All About Orthodox Baptisms
Who can hold the baby during the Orthodox christening?
baby may be held by anyone during the baptism - but only the Godparent
can spread the oil on the baby. The Godparents hold the baby at the
beginning of the ceremony and then the priest will hold the baby. After
the dunking, the baby is placed into the arms of the Godparent with the
oil sheet. If there is only one Godparent, then the Godparent will
spread the oil on the baby and another designated person will hold the
oil sheet to catch the baby. When the baby comes out of the dressing
room in his/her baptismal gown, the baby can be held by any caretaker - a
grandmother for instance - brought to the baptismal font. When the
baby is being tonsured, he/she will be held by the Godparent.