Baptism Archive

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Preparing for Baptim

Holy Baptism
Thank you for your interest in planning a baptism at the Annunciation! The whole Church – in this world and in Heaven- rejoices when a person is united to the Body of Christ through Holy Baptism.  Your decision to baptize your child –or to be baptized yourself- in the Orthodox Church is an indication of your love for the Church and for her sacramental life. Holy Baptism is the cleansing of a person’s soul from sin.  It is also one’s initiation into the Church instituted by Christ Himself who was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.

Arranging Your Baptism
After reading this information, please contact the church office to arrange for a meeting with one of our priests pertaining to the needs and requirements of your baptism.

Setting the Date
An individual or a family desiring baptism should contact the church office before setting a date for the baptism so that scheduling conflicts can be avoided.  Please note that in addition to other scheduled events, there are certain days in the Orthodox Liturgical calendar on which baptisms are not permitted.

Spiritual Presuppositions
It is pre-supposed that the person to be baptized has not been baptized before since our Creed expressly states that we believe “in one baptism for the remission of sins.” On the other hand, since the Orthodox Church does not recognize the baptisms of every “Christian denomination” there are instances when re-baptism is necessary. If you or your child has already been baptized, your priest will determine whether or not another baptism is necessary, in accordance with the rules of the Metropolis of Denver.

If you or your child’s previous baptism is accepted , you will be received into the Orthodox Church through the sacrament of Holy Chrismation.

Prayer and Fasting
If you are twelve or older and in good health, you should also prepare for your baptism through prayer and fasting.  Remember, you will also be receiving the sacrament of communion (and chrismation) at your baptism. Ask your priest for his guidance regarding how to pray and fast prayer and fast to prepare for your baptism.

Godparents
The “nouno” or “nouna”  is the person who will serve as the sponsor of the child or adult, as they accept Christ and renounce Satan and participate in the sacrament. He/she will also serve the extremly serious and important role of being the spiritual “parent” of the person baptized throughout the course of their lives. That said, a sponsor must be an Orthodox Christian “In Good Standing” and a steward/member of his/her parish.    If one is not Orthodox, then this role cannot be fulfilled.

If the “nouno” or nouna”, is from another Orthodox parish, they must provide proof from his/her parish priest certifying his/her active stewardship/membership in the Church.

Visiting Clergy
Orthodox Christian clergymen are welcome to participate in the celebration of sacraments at the Annunciation with the approval of Metropolitan Isaiah and our priest(s).

Photography
Photographs of your baptism are permitted but should not impede or distract from the celebration of the sacrament.  Photographers should be quiet and respectful; the use of a flash is allowed.  If you using a professional photographer or videographer please ask them to arrive early at the Church so that the pries may explain guidelines to them.  Also, please ask guests to be respectful of the professional’s space, for your benefit.

Items Needed
Among the items necessary to celebrate one’s baptism in the Church are the following:
·    small bottle of olive oil
·    cross (necklace)
·    bar of soap
·    large, white bath towel
·    new white clothing (for the person to be baptized)
·    white hand towel
·    white candle (decorated with ribbon if desired)

After the Service
Due to the fact that Holy Oil tends to get on clothing and towels during a baptism, care must be taken when washing them after the service.  Clothes or towels that have Holy Oil on them should be washed in a bowl or basin- not a sink or washing machine that empties into a sewer. The water from the bowl or basin should then be carefully emptied around the foundations of your house, in a flower garden or any place outside where people do not step.

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Infant Baptism

By Jordan Bajis

“Should I be baptized again” Many renewed Orthodox Christians have asked themselves and others whether they should be baptized as adults. I readily understand why this question is asked, for I myself must admit that I did not always feel comfortable about the Orthodox Church baptizing infants. I asked myself several other questions as well: “How can an infant ‘believe and be baptized’?” “Where in Scripture does it show an infant being baptized?” “Is not the baptizing of infants the reason why the contemporary Orthodox Church has a need for renewal and re-evangelization?” [Read More]

 

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Baptism

by Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald

The Sacrament of Baptism incorporates us into the Church, the Body of Christ, and is our introduction to the life of the Holy Trinity. Water is a natural symbol of cleansing and newness of life. Through the three-fold immersion in the waters of Baptism in the Name of the Holy Trinity, one dies to the old ways of sin and is born to a new life in Christ. Baptism is one’s public identification with Christ Death and victorious Resurrection. Following the custom of the early Church, Orthodoxy encourages the baptism of infants. The Church believes that the Sacrament is bearing witness to the action of God who chooses a child to be an important member of His people. From the day of their baptism, children are expected to mature in the life of the Spirit, through their family and the Church. The Baptism of adults is practiced when there was no previous baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity.

 

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