During Great Lent we are called to renew and strengthen our relationships with others (both living and dead) and
with God. A special service during Lent is Sorokousty, when we remember all those who have gone before us.
“Sorokousty” literally means “forty mouths”, referring to an ancient monastic practice of 40 monks or priests
singing this commemoration of our departed sisters and brothers.
Sorokousty is a beautiful way to remind us that our Christian family reaches beyond our present time and space to encompass generations past.
Each family in our parish (including deceased parishioners) have a book where the names of family members who have died are written. Father reads out every name during each Sorokousty.