Prayer to saints
Prayer for the dead
The deceased are remembered at a special service called "Saturday of the Souls" held four times a year: the two Saturdays prior to Great Lent, the first Saturday of Great Lent, and the Saturday before Pentecost. Orthodox believe that it is the duty of the living to remember and pray for the deceased. A general prayer is said for specific individuals and all unknow souls who have no one to pray for them. Parishoners bring small dishes of kollyva to the church and submit a lit of first names of the deceased loved ones to the priest.