Birth, Baptism and Confirmation in Greece
A Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
Because giving birth is one of the greatest creative activities we can be involved in, it is not surprising that the mother and father seek an opportunity to give thanks. For this purpose, the Anglican Church has prepared a service called ‘Thanksgiving for the gift of a child.’ It can be used in a variety of contexts: in the hospital ward after the birth; in the home shortly after the return of the mother and newborn child; or at St. Paul’s Church, in a public or private service. The same service can also be used in a situation where a child has been adopted.
The Baptism of a Child
The Chaplains in Greece will warmly assist those seeking baptism for a child. Please make early contact with them. Those who belong to a marriage where one of the parents is an Orthodox Christian need to keep in mind that the Orthodox Church in Greece does not officially recognise Anglican baptism. However, all other mainstream Christian denominations do recognize it.
The Baptism of an adult
An early approach to a Chaplain is welcomed. The Chaplain will want to spend time with the adult hearing about his/her spiritual journey, discussing the content of the Christian faith and the implications of Baptism before the baptism takes place. He may also ask the adult to consider being baptized and confirmed during the same ceremony, since baptism and confirmation together form the full initiation service into the Christian Church.
Confirmation is available for those who are twelve years old and above. It is the completion of baptism. Confirmation is undertaken by a bishop. Those seeking confirmation must be prepared to participate in a teaching and discussion programme, whereby they learn and grow in the Christian faith, the life of prayer and in their living of the faith.