Sunday, October 20, 2013

Services approved for preborn infants by the Holy Synod of the OCA

 Good news from the Holy Synod!!
[October 18, 2013  Syosset, NY] The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its fall session on Thursday, October 17, 2013. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, chaired the session, which opened two days earlier.
According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, in addition to hearing the reports of the Chancellor, Secretary and Treasurer, the members of the Holy Synod took the following actions and decisions.
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The texts and order of two memorial services for pre-born infants—one that may be celebrated shortly after death, the other a funeral service—were approved for liturgical use upon the recommendation of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin.


  1. This is wonderful news...not sure how I missed it!!

  2. I would like to have a copy of the service text. How I wish that this had been available in the year 2000. To my family's forever gratitude, our archbishop (since reposed) allowed the priest to pray the graveside prayers for our little one, and permitted burial of our child in the Orthodox section of a local cemetery.

    This kind of service is priceless consolation to believing, grieving Orthodox Christian families.

  3. I would like to have a copy too! I promise, as soon as I see that there is a service released I will post it (or a link to it) here.


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