Special Prayers


Prayers for the Living and the Departed

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much....James 5:16 

In the tradition of monastic service, the Monastery of the Holy Martyrs  offers prayers for both the living and those that have fallen asleep.  

While we greatly appreciate any financial donation you would like to offer, there is no specific charge for this important service to the Church.    


A moleben is an intercessory prayer service for a specific intention (healing, wisdom, reconciliation, employment, safety, general well being, etc.).     

Prayers for the Departed

Prayer for the souls of the departed is an essential element of Orthodox Church tradition and service. The  panachida  is the traditional memorial service for the souls of departed loved ones.  It may be offered  at any time after physical death but is  most often offered at the time of passing as well as the 3rd, 9th, and 40th days after passing and  the  yearly anniversary of the date.     

Liturgical Commemorations

Commemoration of the living and the departed at Divine Liturgy is an abundant source of grace for souls in need.  The names of Orthodox Christians submitted to us are mentioned in the  Service of Proskomedia (Prothesis) when the gifts of bread and wine are prepared. Please specify if the person is Orthodox or Non-Orthodox.  Also please note that during Lent and Holy week we are not able to schedule weekday Liturgy commemorations.     

Something to Consider

In today's society, whether because of a subconscious desire to avoid 'thinking about' death or to just 'do something', attention is focused on helping the family at the time of a loved one's passing through flowers, visits, cards and other tangible efforts.  Some families try to channel expressions of support into something useful like donations to a church or charity.  

But, aside from prayers for the departed in Orthodox  and Catholic services, nothing is usually done to actually help the soul of he departed when he or she needs it most. When a family member or friend passes, submit their name to the monastery.  Commemorations for the departed are normally done for the traditional 40 days.  Then, send a card to the family with a short note saying (in your own words): "We have arranged for prayers for the soul of 'NAME' for at Holy Martyrs Monastery. .As Orthodox Christians we believe that prayers are of great help to those who have departed this life."   Then, add personal comments of your own. This will serve as a reminder to Orthodox Christians to remember to pray for the departed and to hopefully motivate them to help others in the same way.  

For non-Orthodox, it can open a door to discuss the Faith with them and perhaps lead to their eventual conversion.      

Send Their Name

Email your name and address to our community with the name of the person who you want prayed for, the reason, and whether they are Orthodox or non-Orthodox. The community’s email address is monastery@syriacmonastery.org 

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