Saturday of Souls this 10th, 17th and 24th of February 2018
We need to pray for our departed loved ones as regularly as possible. Beyond our personal prayers for their souls, Memorial Services are conducted at the church or the cemetery on the 40th day, the 3rd month, 6th month, 9th month, the 12th month, and annually thereafter. There are also four ‘Saturdays of Souls’ on which we are asked to remember all members of our family and our friends who have departed this world – three before Easter and one after Easter.
What do we do? We sit down contemplatively, preferably with the whole family, and write down the names of those for whom we would like the Church to pray for. The list of names should be titled either with a cross (+) or with the word ‘Departed’. We come to church on the day with a small plate of boiled wheat (kollyva) (at St Spyridon Church such plates of kollyva are available at the entrance) and place it on one of the designated tables and light a candle on the kollyva. During the service, the names will be read out by the Priest and prayed for.
Program of Holy Services for Great and Holy Week 2018
Download the English program and Greek program of Holy Services during HOLY WEEK to be held at St Spyridon Church.
English Divine Liturgy Services
The Divine Liturgy in ENGLISH is conducted at St Spyridon church on the first SATURDAY evening of each month from 7 – 8.15 p.m. The next Divine Liturgy service in English is Saturday, 5 May 2018 from 7pm.
Can’t make it to the Saturday evening services? Download and save the mp3 of the Divine Liturgy Service in English recorded at St Spyridon Church.
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