What Do I Need to Do to Become Greek Orthodox?

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So, you have decided to convert to the Greek Orthodox Christian religion. Whether you decided to do so because you are marrying someone who is a member of the church, or you simply decide to convert on your own, you might be overwhelmed as to where to start. Here is an overview of the steps you can take to convert to Orthodox Christianity:

Talk With an Orthodox Priest

Before you start the process of converting, you will want to speak with a priest in the Greek Orthodox Church. He will be instrumental in guiding you to the path of converting. He will guide you as to what you need to do, as well as what you need to learn, in order to make the conversion happen. He might ask you to meet with him regularly, attend a class, or do some reading on your own.

Learn About the Religion

A big part of your journey will be to learn everything that you can about it. You will want to research the history, beliefs, and information about the different services you could attend. Of course, this self study doesn’t take the place of your conversations with a priest. However, if you do research of your own, you can go to the priest with any questions you might have.

Experience Church Services

You can learn all the information you can get your hands on about the Orthodox Christian religion, but it won’t have a special meaning to you unless you experience it for yourselves. This is why you should attend as many church serves as you can! The Divine Liturgy and other Orthodox Church services are special and unique. Attending services will definitely help you on your journey.

Follow Instructions

When you visit your priest, he will likely have a specific set of instructions that you will need to follow in order to convert. Be sure to follow them exactly! Since each situation is different, it is hard to say 100% what the process is. You might need to become baptized at some point, but this will all be up to the priest.

Those who are looking to convert to Orthodoxy are referred to as catechumens. If you want to convert, make sure to speak with a priest so that you can know what to do!


The Religion section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand some of the traditions of the Orthodox Christian religion, which is a religion practiced by people in countries such as Greece, Russia, United States, and other nations throughout the world. This article is not a substitute for information found in the Holy Bible or by our church fathers, priests, and other clergy members.

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