January 26th, 2013

All Souls Saturdays 2013

A panakhyda is a short memorial service in which we pray for the repose of the souls of those who’ve fallen asleep in the Lord. Five times a year, we pray for all the loved ones who have gone before us on All Souls Saturdays. Saturdays are traditionally the days we  pray for the dead because Christ lay in the tomb on Saturday.

In this excerpt from a 2013 All Souls Saturday panakhyda, you hear Father Pavlo mention the dead by name followed by Fr. Deacon John leading us as we pray for them. We respond by praying, “Hospody pomiloy,” or “Lord, have mercy,” using the Gallician funeral tone.

The All Souls Saturdays this year are January 26, February 23, March 2, March 16, and May 18.