Rules for the baptism of the child
When performing the sacrament of the baptism of a child, there are certain designated rules and conditions, negotiated by a priest with his parents and godparents before the sacrament, which must be strictly followed and followed.
They often compare the mystery of the baptism of a child with a small seed, which should grow and bear fruit, and of course, this requires conditions that can show results with proper care. And, as a rule, a set of these favorable conditions and rules is a necessity when performing the baptism of a child.
If our grain, for comparison, does not fall into a zone of climate favorable for it, then, accordingly, it will not germinate in all attempts and will not produce fruit, similarly withchild baptism.rulesand the conditions required in the Church are not able to affect the baby if parents and godparents do not adhere to them.
With the emergence of Christianity, in its first centuries, when a large number of people turned to the faith, there was a separate institute where adults had been preparing for this sacrament for quite a long and long period.Today, most people receive baptism in early childhood, with the new rules of the sacrament.
When a wonderful and long-awaited moment of a baby arrives in a family, loving parents try to create a comfortable and favorable environment and climate for healthy growth and development, and as members of the Church they know that baptism is necessary to save their souls, and the sooner they will turn to the priest to perform the rite of this sacrament, the better it will be for the spiritual life of the child.
When choosing an Orthodox name for a newborn baby, spouses can also choose from names canonized saints whose day of memory falls on the day of birth or on the day of the baptism itself. Parents should remain in prayer during the preparation of the sacrament, and the choice of godparents should be approached with great responsibility. In addition, the rules for the baptism of the child imply the preparation of the necessary items for the passage of the sacrament, and include in the set a towel, clothing for baptism and a cross. Also in the rules for the baptism of the child included instructions for the cross and the cross.
The cross, together with the godparents and young parents, need to attend a special interview in the temple, where they help prepare the necessary items that need to undergo the sacrament of Baptism. She will also need to strictly follow all the rules during the passage of the rite, and at the necessary moments, the priest can be asked to memorize or read through the prayer book the prayers previously agreed upon during the interview.
In particular, the godmother must be able to handle children, since it may be necessary to remove clothes from a child and to put on a baptismal set after baptism.
The rules for the godfather are somewhat similar to the above conditions for the godmother, but there are differences. He, too, should, together with his parents and the cross, attend a special interview and know the prayers “To the Heavenly King”, “The Virgin Mother of God, rejoice”, “Our Father” and know well the “Symbol of Faith”. By agreement with the godmother and parents can take part in the preparation of a cross, towels for baptism and a baptismal set.
The most necessary condition for the preparation of the sacrament of the baptism of the child is the true faith of the parents andgodparents, without which the chances for the salvation of the soul godson reduced.