After a summer full of Greek Orthodox Baptism services -a kind of a surreal experience indeed -I had the change to take some pictures of a Catholic baptism service. The baptism ritual is a participatory one, with parents and of an infant and the godparents and immediate family members of the person being baptized being a bit more involved.
Every person being baptized must have a sponsor, traditionally called a godparent. You must have at least one sponsor, but usually infants get one of each gender and often from each side of the family.
The role of godparents has a very practical history. Godparents took over rearing children orphaned when their parents died prematurely. Today, being a godparent carries with it no legal right or ecclesiastical authority to the custody of children. Being a godparent, besides giving Christmas and birthday gifts every year, really means being a role model.
So. here is Pim, the newest member of the Rombaut family.