Greek Orthodox Community
Informational Guide for the Passing of a Loved One
In the Greek Orthodox faith, we believe that death separates the spiritual soul from the physical body. The Trisagion Service is a brief service performed by the priest at various times, but typically on the 40th day and one year after the death. For more information regarding when Trisagion services are held, please contact Father Peter Rougas.
The Funeral Service is usually held within a few days of the death, and typically lasts thirty minutes. The casket is usually open throughout the service, and it concludes with a procession passing the casket to pay last respects to the deceased. At the cemetery, the Trisagion Service is performed before the body is lowered into the ground.
The 40th day after death concludes the memorial period and has a major significance in Orthodoxy. The New Testament echoes the 40th day tradition, with the Ascension of Jesus occurring on the 40th day after his resurrection. The Koliva (boiled wheat) have a symbolic meaning in the church. It expresses the belief in everlasting life. Just as new life rises from the buried kernel of wheat, the Church believes that the one buried will one-day rise to a new life in God. The Koliva is covered in sugar to symbolize the bliss of eternal life in Heaven.
When a loved one has passed and the family would like to hold prayer and/or funeral services, we ask that they contact Father Peter Rougas (firstname.lastname@example.org) first to book the church, then Penelope Alefantis or Jeannette McCoy (email@example.com) to book the hall for fellowship and pay the fees, and lastly to contact Philoptochos President Kathy Vlismas (403-836-3665) for fellowship preparations and Philoptochos Secretary Vasiliki Doikas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Koliva preparations.
Hall Rental Fees for Fellowship
Membership Main Hall for Funeral Basement Hall for
Type & Prayer Service Prayer & Funeral Service
Active Member $450 $250 Non-Member $700 $400
* FOR RATES FOR HALL RENTALS FOR ONE DAY USE, PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMUNITY ADMINS AT ADMIN@CALGARYHELLENIC.COM