The sacrament of baptism in the Orthodox Church is the rite of entry for an individual. Through baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one becomes a full member of the Orthodox Faith.

God is active in our lives. It is He who joins a man and a woman in a relationship of mutual love. The Sacrament of Marriage bears witness to His action.

The death of a Christian not only affects the family, but also the entire Church, for we are all part of the Body of Christ. The Funeral Service comforts those who mourn; it is also the means through which the Church prays for one of its members who has died in the faith of Christ.

The Orthodox Church remembers the departed in the prayers of every Divine Liturgy. Besides this, there is a Memorial Service in which the Church also remembers the dead. According to tradition, the Memorial Service is offered on the third, ninth, and fortieth day after a death, as well as on the yearly anniversary of the death.

40-Day Churching
On the fortieth day after birth, the parents brings the child to church where the priest conducts the service of 40-Day Blessing or “Sarantismos” for the mother and child.