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How a baptize father is chosen?
« on: June 04, 2009, 03:38:40 AM »
I'm a Christian but I'm not baptized. I hope I'll get baptized when I join to an Greek Orthodox church. I say Greek orthodox church, Because those are the only ones we have in Constantinople (or Istanbul).
I know that when a baby is baptized some one volunteers to be a baptize father(I don't know if it's translated in English. I just directly translated from Turkish. Excuse my poor English.) of that kid. I'm 18 years old, how is my baptize father is gonna be chosen? Is that person gonna be from the church?  ???

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Re: How a baptize father is chosen?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 04:07:28 AM »
The English word you are looking for is 'godfather'.

Yes, the godfather must be a member of the Orthodox Church. Because it his responsibility to help you learn how to be a good Christian.

Normally, an adult chooses their own godfather (when infants are baptized, the birth parents choose the god parent). When you begin going to a church, you will get to know the people there. You find one who you respect, who you think will be a good example to you, and then you ask them to be your godfather.

Edit: My apologies, I just realized from the other thread that you are a woman. Normally, your godparent is the same gender as yourself. So you would be looking for a godmother rather than a godfather.
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Re: How a baptize father is chosen?
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2009, 05:41:16 AM »
Oh, yeaa.. Godmother! There was a cartoon called Fairly Godparents  :laugh: I remembered. Thanks a lot for the help. I really appreciated it! ;)

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Re: How a baptize father is chosen?
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2009, 05:45:30 AM »
I say Greek orthodox church, Because those are the only ones we have in Constantinople (or Istanbul).

You also have a Bulgarian one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgarian_St_Stephen_Church.

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Re: How a baptize father is chosen?
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2009, 05:53:29 AM »
Isn't there an another Turkish Orthodox christian in this forum? Maybe theotokos could try contacting him/her since there would be no language barrier.

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Re: How a baptize father is chosen?
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2009, 06:00:46 AM »
I say Greek orthodox church, Because those are the only ones we have in Constantinople (or Istanbul).

You also have a Bulgarian one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgarian_St_Stephen_Church.

Yes but that's too far away from my home..and I don't know Bulgarian but I know some Greek.

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Re: How a baptize father is chosen?
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2009, 06:03:10 AM »
Isn't there an another Turkish Orthodox christian in this forum? Maybe theotokos could try contacting him/her since there would be no language barrier.
I heard that there's some one from Izmir... but I'm not really sure.
Forgive me if I'm being rude, but can you please reply to my topic about iconography? I'm really confused about that.

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Re: How a baptize father is chosen?
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2009, 07:53:06 AM »
Isn't there an another Turkish Orthodox christian in this forum? Maybe theotokos could try contacting him/her since there would be no language barrier.
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