The Memorial Service is a prayer of the living for those who have fallen asleep. Those have been part of the tradition of the Church since the earliest centuries of Christianity. Ecclesiastical writers and Church Fathers who have spoken of them are Tertullian, st. Cyprian, st. Augustine, st. John Chrysostom, st. Gregory the Theologian, st. Gregory of Nyssa, st. Dionysios the Aeropagite, st. John of Damascus and many others.
Under no condition, should the highly symbolic tray of Kollyva (boiled wheat) be omitted in the Memorial Services.
Memorial Services are not conducted for those who have been excommunicated or have committed suicide.
Memorial Services (with Kollyva) MAY NOT be conducted on the following days because on them we commemorate only our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos in our prayers:
On all the above days the Service of Trisagion can be chanted separately, with no Kollyva.
To book a memorial service, please contact the priest. This can be done through the contact form below.
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22 Head Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1P9, Canada
09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Community of Hamilton and District
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