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Memorial Service / Jennaz with the "Evlogitaria of the Dead"

 

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The priest / Abouna leads the people in a Memorial Service / Jennaz. During Monday thru Saturday, the "Evlogitaria of the Dead" is celebrated.

The Memorial Service / Jennaz includes:

  • Praying the "Evlogitaria"
  • Blessing of the Memorial Table

Praying the "Evlogitaria"

The "Evlogitaria" asks for the forgiveness of the sins of the departed servant(s) of God and asks the Lord to admit his or her soul into the heavenly mansions. The "Evlogitaria" is sung in the Fifth Tone.

The "Evlogitaria" has two versions.

The Greek word "Evlogitaria"

The Greek word "Evlogitaria" is the plural of the Greek word "Evlogitarion". The word "Evlogitaria" comes from the first word of the refrain in Greek: "Evlogos" or "Eulogos". (The "u" in Greek is often pronounced "v" or even "f".) "Evlogos" or "Eulogos" means "bless" or "blessed" or "blessing". "Evlogos" or "Eulogos" combines the prefix "eu" to the word "logos". The prefix "eu" means "good" or "beautiful" and the word "logos" means "word". A "good word" or a "beautiful word" is a "bless" or "blessed" or "blessing". Sometimes "eulogos" has the similar meanings of "praise" or "prayer".
In English, the word "eulogy" comes from the same root.

Memorial Table

The Memorial Service / Jennaz generally is celebrated before a Memorial Table. The priest / Abouna faces the Memorial Table. The Memorial Table is in front of the altar.

On this Memorial Table, several items maybe place. These items can include the Kolyva / Kollyva or Ameh, the Antidoron, rolls, and a picture of the person who Fell Alseep in the Lord. These foods are distributed immediately following the Memorial Service / Jennaz. These foods is eaten by the people.

The Kolyva / Kollyva or Ameh is a boiled sweeetened whole wheat dish. Candles maybe placed in the Kolyva. These candles are lit during the Memorial Service / Jennaz.

Antidoron is blessed leavened Qurban (Holy Bread).
Antidoron is blessed on two ocassions.

  • Leavened Qurban is blessed to become Antidoron during the Memorial Service (Jennaz with the "Evlogitaria of the Dead") for the people who have fallen asleep in the Lord.
    Then, Antidoron is distributed immediately following the Memorial Service to all the people.
  • Leavened Qurban is blessed to become Antidoron after the Consecration during the Divine Liturgy. Antidoron is the particles of the Levened Qurban (Holy Bread) which were not consecrated or particles of another unconsecrated Levened Qurban (Holy Bread) loaf.
    Antidoron was originally intended as a blessing for those unable to receive the Holy Mystery of the Holy Eucharist. Then, antidoron is distributed immediately following the Divine Liturgy to all the people.

When the Memorial Service / Jennaz celebrated with a Divine Liturgy

The Memorial Service / Jennaz is celebrated after the last prayer of the Divine Liturgy and before the Kissing of the Cross.

A Memorial Service / Jennaz not a Funeral Service. It is a memory service.

More Information

Primer for Melkite Worship and Ritual Please click on 40 Day Memorial for the Dead. Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States. Material prepared by Fr. Philaret Littlefield for inclusion in the St. George (Milwaukee, WI) Melkite Sunday Bulletin.

His Excellency, Bishop John Elya Answers

Why is it that we pray for the dead? What is the Eastern view of Indulgences?
The Bishop Answers Eparchy of Newton, (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States) Click on Questions related to worship and ritual W4


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