VÝZNAM OBŘADU ŽEHNÁNÍ MATKY PO PORODU
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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RITUAL OF BLESSING THE MOTHER AFTER CHILDBIRTH
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This work deals with the significance of the ceremony of blessing the mother after birth. It focuses primarily on the liturgical ceremony of blessing the mother, its development in history and its significance in liturgical-theological and socio-cultural terms. The concept of blessing the mother is used here as a term including both the ceremony known as introduction to confinement – introductio mulieris post partum, (or benedictio mulieris post partum), the history of which reaches back to the liturgy of the Catholic church in the 11th century and ends with the Second Vatican Council, and the forms of blessing the mother revived as part of the liturgical reform of the Second Vatican Council; the blessing prayer at the end of the baptismal ceremonies for the baptism of the child and Ordo benedictionis mulieris post partum in accordance with the new Benedictional (1984). The work is concluded by a reflection on the present and future practice of blessing the mother.
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