Christ Our God, grant rest and mercy to the souls of those who are at rest; and to us, sinners, grant forgiveness of our transgressions.
It is a tradition in the Armenian Church to offer special prayers for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in Christ. Prayers for those who have passed away is based on an understanding from the Holy Scriptures that just as Christ died and lived again, the faithful who have died are merely asleep in Christ.
We conduct a special Requiem Service for this occasion, and it is traditionally requested by family members for a loved one 40 days after passing (Karasoonk), on the 1 year anniversary of passing (Darelitz) and on all subsequent anniversaries, as well as any other occasion throughout the year with the exception of the 5 major feast days.
Arrangements for Sunday Requiem Service (Hokehankisd or the Repose of the Souls), Altar Flowers and Altar Candles should be made through the church office by Thursday at noon.
In accordance with the canons of the Armenian Church, Requiem Services may not be performed on Armenian Christmas, Easter, the Feast of the Transfiguration, the Feast of the Assumption of the Mother of God, and the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Additionally, deceased loved ones can be remembered during other Feast days where grapes, basil and Madagh, as example, are blessed and distributed to the poor and public at large. The clergy mention the beloved deceased persons during these feast day prayers.
In Lieu of Flowers
Friends and family of the deceased can make donations, in memory of their loved one, to St. James General Operating Fund in lieu of sending flowers.
Sunday Fellowship Hour
Each Sunday following church services, parishioners enjoy a fellowship hour. It is a custom in the Armenian Church to host a fellowship in the memory of loved ones. We also encourage our faithful to host a fellowship in celebration of a special event. Please call the church office to make arrangements and for more information.