Σαραντισμός (Sarantismos) 40 Day Churching

Σαραντισμός (Sarantismos) 40 Day Churching

Forty days after the birth and in accordance with the Old Testament tradition
observed by the Virgin Mary (Luke 2:22-24),

the parents bring their child for the first entrance into the Church.

At the time of the Churching, the parents & child are greeting by the parish’s priest in the narthex
(the entrance to the main body of the Church) where the appropriate prayers are offered over the mother.
The child is then carried by the priest into the nave and to the Royal Gates, followed by family.
After blessing the child in the from of the Church, the child is returned back to the parents,
where they then take their place in the congregation.