A child is generally baptized between the ages of three and ten months. Age, however, is not a barrier to baptism. Please call the church office to request a date for baptism.
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 his or her marriage has not been blessed by the Church or, if civilly divorced, he or she has not been granted an ecclesiastical divorce or for any other reason he or she is not in communion with the Orthodox Church. Baptisms may not be performed from Christmas Day through the Feast of Theophany (December 25-January 6), during Holy Week, or on any of the Great Feastdays of the Lord.
Requirements for Baptism at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church:
Please speak to the parish priest to set the date of the baptism. The secretary may “pencil in” desired dates but the date can not be finalized without speaking to the parish priest. Parents of the child must confirm the date with the parish priest. This may not be done by the Godparent or relatives. When speaking to the priest, please inform him of the child’s baptismal name. These names are the names of saints in the Orthodox Church.
The Godparent traditionally purchases a new white dress or suit to be worn by the child. In addition to this, the Godparent brings to the church:
One white sheet (to wrap the baby in)
One large white towel (to place on top of the sheet)
One small white hand towel
One bar white soap (i.e. Dove or Ivory)
One bottle of olive oil
White undergarment or equivalent
Three white or beeswax candles
Regarding the candles: please bring candles that are appropriate and reflect the dignity of a church service. Large three foot “lampades” decorated with excessive tulle, teddy bears or other infantile paraphernalia are not appropriate. They are expensive, detract from the service and are needless.
Plain, nicely decorated tapers are best suited.
Requirements to Serve as a Godparent
• Must be an Orthodox Christian
• A registered Steward of an Orthodox Parish.
• If married, must be in an Orthodox Church.
• If married in the Orthodox Church and are now divorced, they need to obtain an Ecclesiastical Divorce Decree.
• A parishioner may serve as a sponsor in another Parish by presenting a letter of good standing from his or her home Parish Priest.
The Godparent anoints the child with blessed oil during the ceremony. By participating in the sacrament in this manner, the Godparent is making a pledge to guide and support to their Godchild.
• It is customary for the Godparent to bring their Godchild to Holy Communion for three consecutive Sundays after the Baptism. This is done in order to form the habit of frequent communion for the child.
• Parents may wish to invite the Godparent to the home and bathe the child after the Baptism.
Scheduling Your Baptism
If you would like to schedule a baptism for your child, parents need to schedule an appointment with Father. In order to provide parents with every opportunity to understand the significance of baptizing one's child, an appointment with the parents and the priest is necessary.
The printing of invitations should not be done until the date and time for the baptism has been confirmed with Father.
Frequently asked Questions:
Naming the Child
If the child was not given a Christian name (a saint's name) one must be selected. The giving of a Christian name establishes a life-long relationship between the child and their saint. Father can assist in selecting a name.
Length of the Baptism
The Baptism service is approximately 45 minutes long.
As long as the parents are stewards of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church the year prior to the baptismal date, there is no fee for the baptism. Parishioners not stewards the previous year must become current stewards and provide $300.00 to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. A signed pledged form along with payment is required prior to the Baptism.
Please note that this fee is NOT considered an honorarium for the priest or chanter. A separate honorarium is traditionally offered to these individuals.
• If a chanter is requested, a $50.00 honorarium is requested.
• An honorarium for the priest is customary. Please speak with Father for details.