The Thanksgiving of Women
Commonly called the Churching
¶ This Service, or the concluding prayer alone, as
it stands among the Occasional Prayers and Thanksgivings, may
be used at the discretion of the Minister.
¶ The Woman, at the usual time after her delivery, shall
come into the Church decently apparelled, and there shall kneel
down in some convenient place as hath been accustomed, or as
the Ordinary shall direct.
¶ The Minister shall then say unto her,
FORASMUCH as it hath pleased Almighty God, of his goodness, to
give you safe deliverance, and to preserve you in the great danger
of Child-birth; you shall therefore give hearty thanks unto God,
¶ Then shall be said by both of them the following Hymn,
the Woman still kneeling.
Dilexi, quoniam. Psalm cxvi.
MY delight is in the LORD; because he hath heard the voice of
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me; therefore will I call
upon him as long as I live.
I found trouble and heaviness; then called I upon the Name of
the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
What reward shall I give unto the LORD for all the benefits that
he hath done unto me?
I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of
I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people, in
the courts of the LORD'S house; even in the midst of thee, O
Jerusalem. Praise the LORD.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen.
¶ Then shall the Minister say the Lord's Prayer, with what
followeth: but the Lord's Prayer may be omitted, if this be used
with the Morning or Evening Prayer.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us
this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we
forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Minister. O Lord, save this woman thy servant;
Answer. Who putteth her trust in thee.
Minister. Be thou to her a strong tower;
Answer. From the face of her enemy.
Minister. Lord, hear our prayer.
Answer. And let our cry come unto thee.
Minister. Let us pray.
O ALMIGHTY God, we give thee humble thanks for that thou hast
been graciously pleased to preserve, through the great pain and
peril of child-birth, this woman, thy servant, who desireth now
to offer her praises and thanksgivings unto thee. Grant, we beseech
thee, most merciful Father, that she, through thy help, may faithfully
live according to thy will in this life, and also may be partaker
of everlasting glory in the life to come; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
¶ Then may be said,
GRANT, we beseech thee, O heavenly
Father, that the child of this thy servant may daily increase
in wisdom and stature, and grow in thy love and service, until
he come to thy eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ The Woman, that cometh to give her Thanks, must offer
accustomed offerings, which shall be applied by the Minister
and the Church-wardens to the relief of distressed women in child-bed;
and if there be a Communion, it is convenient that she receive
the Holy Communion.
Go to 1928 Book of Common Prayer