Ending this Life’s Journey
In the event of death in the family, the Priest should be notified immediately to assist in the making of funeral arrangements. Funeral services are allowed any day of the week, except on Sunday. The church has no objection to autopsies for the sake of determining the cause of death or to the donation of any body organs (eyes, heart etc.) for transplants. However, full-body donations are not permitted.
The Trisagion Service is conducted at the funeral home on the evening before the funeral. Many families prefer, in lieu of flowers, to have contributions made to the church in memory of the deceased. A notice to this effect should be included in the newspaper death notice.
The “makaria” following the funeral service has no religious connotation whatsoever, and serves only as a means of comforting the bereaved and expressing thanks to those who attended the services or assisted the bereaved in their hour of grief.
CANONICAL NOTE ABOUT FUNERALS:
- The Orthodox Church does not officiate funeral services for the Orthodox that choose to be cremated. However, as an exception and with the special permission of our Metropolitan we are allowed to offer a Trisagion Service at the Funeral Home for the comfort of the deceased’s family. In this case it is mandatory that the body of the deceased be there.
- The Orthodox Church does not officiate funeral services for the suicides. For special cases (as sever depression of mental illness) our Metropolitan may be contacted for a canonical dispensation to allow a funeral service.
MEMORIAL SERVICE KOLIVA RECIPE (click on the title)
MEMORIAL SERVICES ARRANGEMENTS
Memorial Services are conducted in remembrance of our beloved on the third, ninth, fortieth day after death, on the sixth month and on the first , second and third anniversary. Boiled wheat (koliva), the offering bread (prosforon) and wine are offered for the Liturgy. The church office should be contacted (941 355-2616 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to assist you in setting the date for a memorial and to assist in the arrangements for the service.
For the preparation of Koliva and Memorial reception, please contact the Church Office at least two weeks prior to the date of the Memorial.
Memorial receptions in the Parish Hall following the services may be sponsored by the family in memory of their deceased.
CANONICAL NOTE ABOUT MEMORIAL SERVICES:
1. Memorial Services are not held on:
- All Holy Days of our Lord – Christmas (Dec. 25), Circumcision of the Lord (Jan. 1) Epiphany (Jan. 6), Easter (variable dates – check the calendar), Transfiguration (Aug.6)
- From the Saturday of Lazarus to, and including St. Thomas Sunday (variable dates – check the calendar)
- On the Sunday of Pentecost (variable dates – check the calendar)
- Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15)
- Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8)
2. Memorial Services are not offered for:
- cremated former Orthodox
- Non-Orthodox Christians. Even if they were married to an Orthodox spouse in the Orthodox Church. During our earthly life we have the choice to embrace and practice a certain faith. If at that time we don’t accept the Orthodox faith through the Holy Baptism or the Holy Confirmation that means we are not interested in the life and teachings of the Orthodox faith. It will be unfair to “force” any of the Orthodox practices or prayer on someone with different believes after he/she died.
While we follow these rules, we embrace the families in their grief and we are always available for meetings and counseling.