It is possible to realize thoughts about the health and peace of mind of relatives, to remember acquaintances and friends who have passed away through a special form of prayer for them, which can be easily ordered by writing a so-called memorial petition.
Prayer commemorations are of several types. These include:
- proskomedia, or the pronunciation of the names indicated in the memorial notes, served immediately before the reading of the liturgy, - Mass, aimed at offering various prayers for the health or peace of the dead, - litany, notes that are usually read twice. There are also custom-made notes, they differ from ordinary memorial petitions in that they oblige the priest to read them out several times at once during the conduct of one service.
After the death of Christians, according to tradition, the magpie is ordered, that is, a daily consecutive mention for forty consecutive days. Similar memorial petitions are filed for seriously ill relatives and friends. The Church welcomes commemorations held on the anniversary of death.
Memorial petitions require special rules for filling out notes, established by the Orthodox Church itself. To submit a note, you usually need to go to the church shop, where mother or one of the novices will give printed sheets on which you need to write with a pen the church (given at baptism) name of the deceased in the genitive case, as if continuing the phrase "For the rest of God's servant …"
First of all, it is important to pay attention to the fact that such papers are submitted on the eve of the service and are filled out in an even and legible handwriting.
The names are written in a column so that it is convenient for the priest to read them without hesitation. Names should be written according to traditional church interpretations, if a name can belong to a man to a woman at once, the designation indicating the sex of the person should be indicated: "m" or "f" in brackets.
Surnames are never mentioned, and children under seven fit in as babies. In health notes, the person's name may be preceded by the label “traveling,” “sick,” “imprisoned,” etc.
If there are no typographic leaflets in the church, you need to draw up the note yourself. At the top of the petition, a cross is traditionally placed and the basis is indicated, whether it is health or rest.
Parishioners have a special opportunity to order a private prayer service or to participate in a general event of a similar nature, held immediately after the liturgy, as well as morning and evening services. Usually, during these events, they ask for the intercession of saints, seek blessings, thank for the mercy and success in business given from above.
After the death of a person, it is traditionally customary to organize a memorial service, it is pronounced not only during the ceremony directly at the cemetery, but immediately after the burial. It is necessary to repeat the ceremony on the third, and on the ninth, and even on the fortieth day after the person has passed away.
As a rule, the order of the commemoration is accompanied by donations in favor of this temple, preliminary preparation for prayer in the form of modest and very pious behavior on the eve of the service.