Though we are unable to use St John’s for a public service during the day on Saturday, I will, nevertheless, serve a panikhida for the departed.
In addition to the departed in the parish commemoration books, I ask that any further names of departed Orthodox Christians are either Facebook-messaged, emailed, or left in the Facebook comments beneath this posting.
Names of non-Orthodox loved ones and friends may also be sent, for the moleben to St Varus.
There is usually a very meagre response to such requests, and I encourage all to take these memorial Saturdays seriously.
On these memorial days, it is the duty of all Orthodox Christians to pray for the departed, and not just the clergy.