Last Sunday we remembered + Lorraine Kalil who was the choir directoress of our parish for many years. This Sunday Memorial prayers with koliva are offered in memory of + Alexandra Kintonis Letsos, grandmother of Presbytera Rheanna.
Koliva is boiled wheat with (depending on the recipe) a combination of some or all of the following ingredients: icing sugar, almonds, ground walnuts, sesame seeds, cinnamon, pomegranate seeds, raisins, anise, parsley and more. Koliva is an ancient symbol of life which since the miracle of the Great Martyr Saint Theodore the Recruit has been associated with the memorial prayers for a beloved who had fallen asleep in the Lord. In John's gospel our Lord Jesus Christ teaches, "I tell you for certain that a grain of wheat that falls on the ground will never be more than one grain unless it dies. But if it dies, it will produce lots of wheat." (John 12:24).