Whether or not the Greek Orthodox Church believes in cremation is a question that has been discussed in recent years. Cremation is considered a less harmful way to dispose of a body and has less of a negative impact on the environment. In addition, it is a common way to honor saints and holy relics.
Remorse for cremated persons
Despite the fact that cremation is legal in Greece, there is remorse for cremated persons in the Greek Orthodox church. Cremation is a defiling act that denies sacred tradition of holy relics.
Cremation is not the only way to dispose of the body. There is also a process called disinterment, which allows for the burying of a dead body in an ossuary or a permanent burial site. This procedure is used when there is no grave for a loved one or if there are not enough graves for everyone.
In the 1890s, the National Council for the Disposition of the Dead was formed. Its aim was to codify burial laws. It was headed by Lord Horder, a well-known figure in the cremation movement. It gathered together several important national organisations.
Worship of saintly holy relics
Throughout the Orthodox Church, the veneration of saintly holy relics is an important part of the faith. The relics are thought to be a way to connect with God. They are also a way for ordinary believers to draw closer to the saints and to recognize their sanctification.
The Orthodox Church defines veneration as the practice of honoring and praying to a saint by paying tribute to their relics. Saints are believed to be “friends of God” who have died and are in heaven. Their relics often perform miracles.
The relics of saints are considered by the Orthodox Church to be an expression of the divine power that was poured out onto their bodies. The relics of the saints are also considered to be an instrument for healing.
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Less harmful to the environment
Traditionally, the Greek Orthodox church has firmly opposed cremation. Cremation is a process in which a body is burned, and it is believed that it is sinful. Cremation is also not allowed in most conservative Christian traditions.
However, in the nineteenth century, Protestants embraced the idea, and the Catholic Church relaxed its canon law. Now, cremation is allowed in some Orthodox communities.
Cremation is popular because it is thought to be eco-friendly. It also allows family members to grieve in a more private setting. It also saves space in cemeteries. It eliminates the need for burial.
In recent years, the number of cremations in Greece has been on the rise. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the cremation rate will reach 71% by 2030.
A big, fancy casket is not needed for a cremation
Regardless of religion, the preparation of a funeral is a difficult and emotional time. It is important to handle the situation with dignity.
In Greece, there are several traditions that must be followed. The funeral service is one of the most important parts of the soul’s journey into the afterlife. It provides the community with a chance to pray and support a grieving family.
Guests to the funeral service typically dress in dark, modest clothing. They are also expected to say goodbye and “may your memory be eternal”. The departed’s family and friends may be invited to speak on their behalf.
A funeral service typically lasts about 90 minutes. It consists of a eulogy, hymns, readings from the Bible, and prayers. It may also include a coffee reception.