It is a venerable tradition in the Armenian Church for families to request special requiem prayers on the 40th day and on subsequent anniversaries of the death of their loved ones. If the requiem services takes place on a Sunday, following the Divine Liturgy, the priest mentions the names of the deceased during the prayers of the Divine Liturgy.
According to the teachings of the Armenian Church, those who have died enter into a period of rest while awaiting our Lord’s glorious second coming at the end of time. But while separated from the Christian community, the souls that are at rest continue to be counted among the faithful, who “rest in the shadow of the church.” We therefore pray for them, as we pray for all of our earthly cares. Essentially, our prayer for the dead is that they rest in peace, that the Lord forgive them all of their sins and find them worthy of eternal life in the Father’s kingdom when Christ comes again.
Praying for the dead is a proclamation of our faith in Christ’s second coming, and our hope in the resurrection of the dead. When the Armenian Church prays regularly for the dead, we are reminded that this life is transient, and we are filled with hope because we believe that death is too.
—excerpted from The Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Church (Fr. Daniel Findikyan, editor)
Click here to submit requiem service form, or contact the church office at (216) 381-6590.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life inthis world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am,there My servant will be also ; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” (John 12:24-26)