Bless you for reading this, pray for me. Christos Anesti!
I would like you to know first of all that I will be asking my parish priest this question very soon. With that being said I would like your input, as well as the spiritual advice of any clergy who reads this.
So here is the Situation:
I am 21 years old, Greek Orthodox. I have a little sister who is six years old, she is un-baptized. Unfortunately for the time being our Biological Father (please pray for him) is Atheist. The type of Atheist where he doesn't believe in God, but if he did; he wouldn't be Christian and especially not Orthodox. So much so does he revile the Church that he will not even cross the road that he knows the Orthodox Temple that his mother and I go to is on. And if we (my grandmother and I) even mention in the presence of Alexis (my little sister) anything to do with the Church or Christ he bursts out in anger and says the most insulting things imaginable right in front of Alexis.
By God's Grace, (Through much prayer) I have become the only available baby sitter for my sister, whereas the alternative would have been my aunt who is like minded to my father in terms of religion. The hefty price she required however for babysitting Alexis, made Dad more willing to accept me (who charges nothing) for the duty.
Dad made a point to instruct me in "what I am not to speak of around Alexis" But I do not care. I have made it a point to, early in the morning take her as soon as my dad leaves for work, to my Icon Corner and we pray the morning prayers. And before he returns I take her again to the Icons and we pray the evening prayers. I have taught her who Christ is, what he has done for us, what the church is, and a little background information from the old testament to tie it all together. She excepts all of this, she asks intelligent questions on the subjects and she does not speak of any of this to my father, even though I have not asked her to do so.
The current issue is this; how to get her baptized. My father who I have mentioned before is in very poor health and much pain, if anything happens to him Alexis would immediately go back into the custody of her mother who's love in life is the drink and nightlife, and reportedly sent Alexis back into my father's custody because CPS was called on her back in North Carolina.
I live not far from the Church, Is there any way that I can secretly take her to the Church to be baptized without my father's knowing? I am family to her, but can I not be her sponsor? Unfortunately there is no way I can get her to the Church on Saturday or Sunday.
Please send me your advice I love my sister, and I do not want her at indefinite odds for salvation.