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Memorials to the Dead
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I. Eastern Christianity – II. Western Christianity

I. Eastern Christianity

The prayerful remembrance of the deceased is regarded as a central praxis pietatis in all eastern Orthodox churches of the two, three, and seven ecumenical councils. All eastern liturgies include prayers for those who have died in the faith in the anaphora, that is in a central position in the service. In the Byzantine Divine Liturgy (VI), prosphora are offered from which pieces are taken in memory of the d…

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Felmy, Karl Christian and Hennig, Gerhard, “Memorials to the Dead”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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