Godfather (Godparent)

The person who is responsible before God and the church of the newly baptized.
These responsibilities are most serious in the case of infant baptism, at which the godparents also make the promises of renunciation, faith, and obedience in the child's name.
He (or she) promises to supervise the religious education of the child.
The godfather has to pray on behalf of the baptized person and care for him.


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  • godparent — UK [ˈɡɒdˌpeərənt] / US [ˈɡɑdˌperənt] noun [countable] Word forms godparent : singular godparent plural godparents an adult who promises during the Christian ceremony of baptism to give a child support and religious education. A male godparent is… …   English dictionary

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  • godparent — god|par|ent [ gad,perənt ] noun count an adult who promises during the Christian ceremony of baptism to give a child support and religious education. A male godparent is called a godfather and a female godparent is called a godmother …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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