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Τρίτη, 31 Ιουλίου 2018

Q: Some families have chosen to have their reposed loved ones laid out in church instead of the funeral home. Can anyone be laid out in church?



A: Having the body of a loved one lay in state within the church is not an honor reserved for a select few. Any member of the Orthodox Church who is in good standing with their Faith can be laid out in our temple; in fact, I would even encourage it! Not only is this far more in keeping with the historical tradition of the Ancient Church, but the prayerful atmosphere of these surroundings are conducive to assuaging grief and offering comfort to the bereaved. The soul of the deceased loved one would, obviously feel a greater peace at being in the House of God, also.

Fr. John

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