Ecumenical Patriarchate
Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe
ORTHODOX PARISH OF THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST
Worshipping at St Thomas a Becket’s Church
Cliffe High Street, LEWES BN7 2AW


Baptism (Christening)

Father Ian says:



BAPTISM (CHRISTENING)
‘My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God, and do it.’ (Lk 8,21)  The evangelist of Luke’s Gospel has Jesus say these words, and there are very similar words in Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 12,46-50).  Our baptism (or christening) has brought us into a renewed relationship with both God and our neighbour: to quote from our Mission statement,
We have been born again through baptism into a family-like relationship with one another (a new covenant) in Christ, and we rejoice that we are being saved together, with the help of one another, living and departed; and that through us the world around us might be saved.
The full expression of that relationship is experienced in the Holy Liturgy (or Eucharist, Holy Communion) and again I think it is worth quoting from our Mission statement,

The Liturgy (our service of the Eucharist or Holy Communion) is our act of remembrance par excellence; and the anamnesis in the Liturgy is the core experience of what we believe to be a living tradition of Christ and the saints, in the communion of the Holy Spirit: a creative and collective reality, which is the Church’s true treasure.

Our belief is that receiving Holy Communion is the completion of the rite of Baptism, and that the proper celebration of the service of Baptism is in the context of the Sunday Liturgy. 

Anyone thinking about the possibility of our parish celebrating a Baptism (Christening) either for themselves or their family or friends, please, contact the Rector (see ‘Contact Us’ for details) for more information about the practicalities involved.

Если вы хотели бы получить информацию о праздновании Крещения в нашем приходе (касается ли это Вас лично, Вашей семьи или друзей), пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Отцу Иану (его номер телефона указан на странице  ‘Contact Us’) , чтобы обсудить все практические детали.