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Baptism (Christening)

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – Matthew 28:19

What is baptism?
In baptism we are united to the death and resurrection of Christ. We die to our old, fallen selves and are reborn to new life, being joined to Christ and made members of His Body, the Church. It thus marks the beginning of our lives as Christians, and is the prerequisite for participation in all of the other sacraments of the Church, and even salvation itself: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5)

Arranging a baptism
To arrange a baptism, please contact the church office to enquire about available dates.

When can a baptism take place?
Baptisms can take place on any day of the year, except during Holy Week and at Christmas (unless special permission has been given).

What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring the following items with you on the day: A small hand towel and a bar of soap for the priest; a small bottle of olive oil; a larger towel and a sheet (myropani) for the child; new clothes (usually white) to be worn after baptism; a cross pendant (usually gold or silver); a large white candle (lampada). Adult candidates for baptism will also need bring something to wear during the baptism itself (e.g. swimming trunks).

You will also need to provide the following details for the Certificate of Baptism: Mother and father’s full names, place of birth and place of residence; the date and place of birth of the person to be baptised; the full name of the godparent(s). Please note that the Archdiocese requires an administrative fee of £40 for the certificate.

How long is the baptismal service?
The service takes approximately an hour.

Which language will be used at the service?
The service may be conducted in either Greek or English, or a mix of the two.

Who can be a godparent?
Because the primary responsibility of the godparent is to instruct their godchild in the Orthodox Christian faith, they must be an Orthodox Christian in good standing with the Church.

Do I need to make a donation to the church?
Greek Orthodox parishes in the United Kingdom do not receive any financial support from the government or the Archdiocese and therefore rely on donations for services such as baptism in order to remain in operation. For more information, please contact the church office.

Adult baptism
Adults who wish to be baptised will first need to undergo a period of instruction in the Orthodox Christian faith. The length of instruction will depend on the person’s prior knowledge and particular circumstances. Once the priest feels the person is in a position to make an informed and sincere choice, the baptism can proceed.

If a person wishes to join the Orthodox Church, but has already received a baptism performed by a triple application of water “in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, the practice of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is to receive them by the sacraments of Chrismation (Confirmation) and Holy Communion rather than baptism. The person will in this case be asked to provide a certificate of baptism from their previous denomination.

Baptisms normally take place on weekends, when parking on single yellow lines and residents’ spaces is permitted all day.