Chrismation coming

We’re in the final countdown to Chrismation.  We had to get some proof that we were baptized with a trinitarian formula.  That turned out to be somewhat difficult for both me and my wife, since our denominations don’t keep central records on that.  But the hurdle has been jumped.  Now we just have to lock in some sponsors and we’re set.  :o)

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Chrismation coming

8 thoughts on “Chrismation coming

  1. How did you manage to get the proof? Or what proof did you get? i’m starting to wonder if i even still have my old baptismal certificate anywhere.

  2. Mark says:

    My wife and I had to get a letter from church officials that could substantiate our baptism, since neither of us had baptismal certificates. You generally don’t get that in low-church charismatic denominations. We both had pictures of the event, but that wasn’t of much interest to our priest. He wanted a date, as best we could nail down, and confirmation that we were baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    For me that meant a letter from my Dad, who baptized me. I knew he always baptized in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so that wasn’t an issue. I had to have a conversation with him and let him know that we were for sure joining the Orthodox Church, and that this was something we needed. He very graciously wrote a letter as the presiding pastor at the baptism and that was good enough.

    My wife couldn’t get the presiding pastor to substantiate her baptism since he is out of country and very difficult to contact. The current pastor of the church was happy to put that letter together for us as he was present when she was baptized as a lay person.

  3. i’m hoping to find my certificate somewhere; i’d rather not have to advertise to the congregation i grew up in that i’m converting (that congregation supported me monetarily to go to a denomination-specific seminary). It’d be nice to avoid having the conversation with them if i could. (i haven’t talked to anyone there in years anyway.)

  4. Mark says:

    I feel that pain. I felt the same way with my dad. Hopefully you can avoid any unpleasantness, but if not then may your experiences be as smooth as mine.

  5. David Brent says:

    Okay Guy, Are you afraid of getting wet?? Just kidding.
    Does the certificate actually say you were baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

    1. My priest said they keep a list of denominations who’s baptismal practices they recognize as Orthodox. My former denomination is among them.

      Why is it a big deal? Precisely because i don’t want to just get wet. Which means if i had to be baptized, i’d have to accept that my first one wasn’t a baptism at all; i just got wet. That would frankly delay my conversion because of trying to wrestle through why that would be the case. Everything i’ve read in Orthodox sources thus far suggests otherwise.

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