Saturday, August 23, 2014

Paraklisis / Supplications


The praying of the Paraklisis (παράκλησεις) or Supplications service is specifically for the purpose of praying to the Mother of God, the Theotokos, on behalf of those who have a need to be prayed for. This service is comprised of the chanting of a “canon” which is comprised of several “odes” each of which have several hymns.

For a rudimentary explanation of the Paraklisis service please consult the OrthodoxWiki page, and for a more in-depth explanation please consult the regular Wikipedia page.

Also, for an excellent and succinct synopsis of the development of the Paraklisis service please click here.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in learning more about the Paraklisis/Supplications service please contact one of our clergy.

To attend a Paraklisis/Supplications service please consult our Calendar for the next liturgical service.