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 child is a member/steward of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church or another Orthodox Church and that they are in canonical good standing.
For a baptism:
Please complete the Baptism Application Form. Note the person sponsoring the baptism must be a member of an Orthodox parish in good standing. A member in good standing is a person who regularly attends church services and financially supports his or her local parish. If the sponsor is from outside our parish, a priest will need to submit a letter of good standing for the desired sponsor. If you are not a member in good standing of our parish, there is a facilities fee of $750. If you are a member in good standing of another Orthodox parish, there is a facility fee of $600 (20% discount). If you are a member in good standing of our parish, there is a facility fee of $400. In order to secure the date of your child’s baptism, the facility fee must be paid in full. If the facility fee cannot be paid due to financial hardship, please see the parish priest. No one will be turned away from a sacrament due to monetary challenges.
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
To schedule a baptism, please contact Fr. Joseph: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Church office at 937-224-0601.