When a parent or parents and godparent or godparents baptize a child, they are affirming their belief that this Sacrament is essential in the life of the child. The parents and godparents are affirming before the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that they are going to raise the child as an Orthodox Christian. Ideally, the parents are active Orthodox Christians that regularly come to Divine Liturgy and live the Orthodox Faith as sincerely as possible. The godparents must be active Orthodox Christians to sponsor a child. They can’t stand before the Holy Trinity and represent a child if they don’t live the Orthodox Christian Faith. In essence, you cannot give what you don’t live by and possess. While being a parent and a godparent is a great honor, it comes with great responsibilities. Baptism is also called Holy Illumination, it brings a person out of the darkness of sin and into the light of Christ. St. Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians Ch. 3:26-29, “For you are all the children of God by faith, in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you be Christ’s, then you are the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise.”
It must be verified that the sponsor of the couple is a member/steward of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church or another Orthodox Church and that they are in canonical good standing.
For a baptism:
There is a cantor fee of $75.00 for baptisms.
Non-members (non-stewards) of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will pay a fee of $150.00 to book a baptism. Only the parish priest can waive this fee.
The sponsor or parents will need to provide:
1 white hand towel
1 white bath towel
1 white flat twin sheet
12 oz. bottle of olive oil
Baptismal candle for the child
Baptismal cross necklace for the child
Baptismal outfit for the child