*What paperwork is required for an Orthodox baptism?


All about Orthodox Baptisms: Preparing for the Baptism



What paperwork is required for an Orthodox baptism?


Although it may differ from church to church, the following paperwork is generally needed to be submitted to the church prior to the date of the event:

For a godparent:

  • A copy of his/her Ecclesiastical Marriage Certificate, if applicable
  • A copy of his/her Ecclesiastical Divorce, if applicable
  • A copy of his/her Baptismal Certificate (If you can not find your baptismal certificate, a certificate of
  • A Certificate of Membership ((If from a church different than where the baptism is taking place). This certificate must be
    • signed by his/her parish priest and printed on the church’s letterhead
    • current for the same year in which the baptism is scheduled

For the parents of the baptized child:

  • Application for Baptism or Chrismation. This will include information of in what parish you were married and by what priest. You may need to provide proof of your marriage.
  • Selection of a chosen Greek Orthodox Christian name of a saint (if the legal name is not a Christian name of a saint, a baptized name must be chosen). No nicknames or secular names can be used.

For the adult being baptized:

  • Application for Baptism or Chrismation. This will include information of in what parish you belong.
  • Selection of a chosen Greek Orthodox Christian name of a saint (if the legal name is not a Christian name of a saint, a baptized name must be chosen). No nicknames or secular names can be used.






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