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The word panichida is based on the Greek παννυχίς/pannychís (“all night [sc. service]”); in the Russo-Slavic church, it refers to what the Greek church calls a parastas (from παράστασις/parastasis), a memorial service. It is modeled on the structure of Matins (Orthros: Worship: II, 7). Very popular with Orthodox churchgoers, today it is a comparatively short (and often further abbreviated) memorial service for the liturgical commemoration of the dead (Memorials to the dead), leading up to a prayer to God for an “eternal memorial” of an individual or …

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Felmy, Karl Christian, “Panichida”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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