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Re: baptism

Postby Get Real! » Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:34 am

Lordo wrote:any info on how much does baptism cost

Traditionally it is done to 4-5 month old babies and the Godparents pay all costs. The church will probably charge €100-120 for the ceremony and then you have about €500 worth of expenses the Godparents provide like baptismal attire, a large candle, small gifts, towels and sheets, a gold cross, etc.

In the evening a dinner follows at a tavern for the guests which may be fully paid by the Godparents if they're well off or 50-50.

With adults it’s different but I’ve never been to one.


NB: When money is a problem the Church waivers their fee according to the Archbishop's announcement a few days ago.
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Re: baptism

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:41 am

...well said GR, i forgot about my own son and how much it cost, about 5000 dollars, with about 100 guests, but amazingly (because i really was not expecting it), the gifts more than covered the cost.
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Re: baptism

Postby DrCyprus » Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:34 am

I suggest shopping around a bit, the price differs from church to church.

Make a list of churches in your area and call them to ask.
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Re: baptism

Postby B25 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:15 am

Lordo wrote:any info on how much does baptism cost


Why are you looking to change your faith?? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: baptism

Postby Lordo » Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:23 am

talking of church services, i was at a church wedding recently. at the end of the ceremony the priest handed the marriage certificate to the bride and said "it is now customary to hand the certificate to the bride for when she will need it to give to her lawyer".

is this a common practice in church weddings.
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Re: baptism

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:14 pm

Was it your own wedding? :wink:

Anyway, no, not common practice - it's probably a one-off joke and not funny if repeated. :P

Each wedding has a distinct atmosphere though and our priests are perceptive and this is complemented usually with a good sense of humour. Sometimes it really is simply humour (we don't behead them for it) and sometimes it's the old fashioned witty way of pointing out some glaring oversight that people should think deeply about. Reflection.

That couple may have been told to reflect on the meaning of their marriage - or that the priest wasn't fooled by the reasons for their union.

It's not about blindly following rituals.
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Re: baptism

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:19 pm

It reminds me of the lovely bishop at my Greek school who after spotting us misbehaving badly in the classroom whilst the teacher had popped out briefly proceeded to demonstrate to the teacher upon her return how badly behaved we were in her absence so that she could give us appropriate punishment. He hilariously swung from the door frame as an exaggeration of what we had been doing and made us all laugh whilst all the while there was a twinkle in his eye and a playfulness behind a pretend seriousness for the situation. The message got through. We had to behave even when the teacher had to leave the room - but it was all done so sweetly, the telling-tales side of it by the priest, and I have never forgotten this. :D
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Re: baptism

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:24 pm

Oh yeah, talking about priests with a twinkle in their eye and a sense of humour - this is from Tony Benn's memoirs/diary on his first meeting with Archbishop Makarios: :D



I went up to Archbishop Makarios and we had a chat. He said, “Of course you know that although I am President of Cyprus I still have to work on a Sunday?” He was very funny. When I asked him what the attitude of the Greek Orthodox Church was to the pill, he said, “Well, we leave it to the individual”. He said he was afraid this question would come up when he visited the Pope who did in fact say “Archbishop, what is the population of Cyprus?” Makarios said he braced himself and gave the answer and the Pope replied, “That’s rather more than I imagined” and moved on to a different subject. He had a great twinkle in his eye, a most amusing man. I imagine Field Marshal Harding must have had a job with Makarios when Harding was Governor of Cyprus.

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Re: baptism

Postby B25 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:25 pm

Lordo wrote:talking of church services, i was at a church wedding recently. at the end of the ceremony the priest handed the marriage certificate to the bride and said "it is now customary to hand the certificate to the bride for when she will need it to give to her lawyer".

is this a common practice in church weddings.


Lying prick, so you were at the signing table so you could hear and your greek is shite anyway so I doubt you fully understood what was said all the same.

Typical Turkish BS.

It is however customary in the UK that the certificate in a civil wedding is handed to the bride!
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Re: baptism

Postby kurupetos » Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:52 pm

B25 wrote:
Lordo wrote:any info on how much does baptism cost


Why are you looking to change your faith?? :lol: :lol: :lol:

I convinced him... and I will be the godfather. 8)

Lordonkey, come to daddah... :mrgreen:
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