Advice 1: What you need for a christening

For the sacrament of baptism (christening) requires compliance with several rules and the acquisition of certain items of a ritual nature, which is inherent in the Orthodox Church at all. In addition, in recent years more and more popular is reviving a tradition to buy a special christening outfits and store them for the rest of their lives.



There are no specific requirements for age godparents (godfather of fonts), but the canons of the Church indicate that godparents may not be blood parents of the child, the people of other faiths, atheists, as well as minors. It is also prohibited to choose as godparents mother and father, spouses or a couple that intends to marry. It is desirable that godparents together with someone from the biological parents of the child (most often the father, as the mother after delivery up to 40 days in the temple is not allowed) ended up visiting the Church in advance and agreed on the sacrament.

The expenses for the baptism usually take on the godparents of the child, who pay the cost of the ceremony and baptism cross for my godson. In some cases, future godparents can give to your spiritual child and the special sets of clothes that baby will wear before the visit to the temple and after the sacrament.

In addition, in any case, for baptism requires two towels, stacked in the shape of a cross, candles that will keep in the hands of all attendees invited to the sacrament in the Church.

During the baptism all attendees must be wearing a consecrated crucifix, even the simplest, made of wood). Women must wear dresses or skirts of an appropriate length (no higher than knee), and their heads at the entrance to the temple and in the room for the sacrament have to be covered with head scarves and scarves. An exception may be made only for little girls.

For the ceremony the godparents must be purchased in advance at the Church consecrated crucifix with chain of sufficient length that will allow you to freely put on him over the head during the baptism.

No specific reference to the day on which it is possible to baptize a baby – it can be done at any time, even in adulthood, but in Orthodoxy the kid usually baptized between 7 and 40 days from date of birth. The Church for the sacrament, day and time must be arranged with the priest who will perform the ceremony.


Advice 2: What you need for baby baptism

Baptism is a very important event in the life of Orthodox believers. To be baptized only once in life, because baptism is a spiritual birth of the new man. The memory of this event stored life.



The most important thing for the baptism of a baby is the godparents. To the choice of godparents (also called sponsors) should be approached with the utmost seriousness. It is their responsibility to help the parents of the child in all that relates to his Christian upbringing, to pray for him. It's a big responsibility, it is necessary to give a lot of energy. Not everyone can be a real godfather, not formal, which is indifferent to his godson and not paying attention. In addition, the failure of the godparents of their duties is a sin.

Requirements of the cross quite a lot. Godparents must be baptized Orthodox, parents can not be godparents of their child, the husband and wife are godparents of the same baby. Children can't be godparents, as they are not yet able to give an account of their faith. Insane sickness can neither vouch for the faith of their godchild, nor teach him faith.

Check with the Church what you need to prepare for baby baptism. Definitely need krisma - a piece of fabric from white fabric, in which the baptized infant is swaddled after the end of the sacrament, towel (to wipe baby immediately after the bath). The boy needs to prepare a new white shirt, for girls - dress, a bonnet or kerchief.

Also need a sanctified cross. Traditionally it gives the godson of the godfather. Any Orthodox believer is expected after baptism wearing a cross without removing the same applies to babies. Better if the cross would be made of light metal, and instead of the chain use a soft tape made of natural material that will not chafe the baby's skin. Then when the child grows up, the tape can be replaced by a chain.

The rite of baptism to last for quite a while, so please be all those that usually take, say, for a walk: removable diaper, pacifier, water bottle, food, diapers. Be sure to grab a second set of clothes for the baby, towel. Need to be able to wipe and change your baby if necessary.


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