When you became a godparent, you assumed responsibility before God to bring the child up in the Orthodox faith. You pray for your godchildren, of course. You light candles for them every time you enter a church. And you mean to ensure that your godchildren love the Church, and love God, as much as you do.

But how?

To grow up in the faith, your godchildren need to feel grounded in it. They need to know that they belong in the Church.

The Church, of course, gives us the tools we need to build that sense of belonging for our godchildren.

Start with the Church year, and use that. The celebrations of the Church year serve to anchor all of us more solidly in the faith. They give us all stronger connections to the Church.

You can use the Church year to build special traditions with your godchildren that connect their lives to the Churcch’s feasts and celebrations, and especially to Pascha! Pascha is the Feast of Feasts, the Holy Day of Holy Days! It’s a greater day by far than Christmas. And there are so very many ways that you can build Paschal traditions with your godchildren.

You’ll find many ideas on how to do that in my essay, Celebrate Pascha With Your Godchild, on the Orthodox Christian Network. And if you think of more ways, add them to the comments here!

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Charlotte Riggle, author of Catherine's Pascha and The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
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