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Guidelines for Baptism
« on: August 31, 2007, 02:06:00 PM »
My "search" button doesn't seem to be working so I'm certain this has probably been asked before, but are there any guidelines regarding at what age you should baptize a new born.

My daughter is now 4 months old and for a variety of reasons, we have not baptized her yet.  Are there any online articles which discusses this subject?

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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2007, 02:06:55 PM »
As to age? After 40 days normally, I think.
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007, 02:14:22 PM »
Okay, good start, but how about a "cap".

I mean I know it is never too late, but my daughter is now 4 months and I'm starting to get worried that we are dragging our feet. 

I guess I'm almost asking if there is a "best before" date?  ;D
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007, 02:15:08 PM »
From the GOAA website:
Baptisms may not be performed from Christmas Day through the Feast of Theophany (December 25-January 6), during Holy Week, or on any of the Great Feastdays of the Lord.

http://www.goarch.org/en/resources/pastoral/instructions.asp
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2007, 02:18:17 PM »
That is interesting.  When I baptized my son, my priest said they do not perform baptisms during the entire nativity fast.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2007, 02:18:32 PM »
If a Big Fat Greek Christening, as soon as proud parents can afford it!

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2007, 02:20:58 PM »
That is interesting.  When I baptized my son, my priest said they do not perform baptisms during the entire nativity fast.

Yes, and he's probably correct. The info was from website but my archimandrite priest will not perform some sacramants during any part of any lenten period. Best to ask, I guess.

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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2007, 02:22:39 PM »
Been there, done that (for my Son), but usually for a second child we don't do the big hoopla.

For my son, we had 150 people, a Serbian band at a fancy banquet hall!  No thanks!!! LOL

The primary hold up has been making arrangements with the God Parents.
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2007, 02:34:08 PM »
There's a good piece on the internet, a video, about baptism and godparent preparation. Must find it.
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2007, 02:58:58 PM »
It's normally best to get them in before they turn one... I know that the priests I've talked to have had a higher rate of problems with the older ones (1+) than the younger ones.  There's no "legal" type cap on the age - do it before they die is all; but for practical reasons its best to take care of within the first 8-9 months (I was a hair under 6mo when I was baptized, as were most people in my family).
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2007, 08:41:20 PM »
but for practical reasons its best to take care of within the first 8-9 months
And I can give you one practical reason. One of my Godchildren, Tatiana, was baptised ast age 2, and because she was walking, immersing her in the font was difficult because she was standing. With each immersion, Nonno George had to tell her to sit down so that she wouldn't hold her legs straight.
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2007, 08:50:02 PM »
Thanks guys.  Good info.
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2007, 11:59:27 AM »
And I can give you one practical reason. One of my Godchildren, Tatiana, was baptised ast age 2, and because she was walking, immersing her in the font was difficult because she was standing. With each immersion, Nonno George had to tell her to sit down so that she wouldn't hold her legs straight.


Yes, because of situations like this, it's best to baptise kids before they get too big...

and always keep one eye on the direction the godparent of a boy faces the child!  ;)
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2007, 08:07:33 AM »
For a boy after 40 days.
For a girl after 80 days.

This has nothing to do with the child but rather how long the mother has to wait for purification before being allowed to re-enter the Church.

The child may be baptised as soon as he is born if there is an urgent need for it.

The sooner the better though. I have heard that HH Pope Shenouda teaches that unbaptised babies are without hope.
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2007, 08:12:53 AM »
Yes, because of situations like this, it's best to baptise kids before they get too big...

and always keep one eye on the direction the godparent of a boy faces the child!  ;)

Sorry but what exactly do you mean? I didn't know they had to face a certain direction ???
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2007, 08:16:48 AM »
Sorry but what exactly do you mean? I didn't know they had to face a certain direction ???

Father wants the godparents to be careful, since sometimes the babies can't control their bodily functions, and the boys are capable of projecting their golden stream outwards from the body... ;)
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Re: Guidelines for Baptism
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2007, 08:22:29 AM »
Alright cleveland; I hadn't considered that.
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