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Historical and Pastoral Responses to the Forty-Day Churching of Infants (Part Two)
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

Historical and Pastoral Responses to the Forty-Day Churching of Infants (Part Two)

by Rev. Dr. Stelyios Muksuris In the last segment, we examined the manuscript tradition that addressed the established practices of the churching rite within the Byzantine liturgical tradition. I now proceed to make my own suggestions for a uniform practice that is theologically sensible and pastorally sensitive. Theological Reflection and Practical Recommendations In accordance with…

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A Historical and Pastoral Response to the Forty-Day Churching of Infants (Part One)
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Liturgical Life

A Historical and Pastoral Response to the Forty-Day Churching of Infants (Part One)

by Rev. Dr. Stelyios Muksuris The pre-baptismal rite of the forty-day churching of infants has raised manifold questions with regard to the manner of its execution by clergy. Supplementing such quandaries are issues regarding the gender of infants, the need to reassess and modify the language of certain prayers, and to include the father into…

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Childbirth is a Blessing, Not an Occasion of Impurity
Women in the Church

Childbirth is a Blessing, Not an Occasion of Impurity

Multiple petitions are offered for the fruitfulness of a couple’s union during an Orthodox marriage service, so many that a college friend characterized my wedding as a fertility rite. One such example: “That He will grant unto them the enjoyment of the blessing of children…let us pray to the Lord.” Based on the sentiment that…

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