*Should I plan to tip the priest for performing the Orthodox christening? What is an appropriate amount to tip clergy?


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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 church.
  • 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 $50.
  • 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 Godparents.
  • The tip is given at the end of the ceremony before you leave the church.

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