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Monday, October 21, 2013

Godparents galore: Royal christening

Episcopal Baptism    (Public Domain)
Whereas many babies get two (if they're lucky), Prince George Alexander Louis will have six:  godparents that is.

Mikey Smith of Mirror News reports that Prince George's baptism will take place at 3 PM on October 23, 2013.  The 45-minute service will be held at the Chapel Royal in St. James Palace, the cherished place where sons William and Harry paid their final respects to Princess Diana before she was laid to rest.

Thus far, three of the godparents' names have been announced:  Fergus Boyd, Hugh van Cutsem, and Emilia d'Erlanger.  The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of
Canterbury, will perform the ceremony.

Wikipedia explains that godparents were historically expected to act as "guarantors of the child's spiritual upbringing."  Within the present-day Church of England, godparents "should be both baptized and confirmed… but the requirement for confirmation can be waived."

In addition to spiritual sustenance, secular support is also often expected from today's godparents.  The
Telegraph explains that this could include being "a part-personal organiser, purveyor of expensive presents, complimentary child-care provider, networking assistant and all-purpose family fallback."   


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