|The Book of Common Prayer|
The thankesgiving of women after
Childe-birth, commonly called,
The Churching of women.
¶ The woman shall come into the Church, and there shall kneel down in some convenient place, nigh unto the place where the Lords Table standeth, and the Presbyter standing by her, shall say these words, or such like as the case shall require.
FORasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of his goodnesse to give you safe deliverance, and hath preserved you in the great danger of childe-birth : ye shall therefore give hearty thanks unto God and pray.
¶ Then shall the Presbyter say this Psalme following, Or else Psalme the 27.
Will lift up mine eyes unto the hils from whence cometh my help.
Lord have mercie
¶ Let us pray.
O ALmighty God, which hast delivered this woman thy servant from the great pain and perill of Child-birth : grant, we beseech thee, most merciful Father, that she, through thy help, may both faithfully live and walk in her vocation, according to thy will in this life present, and also may be partaker of everlasting glorie in the life to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ The woman that cometh to give her thanks, it is convenient that she receive the holy Communion, if there be any at that time.
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