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Title: Baptism/Christening
Post by: thetruth on December 04, 2004, 06:37:30 PM
Could you please give me some information on Baptism and Christaning in the Orthodox church.

Do you only Christen regular members children?

Does someone who's been christened be baptisied aswell when they get to a certain age?

Do you Baptise new members of your church?

Is Christening veiwed as the same as Baptism, for Baptism is to repentence of sin isn't it, but can a baby be repentent.

Does the word Christening mean anointing, and what does  Baptism mean and what language does it come from?

Be grateful of info, thanks.


May God bless us and lead us by His Spirit.
Paul


Title: Re:Baptism/Christening
Post by: TonyS on December 04, 2004, 07:39:43 PM
Dear Paul,

Please see this link:
http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=christen (http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=christen)

To "christen" is, in common speach, to baptize.

To Chrismate is something else.

TonyS
Title: Re:Baptism/Christening
Post by: thetruth on December 04, 2004, 08:08:08 PM
In the Orthodox churches is child Baptism veiwed the same as adult Baptism?

You say it does mean Baptise, what does Baptise mean exactly, i have heard Jews use to and maybe still do Baptise, i don't know much about this though.

We know John the Baptist Baptisied to the repentence of sins.

I don't know much about the Orthodox church, what are the customs and understanding of Baptism within the Orthodox churches?

What is Chrismate? :)

thanks.

May God's Spirit lead us all.
Paul

Title: Re:Baptism/Christening
Post by: TonyS on December 04, 2004, 08:20:38 PM
Dear Paul,

Here is something on baptism that is better than what I could write, right now:

http://www.oca.org/pages/orth_chri/Orthodox-Faith/Worship/Baptism.html (http://www.oca.org/pages/orth_chri/Orthodox-Faith/Worship/Baptism.html)

A section on chrismation follows if you are interested.  Don't let me confuse you.  I just thought perhaps you meant chrismate instead of christen.

TonyS
Title: Re:Baptism/Christening
Post by: thetruth on December 04, 2004, 08:28:11 PM
Where does the Godfather originate from?

Is a child sort of named at Baptsm?

Title: Re:Baptism/Christening
Post by: TonyS on December 04, 2004, 08:40:38 PM
Where does the Godfather originate from?

Is a child sort of named at Baptsm?



The child is named before baptism in the Byzantine Orthodox Church.  

The goparent (man or woman depending on the gender of the child) is the sponsor, the one who answers for the child who is unable to answer for itslef.
Title: Re:Baptism/Christening
Post by: thetruth on December 04, 2004, 08:49:03 PM
Thanks for the link that helped a lot.

May God bless us and lead us by His Spirit.
Paul