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In the Sacrament of Baptism, a person is incorporated into the crucified, resurrection and glorified Christ and is reborn to participate in the divine life. Each baptized person also shares in the royal priesthood of the people of God. It is through baptism, therefore, that one becomes a fully participating member of the Church, and is made an heir of eternal life.
A person who wishes to sponsor a candidate for Baptism or Chrismation must be an Orthodox Christian in good standing and a supporting member of an Orthodox parish. A person may not serve as a godparent if the Church has not blessed his or her marriage or, if civilly divorced, he or she has not been granted an ecclesiastical divorce, or for any reason he or she is not in communion with the Orthodox Church.
Guidelines for Baptism
Guidelines for Parents:
Guidelines for the Sponsor:
1. The sponsor (godfather/godmother; nounos/nouna)
2. The Sponsor Should Provide:
3. The role of the sponsor was originally to give assurance to the Church for the faith of the
one who was to be baptized; this is still the practice in the case of adult baptism or Chrismation. In the case of infant baptism, the Sponsor stands and vouches for the child,
who is unable to make the necessary confession of faith.
4. The Sponsor should be ready to recite the Nicene Creed either in English or Greek.
5. For three consecutive Sundays after the Baptism, the sponsor should carry the infant to the Holy Altar to receive Holy Communion.
Reception of Converts
When a person who comes voluntarily from some other Christian confession requests to be received into the Orthodox Church, the priest, after the person completes catechism, will accept him/her in one of three ways, dependent upon the specific case, and as prescribed by canon 95 of the Penthekte Council:
In the event an unbaptized infant is near death, a priest should be called immediately for a clinical baptism. If time is of the essence, however, and the priest is unable to arrive in time, an Orthodox lay person, or any other Christian, may baptize the infant by sprinkling Holy Water on the infant or by raising the infant up in the air three times while saying, “The Servant of God (name) is baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dates When Baptisms May Not Be Held
Baptisms may not be performed on the following days unless it is absolutely necessary and permission is obtained from the Archbishop: