Responsibilities of godparents
God-parentsshould be baptized in the orthodox faith. Decent Catholics, Protestants or atheists cannot become godparents. After all, their main duty is to educate the child entrusted to them by a respectable Christian. Godfathers must regularly take their pupil to the temple and take communion with him.
Usually the godparents are not changed after the Mystery. If a change for the worse happened to someone from the child who baptized, you should pray for his correction. When choosing godparents, do not give in to superstition and prejudice - an unmarried pregnant woman can be a godmother.
The godparents cannot be the father and mother of the child; they should not be married. Other relatives can baptize a child. These are aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers ...
Many of us were baptized in infancy, so there is nothing left in the memory of this Sacrament.And when we are invited to become godparents or we are going to baptize our baby, thoughts of the upcoming event worry us.
Immediately a lot of questions arise. For example, who can baptize a child, can we become the spiritual parents of a baby? It is good to choose among your acquaintances or relatives such people who are really church-going and who know first-hand the Christian life.
The godparents should learn, if they did not know before, such basic prayers as the “Symbol of Faith,” “Our Father,” and get acquainted with the Gospel scripture. During the Sacrament, the child must be held by one of the godparents, who has the same gender as the infant. At this moment, the renunciation of Satan and the vow of union with Christ are read.
The Church teaches that when we take upon ourselves the duties of spiritual education of a person, we must remember that the time will come when they ask us and we will have to answer whether we were worthy teachers.
If you decide that your child will have one godparent, know that this is possible. Only a baptized girl’s godmother should have a woman, and a boy should have a man.
God-parentscan give the kid a cross and a chain. No matter what they are from. The main thing is that the image of the crucifixion on the cross should be Orthodox canonical, and the chain - convenient. For the child, it is desirable if it is replaced by a convenient rope.
In the past, a silver spoon was often given to the child for christening. She was fed the baby for the first time when his teeth started to erupt. You can give a godson a set of children's underwear, clothes with inscribed initials on them.