What do the Godparents do during a baptismal ceremony?
I’ve never been to one before, but I was always told that it’s the Godparents’ job to present the child for baptism and to physically hold the baby while the baptismal water is poured and while the Chrism oil is anointed.
Is this true or just an Italian custom?
This past Sunday was my nephew’s baptism and I was asked to be his Godmother.
I found the entire ceremony to be unorganized (this is not unusual in my parish) but I assumed that the honor of presenting the child would be mine.
The Deacon had the parents hold the children (there were 4 babies baptized that day) and all the Godparents did was place our hands on the baby while the Deacon performed the baptismal rites.
Am I being too nit-picky? I was very upset after the ceremony and I told my sister that I felt totally insignificant.
I know my role as Godmother is way more important during my nephew’s life, but I felt slighted on that special day.
What is the protocol during a baptismal ceremony? What do the parents do and what do the Godparents do?