Posted by George on August 24, 2000 at 13:29:15:
In Reply to: Responsibilities of Godparents for baptism, etc. posted by Jennifer on August 23, 2000 at 15:08:17:
: My husband and I are godparents to a baby boy soon to be baptized.
: What are our traditional responsibilities for the baptism? We think that we are supposed to buy the "ribbons," the favors and a cross, but are there other items? Are there any guidelines for the ribbons and favors? Are there other things we should pay for?
: After the baptism, what role do the godparents traditionally play in the life of the child?
: Thank You!
Typically, the godparents to be Nouno (godfather) and Nouna (godmother) do purchase the matirika (ribbons) and the cross (stavro). Other than these items, it is possible for the godparents to purchase other items related to the baptism, but not necessary. It depends on you. This could include a change of clothes, or a white towel. The role of a godparent is as a spiritual parent for the godson/daughter. In most Greek Orthodox churches, there is a god parents sunday for bringing your godchild to church. This reminds me that it is also customary to bring the child for communion the first three Sunday's after the baptism. Hope this helps.
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