|Arranging a Baptism|
Arranging a Baptism
Having arranged a date for the ceremony, the parents should bring the birth certificate of the child to the church on the day of the baptism. For the ceremony, the godparent(s) should bring a white baptismal robe, a baptismal cross, a large candle, olive oil, soap, a body towel, and a hand towel.
The godparents must be devout members of the Orthodox Church.
In cases of infant baptism, it is expected that the parents and godparents will provide a Christian Orthodox upbringing and instruction in the faith as the child grows older. It is therefore advisable that the parents and godparents undergo a period of instruction in the Orthodox Faith if they are not already well acquainted with Orthodox teaching.
In cases of adult baptism, the candidate for baptism must first undergo a period of instruction in the Orthodox Faith prior to baptism.
Those who have already received baptism in water in the name of the Trinity outside of the Orthodox Church (e.g. Roman Catholic, Anglican) and who wish to become Orthodox are received by chrismation (anointing with oil). For this ceremony, the godparent/sponsor need bring only a baptismal cross.
As with adult baptism, a period of instruction in the Orthodox Faith prior to chrismation is necessary, and the godparent/sponsor must be Orthodox.