefulness
  • O Jesus I have promised
  • One more step along the world I go
  • Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
  • For all the Saints
  • Living Lord
  • Be Still for the Presence of the Lord
  • He’s got the whole world in his hands

The hymns to avoid because they are typically sung at funerals are:

  • Abide with Me
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Every church has a different organist and assistant organist setup. It is sometimes easier to get the number of the organist from the vicar so you can contact them directly. Finding out which hymns are possible first will avoid disappointment and organists are also a wealth of information in this area, as you can imagine. You can always ask the vicar who will in turn ask the organist if they can play the hymn that you want for the christening. They may also have their own list of possible choices for you to select yours from.

Most people are very familiar with ‘Morning has broken’, ‘All things bright and beautiful’, ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’, and ‘Sing Hosanna’ as these used to be regulars in school assemblies. It is possible that you know others besides these and just need to see the lyrics to jog your memory. So here you go and whatever you choose have a wonderful day.

 

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Refrain:
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flow’r that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

The Lord of the Dance

I danced in the morning
When the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon
And the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heave
And I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

Dance, then,wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all,
wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all
in the Dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe
And the pharisee,
But they would not dance
And they wouldn’t follow me.
I danced for the fishermen,
For James and John –
They came with me
And the Dance went on.

I danced on the Sabbath
And I cured the lame;
The holy people
Said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped
And they hung me on high,
And they left me there
On a Cross to die.

I danced on a Friday
When the sky turned black –
It’s hard to dance
With the devil on your back.
They buried my body
And they thought I’d gone,
But I am the Dance,
And I still go on.

They cut me down
And I leapt up high;
I am the life
That’ll never, never die;
I’ll live in you
If you’ll live in me –
I am the Lord
Of the Dance, said he.

Sing Hosanna

Give me joy in my heart
keep me praising
give me joy in my heart, I pray
give me joy in my heart
keep me praising
keep me praising till the break of day.

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
sing hosanna to the King of kings.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
sing hosanna to the King.

Give me peace in my heart
keep me resting
give me peace in my heart, I pray
give me peace in my heart
keep me resting
keep me resting till the break of day.

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
sing hosanna to the King of kings.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
sing hosanna to the King.

Give me love in my heart
keep me serving
give me love in heart, I pray
give me love in my heart
keep me serving
keep me serving till the break of day.

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
sing hosanna to the King of kings.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna
sing hosanna to the King.

 

Oh Jesus I have promised

O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
There shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
My Master and my Friend.

Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
My Savior and my Friend.

One More Step along the World I Go

One more step along the world I go,
One more step along the world I go;
From the old things to the new,
Keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
Keep me travelling along with you.

Round the corners of the world I turn,
More and more about the world I learn;
All the new things that I see
You’ll be looking at along with me.
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
Keep me travelling along with you.

As I travel through the bad and good,
Keep me travelling the way I should.
Where I see no way to go,
You’ll be telling me the way, I know.
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
Keep me travelling along with you.

Give me courage when the world is rough,
Keep me loving though the world is tough;
Leap and sing in all I do,
Keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
Keep me travelling along with you.

You are older than the world can be,
You are younger than the life in me;
Ever old and ever new,
Keep me travelling along with you:
And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
Keep me travelling along with you.

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word,
rise up and follow thee.

O sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

Be Still for the Presence of The Lord

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here;
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear.
In Him no sin is found,
We stand on holy ground;
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour He is crowned.
How awesome is the sight,
Our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him,
In faith receive from Him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.

He’s got the Whole World in his hands

He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got the tiny little baby in his hands.
He’s got the tiny little baby in his hands.
He’s got the tiny little baby in his hands.
He’s got the baby in his hands.

He’s got you and my brother in his hands.
He’s got you and my brother in his hands.
He’s got you and my brother in his hands.
He’s got you and my in his hands.

He’s got the son and his father in his hands.
He’s got the son and his father in his hands.
He’s got the son and his father in his hands.
He’s got son and father in his hands.

He’s got the mother and her daughter in his hands.
He’s got the mother and her daughter in his hands.
He’s got the mother and her daughter in his hands.
He’s got mother and daughter in his hands.

He’s got everybody here in his hands.
He’s got everybody here in his hands.
He’s got everybody here in his hands.
He’s got everybody in his hands.

He’s got the sun and the moon in his hands.
He’s got the sun and the moon in his hands.
He’s got the sun and the moon in his hands.
He’s got sun and moon in his hands.

 

 

 

 

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The Scottish Quaich and its Christening Connections

What is a Quaich?

A Quaich is a large, shallow cup with a long handle (or lug) on either side. It has been used in Scotland for centuries as a symbol of friendship and trust. The precise origins of the quaich are unclear, as it has no obvious antecedents in Europe. One popular theory holds that the vessel is descended from a scallop shell, from which ancient highlanders would drink whisky; another holds that it played an important role in druidic blood sacrifice.

While the origins of the quaich are disputed, most agree that quaich is a uniquely Scottish invention.  It was predominantly used to drink spirits, such as whisky and brandy – though larger forms of the quaich were also used to drink ale.

They were also carried by travellers, since they could be easily hung from a saddle or belt. It could be used to drink from streams, as well as in taverns and inns along the road. Over time, the quaich became a standard means of measurement, with one finger being the rough equivalent of one contemporary dram.

The Quaichs social function

The quaich was a social drinking vessel which came into being during a time when no-one drank out of someone else’s cup. The quaich thereby came to symbolise friendship; one person would present another with the quaich, using both hands – which would render them incapable of holding a secret weapon. In this way trust was fostered between warring clans.

It also became a traditional gift at important gatherings and ceremonies such as weddings and christenings. A newlywed couple might drink from the same quaich in order to indicate that they trusted one another, while at christenings the quaich might be passed between attendees, who would then drink from it to indicate that they were all good friends.

What is a Quaich made from?

Earlier forms of the quaich were made from a variety of materials (including bone) but the most popular was wood, since wood was widely available.  A quaich could either be hewn from a single body of wood, or spun from individual staves. Of the latter sort, the most elaborate were made from many different sorts of wood, in shades both light and dark, which were interwoven in complicated patterns and bound together with withies (strips of willow) or bands of silver if you were rich.

In the centre of the basin usually lay a large coin or medallion, which would seal the area where the wooden strands met. These coins would usually then be engraved with one of any number of different ways: with a coat of arms, a set of initials, a motto, or a toast:  ‘cheers!’

The evolution of the Quaich

Since the quaich was so often offered as a gift at special occasions, there arose a demand for more impressive versions of the vessel. This meant that the skills of those that could make such items became more sought-after. Quaich-makers came to be regarded as artisans and the best Quaichs were regarded as masterpieces; that were prized not only in Scotland, but in England, too.

By the late seventeenth century, the quaich had become a highly sought after item. It had to be altered to suit the needs of aristocracy. Some of the early Quaichs were very large, cumbersome devices – not entirely suitable for a refined lord or lady.

Fortunately, this rise in popularity coincided with the increased availability of lighter materials, such as silver. As quaich-makers began to make use of these materials, their products became progressively better and easy to make.

As a by-product of this, skilled quaich-makers could then use metalworking to create patterns of great complexity and artistic value; and from then on more decorated Quaichs became widely available than ever before. The lugs of the quaich, while functional, are also a source of the vessel’s aesthetic appeal and served as a canvas for elaborate engravings.

Later on came glass-bottomed variants of the quaich, which – in slight contradiction with the Quaichs traditional background – allowed the drinker to keep an eye on their companions, even whilst drinking. Other variants placed two panes of glass at the bottom, so that a keepsake (such as a lock of hair) could be preserved at the bottom of the glass. In 1589, King James of Scotland presented his wife, Anne of Norway, with one such quaich as a wedding gift.

Though wooden Quaichs are still widely available, modern Quaichs are typically made from metal, since this allows for cheaper manufacture; pewter, in particular, is very popular. They remain an ever popular gift at weddings and christenings.

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From Princess to Fairy Godmother

A silver first tooth fairy box

The congregation at St Barnabas Church in Mayland, Chelmsford, had a pleasant surprise last Sunday during a Christening at the family service. The Duchess of Cambridge attended as a godmother and she was joined at the service, not only by her husband Prince William … she brought Prince George along as well.

The service was conducted by Reverend Ken Dunstan who admitted that he didn’t usually pay a huge amount of attention to godparents as long as they were there and willing to make the appropriate promises, but on this occasion he admitted that his usual congregation were a bit surprised. “My main concern was that I got the tone right for the family and for the baptism.”

Some little bunny in Mayland will have some Christening photos to be proud of and we are pretty confident there will be some impressive Christening pressies in the treasure box too.

Prince William had a busy day … after a slice of Christening cake he had to whizz back to London and change into the Dinner Jacket in time for the BAFTAs, where he was guest of honour and handed a BAFTA fellowship to Dame Helen Mirren, saying he should probably call her “granny” following her many performances as The Queen on stage and in film.

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Good News …. Good News Bible Returns

After a year’s absence, we now have replacement stock of our Good News Bible. Although the silversmiths have now stopped production of this popular bible, we have acquired all their remaining stock and will be selling this bible at a clearance price whilst stocks last.

This is a very attractive bible with a faux soft leather binding stitched at the edges. The binding is supple, leather-like and very tactile. There is a strip of hallmarked sterling silver on the cover with a plain cross embossed at the base.

The Good News Bible is a modern translation, written in plain, uncomplicated language. The accessibility of the text and simplicity of the contemporary typography make this the perfect bible for children – easy to read and less daunting than the King James version.

This is a bible that encourages daily use and, as a constant companion, is the perfect Christening gift for both boys and girls.

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What to Engrave on a Christening Cup

Christening cups, mugs and tankards are very popular Christening gifts for both boys and girls. Here at CHRISTENINGsilver, over 60% of our cups are engraved before dispatch.

We are often asked for advice on what should be engraved on a Christening Cup.

The most common engraving design includes the child’s initials and a date. The date is a bit of a moveable feast – some choose to engrave the date of birth whilst others prefer to mark the date of the Christening. There is no fixed rule here and it comes down to personal preference, although we have engraved a higher proportion of dates that fall in the future, suggesting that these are being chosen in advance of the Christening.

Christening Cup with initials and a date

The next design includes just the Christian name and a date. This is a more intimate design and has become increasingly popular when initials may appear a bit formal.

Christening cup engraving on two lines

Sometimes we are asked to engrave the full name. This is an acceptable variant, but it is important to consider the balance of the design. The first name and surname are usually the most important and you don’t want to dominate the design with the middle names. This is definitely a design to use with care. Always consider which names will appear on which line.

Christening Cup engraving on three lines

Some of our Christening cups are engraved with a name, a location and a date. In this instance the location is usually the place of the Christening and the date is then always the Christening day. It is worth considering the amount of text required when choosing this format, since the more text you need, the smaller (and less legible) it will be since the text will need to be reduced to fit into the available engraving space.

Engraved Christening cup with the Christening location

Finally, it is not uncommon for Grandparents or Godparents to engrave a message on the Christening cup. Once again, consider the space carefully. “With our Love” or “On your Christening” work well, but don’t write a sermon, it won’t look that great and will be hard to read.

If you have any concerns about what to engrave or what it will look like, simply drop us an email with your preferred text and the name (or item code) of the Christening Cup you want engraved and we will email you a proof within 24 hours and advise on alternatives if your initial ideas are unsuitable.

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Special 10% Discount on Christening Cups, Mugs and Tankards

For a limited time – until the end of May – CHRISTENINGsilver is offering a 10% discount on all Christening Cups, Mugs & Tankards.

As we approach the busiest time of the year for Christenings, CHRISTENINGsilver is carrying high stock levels of over thirty different designs of Christening cups, mugs and tankards. Prices start at under £50.00 for engraved pewter tankards in impressive presentation cases, rising to over £300.00 for traditional sterling silver cups. A popular Silver Christening Tankard, manufactured in Birmingham is currently priced at £165.00, so with the discount this would come in at under £150.00.

A new addition to the collection is a sterling silver baby Christening Cup that is currently priced at only £85.00. This is an amazing price for a sterling silver cup which can engraved and delivered for under £100!

Baby Silver Christening Cup in a presentation box

Our range of Christening cups is already very competitively priced and for the rest of May they come with an extra 10% discounted from the price. Simply enter the code  CUP10  in the voucher and discount box at check-out to receive the price reduction.

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New teething rings added to our Silver Baby Rattle collection

silver teether rattle

Since 2006, CHRISTENINGsilver has built up a comprehensive range of silver baby rattles. For 2013 we are adding to this collection with a series of teething rings in sterling silver and silver plate.

Teething rings with silver rattles attached were a popular Christening gift at the turn of the last century, and these modern examples reflect the style of their Victorian and Edwardian counterparts. Whilst nowadays these teethers are considered rather more ornamental than practical, you should be prepared for them to receive a few bashes and dents on the way. If you look at any antique version, it is sure to carry one or two dents here and there if it’s been treated as intended ….

silver teether rattle

These make great gifts for both boys and girls. You can see the full range on our Silver Rattles page.

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New Pewter Christening Cups and Tankards

 

Over the next few weeks we will be adding to our Christening cup and tankard range with a collection of pewter baby cups, mugs and tankards.

With the price of silver remaining high, we are finding it difficult to offer sterling silver cups below £150.00 and our most competitively priced silver plate cups are now priced around £75.00. Many of you are looking for high quality gifts, but have a budget closer to £50.00 and it is for this reason we are introducing the new pewter range.

Pewter Christening Tankard

These are no ordinary pewter cups, they are based on the same designs as some of our silver cups and are made to the same quality craftsmanship and finish. Not only that, they are presented in truly impressive hinged cases, similar to the ones we use for our sterling silver range. We are confident that these are gifts you will be proud to give.

Some of these pewter cups can be engraved with up to three lines of text and can be dispatched on the same day if you order before 12 noon and select Next Day delivery.

… a Christening cup, engraved and beautifully presented for around £50.00 … what’s not to like?

 

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CHRISTENINGsilver site re-launch

Since it was first launched in 2006, CHRISTENINGsilver has grown to become one of the web’s leading suppliers of Christening gifts in sterling silver, silver plate and pewter, shipping thousands of orders annually to buyers in both the UK and overseas. Now, after more than seven years, CHRISTENINGsilver has had a complete redesign based around a new software platform, aimed at enhancing the shopping experience for all visitors to the site.

The new site, built on the Magento eCommerce platform, has been designed to help visitors find and purchase gifts with ease and in total security. The fresh design is clean and uncomplicated, showcasing over 200 products in an attractive and informative way. Movement between categories and products is smoother and more intuitive, whilst the secure checkout offers additional services such as gift wrap, a gift message service and a greetings card shop with a selection of Christening & Baptism cards.

Customers can create and manage online accounts to monitor orders, save and distribute wishlists and store alternative delivery addresses, whilst the streamlined order management system allows customers to be informed of order updates by both email and within their online account.

The new site has been tested exhaustively for functionality and security. We apologise if you still encounter some minor glitches over the next couple of weeks with a missing page or a broken link – these should now be fairly rare and are being ironed out as they occur.

We hope you like the new site. Please do send us any feedback (brickbats as well as bouquets) and we look forward to serving your Christening gift needs for the next seven years.

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