Intercession and devotion of the recently reposed
Posted 04 May 2010 - 12:02 AM
Is it wrong to ask these men and women for their prayers and intercessions? I know they aren't officially recognized as saints as of yet, but is it wrong to feel this connection to these people and ask for their prayers and think of them as saints?
Posted 04 May 2010 - 12:27 AM
If you are going to ask for help from someone who has reposed but who is not yet glorified as a saint by the Church, the best way to do so is to have a pannykhida (memorial service) served for them and during that time, give them your request. Before the glorification of St John, people would come to his crypt regularly and have a pannykhida for him and leave their prayers, written on slips of paper under his mitre (which was sitting on top of the coffin). Even today when people come to venerate his relics they will slip a written prayer in the space underneath the coffin (a small opening was provided for that very purpose.)
So, I don't think that there is in anything inherently wrong with such prayers - however the best way to pray to a non-saint reposed person is to have a pannykhida said for them.
Fr David moser
Posted 04 May 2010 - 12:37 AM
Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:08 AM
May I recommend you consult an Orthodox priest regarding the holding of a requiem for any departed Orthodox person, be he layman or cleric, as there are differences in practice between Orthodox jurisdictions and traditions.
** There are specific times of the year, particularly during some of the Saturdays of Great Lent, where "general commemorations" of the dead are carried out as part of a liturgy, known as "Saturdays of the souls".
Posted 04 May 2010 - 12:47 PM
The Greek practice tends to be the shorter Trisaghion, usually conducted towards the end of a Divine Liturgy.
The brief memorial service conducted after the Divine Liturgy in the Greek Church is not the same as the Trisagion service.
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