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Noting variants and historical norms.
===Churching of the Child===
If In some traditions, the churching is always performed before the baptism, which is the historical norm in the manuscript tradition. In other traditions, howeverm if the infant has already been baptized, the priest performs the churching of the child. If not, he does the churching immediately after the child's baptism. There are various forms of this service among different Orthodox traditions. The following mentions some of the elements that are more commonly seen.
Taking up the child, the priest lifts it up, making the [[Sign of the Cross]] with the child before the doors of the temple, saying: "The servant of God (''Name'') is churched, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
The priest then carries the child into the center of the nave, as he says, "I will go into Thy House. I will worship toward Thy Holy Temple in fear of Thee." Stopping in the center, he says, "The servant of God (''Name'') is churched, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. In the midst of the congregation I will sing praises unto Thee."
He then walks up to the [[iconostasis]], and stopping in front of the [[Holy Doors]], he says, "The servant of God (''Name'') is churched, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
If In some traditions, the child is a (whether boy or girl, the priest places her on the ''[[solea]]'' in front of the [[icon]] of the [[Theotokos]]. If the child ) is a boy, he carries him taken through the south deacon's door into the altar and sanctuary around the back holy table, stopping at each side, completing the circuit at the front of the Holy Table exiting the altar through if it is a boy, but ending at the north deacon's door side if it is a girl. The child is then brought out and again places returned to his mother. This is the baby boy onto historical norm in the soleamanuscript tradition.
In other traditions, if the child is a girl, the priest places her on the ''[[solea]]'' in front of the [[icon]] of the [[Theotokos]]. If the child is a boy, he carries him through the south deacon's door into the sanctuary and around the back of the Holy Table exiting the altar through the north deacon's door and again places the baby boy onto the solea.  He then chants says the Song of Simeon and says a special apolysis ([[dismissal]]), after which he blesses the child with the Sign of the Cross on its forehead, mouth and heart, and returns it to its mother.
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