*What do I do with the baptismal clothing and lathopana after the baptism? Can I wash them?



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What do I do with the baptismal clothing and lathopana after the baptism? Can I wash them?



After the baptism, the baptismal clothes - or vaftistika / baptistika - contain Holy Oil on the garment. As such, the Holy Oil cannot be disposed of through a washing in a washing machine.


The best way to wash the garment post Sacrament is to do a wash by hand in a bucket. You can wash the clothing with regular detergent in a bucket and poor the washed water outside onto the ground.


Another option used is to wash the garment in a washing machine but move the drain tube to empty into a bucket (rather than into a sink) and then dispose of the washing machine water onto the ground of the Godchild's home. You can also wash the Lathopana (towels and oil sheet) the same way. as these, too, contain Holy Oil on them.

Candles: If you are finished with your baptismal candle, the proper way to dispose of the candle is to burn the candle down. You can do so at home. Some churches will burn the candle for you at the altar. Make sure to remove the decoration of the candle before burning the candle down.



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