Churching


Churching

Churching refers to the attendance of any church activity, including Sunday School, sacrament meetings, and weekday activities.

Anciently, the word churching was sometimes used to refer to a specific ceremony in Eastern and the Western churches.

In Catholic Ireland it referred to the practice of women having given birth having to seek readmission to the Church.


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  • Churching — Recorded as Churchin, Churchine, Churcheing, and usually Churching, this is quite a rare English surname. It is probably locational from a place called Churchingford (the church by the shallow river crossing) from the pre 7th century chirche… …   Surnames reference

  • Churching — Church Church, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Churched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Churching}.] To bless according to a prescribed form, or to unite with in publicly returning thanks in church, as after deliverance from the dangers of childbirth; as, the churching… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Churching —    Equivalent to the Purification among the Jews, and which in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary is commemorated as a Feast of the Church on February 2. The reader is directed to the service set forth in the Prayer Book under the title, The… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • churching — noun Date: 15th century the administration or reception of a rite of the church; specifically a ceremony in some churches by which women after childbirth are received in the church with prayers, blessings, and thanksgiving …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • churching — church ceremony given to women after childbirth Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • churching — tʃɜːtʃ n. building in which Christians meet to worship; public worship; members of a religious denomination; denomination; leaders of a religious body; organized religion v. take to church; conduct a special service (in thanks for the safe… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • churching — church·ing …   English syllables

  • churching —    Jewish law stated that women were under taboo after childbirth, because of pollution by blood, until ritually cleansed by a priest (Leviticus 12: 1 8); Mary obeyed this rule after the birth of Jesus (Luke 2: 22 4). Modern liturgies stress… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • churching — ˈchərchiŋ, ə̄ch , əich noun ( s) Etymology: from gerund of church (II) : the administration or reception of a rite of the church; specifically : a ceremony in some high liturgical churches by which after childbirth women are received in the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Churching of Women — • A blessing given by the Church to mothers after recovery from childbirth Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Churching of Women     Churching of Women      …   Catholic encyclopedia