34538Re: [Slovak-World] Czech translation: sla oferou
- Jul 30, 2013I took a history class a few years back in which I read a book about
peasant culture in the early modern European era. If I recall correctly,
pregnant women were banned from attending mass. Women were considered to
be "unclean" when pregnant and they were kept away from the church--as well
as away from men, during their pregnancy. After giving birth, the woman
was "welcomed" back to the church in a cleansing ritual administered by a
On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM, William Brna <wfbrna@...> wrote:
> On 7/30/2013 2:51 PM, Armata, Joseph R wrote:
> > I ran across a phrase in Czech I'm having trouble with, and maybe some
> > of you familiar with Czech or from western Slovakia may be able to
> > help. It's describing the churching ritual - the blessing Catholic
> > women used to receive 40 days after giving birth. (You old timers may
> > remember that!)
> > The text says that after the priest blessed the woman she "s~la
> > ofe~rou kolem oltare" . How would that be translated? In the churching
> > ritual, the woman sometimes would kneel before the altar; is that all
> > this means? In that case, is "s~la ofe~rou" a standard expression that
> > means to kneel, or is the author being creative here?
> > The noun ofe~ra seems to refer to the Offertory part of the Mass, so
> > maybe it means she went during the Offertory by/around the altar? But
> > the churching ceremony was a private one, it wasn't done during a
> > Mass, so that doesn't seem to fit.
> > Any input would be appreciated.
> > Joe
> I am somewhat familiar with the "churching" rite. My ancestors are from
> Orava and the rite was performed right after the child was baptized.
> The new mother knelt before a side altar and the priest who baptized the
> child, prayed and welcomed the mother back into the church. I don't
> know whether this was a local practice or not, but I do know that my
> sister-in-law was welcomed back into full communion with the church
> after her son was born.
> Bill Brna
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