All about Orthodox Baptisms: Preparing for the Baptism
pays for what in an Orthodox baptism?
Our most popular FAQ! There is no absolute for who pays for what, but we can
offer general guidelines on what is traditionally done. Each situation is
unique. In theory, the Godparent(s)
assume the financial responsibilities of the baptism until the parents of the
baptized child offer to pay for items. In
practice, it is most common for the costs to be split between the Godparents
and the parents with each picking up the cost for certain elements of the
event. A baptism can carry a large cost and a discussion between the godparent to be and the parents of the child on how to ideally allocate financial responsibilty is best practice
The Godparent traditionally pays for:
- The baptismal
outfit (gown or suit).
- The oil &
towel set (lathopana) which includes the oil bottle, oil sheet, and
- A cross
necklace for the child to keep for his/her lifetime.
- Martyrika /
The Godparent OR the parent pays for:
- The jordan
- The ladopana
/ baptismal candles Ė traditionally one large one (one is adequate for
either 1 or 2 Godparents) and 2 smaller candles for any children or other
participants who may be up at the alter.
The parents of the child typically pay for:
- The reception
after the baptism.
- The pre-ceremony
gratuities to the priest or any charge for use of a church facility (** although
this traditionally is a responsibility of the godparents, many parents of
the child nowadays assume this responsibility).