*Can a person who is not baptized or chrismated in the Orthodox faith serve as a Godparent?



All About Orthodox Baptisms


Can a person who is not baptized or chrismated in the Orthodox faith serve as a Godparent? Can a Catholic serve as a Godparent? Can you have two Godparents?


The Godparent must be a full Orthodox Christian so that he or she can fully participate in the sacraments of the baptism. A non Eastern Orthodox person may participate as an honorary Godparent but would have limited participation in the baptismal service. They may not fully participate in the sacrament. This is because they do not profess the same Creed (faith) as Orthodox Christians.


Specifically for Catholics: While Catholics and Christian Orthodox share a similar faith, Catholics can not serve as the official sponsor who signs the baptismal paper and may not rub the oil on the baby.


If there are two Godparents and one is not Christian Orthodox, the Christian Orthodox Godparent will be the one to serve as the official sponsor. Only the Orthodox Godparent can rub the oil on the baby or sign the baptismal certificate. If you have two Godparents and both are Orthodox, only one will be needed to sign the sponsoring papers.


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