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Offline GabrieltheCelt

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Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« on: October 18, 2007, 01:13:57 PM »
After talking about godparents in another thread, I became intrigued about the requirements of becoming a Godparent or searching for a Godparent. 

1. What responsibilities/roles does a godparent have? Do they simply answer questions re: religion or do they help us with all of life's question from a Christian perspective?
 
2. Does a godparent stay with you your whole life or just during the catechumenate/ early post-baptism/chrismation period?
 
3. What are the requirements to becomming a godparent?  Should you make your intentions/wishes known to the priest?
 
4. Is it imperative or a good idea that the godparent be older than the new Christian?
 
5. Should one's godparent be married?
 
6. Is the priest involved in choosing process of choosing the godparent?
 
7. What if your godparent falls from the faith or gets divorced (as was the case with my godparent)?
 
8. Is being a godparent serious or simply ceremonial?
 
9. Is the whole godparent issue simply an antiquated idea that we don't really need anymore?

10. Other questions?

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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2007, 01:37:48 PM »
This excellent production may help:

http://realserver.goarch.org/ram/en/sacraments_baptism.ram

Note: it is 46 minutes long.
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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2007, 02:06:29 PM »
I'm going to answer as far as I know, which may be errant.  Correct me as I go along, please....



1. What responsibilities/roles does a godparent have? Do they simply answer questions re: religion or do they help us with all of life's question from a Christian perspective?

All aspects.  I think this is what makes their role so important - they are there to help discern God's will, pray with the godchild, help the godchild during spiritual ruts, all the days of their life.

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2. Does a godparent stay with you your whole life or just during the catechumenate/ early post-baptism/chrismation period?
It is my understanding that they help you during the Great Judgment, so I assume it's important to be in lifelong contact.
 
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3. What are the requirements to becomming a godparent?  Should you make your intentions/wishes known to the priest?

A member "in good standing" according to the minimums of your jurisdiction.  The priest must approve the selection of Godparents.

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4. Is it imperative or a good idea that the godparent be older than the new Christian?

I'd say go for someone more mature than the candidate.  Maturity is not always measured by years, but age and experience are usually good benchmarkers.
 
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8. Is being a godparent serious or simply ceremonial?
Very very serious.
 
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9. Is th whole godparent issue simply an antiquated idea that we don't really need anymore?
Theologically, I don't believe that's possible (see #2).  Practically, how can a baby say "I denounce Satan..."?

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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2007, 03:15:44 PM »
I found some more info here
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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2007, 12:16:51 AM »
They even have a name- anadochos which means one who receives (the person out of the font).
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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2007, 12:24:31 AM »
If you are looking for someone, i'm available.... ;) ;D

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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2007, 12:51:10 AM »
I think parents should really think about the people they choose as godparents because being a cradle Orthodox in the greek culture I used to see god parent as a way to make a freind a "relation". This has hurt me because my god parents have not talked to me for about 10 years (i'm 17) and I have really needed someone to go to besides my parents to pray and help but I didn't have this so if all the rules have to be disconsidered at least choose on the critereon that you will be there to help and will have the ability facilitate your function!
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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2007, 12:55:51 AM »
If you are looking for someone, i'm available.... ;) ;D
Well, mine did divorce himself from his wife and then skip town, so... :)  Actually I've always got OB. :D
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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2007, 01:03:31 AM »
Well, mine did divorce himself from his wife and then skip town, so... :)  Actually I've always got OB. :D

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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2007, 01:19:19 AM »
I'll adopt you son; after all, I did teach you about good beer and ouzo.  :D
To which I'm forever indebted. ;)
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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2007, 05:21:04 PM »
Well, mine did divorce himself from his wife and then skip town, so... :)  Actually I've always got OB. :D

what is OB??  Sorry for my ignorance. 

I think the more spiritual support your kids have the better it is for the kid.  Spiritual father, Godparents, real parents, spiritually good friends, etc. 
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Re: Requirements for looking for, or becoming, a Godparent
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2007, 03:21:38 AM »
what is OB??  Sorry for my ignorance.
I think OB refers to our poster Orthodox Bagpiper.
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