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« on: May 17, 2008, 09:59:08 PM »

I've been reading that it is a Slavic tradition to remember the dead by going to the cemetery on the Tuesday after Thomas Sunday. This is called Radonitsa. I have a few questions/comments on this practice.

1) I've noticed that in the Russian Orthodox section of one of our local cemeteries, the Russian faithful "pack" the cemetery on Thomas Sunday. I can only assume this is because "Radonitsa" is not a holiday in North America. Is this correct?

2) Do the Greeks have a similar practice? What about Romanians or Antiochians?

3) If a priest is asked by many families to go to the cemetery on Thomas Sunday (or any Sunday, like a Soul Sunday) what does the priest do? Does he say the Full Trisagion for the Dead over every grave? What if there are quite a few people who want this done?

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2008, 12:01:09 AM »

I had an aunt who passed away last May.  Her surviving sisters went to her gravesite 3 and 9 days later with the priest to recite prayers. 

2.  I'm not aware of any Thomas Sunday commemorations in GOA.

3.  The priest would accommodate as many families as he could because most parishioners are buried at a church owned cemetery.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2008, 12:21:40 AM »

Yes, the Romanians do observe this tradition, but rather on Thomas Sunday than on the next Tuesday.
They even call  Thomas Sunday "The   Pascha of the Dead".
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2008, 10:31:47 AM »


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We, Ukrainians, do the same thing on St. Thomas Sunday. 

We go to the gravesites of our relatives to share the Joy of Pascha and the Risen Lord with them. 

There is a Panachida performed in the Church, immediately following the Holy Liturgy, where all the names of the deceased are read and prayed for.  Then there's the mass exodus to the cemeteries. 

This can be an all-day affair.  The priest, does go from grave to grave, with the crowd of people following behind him.  It's actually quite touching. 

Once the panachidas are completed, we stay behind and share some eggs, paska bread, candies, etc. with others, in remembrance of those who have passed on.  After all, they are still a part of the "Church" even though they are no longer with us, here on Earth.


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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2008, 11:33:26 AM »

Воістину Воскрeс!

Pani Lizo, thank you so much for the information and for the pictures!
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008, 08:33:31 PM »

Discussion about the number of bells on a censer can be found here since it is off topic. http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,16086.0.html

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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008, 11:40:21 PM »

Actually, great celebrations take place each year on Saint Thomas Sunday in South Bound Brook, NJ, the holy site of UOC-USA. In particular, the complex includes the largest Ukrainian Orthodox cemetery in USA. I would strongly anyone recommend to attend. Certainly, presence / participation is not limited to Ukrainians.
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2010, 10:30:57 PM »

Thomas' Sunday in a village in Moldova:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-QTbmhBydE
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2010, 11:37:03 PM »

^ That video reminds me of the day of the dead.
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