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. (Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America)
Your Child's Baptism at St. Nicholas
Baptism is our entrance into the community of the Church, a new birth into a spiritual family defined by love and faith. The baptism of your child is a blessed and joyous event, and we at St. Nicholas look forward to celebrating it with you. It is recommended that the baptism be celebrated at some time after the forty-day blessing, and before the child's first birthday.
Setting the Date:
To set a date for the baptism, contact the Church Office at 757-422-5600 and speak to the Church Secretary. The Secretary will check the requested date with the priests' schedules and then contact you to confirm the date. It is recommended that you plan the date of the baptism at least two months in advance. The Godparent/Sponsor must be a practicing communicant of the Orthodox Church. If he or she is not a member of St. Nicholas, the Godparent is required to have his or her Parish Priest send a letter confirming his or her good standing in the Church.
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