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Ottawa church holds blessing of the graves
« on: June 16, 2011, 09:52:45 PM »
A Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ottawa, Canada recently held a traditional service in honor of the departed. Provody, or Cemetery Day, is the time for an outdoor memorial observance.

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Traditionally, Provody is the time when memorial services for the deceased are conducted the week immediately after Easter. The priest and parishioners go out to the graveyard after the regular church service on the Sunday, with participants bringing paska, a traditional Ukrainian Easter bread, decorated Easter eggs, other foods and occasionally, liquor or wine. After a commemoration service, during which lit candles are inserted into the breads, the priest then goes from grave to grave, blessing each individually.
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Re: Ottawa church holds blessing of the graves
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 09:10:18 AM »
Nice article and a great priest. If you are ever around Ottawa, stop in on Fr. Maxim.