Saturday of the dead

Yesterday, March 6, in the church of the Kazan Icon of Mother of God in Vung Tau (Vietnam), the Divine Liturgy was held. On the universal day of the commemoration of the departed, many parishioners gathered in the church to prayerfully remember all the Orthodox Christians who have died from time immemorial.

Saint Athanasius (Sakharov) wrote: “If all Orthodox Christians began to pray exclusively only for their relatives and friends, what would be their grace?.. In this order, when everyone would pray only for their own, the prayer for our beloved relatives and friends and for ourselves would continue only for a few years or decades after the death, only as long as those who knew and loved them are still alive and have not forgotten them, and then there would be no one to remember them.”

After the service, the parishioners, together with the rector, Priest Yevgeny Tsukalo, gathered in the refectory for a memorial dinner.