How to Word a Greek Baptism Invitation

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Baptism in the Greek Orthodox Church is an important and holy ceremony for a child and his or her parents. The word "baptism" actually derives from the Greek word "baptizo" which means "to immerse," which is the main act of baptism.

During the ceremony infants are dipped in holy water three times, in the name of the Holy Trinity, and is thus officially entered into the church as a member of the body of Christ. This is a moment of celebration for members of the church, and the wording of its invitations should reflect the joy of the occasion.

Begin with a statement of invitation. Because the individual being baptised is likely an infant, the statement of invitation should be extended by the child's parents. For example, the opening statement could say, "The parents of Adonia Argyros invite you to share in the joy of her baptism." Or, "Nick and Dinese Argyros invite you to share in the joy of their daughter Adonia Argyos' baptism." Phrase the statement of invitation however you like, adding adverbs like "cordially" if desired.

List the basic attendance information about the baptism service. This information should include the venue, date and time of the event. For example,

Date: Sunday, January 23, 2011

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Place: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (123 Boston St. SE); and join us after the ceremony at our home (321 Leaf Road)

Include RSVP information if you want to know how many people will attend. Instruct the invitee to RSVP if he or she is planning to attend, or include a separate RSVP card where invitees can check "Attending" or "Not Attending" and a prestamped, preaddressed, envelope to send it back.