As you prepare for your child’s baptism please remember that only a devout christian of the Eastern Orthodox Church can stand as godparent (as the godparent confesses the faith of the Orthodox Church in the ceremony and witnesses to it on behalf of the child). Please note also that the child can only be baptised with a christian name which does not have to be identical to their name on their birth certificate
On the day of the baptism the parents should come with the child’s birth certificate and the godparent with the items necessary for the ceremony: a white baptismal robe or white clothes; a baptismal cross; a large candle; olive oil; a bar of soap; a large white towel and sheet (myropani) and a white hand towel.
The function of the godparent after the baptism is to help ensure the Orthodox Christian upbringing and instruction of the child. It is the godparent who brings the child for Holy Communion when possible throughout infancy.
In the case of adult baptism this instruction and catechism takes place before the day of baptism. The candidate must therefore first meet with the priest and a period of preparation for baptism will ensue which will include regular attendance of the Divine Liturgy.