Memorial Services

In our Orthodox Tradition, Memorial Services are prayed to comfort the living, to remind us, who still live, of our own mortality, and the brevity of this earthly life. For this reason, memorial services have an air of penitence about them.

At St. Demetrios we desire to help each other honor our departed loved ones. We ask that in order to properly do so that the following guidelines be followed:

In order to create Koliva for a parishioner, arrangements must be confirmed and paid by Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday date or the request will be moved to the next available Sunday. Cost is $100 and is payable by cash, check or credit card to cover the labor & time involved. These guidelines will help us prepare the special remembrance in a timely and respectful manner.

“May their memory be eternal.”


Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Touched by Christ


I experienced an amazing awakening during our pilgrimage. Several things touched my heart, and you know me, I will spill these details, little by little, within my Sunday Liturgy sermons. Standing on the grounds where Christ walked and being at the sites where our Savior performed His miracles was most profound.


We entered the city of Nain. Our tour guide, Fr. Leondios (an Archimandrite of Greek descent), stumped me when he asked, “Who knows what happened here in Nain?” because he pronounced it “Nah-een.” When I realized where we were, I was provoked by the notion that this was where Christ raised the son of the widow from the dead. As He led His crowd into the city, He encountered the funeral procession and said to the grieving widow, “Don’t cry.” Two large groups, with two very different functions, collide at the city gates.


There is a lot to learn as we look at this collision. The first is a procession of death. It is the funeral of a young man that is the only son of his widowed mother. The second is comprised of Chris’s disciples and followers. One a procession of life and the other a procession of death.


The procession of death is exasperated by...


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