Ellen's Churching - January 20, 2013
Churching is a service of thanksgiving and blessing of the mother and her child when they return to the church after childbirth. It is reminiscent of the Old Testament ceremony of purification (Lev. 12: 2-8) and the presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Luke 2: 22-29).
Ellen and baby Melina. Father Benedict reads prayers from The Great Book of Needs.