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CHURCHING OF WOMEN - A service of thanksgiving of women after childbirth; related to the ancient Biblical law (LEV. 12:6). The new-born infant is brought to church by its mother usually on the fortieth day, in memory of how Jesus was presented at the Temple of Jerusalem by His Most-Holy Mother. The priest meets the mother and the child at the door of the nar-thex, and reads prayers for them both. Then he takes the baby and carries it forward with the words: "The servant of God (name) is received into the Church in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen." If the child is a boy he carries him into the Sanctuary and hands him back to the Mother with the prayer of St. Simeon.

Orthodox Church of the Mother of God. Mays Landing, NJ 08330

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