2 Nov


In the Orthodox faith, we memorialize those who have fallen asleep in the Lord on the anniversary of their death.  In the Greek church, after Liturgy the family of the memorialized serve kollyva (koh-lee-vah) to the parish family.  Kollyva is boiled wheat with nuts, sugar, fruits, seeds, and and confectionery candies, and it symbolizes the hope of the resurrection of the dead.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12:24)

So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body….(I_Corinthians 15:42-44)

Today many of the fallen asleep were memorialized and there was much kollyva to take home to share and remember the faithful with.

These are the customs that we are falling in love with in the Orthodox Church!  As we are learning and experiencing, I want to share with you.

Here are a few more links with more information about kollyva:




One Response to “Kollyva”

  1. Joseph R Bray November 9, 2009 at 2:01 am #

    κόλλυβα is gross!

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