Funerals and Memorials
The Church extends its deepest condolences to the families who have suffered a loss. Funeral services are available for any of our Orthodox brothers and sisters and we would suggest the following course of action given a death in the family:
Contact the appropriate medical examiner or doctor to obtain a certificate of death. Please click on the Funeral Packet to download the PDF for all the information regarding the Funeral.
Call the Church office at Telephone (760) 942-0920 to speak with the priest and make arrangements for the funeral, memorial service.
Contact one of the local area funeral directors for scheduling a viewing and funeral service.
Many of our parishioners and their families request Donations to be designated to the Church in commemoration of their loved one. Donations may be made towards any aspect of the Church or to the discretion of the priest. Please notify the priest and the funeral director should a memorial donation request be desired.
Makaria (Meal following the funeral service)
A warm custom of our faith, the Makaria is a meal following the funeral service to comfort the family and to commemorate the life of the loved one lost.
Constantine G. Pappas Hall - with entry foyer, outdoor patio, and professional kitchen is well appointed for Makaria.
For more information or to take a tour of our facilities, please contact the Church office at:
Because the Orthodox Faith affirms the fundamental goodness of creation, it understands the body to be an integral part of the human person and the temple of the Holy Spirit, and expects the resurrection of the dead. The Church considers cremation to be the deliberate desecration and destruction of what God has made and ordained for us. The Church instead insists that the body be buried so that the natural physical process of decomposition may take place. The Church does not grant funerals, either in the sanctuary, or at the funeral home, or at any other place, to persons who have chosen to be cremated. Additionally, memorial services with kolyva (boiled wheat) are not allowed in such instances, inasmuch as the similarity between the “kernel of wheat” and the “body” has been intentionally destroyed.
Memorial services are available to commemorate the memory of a loved one. Families holding memorial services should bring koliva as shown above to the memorial service. Please contact the Church office as soon as possible to schedule these memorials at Telephone: (760) 942-0920, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Typical Memorial Service Schedule:
On the 40th day
At the one-year anniversary
At the second-year anniversary
At the third-year anniversary
On the Saturday of Souls
Memorial Services may not be held on:
All Holy Days of our Lord (including Christmas, Epiphany, Pascha, Transfiguration)
From the Saturday of Lazarus to and including St. Thomas Sunday
If you need Kollyva prepared for a memorial service please contact the church office for a referral.