Fulfilling the last wish …

Death — neither more nor less than a transition to a different world, a time when the soul leaves the body. In order to facilitate its separation from the physical body, and there are funeral rites. Breaking or not keeping them, we condemn the soul of the deceased to unimaginable torment. Dispensable, it is between heaven and earth, quite often "came there," to living relatives …

The Trail …

Necrotic communication can be established in the case where the family greatly saddened, constantly lamenting the dead. They attract his soul to the ground, do not let go of her, dooming to great suffering. This can happen even when not performed the last will of the deceased or his wish to be buried in a certain place. There are cases when the dead "disturbed" as long as they do not change the place of eternal sleep. When a person gives off last breath taken at the window to put a bowl of holy water and a bowl of kutey (cooked grits with honey). Warm water washing of the dead, he is dressed in a clean, new clothes always bright colors. There are cases where the dead "come" (usually during sleep), if their rites in the old or the appropriate-sized clothing. Often they are "asked" to send yourself a new at a particular address. Surprisingly, when the specified coordinates are relatives of the deceased to update to it, then get … the funeral. In this case, things need to be put in the coffin of a dead body, thus handing him the message of their deceased relative.

The deceased is wrapped in a shroud or blanket. Orthodox cover sheet with the image of the crucifix (they sell in the church). This indicates that the deceased is under the protection of Christ.

In Orthodoxy taken counsel deceased sacraments of penance, Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick (this also facilitates the transition of the soul in the other world). In the minutes of the separation of the soul from the body is read prayers for dying — Canon of the departure of the soul. Leaving the body, she meets up with guardian angel, given her in baptism (it supports the soul in her "new" life.) Under the head of the deceased taken place in Orthodoxy pad of cotton wool or grass (best to fill it consecrated the church on Palm Sunday willow twigs or taken in a temple in the Trinity leaves of birch). Up until the funeral at the grave of the day and night to read the psalms (anyone can do this pious man, better — standing). Hymnal plays variety of movements of the soul, gives her solace (the first 2 days it is on the ground — with the body).

Coffin upholster fabric or paint: the elderly — red with a black border, the child — in pink with a black border, young men — in white with a black border. Put it in the middle of the room around it — four candles (in the head, legs and sides), and the cross that symbolizes the transition of the deceased into the kingdom of the true matchmaker.

When the dead man in the house, you can not laugh loudly and excitedly talking, not to disturb the soul of the deceased. We need to remove the cat. It is believed that the dead are all hear and feel so bad about them do not speak.

Why close the mirror

When the dead man in the house, be sure to close all the mirrors. The mirror is the entrance to the underworld, and its curtain for the soul of the deceased is not accidentally wandered into where it does not, and ascended to heaven.


As a sign of mourning, black clothing is required. Come to the funeral wreaths or flowers (an even number), which is located around the coffin. During the farewell loved ones are to the right of the head, and the rest — to the left. To the dead do not "go" to the family, you can touch his sheet-covered feet and say, 'I'm sorry, goodbye. " Those who remained with the deceased on the night for dinner to eat noodles: then everything will without incident.
Accompanying the funeral procession hold candles. In women, the head should be covered with a scarf, men — naked (if it is very cold, then remove the cap just before lowering the coffin).

According to the Orthodox Church ordered requiem. People carrying the coffin lid, black armbands worn on the sleeve. To the sound of funeral music endure portrait, wreaths, awards on the balls (if available), cover, and then the coffin. (It would be nice to put a favorite thing of the deceased)
That the deceased did not "have to" be someone from his family during the funeral to raise any branch lying on the road, which was the process, and broke it into three pieces, throw on the threshold, where the deceased endured. It should say, "As the deceased moved through this thread for the last time, and you (name) pass over the threshold last time."

In order not to bring death to his home, at the funeral of a whisper say, "Do not forbid, Lord, this sorrow. Amen ", and after the burial of his hands warm oven (or near the oven).

If there is a stove, then upon return from the cemetery persuade the man who buried a loved one, to stand in front of her and look into the ash pit. In this case, say three times: "Do not grieve, do not worry." Fired oven or not — does not matter.


Commemoration of the dead soul-searching not only for the deceased, but also for his family and friends. The wake can not come uninvited. Obligatory dark clothing. At the table, one place left vacant (for the deceased) and one free device (fork is placed on the plate). Custom to leave a glass of vodka and a piece of bread for the dead is a relic and has its roots in paganism.

At the memorial service can not drink as wine — the symbol of earthly joy. The main dish on the table — a sprinkling of holy water kutya (boiled barley, rice, millet and honey). Obligatory prayers for the salvation of the soul of the deceased, the memories of him (they say only good things.)

Funeral feasts are held on the third, ninth, and fortieth day of the anniversary of the death. This is important in the life of the soul of the deceased. On the third day, an angel leads her to God in worship. From that point until the ninth day of the soul travels to heaven with the angel. On the ninth day — the second of its worship of the Lord. Then the soul, along with an angel descends to hell, visiting their homes on land where flowed the highlights of her life, fully recalls the events — all the bad and good things that were done. And again on the fortieth day before God for the court, where she was appointed on merit a place for a new life in another world.

After the funeral, family hold mourning in memory of the deceased. Deep mourning (completely black robe) is a widow (one year), a widower (up to six months), children (under six months), grandparents, brothers and sisters (three months). Then comes the usual mourning (black are just above): it is held for three months, and then another three months — polutraur (in clothing allowed elements of black, white and gray). If at this sad time is the wedding of any of the relatives, the triumph of mourning is removed, and the next day, again wearing all black. Summer during polutraura allowed light suit with a black ribbon.

Mourning — is honoring the memory of the deceased, while deepening the human in himself and thinking about the meaning of life.

The main memorial days (according to Orthodox tradition) — Easter Sunday, the Trinity, and the Intercession Dmitrovskaya Saturday, the Saturday before Cheese-fare week (before Carnival), Saturday before the second, third and fourth week of Lent, the day of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, St. Thomas on Tuesday and Monday of the week. At this time, give alms with a request to pray for the deceased. It is advisable to submit a note in the church with the name of a deceased person for commemoration (the liturgy), put a candle, book service for the repose. All this helps the deceased in the next world.

Author: M.Morozova
Source: "Interesting newspaper. Magic and Mysticism" № 20 2012

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