A baptism-shirt is a new religious piece of clothing. It is a linen shirt worn under the usual clothing and directly worn on the body/skin. On the shirt you find a symbol that refers to the baptism, to Christ or to the faith. The shirt reminds the person who wears it every day of his/her faith in and connection with Christ. It represents the fact that you have 'put on Christ' (Galatians 3,27) when you have been baptized.
Baptism shirt 'Spirit' Baptism shirt 'Prayer'
The shirt is hidden. It’s worn under the clothing. It visualizes your personal commitment to God - and nobody in the world has anything to do with that. In the Bible priests wear linen clothes. Jesus lay in his grave in linen bandages. That’s why the shirt is made of linen: it gives you something priestly ant something sacred. Sometimes silk is also used for the shirt, because baptism is also valuable.
Baptism-shirt 'Light' Baptism-shirt 'Light' (Back)
You wear your “baptism-shirt” whenever you want. During a divine service or at a difficult moment in your life or perhaps daily. You needn’t be baptized in it.
On this web-age some shirts are shown, made by the textile-artists Marijke Jager and Jeannette de Wilde who worked closely together. They wanted to show the possibilities a baptism-shirt offers and which associations it recalls. Besides these, shirts are shown that youngsters from Heerenveen made for themselves.
detail baptism-shirt 'prayer' detail baptism-shirt 'water' detail baptism-shirt 'baptism'The “baptism-shirt is new, but it stands in a tradition of religious clothing and religious’ underwear”. That’s why we also show two other pieces of clothing worn under the upper clothes: the albe and the tallith katan.
albe of a priest little tallith
A Roman Catholic priest wears an albe during
celebrations. That’s a long white undergarment. In the Roman
the albe is associated with a morally pure way of life. On the albe you
find a stain, the person wearing it should be equally pure.
A baptism-shirt should be made by the person who wants to wear it. In this way you can choose the symbols from the christian tradition that appeals to you. We worked with youngsters who 'invented' their own symbols. The baptism-shirt threngthens the christian identity.
Petra Teijema-de Jong: “Day and Night” with sun, moon and rock (Petra) and confession text.
Henk de Vries: “The jigsaw”- pieces of my life, with the symbols of belief, hope and love.
You can find more
pictures of the Baptism-shirt (or baptismal shirt) here:
the website of Marijke Jager
and here: Protestantse gemeente Oegstgeest
and here: Protestantse gemeente OegstgeestYou can find more information in German and Dutch here.