Orthodox Funeral

Completion of the ritual of wires in the other world has its own traditions: In the twenty first century, more like a pagan funeral funeral feast, which conducted the ancient Slavs, who believed that the richer and more magnificent seeing the deceased, the better it will live in another world. Then take part in considerations of vanity, prestige and financial condition of kin of the deceased, as well as ignorance of the Orthodox tradition in this aspect. Wake of 9 and 40 days are very important. For the Orthodox canons to ninth day after death, angels, heaven show his soul, and then lead the soul to God, the soul ends with show of Paradise. After that, up to 40th day of the soul show hell where sinners litsezreya flour, condemned to eternal torment, she is horrified and 'weeps bitterly about their deleh'.

By the memorial table was taken from the Orthodox ritual serve meals: Eve (fed), Pudding (kolivo), pancakes, pudding. In addition to these compulsory courses are usually served cold fish appetizers, herring, sprats, fish food, fish pie, which has a connection with Christian symbolism. For starters salads of beetroot, garlic, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, tomatoes, fresh and pickled cabbage, eggs of apples, vegetables (carrots, zucchini, eggplant), salad, vinaigrette with herring and others from hot dishes, in addition to the above, served burgers, lamb stew, chicken, baked or fried in vegetable oil, duck with sauerkraut, fried eggplant, stuffed peppers, boiled potatoes, cabbage rolls stuffed with vegetables. Of lean dough patties made with potatoes, berries, apples, dried fruit, dried apricots, mushrooms, cabbage, fish, grains, rice, etc. are mandatory as a memorial pancake. Of drinks – from berry pudding, lemon drink with honey, apple, rhubarb, brew of crackers. For drinks on the table serves cakes, gingerbread, cakes, candies, and cakes do not recommended.

Christmas Pudding with pre-supposed to sanctify the temple. Here, too, has its own symbolism, in which the grains are a sign of resurrection, and honey (raisins) marks the spiritual benefits of sweetness of eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. In kute as a signed representation of the ancient of the immortal soul. Orthodox canons state that a memorial to the table should not be drinking, because the main thing in the wake is not food, and prayer is clearly incompatible with the influence of alcohol, in which is hardly acceptable to ask the Lord to improve the fate of the afterlife of the deceased. Nowadays, however, wake (even Orthodox) practically can not do without alcohol. It's basically hard liquor (vodka, brandy), dry red wines. Sweet and sparkling drinks containing alcohol are usually excluded. The presence of alcoholic beverages on a memorial table, partly because they help reduce the emotional stress associated with loss of loved ones.