All about Orthodox Baptisms: Preparing for the Baptism
Should I plan to tip the priest for performing the Orthodox
christening? What is an appropriate amount to tip clergy?
Yes, it is customary to tip the
priest who conducts your baptism. Tips vary from region to region. In the NYC
region, a standard amount for a tip can be anywhere from $100 to $300 for the
priest (very typical amount can be $100-$150). Some choose to give a gift if
they feel uncomfortable tipping.
- If you do not
wish to tip the priest, it is appropriate to make a donation to the
- You may be
requested to make a donation to the church for a facility charge for use
of the church. This is generally
separate from the tip – as there are costs to the church for opening up
the building for use during the baptism.
- The psalti
(ψάλτης / cantor) is the man who sings at the church. He usually gets
tipped too. A typical amount is
- There may be
a third man at the service - the neikoro - who helps the priest. The
neikoro is sometimes also referred to as the Custodian. If so, he is
traditionally tipped to - in an amount similar to the psalti.
- The tip can
be paid for by either the parents of the child being baptized or by the
- The tip is
given at the end of the ceremony before you leave the church.