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Service of burial, anamnesis

Anamnesis for Health and Repose

Anamnesis for Health and Repose

The main prayer for health of the alive and repose of the dead Orthodox Christians is carried out during Divine Liturgy. During the Preface, bits will be taken out of the altar-bread to symbolize their health or repose, and at the end of the Divine Liturgy they will be placed in the chalice and steeped by the blood of the Son of God as a sign of Christ washing the human sins.

How to write commemoration notes?

At the top of the note you should write if it is going to be a commemoration for health or for repose. Names are listed in a column and in genitive case (for example: “for the health of the servant of God, Joannes, Maria, Sergey”). Upon that, you need to mention the chaplainship of deacon and rank of monkhood. Also, sometimes a commemoration for repose takes place for infants under 7 years old, soldiers, travelers, and prisoners. It is uncommon to write surnames, patronymic, posts, familial relationship, and civil ranks.

In notes “For Repose”, during the first 40 days after their death, the dead is referred to as ‘newly departed’. By tradition, special days for commemoration are the third, ninth, and fortieth day after their death. In addition, there is a holy tradition to pray for the dead on the anniversary of his repose.

The names of the dead are read at the altar at Preface.

In addition, there are some private divine worships (occasional services) in the Orthodox Church. For living people there are prayer services to Our Savior (benedictory; for the sick; for the travelers), to the Holy Mother (in front of her venerated icons), and to the Saints. Following the existing practice, prayer services are carried out after the Divine Liturgy. When ordering a prayer service, it is important to state who this service is dedicated to.

Occasional services for the repose of the soul of the dead: requiem; the lity for the dead are carried out in front of a table (“kanun”) with a crucifixion and candles.

An occasional service can be ordered at the same place where the notes are sold. Also, in the church you can write the names of your relatives and family (as well as your own) in the commemoration books for everyday commemoration over a fixed period of time (one month, six months, one year).

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