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Churching a Baby Liturgical Service

Great Feast
of Holy Hypapanty
Jesus Christ
and
Purification Theotokos
Blessing Candles Churching a Baby
Liturgical Service
Churching a Baby
Liturgical Service Text
is in
Liturgy John Chrysostom
Appendix 2, page 98
The Eparchy of Newton, 2009
Churching a Baby
Liturgical Service Text
Euchologion
Eparchy of Newton
1999
Churching a Baby
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St. Anne Church
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Churching is a commeration of the Holy Hypapanty of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Purification of The Theotokos.

Churching spiritually prepares the baby and the parents for the Holy Mysteries of Christian Illumination
Churching must be celebrated before the Holy Mysteries of Christian Illumination are received.

When is Churching Celebrated

Churching a baby is performed when the mother and the baby first go to the Church after the birth of the baby. The mother does not go to Church without her baby and the baby does not go to Church without his/her mother.

When do the Mother and Baby first go to Church

Traditionally, Churching is celebrated on the Sunday closest the Fortith Day after the birth of the baby to commemerate Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's being Presented at the Temple on the Fortith Day after his birth.
Some people want Churching to be celebrated as soon as the mother and baby are physically able to go to Church. They do not count the days.

What Happens during Churching

  • Baby
    • Blessing the baby.
    • Presenting the baby to God.
    • Dedicating the baby to God.
  • Mother
    • Welcoming the mother back to church after an absence.
    • Blessing the mother for the cause of that absence: the birth of the baby.

Prior to Churching

  • The priest / abouna and the parents agree on a day on which to celebrate Churching.

Churching Procedure

  • Prior to the beginning of Divine Liturgy, the entire family (parents, baby, other children, grandparents, aunts, uncles counsins, the future the Baptismal sponsors, etc. ) waits outside the front entrance of the Church for the priest / abouna to come to welcome them.
  • The priest / abouna comes to the front entrance of the Church to welcome the family.
  • The entire family comes to just inside the front entrance of the Church.
  • The priest / abouna says several prayers.
  • The priest / abouna carries the baby to the altar while he is saying a prayer. The entire family follows the priest / abouna.
  • The priest / abouna stops once on the way to the altar to say a prayer. The family stands behind the priest / abouna.
  • The priest / abouna continues to carry the baby to the altar while he is saying a prayer. The entire family follows the priest / abouna .
  • At the altar, the priest / abouna says a prayer. The family stands behind the priest / abouna.
  • The priest / abouna returns the baby to the baby's parents.
  • The entire family goes to their seats.
The Divine and Holy Liturgy of our Father among the Saints John Chrysostom Archbishop of Constantinople, New English Language Translation (The Eparchy of Newton, 2009)

More Information

Churching St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, West Paterson, NJ

Holy Mysteries of Christian Illumination

Churching is received prior to a baby receiving the Holy Mysteries of Christian Illumination.


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