On Friday, July 12, Damiani turned 40 days old, so her grandfather, Fr. Joseph and I, read the "Churching" prayers for her and Pres. Pelagia.
I believe it is the Russian tradition to leave the child on the solea in front of the Beautiful Gates for the mother to take.
Here is Pres. Pelagia picking up Damiani from in front of the altar area.
As you can see, the kids were excited by the service, which was preceded by the arrival of our friend Angela and her family, as well as Benny's nonos, James. Slowly our friends were trickling in from Thessaloniki for the baptism the next day.
Stay tuned for the next post.