Paraklesis/Moleben Evening Services begin at St. Sava – Friday, Jan. 21

By January 21, 2022 January 27th, 2022 General Information/News, Religious Observances

Paraklesis Services, also called Moleben, begin taking place every Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., starting January 21, 2022, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Indiana.

This is a unique service to Most Holy Mother of God offered for all Saint Sava members and our relatives and especially those who are sick.

A paraklesis is a service of supplication specifically for the living (as opposed to a Memorial Service, which is a supplication for the departed). This service is most often addressed to the Theotokos, but may be used to seek the intercessions of any saint.

The distinguishing feature of a paraklesis is the inclusion of a supplicatory canon to the saint whose intercessions are being sought. A paraklesis can be served as a stand-alone service or, in a slightly abbreviated form, in conjunction with Vespers. It is appropriate to be served at any time of need.

In Slavic practice, there is a similar service that is called a molieben—this service is either served as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with the Divine Liturgy.

Everyone is welcome to attend these weekly services. This Friday evening service is one of many services offered on weeknights throughout the week at St. Sava that include Akathaist and Vesper Services throughout the week, in addition to the Divine Liturgy that takes place every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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