Baptisms are scheduled by the parish priest. Before a baptism can be scheduled the parents or parent seeking to baptize their child must meet with the parish priest for a pastoral consultation. The purpose of this consultation is to ensure the parents fully understand the nature of this Sacrament and their responsibilities towards their child and God for making their son or daughter a Christian. If the parents have baptized children here in the past but don’t come to Sunday Divine Liturgy on a regular basis the parish priest is going to want to know why the parents are seeking to baptize another one of their children when they aren’t raising their baptized child or children currently as Christians. This is done out of charity and love because parents will be judged by Christ for making a child a Christian and not raising them as one. The parish priest truly cares for the salvation of you as parents as well as the salvation of your children, and because of this, he wants what is spiritually best for you. There is nothing more important than being in church on Sunday and the only legitimate excuses for missing Divine Liturgy are illness and work.
It must be verified that the sponsor/ koumbaro/koumbara of the child to be baptized is a member/steward of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in good standing. If the sponsor is a member of another Orthodox Parish, they must present a letter of good standing signed by their Parish Priest. To be in good standing the sponsor must be married properly in the Church. A person who is not married in the Church may not serve as a sponsor. Those cohabiting out of wedlock may not serve as a sponsor. If a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church they must be regularly coming to Divine Liturgy on Sunday to serve as a sponsor. It is impossible for someone to sponsor a baptism when they are not living as a Christian, because, we can’t give what we don’t have or live by.
The sponsor or parents will need to provide the following items:
1 white hand towel
1 white bath towel
1 white flat twin sheet
12 oz. bottle of olive oil
Baptismal candle for the child
Baptismal cross necklace for the child
Baptismal outfit for the child