The Orthodox Tradition of what takes place after the Baptism
Within the Greek Orthodox church there are certain customs and traditions that we should follow and adhere to which are as follows:
- On the third day after the baptism (the day of the baptism counting as the first day), the godparent/s gather at the newly baptised child’s house and bathe the baby. Traditionally the child is not bathed after the baptism but merely cleaned when the nappy is changed.
- Once the child has been bathed, using the same water the inner garments and any head covering worn on the day of the baptism are thoroughly washed in the same tub, and NOT in a washing machine. This is so as to remove the Holy Myrrh that may have been absorbed into those garments along with the myropani and towel.
- We recommend that a toddler bath is used for points 1 & 2 as the water MUST NOT be poured down the drain. Ideally and more correctly a small hole should be dug into the ground in a corner of the garden and this water poured into that and then filled over. The reason for this is that the child was Chrismated using Holy Myrrh and we must respect the sanctity of the Holy Myrrh.
- Following the baptism, the child is then brought to the church on the next three consecutive Sundays or Divine Liturgies to receive Holy Communion with the baptism candle lit, thereafter the candle may then be left in the church to be completely burn down as you would do so when you light a candle when you enter the church as an offering of thanks to God.