Advice 1: Who can be a godfather

From the very beginning of the godfather, or the godfather, was one. When I baptized the girl, then the godfather was a woman, and if, respectively, the cross was a man. In the future began to compare spiritual birth with physical, that is, as the father and the mother participate in the birth of a baby, and spiritual needs to present mother and father.
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The mother and father of child have no right to be his godparents. It is worth noting that husband and wife can't be a godfather of one baby. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and other relatives are allowed to become godfather or mother. It is recommended to take cross blood relatives. It is believed that the blood relationship becomes stronger as the recipients are the second parents of the child.

Orthodox Christians

The godfather can be a person who is an Orthodox Christian and constantly communicants in the Church. Atheists and representatives of other religious directions godparents can not be. In this case the godfather must know the creed and recite it in the process of baptism. From the godfather will require daily reading and prayer for a godson, as he is now responsible for the spiritual upbringing of the child in the future. Regular attendance of Church and education in the Christian faith is an integral part of the duties of a godfather.


Godparents can not be under the age of fourteen, because they have no spiritual experience that will be required for instruction in the right faith of the newborn.

The Ministers of the Church

Monks and nuns cannot become godparents, because these people renounced the world to devote himself to fasting, prayer and the struggle with the passions.

The number of godparents

The Christian Church spelled out that the godfather of the child should be alone, but of the same sex. If christen the boy, then a man should be. If the girl, the woman. Often the child has two godparents of the parent, but can be more. You need to realize that the smaller the godfather the little man, the responsibility these people take their responsibilities cross parent.

The absence of the godfather

If godparents are not able to attend the Baptism, the ceremony is held without them. In rare cases, allowed the procedure without the cross. In such a situation, the cross considered himself a priest, but the presence of sponsors is not considered to be mandatory.

Pregnancy and marriage

How girls and boys are eligible to be godparents or unmarried pregnant women. You should know that marriage between a godfather and those who undergo Baptism, is prohibited. As a spiritual daughter has become the wife of the godfather and the mother, who was widowed, could not become the wife for the godfather became godfather to her daughter.
After the Sacrament of Baptism, the cross cannot be changed. Even if he was missing or changed faith.
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The status of "godfather" holds many responsibilities, so it is recommended to choose responsible people who can take care of the child if parents will not.

Advice 2: Who can be a godparent?

The choice of godparents for a child is not an easy task as it might seem. Because the godfather must meet a number of requirements that apply to him by the Church. So you need to think very carefully about who you intend to appoint the spiritual parents of their child.
Who can be a godparent?
In most cases, baptize people in his childhood. Often childhood is early enough. So the responsibility for choosing godparents lies entirely with the parents of the child. And it is very important to choose godparents correctly.

Kakak requirements must meet the godparents

In the first place, it is desirable that the godfather was an Orthodox Christian. The Orthodox Church does not accept as a spiritual parent of a Muslim, Catholic or atheist. After all, the main purpose of the cross of the parent - child assistance in the upbringing of the Orthodox faith. In this regard, it is desirable that the godfather would be a man votserkvlennym. This means that he will be able to take on the responsibility for regular driving godson to Church and following the required rituals and services.
Of course, you can select and that person thought, which is irrelevant to the Church, but in this case it is worth remembering that no matter how good he may be human, in fact the definition of godfather match can not.

Choosing a godfather for your child, remember that the choices you make once and for all: to change the cross impossible. If after some time he will change not for the better, the family with godson will just have to pray that he'd had the enlightenment.

There are often questions about whether to appoint godparents closest relatives, pregnant women, etc. And often the inhabitants no answer to these questions. The Church gives a fairly clear explanation on the subject of who can be godparents of the child. So, contrary to popular myth, you can freely choose godparents in a pregnant woman. Both for boys and for girls.

The restriction applies only to the father or mother of the child, which can not be godparents of their own baby. Also not allowed to become a spiritual parent, one child couple (if a couple only plans to get married, she also falls under the ban). Other relatives, including brothers and sisters of the child's parents, and their parents, may take on the responsibilities of godparents. Also, do not choose godparents priests or monks, young children. In addition, foster parents can not be godparents of their children and stepchildren.
By the way, the godfather and the mothers, a ban on the participation of ladies in the sacrament of Baptism during the period of monthly impurity.

That should give the godparents the child in the performance of the sacrament of Baptism

Usually say that godparents must purchase for the rite of Baptism a cross. Of course, if the person chose so honorable position, does not want to make a mistake, it is better to consult with parents.

Also often become godparents to their godchild a silver spoon as a gift. This is particularly relevant gift if the baby baptized at the age when he climbs the first tooth.

Godfather needs to make contact with his godson. He became not only the spiritual mentor of the baptized, but also a kind of understudy of the biological parents. After all, one of the duties of the cross is the upbringing of the child if the birth parents are deceased or unable because of other circumstances to fulfill their parental responsibilities.
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