The first thing
is to set the date for baptism through the church office at least two
months in advanced. It is encouraged that children should be baptized
between 3 and 9 months old.
For adults, a
catechism class is required prior to the baptism and/ or chrismation.
Please consult the priest for details.
and Chrismation are the entrance into the life of the Church, parents are
expected to raise their child in the Orthodox Church as at least one of
them must be an active member and steward of the Orthodox faith in good
standing. A parent’s participation in the life of the church will be a
great example to the child.
Parents are responsible for selecting mature and faithful
members of the Orthodox Church as a sponsor (anadochos/nona/nono) for their child.
This person will assist the candidate as he/she grows in the Orthodox
Church. The sponsor must be an active member in good standing of his/her
respective Orthodox Church and must present a letter of good standing
from home parish priest. If married, the sponsor must be married in an
Orthodox service. If he/she is not a member, then must become
a member at his/her church or at St. Nectarios Church, prior to the
Items Required for Baptism
signed and submitted Baptism Form.
Please Download the form from here by
clicking the link below.
Pectoral Cross (gold or silver) to wear.
large bath towel (white)
large sheet (white)
hand towel (white)
bar of soap
small bottle of olive oil
candles (one can be decorated) for three consecutive Sundays following
the baptism, this candle accompanies the baby when receiving Holy
infants and children-white clothing to change into, including undershirt.
Adults- White Medical Scrubs made of a heavy material (top & bottom)
along with an appropriate bathing suit to wear underneath, along with a
change of clothes that is white with a white undershirt as well.
Showing here are baptismal font and immersion font.
Baptismal Font – is intended for
baptism immersion of infant. The font has wooden pedestal (about 1.5
meter tall) with a wooden holder for a marble top and silver basin for
holding water. It has a golden lid.
Immersion Font – is intended for baptism
immersion of adult. The font is made of marble with three steps leading
to the pool and three steps leading to the bottom.
Baptism is always by full immersion three times even in the case
of infant baptism. During baptismal service, three candles will light on
or around the baptismal font, in honor of the Holy Trinity. In many
Orthodox churches, a very special kind of holy water called “Theophany
Water” is consecrated on the Feast of Theophany (Epiphany). The
consecration (literally, “Great Blessing”) is performed twice as follows:
in a baptismal font on the Eve of the feast
in a natural body of water on the Day of feast
The Sacrament of Baptism incorporates us into the
Church, the Body of Christ, and is our introduction to the life of the
Holy Trinity. Water is a natural symbol of cleansing and newness of life.
Through the three-fold immersion in the waters of Baptism in the Name of
the Holy Trinity, one dies to the old ways of sin and is born to a new
life in Christ. Baptism is one's public identification with Christ Death
and victorious Resurrection. Following the custom of the early Church,
Orthodoxy encourages the baptism of infants. The Church believes that the
Sacrament is bearing witness to the action of God who chooses a child to
be an important member of His people. From the day of their baptism,
children are expected to mature in the life of the Spirit, through their
family and the Church. The Baptism of adults is practiced when there was
no previous baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity.
Below is a manual
slideshow of an adult baptism. Please click the arrow to scroll.
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