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.
Godparents
You will need
  • Godfather, godmother - list of candidates
Instruction
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Parents



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.
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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.
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Age



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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Note
After the Sacrament of Baptism, the cross cannot be changed. Even if he was missing or changed faith.
Useful advice
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 : How to baptize a child

Baptism is considered the moment of spiritual birth. The sacrament of baptism can take place in a child's life only once, so remember: baptism is not just a beautiful ceremony.
How to baptize a child

Parents need to treat the issue of baptism of the child responsibly – they must choose for him a caring and faithful godparents. These people will answer before God for the spiritual development and education of the goddaughter or godson. So the godfather or godmother may be just really believing and baptized people. The child's parents can't be godparents, but can be invited as godparents other relatives – grandparents, sisters or brothers. Before you can baptize a child must negotiate in the Church about the date and time of the sacrament. Well, if You meet and talk with the priest who will conduct the ceremony. Ask him if you can photograph or take a video camera the sacrament of baptism, as different priests have different attitudes to this issue. If you want you can spend the sacrament of baptism at home – it is necessary to invite a priest to yourself. Decide in advance what name will baptize your child. Unfortunately, often the Church and secular a person's name do not match. In the Orthodox calendar is missing many common names, therefore, to baptize the child in the birth certificate which is written, for example, the name Ruslan, have, under the name of Rostislav. And the girl, and my parents chose the name ina, you will have to baptize under John's name. Don't forget to prepare in advance all that will be needed for the rite. Purchase pectoral cross with chain for baby and a great new towel that the baby will need to wrap up immediately after the ceremony. You will also need a small bag, which is after the baptism the priest will put a little lock of baby's hair (she cut off in a sign that the child is in the bosom of the Church). Bring a baby blanket, the documents of one of the parents and birth certificate of the child. The godfather or godmother during the baptism you will need to read the prayer called the "Symbol of Faith", so if they don't know the text of the prayer by heart, better to be safe and grab a piece of paper with written prayer. Parents and godparents of the child are required to wear their pectoral cross, women in front of the Church have their heads covered. Clothes of all the guests present at the sacrament of baptism, should be modest and befitting the solemn moment. The rite of baptism usually takes about 40-50 minutes, and the culmination of the process is the immersion of the child into the font. Don't be nervous and don't worry – usually the priests perform all the procedures pretty carefully. Your peace of mind is a guarantee that the child will feel comfortable and relaxed.

Advice 3 : What you need for baby baptism

Baptism is a very important event in the life of Orthodox believers. To be baptized only once in life, because baptism is a spiritual birth of the new man. The memory of this event stored life.
What you need for baby baptism



The most important thing for the baptism of a baby is the godparents. To the choice of godparents (also called sponsors) should be approached with the utmost seriousness. It is their responsibility to help the parents of the child in all that relates to his Christian upbringing, to pray for him. It's a big responsibility, it is necessary to give a lot of energy. Not everyone can be a real godfather, not formal, which is indifferent to his godson and not paying attention. In addition, the failure of the godparents of their duties is a sin.

Requirements of the cross quite a lot. Godparents must be baptized Orthodox, parents can not be godparents of their child, the husband and wife are godparents of the same baby. Children can't be godparents, as they are not yet able to give an account of their faith. Insane sickness can neither vouch for the faith of their godchild, nor teach him faith.

Check with the Church what you need to prepare for baby baptism. Definitely need krisma - a piece of fabric from white fabric, in which the baptized infant is swaddled after the end of the sacrament, towel (to wipe baby immediately after the bath). The boy needs to prepare a new white shirt, for girls - dress, a bonnet or kerchief.

Also need a sanctified cross. Traditionally it gives the godson of the godfather. Any Orthodox believer is expected after baptism wearing a cross without removing the same applies to babies. Better if the cross would be made of light metal, and instead of the chain use a soft tape made of natural material that will not chafe the baby's skin. Then when the child grows up, the tape can be replaced by a chain.

The rite of baptism to last for quite a while, so please be all those that usually take, say, for a walk: removable diaper, pacifier, water bottle, food, diapers. Be sure to grab a second set of clothes for the baby, towel. Need to be able to wipe and change your baby if necessary.


Advice 4 : How to choose the day of the baptism

Baptism is the spiritual birth of man, his adherence to the Christian faith and the cleansing from sins. In recent years more and more parents want to baptize the child as a child, so from an early age to educate the Orthodox tradition. To decide the most appropriate for the baptism of a baby the date, you need to consider a few things.
How to choose the day of the baptism
Instruction
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According to Church canons, it is customary to perform the Sacrament of Baptism on the 40th day of a child's life, but simply the establishment on this point. Largely this is due to the postpartum condition and restore the mother's body. For entry into the temple, she must receive the blessing of the priest after reading a special prayer. If the baby is sick, the priest can invite home or in hospital before this time.
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In General, the Church allowed to baptize a child in any day if the parents so wish, as long as their intention to raise the child in the Christian faith was solid. Prohibitions and restrictions on any days for the sacrament of Baptism no, but in the specific Church can have their own rules, therefore, choosing the date, confirm with the Ministers.
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Very often the ceremony is held for several baptized at the same time, but if you want to commit only your child, make arrangements with the priest on that day, when the other none.
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Many mothers and grandmothers are afraid to baptize the kids in the cold season, because they are immersed in water and being wet they can get cold. If you are among such parents, it is better to wait until the established warm weather.
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In the old days babies were names of saints whose memory had on the day of the baptism. Now you can act the opposite way: look in the Church calendar, the date on which celebrated the memory of saints, then the following birthday of your child, and baptize the baby.
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It is possible to time the baptism to the Church festivals of Easter, the Trinity, the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, etc. But please note that at this time in the temple is a large crowd of people, and the baby could get scared.
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Consider the individual characteristics of the child: age, relationships with others, how it will behave in the hands of the godparents, etc. six-month baby is capable of perceiving the rite quietly, and in 2-3 months – to turn around and cry.
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In addition, the tradition of the Church prohibiting women to visit the temple during menstruation, so it is important that the day of the baptism was not for his godmother for this period.

Advice 5 : 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.

Advice 6 : How to choose godparents for the baby

Many parents take an important decision in your life, when you bring the child to the temple for the last sacraments of Holy baptism. In the Orthodox tradition there is a practice of selecting godparents to babies, so it can stand quite a logical question about who it is advisable to choose in the "spiritual parents" to the child.
How to choose godparents for the baby

 

What are the qualities of a godfather

It should be noted that there is a practice of choosing two godparents - mothers and fathers. However, in the absence of candidates permitted one godfather. For girls - mom and boy daddy. But here, if necessary, you can choose godparent a person of either sex. The main quality that should have a spiritual parent, is the last apartment to the Church. That is, man must be not just a "believer", but to have an idea about the Orthodox faith. It is no coincidence, because the main responsibility of the cross can be called the education of the child to the Orthodox faith. It was on my godparents are responsible before God for the child. In this regard, we need to specify that the procession should be close to the family baptized. This is necessary in order to have access to communication with the child. And the more often it will happen, the better for both.

In addition to knowledge of Orthodox faith and close family need to note is the apartment to the Church. Many people know about Orthodoxy, but I have no idea about the meaning of Orthodox life. The godfather is desirable to choose the person who attends the worship service himself often, confession and communion. In the future, the godfather is responsible to bring a child into the Church for communion.

Godparents make a vow of renunciation of the devil at baptism and promise to match Christ. People should be responsible and understand the importance of the sacraments. You cannot be a godparent only to hold the child in her arms. It is a feat of teaching that will carry your entire life adult.

So, the main qualities that should have a godfather, are faith, knowledge of Orthodox culture, the apartment to the Church, responsibility and closeness to the family of the baptized.

Who can not be a godfather (godmother)

If the child has two godparents, they may not be in the bonds of marriage. Even just two friends godfather in the future, the Church banned the sexual relationship between themselves, because during the sacrament of baptism there is a spiritual kinship between them. Accordingly, they cannot be godparents husband and wife.

Godparents should not be parents themselves. If the child has no godparents (such cases happen), then the priest figuratively becomes godfather to the baby. Adoptive parents also do not have the right to be the godfather.

God cannot be a people of faith, as well as representatives of non-Orthodox Christian denominations. So, can not be a godparent at an Orthodox child Catholic or Protestant.

You can't be a godfather to the representative of sectarianism (this is understandable, many cultists will not do it, because not baptized children).

Of course, it is not recommended to be a godparent and one who calls himself a Christian, but has a negative attitude toward the Church, calling himself a believer in the soul. You must remember that this Church is not mother, God is not the Father.

The godfather (the godfather) can not be an atheist, and even loyal to the Church because he will not be able to teach the child the Orthodox faith.

In Church practice there are cases when godparents are children under the age of majority. It is not recommended. That is, the boy is 13 - 16 years (or girl) you are not formed as a person, and may not have clear ideas about the faith. But there may be exceptions, if a young boy or girl consciously come to the baptism and their responsibilities.

 

Advice 7 : 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.
Godparents
You will need
  • Godfather, godmother - list of candidates
Instruction
1

Parents



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.
2

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.
3

Age



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.
4

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.
5

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.
6

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.
7

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.
Note
After the Sacrament of Baptism, the cross cannot be changed. Even if he was missing or changed faith.
Useful advice
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.
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