Childbirth is a Blessing, Not an Occasion of Impurity
by Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost
originally published on Public Orthodoxy
“It was not until the late Byzantine era that the language of impurity entered these rites. And it was this modified and theologically problematic version of the prayers that received mass distribution through the printing press during the Ottoman period, effectively entrenching the impurity language in the Euchologion.”
Sr. Vassa discusses the grisly topic we all hate to talk about, “ritual impurity” i.e., the canonical rules that limit women’s liturgical participation during times of menstruation and after childbirth.
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Churching: The Orthodox Rite of Churching the Mother and Child After Childbirth
By Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost
This four-part series explores the Orthodox rite of Churching in which mother and child re-join their church community for attending services, the prayers that are recited by the priest, and the implications and meanings of some of the language in these prayers.
The Baby’s Trip Around the Altar