Requirements for godmother
The role of godmother, a woman should begin to prepare in advance. She needs to know not only prayer, but also to understand fully the meaning of performing the sacrament of Baptism.
The godmother may be the only Orthodox woman living according to God's commandments. She needs to know such prayers as the King of heaven; hail Mary; the creed; the Lord's prayer. It expresses the essence of the Christian faith.
A woman needs to understand its responsibility. She needs to ask God for help in raising the child, thank him for everything. Godmother should make every effort to ensure that the child grew up a believer.
The duties of the godmother is to render the feasible help in preparation for the sacrament of Baptism and festive table. She must attend a baptismal interview and prepare gifts for godson. Godparents must be purchased baptismal shirt, a crucifix, a towel for wrapping a child into it after the ceremony, a bonnet or a scarf.
Duties of godmother at the Baptism
The main duty of the godmother during Baptism, praying for the child that God granted him the grace in the Sacrament, to preserve the purity of his soul, that the Lord gave the wisdom of the cross and the blood parents to educate the child in the right direction.
During the baptism of the girls in the hands of his godmother, she is passed after immersion in the font. In the case of Baptism of a boy is the opposite. The priest may ask the cross to say grace "Symbol of faith". In order for the child to feel more confident in her hands, preferably their prior familiarity and experience. You should be prepared for the fact that the baby will have to be changed to soothe as needed.
Duties of godmother after the sacrament of Baptism
After the Sacrament, as a rule, organized a festive meal called a Christening. Parents with a small child it is difficult to prepare everything on time, so help in the form of baby-sitting and participation in cooking is just priceless. During the feast, godmother can participate in the supply of food on the table, care for invited to deliver congratulatory speech for godson and his parents. After sitting it helps to clear the table, puts baby to sleep.
In everyday life godmother should try to pay more attention to the comprehensive development of the child. You can drive it to class in the Sunday school, followed by a discussion heard together to worship, to go to Holy places to celebrate birthdays and religious holidays. Responsible for godson godmother carries throughout his life.