Kneeling Sunday

Kneeling Sunday

Between May 24 and June 27; 50 days after Easter
In Orthodox Christianity, Pentecost (or Whitsunday) is known as Kneeling Sunday. After the liturgy, the congregation kneels while the priest makes three invocations, one of which is a prayer for the repose of the dead. In some rural parts of Greece, the worshippers place flowers from their gardens on the ground in front of them as they kneel, and they burn candles to light the way for the souls of the departed. Sometimes they cover their eyes with rose petals, believing that if their eyes are open when the souls of their loved ones pass by, they will be recognized, and the grief that accompanies this recognition will make it impossible for the soul to leave the earth.
SOURCES:
BkFestHolWrld-1970, p. 66
OxYear-1999, p. 645