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« on: December 10, 2009, 12:02:41 AM »

In the West, as I'm sure you are all aware of, there is the separation of the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, where an infant is baptized, then is confirmed later in life.  Tied with this practice is the belief that the person is making, in theory, a conscious decision in having faith in Jesus Christ, being Catholic, etc. 

How is this seen in Orthodoxy (or even Eastern Catholicism), where Baptism and Chrismation occur together for the infant?  Is there a time when they formally choose to be Orthodox?  Or is it seen as a natural progression in a process started at infancy, with the faith of the parents/godparents substituting, then moving to the actual person (am I making sense?)?
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2009, 12:06:16 AM »

AFAIK, there isn't a specific time when the child grows up when they are required to affirm their faith in the Church in a public manner.
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2009, 12:06:55 AM »

Or is it seen as a natural progression in a process started at infancy, with the faith of the parents/godparents substituting, then moving to the actual person (am I making sense?)?

This is how i've understood it to be.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2009, 12:39:51 AM »

Or is it seen as a natural progression in a process started at infancy, with the faith of the parents/godparents substituting, then moving to the actual person (am I making sense?)?

You got it! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2009, 01:03:47 AM »

Thanks for the quick help!
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