I feel totally technological now…I’ve uploaded a video on you tube, coooooool.
Here we are…the Orthodox churching service is really touching. In it the mother and child are officially welcomed back into the church and community 40 days (traditionally) after the birth of the baby. This parallels the presentation of Christ in the temple, which took place 40 days after His birth. The short service takes place during Divine Liturgy. Although the exact practice varies, at St. Barnabas the mother and infant are joined at the back of the nave by the priest whom they follow to the front of the church. The priest then takes the baby and circles around the altar as the choir and people sing the Prayer of St. Simeon, who welcomed the infant Christ in the same manner.
Sorry you can only see our backs, c’est la vie.