Parent Saturdays 2017: remember to remember the dead
Did you know that our dead relatives and friends need prayers more than living ones? You can pray for them both at home and in church prayer. The church even established special days of remembrance. In this article, we will tell you what days the parental Saturdays of 2017 fall on and how to commemorate the dead. Hurry to find out, because the first parent Saturday is already February 18th.
Why do you pray for the dead?
Christianity is called the religion of life. And this is not by chance. Both Orthodox and Catholics, and many Protestants believe that after physical death they continue to exist, because man is eternal.
Therefore, the Church prays for both health and rest. It is believed that after bodily death the fate of a person is determined - where he will await the second coming of Christ and the Last Judgment. Some will go to heaven, others - to hell.
But this is not the final decision. Every sinner has a chance that, before the Last Judgment, his posthumous fate will change.All this is due to the prayers of the living: relatives, loved ones, friends.
That is why believers do not forget their relatives, even if they are in a different world. Pray for the dead both at home and in the temple.See also: Popular superstitions: why do they curtain mirrors and eat at spoors with wake-up spoons?
Parental Saturdays - days of special church commemoration
In the morning rule there is a prayer to the Lord with a request to rest our parents, relatives, benefactors and all Orthodox.
In the temples, however, separate services are performed - memorial services, during which they pray only for repose. There are even certain days - parental Sabbaths, on which the Church calls on all believers to pray for those who are temporarily not with us.
True, in an Orthodox church, you can submit notes only for those baptized in Orthodoxy who died their own death. The Church does not commemorate the non-baptized, infidels, suicides, because even in mortality they were not members of the Church of Christ and did not seek to be with God.
Every Saturday, memorial services are held in Orthodox churches (and more often in monasteries), but only eight days have a special status - these are commemorative Saturdays.
On which days in 2017 does the ROC commemorate the departed?
Parental Saturdays 2017 fall on these days:
- Universe parental Saturday (meat-empty) - February 18, 2017.
- Saturday of the second week of Great Lent - 11 March.
- Saturday of the third week is March 18th.
- Saturday of the fourth week is March 25th.
- Commemoration of the departed warriors - May 9.
- Radonitsa - April 25th.
- Trinity Ecumenical Parent Saturday - June 3.
- Dmitriev's parents Saturday - November 4th.
Why are memorial Saturdays called parental?
In the above calendar, the two parent Saturdays of 2017 are called “ecumenical.” This means that these days the Orthodox Churches all over the world commemorate the departed.
Why are memorial Saturdays called parental? Do these days pray only for their parents? No, the Church commemorates all the departed Orthodox, but first of all - our relatives. It is the duty of every Christian to pray for the parents who gave us life. And if our fathers and mothers have departed into eternity, then we are all the more obliged to commemorate them, thereby expressing our love and care.
In addition, parents should be understood not only fathers and mothers, but also other relatives - grandparents, great-grandfathers, and so on.
In this sense, parental Sabbaths are an opportunity to first of all pray for our kin, for the people with whom we are tied by blood.And only then - for friends, philanthropists and in general all Orthodox.
How to prepare for the commemoration?
The first parental Saturday of 2017 falls on February 18, nine days before the beginning of Lent. It is also called meat and meat - on this day and next Sunday you can still eat meat. On Monday, February 20, 2017 Shrovetide begins.
The commemoration of the dead begins on Friday. In Orthodox churches, they serve not just the All-Night Vigil, but the funeral All-Night Vigil -parastas. On Saturday morning they celebrate the Divine Liturgy, and then the dirge.
At the memorial service is usually served a note with the names of the commemorated departed, as well as food and colivo.
Why so? It is believed that the best help to the deceased is prayer and alms. Our personal petitions and memorial services are the prayer, and the food brought, which, after consecration, is distributed to the needy and those who serve in the temple is alms.See also: God is still alive, or why pray for the dead
There is no specific list of what to bring to the dirge, and a certain “norm”. Who can do this is the main rule. Bread, sugar, flour, canned food, sweets, vegetables,fruit - the list goes on. The only prohibition is meat that cannot be brought into the temple.
Also in the churches at the memorial Saturdays preparecolivo- ritual dish in the form of wheat or rice with honey. Interestingly, the grain symbolizes the earthly and eternal human life. In order for the seed to germinate and yield a crop, it must first be planted in the ground. For a person to be born for eternal life, he must first die and be buried in the earth. Honey symbolizes the sweetness of the Kingdom of Heaven.
This external attribute - and products for a requiem, and colivo - are important, but they should not distract a person from the main thing - prayers. The latter should not be imposed only on priests. Our prayer from a sincere loving heart is no less important.
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