“Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray”(Matthew 19:13).
It is a matter of common knowledge that parents’ responsibility and care for their children is their obligation. The more peaceful and harmonious a child’s life will be, the more favorably it will affect his physical and intellectual development. Parents should be able to provide protection to their children and to grow them up physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. For a Christian family the important act in this respect is blessing of children in church.
The blessing of a newborn child is a significant event having a positive impact on his earthly fate. First of all, it is a manifestation of parental gratitude to God for the gift of life. And, besides, it is a request before God to provide the child with protection against diseases, poverty, curses, sorcery, and to give His blessing for a child’s destiny.
Such a prayer occurs mainly at a church service, with the participation of a priest. This ritual is conducted differently in different churches, but its essence remains invariable – the blessing of a child.