Traditions and superstitions largely make up the way of baptism, the first step taken by a newborn into a spiritual life. Romanians, a majority Orthodox people and with a strong inclination towards traditional customs, have their own conceptions about the correct way in which a child should be Christianized.
The habits passed down from generation to generation often move to a mystical dimension, which not many parents understand or accept. From here and the natural question - do we respect or not the traditions and superstitions related to baptism?
Traditions related to the holy mystery of baptism
Baptism is part of the holy sanctuaries of the Orthodox Church and must follow a series of rules imposed by the Orthodox religion. Unlike superstitions, the religious tradition does not change according to the areas of the country and is dictated by the priest who officially officiates the Christian service.
Thus, the Church orders that baptism be made between 7 and 40 days after birth, except for newborns with health problems, who must be baptized immediately after birth or at intervals of several days (church canons provide for severe penalties for parents whose children go out of business).
Even so, parents nowadays usually wait for several months until Christianity, for different personal reasons. The priests discourage this, both because of the risk that the baby may become unrestrained, as well as because of the inconvenience of performing the mystery (the big child is difficult to immerse in the little girl).
Baptism can only be performed by a priest or a bishop, only in the church (in the porch, in the pronaos or in a certain room arranged in the church yard).
In the first part of the Baptism service, the denials (exorcisms) are performed, when the nose is placed face to face and declares three times that it refuses to be unclean.
The child then returns with his face to the east and his nose declares, three times, that he unites with Christ, then utters the Creed aloud.
In the second part of the service, the priest consecrates the water and pours it into the holy anointed with oil. Next is the most important part of the Baptism, the deepening of the child into the little girl. The new Christian is then wrapped in white cloth and anointed by the priest with the Holy and Great Mir on the forehead, chest, hands and feet.
The priest then cuts the brushes of the baby's head in the face of the Cross, a sign that he has been taken away by the old man and dressed in the new one. The newborn is taken in front of the Holy Altar and is shared with the Body and Blood of Christ.
Superstitions related to baptism
If the church traditions are imposed by religion, the superstitions related to baptism are taken into account by the parents according to the customs inherited from the past generations and their own willingness to validate them in the future.
In other words, these habits are born of faith in good and evil spirits, prejudices, foreshadowing signs and other mystical beliefs.
Superstitions have nothing to do with religion, although they are often integrated into the Christian ritual of a newborn. The saying "how many bordeaux, so much custom" applies perfectly in this case.
Here are some superstitions where parents from different areas of the country believe strongly and integrate them into the baptism of the child:
• The water in which the child was baptized must be thrown to the root of a tree; otherwise, the little Christian will be accompanied by bad luck;
• The child should not be baptized with the name of a deceased relative, otherwise "he will have no days";
• During christianity in the church, it is good to put money in the christianity, so that the newborn is lucky in life;
• The child should not be called by name before baptism, otherwise he will be "attacked" by evil spirits, he will be hurt in life, etc .;
• In the bath where the child is warmed up after baptism, it is good to find a series of objects that will bring luck on all levels (rose petals, scented oils, a precious banquet, a flake, honey, rice, a holy wedding ring , an egg, myrrh, hot peppers, sweet milk, dill, mint, hemp seeds, aghiazma, salt, etc.);
• The nose must kiss the child on the face before baptism, so that the little one has a hole in the cheek;
• The baptismal phase should not be too long or too short, otherwise the child will get married too early or too late;
• Under the bath in which the child is bathed after baptism, books must be laid, for the little one to learn well in school;
• The baptismal candle must be decorated with lily flowers, fir tree branches and the bride's flower (for sports, health and marriage unions);
• From the money earned by the parents at baptism, it is good to buy a heating, for a longer life of the child;
• In the water of myrrh, put a piece of bread and a piece of bacon, so that the child grows like the bread in the oven and is as strong as a pig;
• Nasals should give the newborn an object of gold, which will keep the child from anything that could affect him in life;
• In the bath where a little boy bathes after baptism, the nose must put two large and attractive nuts, to develop the child harmoniously in the intimate area;
• Parents should wash with water in which the child was bathed after baptism, strengthen their bones;
• After baptism, the baby should not be changed until the next day or kissed.
To respect or not to respect the traditions and superstitions related to baptism?
Christian traditions related to baptism, distinguished from popular superstitions, it is good to be respected by the orthodox practitioners as indicated by the priest.
In fact, the priests rid themselves of the customs of the people to a great extent, preserving only symbolically some customs considered to be holy for the baptism ceremony.
Thus, the priests say that the baptismal phase is important to be white (its size has no relevance), the baptismal cross does not have to be of a precious material, and the jewelry given to the child or parents has no connection with the Baptismal Mystery.
As for the next day's heater, the holy parents do not encourage the introduction of objects into the talisman's fall, but it validates the habit of water thrown to the root of a tree, in a clean place, because it contains holiness.
Each parent has the freedom to decide in what form he or she introduces the child into his or her spiritual life. Deviations from religious and popular customs are not to be condemned, since each one has the freedom to choose his own faith. The child, in turn, will also have the right to embrace the religion in which it is found.
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