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Godparents
« on: July 21, 2005, 05:06:31 PM »
  Hi,

   Do you need two Godparents if you are converting?   

   I have someone in mind to ask, do I just go ahead and ask?   She has been helping me a lot at church.  She is a very busy person,     will it require a lot of her time?  I don't know  any Orthodox males, (if you need two people), well enough to ask.

   Thx for your help.

   Irene 

       

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Re: Godparents
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2005, 05:17:43 PM »
When I got to that point, my priest told me that it was fine if I only had one.  I actually got more grief out of other parishoners about just having a godmother instead of a godfather or both, but Father had no issues with it.  I just went ahead and asked her, which I assume is how you do it (of course, I could have just gone off on my own on that one).  As for time, I think it varies from godparent to godparent (and godchild to godchild).  I'm a handful to deal with in all respects, so mine puts in a lot of time with me.  Others may not require as much, so I suppose that's really between you and her. 
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Re: Godparents
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2005, 07:32:31 PM »
yea, you don't need two. I was the only sponsor for a friend of mine. If you've begun the catechumenate, you can ask her, and you might want to run it past your priest first just so he knows what's going on. Good luck!
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Re: Godparents
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2005, 07:47:11 PM »
ÂÂ  Hi,

  ÃƒÆ’‚ Do you need two Godparents if you are converting?  ÃƒÆ’‚  

  ÃƒÆ’‚ I have someone in mind to ask, do I just go ahead and ask?  ÃƒÆ’‚ She has been helping me a lot at church.  She is a very busy person,  ÃƒÆ’‚  ÃƒÆ’‚ will it require a lot of her time?  I don't know  any Orthodox males, (if you need two people), well enough to ask.

  ÃƒÆ’‚ Thx for your help.

  ÃƒÆ’‚ Irene  

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The Greeks usually have 2, while in Russian tradition there is usually one Godparent of the same sex as the Godchild. But you find exceptions to these rules too.
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Re: Godparents
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2005, 07:50:30 PM »
[quote author=Νικολάος Διάκονος link=topic=6715.msg87868#msg87868 date=1121989631]
The Greeks usually have 2, while in Russian tradition there is usually one Godparent of the same sex as the Godchild. But you find exceptions to these rules too.
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Yeah, I'd be one of those exceptions.  ;D
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Re: Godparents
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2005, 04:24:25 AM »
And I only had one, a godmother (I believe in Romania the norm is to have one of the same sex, like the Russians, but you also often get couples) so I'd be an exception too. I think this falls more into the category of custom rather than Tradition.

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Re: Godparents
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2005, 11:19:24 AM »
[quote author=Νικολάος Διάκονος link=topic=6715.msg87868#msg87868 date=1121989631]
The Greeks usually have 2, while in Russian tradition there is usually one Godparent of the same sex as the Godchild. But you find exceptions to these rules too.
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I don't know what your talking about... In all the traditional Russian families that I know, and at all the traditonal baptisms I've been too... 98% of them have both a godmother and godfather. 
Of course this is different when an "of-age" person is converting, depending on the situation, but as far as children getting baptised, it's almost always both a godmother and godfather. 
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Re: Godparents
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2005, 11:30:24 AM »
I think (not 100%) that you are only required one sponsor, but two is nice and traditional.  Two was also necessary in older times, when often the parents might die before the child is an adult, and the godparents would be amongst those called on to raise the kids (as was the case with my grandfather)
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Re: Godparents
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2005, 12:43:45 PM »
In the case of my wife and I, I was acquired by my godfather and wound up being 'adopted' by a new mother (my birth mother having passed on before my marriage).

My wife wound up receiving a godmother as well as a new very, very Greek mother-in-law. ;)

My wife's cup has indeed overflowed, as her new mother-in-law has actually asked her 'why her mother never taught her anything' such as the proper way to make spanokopita, how to cut vasiliko for the Holy Cross at church, how koulouraki should be rolled, etc. :P

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