- At what age do you need to baptize the baby? In the infant - when he was just born, in forty days or to wait for the child to grow up and decide for himself whether he should be baptized or not?
Record of the words of archpriest Dimitry Smirnov aboutbaby baptism
- It depends on the parents. If they go to church and are church people: confess, take communion, if the crowned, they should, of course, baptize the child. Better on the fortieth day - then the mother can already participate in baptism herself. The priest reads her a prayer, and she is present at baptism, praying for her baby. But you can on any other day. In Russiababies baptizedand on the eighth day or on any other, if the baby was weak. It also happened that they baptized immediately after birth.
If unbeliever people suddenly want to baptize a child, arguing that they are Russian, that the custom is such or that “my grandmother was baptized” (Well, grandmother is good. For some reason, this is considered sufficient.) as they want.
Now about the fact that the baby grows up and he will make a decision. Well, first of all, he may never accept him. In order to make the right choice, be sure to need information. If a child grows up outside the Church, outside the Sunday school, outside the teaching of the foundations of Orthodox culture - from what will he choose? On the one hand - atheistic propaganda, smoking, foul language, fornication at school, discos, electronic games, petty school theft, constant teasers, fights. This is where he will grow. On the other hand, the Church, about which he knows nothing. No concept of the commandments or of Scripture. How can he make a choice? The choice can be made when you know what to choose from. Then it will be a conscious step, as they say now, an informed choice. Do you understand? It is very important. Then it will be a complete choice. And so a person becomes what he is nourished with.
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