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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.