Orthodox believers celebrate the day of rejoicing — the Easter commemoration of the dead

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Epanchintseva in photobacteria cemeteries on the day of RadonitsaOrthodox believers celebrate the day of rejoicing — the Easter commemoration of the dead© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Epanchintseva the image Bank

The Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday marks the day of rejoicing — the Easter commemoration of the dead.

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on this day will celebrate the divine Liturgy in the Archangel Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin.

Radonitsa always falls on the ninth day after Easter. This name is etymologically related to the words «kind» and «joy» and indicates that believers are to rejoice, remembering the deceased, which, departing from the earthly life, are born «to eternal life».

In all Russian Orthodox churches on this day will be memorial services, after which, traditionally, Christians visit cemeteries.

As explained in the Patriarchal press service, the divine service in the Kremlin will begin at 09.30.

Cathedral of the Archangel to the era of Peter I, was the resting place of Russian tsars and great princes. The Liturgy for the day of rejoicing here were made by the previous Patriarch Alexy II pointed out that those who are buried in the Shrine of the Archangel Cathedral, «was noted for his piety, faith, hard standing for Holy Russia, strengthen the power of our Fatherland.»

«The Church is alive»

Under the Charter, to remember deceased taken every Saturday, this day, the priests can serve the funeral Liturgy. Pray hard about the dead on the third, ninth and fortieth day of their death – when, as Christians believe, the human soul worships God and is awaiting His judgment on themselves.

But there are special days in the year when the Church prays for all «from a century of deceased Orthodox Christians.» Two Ecumenical parental Saturday — Trinity, Meatfare (the penultimate Sunday before lent, dedicated to the last judgment), Demetrius Saturday (commemoration of soldiers), as well as Radonitsa (the ninth day after Easter).

«In the Church, not just to preserve the memory of the past, not just remain extant names. In the Church the power of the grace of God everything is alive, everything really exist,» — said Patriarch Kirill in his sermon on the day of rejoicing.

According to him, his visible existence of the Church belongs to the earthly world, «and the invisible side of their being it is outside of time and space». «And it’s not just a metaphor, it is reality that everyone is clear to understand and even the heart his worry, especially in a day when we pray for the departed from this world, our brothers and sisters, whose names were not just recall and come to life at the prayer of the Church,» said the first Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Day special Easter remembrance of the dead, said the Patriarch, very important, not only because believers pray for their loved ones who need it, but because people have the opportunity «to think about what actually means the death after the resurrection of Christ, and to strengthen my faith in the fact that Christ destroyed death and gave all of us the true immortality.»

«This immortality we are living on the earth people, touch is here through participation in the life of the Church the earthly and the heavenly,» — concluded the Primate.

According to Church teaching, if the human soul in the afterlife suffer from their sins, then the prayer of her on the ground helps her to be cleansed and receive forgiveness from God. If the deceased was righteous he, in answer to prayer about it himself before the throne of God praying for those who remembers it.

St. John Chrysostom (IV century) taught: «we will Try as possible to help the departed, instead of tears, instead of crying, instead of magnificent tombs about them by our prayers, alms and offerings». In the words of St. Theophan the Recluse (XIX century), the dead need prayers, «as poor a piece of bread and a bowl of water.»

Free transport and output

The city authorities on the day of rejoicing organized free buses for travel to the cemeteries. The same action was taken earlier, on Easter, April 8, and Antipascha («Red hill»), April 15, because these days many people traditionally visit cemeteries.

«In connection with the Orthodox feast day of rejoicing — a day of special commemoration — April 17 for travel to urban and suburban cemeteries will be organized a special free bus routes,» reads the official website of the mayor and government capital.

At the time of additional shipping lines will change routes of buses.

Some regional authorities even declare the day of rejoicing day. So, this year the corresponding order was signed by the head of the Altai Republic Alexander Berdnikov.

«We need to ensure the most convenient conditions for citizens, who on this day will go to the cemetery to commemorate their loved ones», — quotes the press service of the regional government of the word Berdnikova.

In past years, such decisions have already been made by the authorities of Kemerovo and Bryansk oblasts, Krasnodar Krai, Karachay-Cherkessia and other regions.

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