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HOLY MARTYRS ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH

DURING BAPTISM


DURING THE BAPTISM, THE CHILD'S GODPARENT WILL BE ASKED "WHAT DOES THIS CHILD REQUEST" AND SINCE THE CHILD IS USUALLY TOO YOUNG TO RESPOND, THE GODPARENT SPEAKS FOR HIM OR HER BY STATING "THIS CHILD REQUESTS, FAITH, HOPE, LOVE AND BAPTISM".

THE BAPTISM

A SACRED SACRAMENT


HOLY MARTYRS ARMENIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH IS OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY FOR BAPTISMS YEAR AROUND.  FOR INFORMATION REGARDING SPECIFIC DATES OR PROCEDURES, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE AT (818) 981-6159 OR COMPLETE THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.


ARMENIAN FAMILIES CAN BAPTIZE THEIR CHILD AT ANY AGE, WHETHER YOUNGER OR OLDER, THE CHURCH CAN MAN THE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE.  YOUNG CHILDREN AND INFANTS ARE BAPTIZED IN THE BAPTISMAL FOUNTAIN WITHIN THE CHURCH, LOCATED ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE ALTER (WHEN ENTERING THE CHURCH).


THE BAPTISM IS A SACRAMENT WITHIN WHICH THE GODFATHER AND GODMOTHER PLAY AN ESSENTIAL.  FAMILIES ARE TASKED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SELECT THESE INDIVIDUALS, SINCE THE GODFATHER WILL BE ONE OF THE SIGNERS ON THE BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE.





HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR BAPTISM


1.) CONTACT THE OFFICE STAFF AND SCHEDULE A DAY. 


SCHEDULING TIP:

THE TYPICAL DAYS AND TIMES FOR BAPTISMS TEND TO BE ON SUNDAYS AFTER CHURCH SERVICES IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON OR ON SATURDAYS IN THE MORNING OR AFTERNOON.


2.) PICK A GODFATHER AND GODMOTHER FOR THE CHILD.  THIS IS TYPICALLY A SIBLING OF THE PARENT OF THE CHILD OR A FAMILY MEMBER.


PICKING TIP:

WITHIN ARMENIAN TRADITION, THE GODPARENT OF A CHILD PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE LIFE OF THE CHILD.  PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT.  WHEN PICKING A GODPARENT KEEP IN MIND THEIR ROLE IN YOUR CHILD'S LIFE AS A ROLE MODEL.


3.) ON THE DAY OF THE BAPTISM, FAMILIES USUALLY BRING A LARGE BASKET, FILLED WITH THE CHILD'S POST BAPTISMAL CLOTHING AND BAPTISMAL TOWEL.  AFTER THE BAPTISM IS COMPLETED, THE PARENTS AND GODPARENTS DRESS THE CHILD AND TAKE PICTURES WITHIN THE CHURCH WITH THEIR GUESTS.