Requiem for Fr Johannes Rakumako
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.
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).