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Requiem for Fr Johannes Rakumako

30 May 2011

Father Johannes Rakumako died in Lent, and his funeral was on Palm Sunday, so most clergy were not able to attend.

His 40-day requiem was held in the Soshanguve cemetery, and several clergy gathered for that.

Requiem for Fr Johannes at Soshanguve

In the Orthodox Church a Requiem (Memorial Service, Mnemosyne, Panikhida) is held, if possible, on the 3rd, 9th and 40th day after death, and then on the 3rd, 6th and 9th month and a year after death, and thereafter anually. The 40-days and 1-year memorials are the most important. There is boiled wheat (koliva) to reminds us of what St Paul said, ” But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?   Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body (1 Cor 15:35-38).
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