just a reminder
The Saturday before Pentecost is a Saturday of Souls. Do you have your ingredients for koliva.
Here’s a video from an earlier post with directions.
Why does the Church like to remind us twice a year that we are all going to die? It’s such a downer.
(Where’s the sarcasm font?)
In reality, I think it’s very important to be reminded that we are all going to die one day and that this life was meant to be temporary. It helps us remember to stop sweating the small stuff, look at the big picture, forgive and repent.
For the procrastinator in all of us, the Church Calendar has two Saturdays named “Saturday of Souls” where we remember the dead: the Saturday before Meatfare Sunday and the Saturday before Pentecost… the beginning and end of the movable festal calendar. The other Saturday of Souls services in the beginning of Lent are associated with the ascetics who didn’t have descendants to remember them in prayer and St. Theodore concerning the Miracle of the Koliva*.
On these memorial Saturdays we offer boiled wheat, a.k.a. Koliva, and ask the priest and those present to pray for our departed family members and loved ones. I have a friend who pays extra attention to pray for his loved ones and friends who didn’t have children (like the ascetics) and who will probably be forgotten through the generations to come. As it is, each of us depending on the if we taught our children this sacred tradition or if our names are on a building or invention of some sort, will probably only be remembered for a short time after our death (in comparison to eternity.)
Holy and Great Lent is less than two weeks away and today we are preparing the ingredients for the first Saturday of Souls, February 10, 2018. Do you prepare Koliva? Do you offer a list of names of the dead? How far back do you go?
May their memory be eternal.
Have you prepared koliva for memorials yet? Here’s a video and recipe.
For a small memorial service, like Saturday of the Souls or a family memorial, you will need the following ingredients: 2 c whole wheat (uncooked), 1 c chopped walnuts, 1 c blanched / slivered almonds, 1/2 c raisins, 1/2 c golden raisins, 1/4 c Italian (flat) parsley, 1 c whole sesame seeds, 1 t cinnamon, 1 t pumpkin spice, 1 t honey, 2 c powdered sugar, Jordan Almonds.