Baptism

"Following His Resurrection, Christ summoned His Apostles saying: 'Go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.'" (Matthew 28:19)
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Holy Baptism in the Orthodox Church

In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, a person is incorporated into the crucified, resurrected, and glorified Christ and is reborn “by water and the Spirit” in order to participate in the divine life. Through Holy Baptism, Christ cleanses us of all sin and we enter into His Glorious Kingdom, thereby becoming members of His Body (the Church) purified by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Each baptized person also shares in the royal priesthood of the people of God: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…” (1 Peter 2:9). It is through Holy Baptism that one becomes a fully participating member of the Church and is made an heir of eternal life. The baptismal font represents the spiritual womb where we become born again in Christ, and at the same time, it acts as the tomb where we bury our sins. Immediately following Baptism, we receive the Sacrament of Holy Chrismation, “the Gift of the Holy Spirit,” just as the Apostles did during Pentecost. We also receive Holy Communion - the resurrected body and blood of Christ.

Baptism Fees

  • $100 for parents

  • $100 for godparents

All baptized and confirmed Orthodox Christians who are 18 years of age and older participating in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism must be members in good standing of Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, having paid their current annual dues to the Community.

All baptism fees must be paid at the church office either in person or by phone, cash, cheque, credit, or debit card, at least two weeks prior to the event. Please contact our church office by phone or email for any questions.