It is my understanding, that at least in the GOARCH rubrics, it is specified that upon the 40-day churching of mother and child, that the boy-child is brought into the Holy Vema/Altar area when the priest makes the rounds across the solea towards the end of the ceremony, and before laying the child down. I am curious as to why a Christian, before baptism, is allowed into the Holy Vema for any purpose? If on the 8th day, the rubrics call for the child to be presented before the doors of the Temple, and upon the 40th day, before the Royal Doors of the Narthex, it seems like a natural progression would be for an appearance before the Beautiful Gate and an entrance into the Holy Vema at Baptism, rather than at the 40 days. Was there ever a common practice to baptize before the 40 days, and if so, would the rubrics change for the 40 days?
Edited by Anthony Cornett, 06 July 2015 - 04:56 AM.