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What do I need to consider when choosing a Baptismal name?

The child should be baptised with a Christian name. The name can differ from the name given on their birth certificate.

How do I choose a Godparent?

A child is baptised with one Godparent. The child’s Godparent must be a Christian of the Eastern Orthodox Church, in good standing with the church, and provide a certificate of baptism or chrismation. At the service the Godparent confesses their Orthodox faith and reads the Nicene Creed.

Do I need to fill out any forms?

If possible please print and complete the baptism consent form and give it to the priest before the baptism.

How about adult Baptism?

If you are an adult interested in joining the Orthodox Church please contact any of the parish priests. Adults are prepared for baptism over a period of time through instruction and attendance at worship. Please note that it is not acceptable for anyone to instruct the priest regarding when a baptism / Chrismation should take place. If there are deadlines imminent, such as wedding date, it is up to the candidate to contact the priest at least a year in advance.

What to bring:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Godparent’s proof of identity and Orthodox Baptism / Chrismation
  • New white baptismal robe / clothes for the child
  • A baptismal cross
  • A large candle
  • Olive oil
  • A bar of soap
  • A large white bath towel and cotton sheet (myropani)
  • A white hand towel
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