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Greek Orthodox Baptismal Rites
   
submitted by Turathuna Bethlehem University
23.01.2007

The Baptismal Rites according to the Greek Orthodox are as follows:

Prayers are held in the church or at home for this purpose. The priest holds the child naked and completely immerses him in the lukewarm water which is placed in the baptismal font made of stone or metal. Then he draws the sign of the cross with holy oil on the head and other parts of the child's body. Next the priest gives him to his two godparents to clothe him. Among the Latins, however, the priest sprinkles a little water on the child's head without immersing him. Then he anoints his forehead with the holy oil.

The godfather and godmother have an enormous obligation after the child is baptized, as their responsibility for his moral upbringing almost equals that of his parents.

Source:"Bethlehem, The Immortal Town" by Giries Elali.

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