Give rest, oh God

Russian Orthodox Crosses by Keith Evans is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

As the priest of the Russian Orthodox Church chanted at the Panahida of my dead grandma ‘Give rest, oh God, to thy servant who has fallen asleep,’ so we too remember the fall of our loved ones.

At a typical Orthodox cemetery, we will have an Orthodox Cross at each gravesite. The first horizontal bar is where the sign ‘King of the Jews’ was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The second horizontal bar is where His hands were nailed. The third bar is where His feet were nailed.

In the Orthodox church, we don’t believe in Cremation, as we believe in the resurrection of the soul and the body. I don’t know much about the specifics. Sometimes I want to go back to the protestant churches, but when I wake up in the morning, God renews my energy and I feel ok to continue walking an Orthodox life.

I must admit, I joined the Orthodox church for a reason. I also should stay in the Orthodox church so I can be buried alongside my mother’s relatives. My mom is Russian Orthodox.

As much as I am tempted to meet Koreans at the Korean Presbyterian Church, I’d prefer to stay Orthodox, as the Korean women would just insult me, due to my disabilities. If I wanted to meet Asian women, I can go to the Russian Orthodox Churches in my city.

Give rest, oh saviour God, to thy servants who have fallen asleep.

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