When the requiem for the dead is served
Memorial service for the departed- This is a prayer commemoration at which the requiem worship service is held in the hope of God's mercy and the abandonment of the sins of the deceased. Such services can be ordered on the third, ninth, and fortieth day after the death, on the birthday of the ceased.
If the dirge is performed in the temple, it is necessary to put a candle on the candlestick, which looks like a board with holes for candles. It is called "eve". There is also a small cross. Eve has its meaning. He recalls that all the dead can hope in the kingdom of heaven and shine with divine light, like wax.
Candles during the memorial service for the departed are not put on the eve of the week before Easter. Because at this time, believers turn their full attention to the events of Christ before His crucifixion. After parting with the body, the soul is in hell for some time.
On the fortieth day, the Lord decides where to stay. Therefore, if the soul died in lack of faith and without repentance, the relatives' prayers are necessary for it. Until the fortieth day, we commemorate the deceased as a newly-reposed.
During the funeral prayer, the priest censes, the deacon speaks, the choir sings a requiem. When a person dies, his relatives sometimes have many questions about his funeral. For example: "Can I orderrequiem for the deceased, if he is a Catholic? ”,“ Is it possible to order a memorial service, if the deceased is unbaptized? ”,“ What can be done for the reposed, if he was buried without a funeral? ” "," Why do I need to bring food to the temple? "
All questions have answers. Non-Orthodox can be commemorated at home prayer. But you can not order a memorial service in the temple. Those who were not baptized did not read the funeral in the temple either, since they were not members of the Church, did not confess the Lord Jesus Christ, and did not partake of the mysteries of Christ.
If the deceased was buried without a funeral, but he was baptized in the Orthodox Church, then you should come to the temple and order the correspondence funeral, as well as order soroustoy.
Memorial services for the dead, those who died in the war and buried in an unknown place can be served in absentia if the person was baptized. A received after the funeral earth sprinkled crosswise on any grave at the Orthodox cemetery.
Believers bring food to the temple so that the servants of the church commemorate the departed. This is alms, donations for the reposed. In order to have more prayer books for the dead, you can set a memorial table for the poor, the homeless, orphans.