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Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Communion as the Sacraments of Initiation According to the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church.

The word ‘baptism’ is derived from a Greek word which means ‘washing by entering the water.’ The word ‘christening’ means ‘to become or to make someone a Christian. ‘Christmation’ means “anointing with Chrism”, i.e. with holy oil or Miuron. Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Communion are the most important Mysteries or Sacraments of the Church. The Order of Baptism of the Armenian Church, as that of other Orthodox Churches, combines all three of these mysteries together with certain related Sacraments, which complete the sacred rite of Christian Initiation.

Guidelines for Families Holy Baptism and Christmation:

Prior to any other arrangements being made, the date for the ceremony is to be set in consultation with the Parish Priest.


The parents meet with the priest performing the baptism. Baptismal godparents, should be thoughtful about their awesome responsibilities and should also give prayerful consideration before accepting.

On the day of the ceremony, the family will need to bring to Church for the child:

  • A large white towel to wrap about the child;

  • A new white outfit to be  worn after the ceremony.

Download Baptism Forms by CLICKING HERE


Baptism Application Forms are also available from the church office.

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