Request a Moleben or Pannykhida
The monastery receives frequent requests for the service of molebens and pannykhidas. This page is intended to provide a convenient way of submitting these requests along with your offerings. You may use the web form below to request one of these services, or if you prefer you may download one of the commemoration slips at the bottom of this page, print and complete it, and mail it to us.
A moleben is an intercessory service conducted by a priest, asking our Saviour, the Mother of God, or one of the saints for assistance with a specific matter (e.g. illness, family difficulties, employment, travel, etc.). This service can be offered in behalf of the living (Orthodox and non-Orthodox). This type of supplicatory service is known as a paraklisis in the Greek Orthodox Church.
A pannykhida is a prayer service offered by a priest for the repose of the soul of an Orthodox Christian who has departed this life. Customarily a pannykhida is served on the third, ninth, and fortieth day after the repose of the Orthodox Christian, and every year on the anniversary of the repose. The pannykhida is essentially the same as memorial services offered in Orthodox Churches outside the Russian tradition, known variously as the parastas, pannychis, or in abbreviated form as the “Trisagion for the Dead.” Only departed Orthodox Christians may be commemorated at a pannykhida.
Upon making a request for a moleben or pannykhida, it is customary in the Russian Orthodox Church to bring an offering to God and His Church from the fruit of one's labor. The suggested donation to the monastery is $20. The moleben or pannykhida will be served on the earliest date possible following our reception of your request and donation, unless you specify a particular date in the “Additional Information” field below.
Commemoration Slips in PDF Format
If you prefer, you may download and print a commemoration slip in pdf format. After you have completed it, you may send it along with your donation to:
Holy Cross Monastery
505 Holy Cross Road
Wayne, WV 25570-5403
Please keep in mind the instructions given above concerning the proper way of writing the names for commemoration, and submit no more than ten names per request.Moleben