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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]].