Submit Names for Lenten Commemoration of the Departed

March 01, 2019 12 Comments

Submit Names for Lenten Commemoration of the Departed

Love T‌hy Neighbor

T‌he Lenten Struggle & Prayer for the Departed

As we approach once more the Holy Forty Days of Great Lent, the Church in Her wisdom has begun to prepare us for this blessed time of struggle and “bright sorrow.” T‌hrough the hymnody and liturgical commemorations of the pre-Lenten period—especially on each the Sundays leading up to the start of the Fast—the Church begins to teach us the most important lessons, lessons which are absolutely indispensable if we are to successfully wage spiritual warfare in the arena of struggle which now lies before us.

And each year the discerning soul is struck by many things: the depths of our sinfulness, the incomprehensible power of repentance, the unfathomable mercy of God. But there is another lesson in these stories, hidden a little beneath the surface but by no means any less important: the mystical unity of the human race.

In all of the pre-Lenten Sundays we discover that repentance concerns not only God and ourselves, but also all those around us. When Zacchaeus repented, he gave away his money to those whom he had wronged. T‌he Pharisee condemned his brother, and on this account himself was condemned. When the Prodigal Son returned his older brother was angry, and because of this the Holy Fathers tell us that the older brother was worse off than the Prodigal Son ever was. On the Sunday of the Dread Judgment, we hear that the only criterion for our judgement will be what we have done—or what we have failed to do—for those around us. And on Forgiveness Sunday, we find that the very foundation of our repentance is the forgiveness we offer freely to one another.

And looking forward to Pascha, Christ’s Holy Resurrection, we know that our unity with one another extends even beyond the grave. Our prayers and our alms benefit not only ourselves and those whom we see visibly around us, but even those who have already left this earthly life. For this reason the Holy Church urges us, especially during this holy Lenten Season, to offer prayers and alms on behalf of the departed. T‌hey, having left the body, are no longer able to offer works of repentance, and so it falls to us the living to offer such repentance on their behalf, so that they with us may find mercy before the throne of God.

With these things in remembrance, we invite you to please submit for prayerful commemoration the names of Orthodox Christians who have departed this life, along with an optional offering of alms in their remembrance and on their behalf. T‌hese names will be commemorated at every Liturgy, Pannykhida, Litya, and Matins for the Departed during the Lenten season. Asking mercy for ourselves and for all who can no longer ask for themselves, may we find the great mercy of divine life this Pascha, and at the General Resurrection may we all be raised unto life eternal, finding mercy at the Last Judgment. Amen.

View the full 2019 Lenten Newsletter here »

Use this form to submit your names.


It is customary in the Russian Orthodox Church when requesting prayers for the departed to bring an offering to God and His Church from the fruit of one’s labor. This act of almsgiving is spiritually beneficial both for the giver and for those departed ones on behalf of whom the gift is made (please be assured that we will fulfill your request for prayer regardless of whether or not you choose to make a donation). If you wish to do so, you may either donate online, or if you prefer you may send your offering to the following address:

Holy Cross Monastery
Attn: Lenten Commemorations
505 Holy Cross Road
Wayne, WV 25570-5403

Thank you very much for your prayers and support!

(P. S. Use the above form to submit your names to us; if you put them below in the comments we won’t receive them.)




12 Responses

Aphrodite Kandilas
Aphrodite Kandilas

April 08, 2019

May the Lord bless the Abbot and the brotherhood of Holy Cross Monastery
Thank you for you prayers for the Lent commemoration for the Departed
EULOGiTE

Alexander E. Kravtsov
Alexander E. Kravtsov

March 26, 2019

Dear Father Seraphim, Fathers and Brothers Hermitage of the Holy Cross.
Thank you for your prayers. With Love In Christ, Alexander and Lubov

Marie Poulis
Marie Poulis

March 10, 2019

Thank you for your prayers; as of right now we are without a priest for Saturday of Souls Liturgies. I will put a check in the mail tomorrow morning.

Patricia Harris
Patricia Harris

March 10, 2019

Thank you for your prayers! May God continue to keep you all safely in His hands, with many blessings for all you do for us!

Br. Paul ☦️
Br. Paul ☦️

March 05, 2019

Dear Lord, forgive, guide, and protect me.
Dear Fathers, Thank You for your prayers.

Gabriel Barry
Gabriel Barry

March 05, 2019

Thank you all for all you do. +

Irina Francis
Irina Francis

March 05, 2019

Dear Father Seraphim and all Fathers Hermitage of the Holy Cross.
Thank you very much for your prayers.
Adam and Irina Francis

Katerina Mironidis
Katerina Mironidis

March 05, 2019

Dear Fathers, thank you for you prayers.

Oksana Slivina
Oksana Slivina

March 05, 2019

Dear Fathers thank you for your love and prayers.

Peter Hunt
Peter Hunt

March 04, 2019

Roscoe (Joseph) and Helen (Helena) Hunt. Thank you very much for your prayers!

Aygun Blumenstein
Aygun Blumenstein

March 12, 2018

Dear Fathers! Thank you very much for your prayers! Sincerely in Christ, Antonina

Alexander Kravtsov
Alexander Kravtsov

February 28, 2018

Dear Father Seraphim and all Fathers Hermitage of the Holy Cross.
We are Submit Names for Lenten Commemoration of the Departed.
Thank you for your prayers.
Alexander and Lubov Kravtsov

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