Baptism or Christening is the initial Sacrament of the church, following the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. As a canonical rule infants are baptized in the Armenian Church as in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. They are confirmed immediately after with the Holy Oil (Muron). This of course does not mean that adults are denied Baptism. They are called by the church not to delay any further and live in a state out of communion with the church, but return and receive the Sacrament of Baptism as soon as possible. With Baptism the recipient enters the church as the “adopted child of the Father and the co-heir of Christ” and lives in full communion with the Christian faith.
No further Sacraments can be administered on any person who has not been baptized and confirmed in the first place.
|By:||Archpriest Fr. Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian|