Saturday of Souls Koliva
The tradition of our Holy Orthodox Church is to always remember our departed loved ones. Although they are gone, they are not forgotten. We, as the members of the Church offer prayers that up being beneficial to both us and to the deceased.
The Custom of Koliva
When the Memorial Service is offered, it is customary for the family of the deceased to bring a dish of boiled wheat to the Church. The wheat, known as Koliva, is a symbol of the Resurrection. When speaking of the Resurrection, our Lord said: “Unless the grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit.” —John 12:24