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April - Radonitsa - a special day of commemoration of the dead
« on: December 02, 2012, 05:33:38 PM »
On Tuesday of the second week of Easter, which is called St. Thomas Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates Radonitsa / Радоница - a special day of commemoration of the dead, the first after the Easter holiday.

According to St. John Chrysostom (IV c.), This festival is celebrated in a Christian cemetery in antiquity. Its very name instilled from Slavic pagan spring festival with the commemoration of the dead, calls Navim day, grave, funeral feast or Radavanitsami. Etymologically, the word "Memorial Easter" comes from the words "gender" and "joy", and a special place in the annual round Radonitsa church holidays - after Bright Easter week - as if Christians are not obliged to go into feelings about the death of loved ones, but rather rejoice their birth to another life - eternal life. Victory over death won by the death and resurrection of Christ, removes sorrow for temporary separation from loved ones, and we, in the words of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, "with faith, hope and confidence Passover stand at the grave of the dead."

It is Radonitsa the custom of celebrating Easter on the graves of the dead, which were offered colored eggs and other Easter dishes, which is made part of the memorial meal and prepared to give for poor brethren repose of the soul. This is a real, living, social interaction with the deceased reflects the belief that after death they do not cease to be members of the Church of the God who "is not God of the dead but of the living" (Mt 22, 32).

Often the custom is to visit the cemetery on the day of the Passover contrary to ancient precepts of the Church until the ninth day after the Passover commemoration of the dead never committed. If a person dies at Easter, then buried him in a special Passover rite. Easter - the time particular and joy, celebration of victory over death, and over every sorrow and grief.
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