Baptism & Orthodoxy
Holy Baptism and Holy Chrismation, two separate and distinct yet intimately related Sacraments, have been celebrated together since the very early years of Christianity. Immersion in water, along with Chrism, the sanctified oil conveying the seal of the Holy Spirit, define the Orthodox tradition by which the Church opens its doors to new members.
Baptism: The Sacrament of Baptism was instituted by Christ Himself who, after His Resurrection, as a farewell commandment and admonition, just before his Ascension to Heaven, directed these words to His Apostles: “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to keep all things I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Baptism is the gateway into the Christian Church. It is the saving action of God who, through water and the Spirit, recreates His creation.
Holy Chrismation: The Sacrament of Holy Chrismation is the seal of the gift of the Holy Sprit which identifies all baptized persons with a seal that sets them apart as inalienable possessions of Christ. That is, the Holy Spirit embraces them and envelopes them like a shield and an armor of faith to enable them to live the faith into which they have just been baptized. This is why Chrismation is also known as the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism at St. Nicholas
Please call the church office to begin the process of Baptism at St. Nicholas.