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The Kollyva are symbolic of the resurrection of the dead on the day of the Second Coming of the Lord. St. [[Apostle Paul|Paul]] said, ''"what you sow does not come to life unless it dies"'' (I Corinthians 15:34), and St. [[Apostle John|John]], ''"unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit"'' (John 12:24). Thus, as the wheat is buried in the soil and disintegrates without really dying but is later regenerated into a new plant that bears much more fruit than itself, so the Christian's body will be raised again from the very corruptible matter from which it is now made; however, it will be raised not in its previous fleshy substance but in an incorruptible essence which ''"will clad the mortal body with an immortal garment"'', in the words of St. Paul (I Corinthians 15:53).
The Kollyva then, symbolize the Apostolically rooted hope in the resurrection of the dead as the only eventuality that gives meaning and attains the longed perfection on the part of the individual who takes his life to be a divinely ordained meaningful living forever.<ref>Rev. Dr. Nicon D. Patrinacos (M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon)). ''A Dictionary of Greek Orthodoxy - Λεξικον Ελληνικης Ορθοδοξιας''. Light & Life Publishing, Minnesota, 1984. pp.225-226.</ref>
==Occasions of Use==
* [[w:Requiem|Requiem]] (''funeral Mass in the Roman Catholic Church'')
* Rev. Dr. Nicon D. Patrinacos (M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon)). ''A Dictionary of Greek Orthodoxy - Λεξικον Ελληνικης Ορθοδοξιας''. Light & Life Publishing, Minnesota, 1984.