• Why 9 days and 40?

    Natalya Safonova
    Natalya Safonova
    April 10, 2013
    Why 9 days and 40?

    In the life of any person there are certain rituals, some of which are associated with birth and death. Departure from this life of relatives and friends decided to celebrate, remembering those who left on certain dates. Why are 9 days and 40 days commemorated?

    According to Orthodox beliefs, from the third to the ninth day, the soul of the deceased accompanied by the somna angels has the opportunity to consider the heavenly abode in all details. This time the soul of the departed devotes to the study of the afterlife. On the ninth day, the soul is brought before God, and relatives and friends make commemorations, offer prayers, order a requiem, so that the soul of the deceased can adequately bear this test. The commemoration of another relative who has gone to the world is performed on this day in honor of nine angelic ranks. There is also an idea that on this day the soul is supposedly completely separated from the body.

    What does 9 days 40 days mean? These days are necessarily commemoration of the departed, these days it is also believed that relatives with their prayers can improve the lot of the departed in the afterlife, since the soul itself cannot change anything.

    9, 40 days after death are important dates in the afterlife of the human soul, and the Orthodox Church during this period calls for particularly active prayer for the dead. Up to 40 days, the soul of the deceased passes through all circles of hell and hardships, she is shown the sins committed to her during lifetime. It is believed that on this day the Lord makes the final decision on the stay of the soul until the Last Judgment. The prayers of relatives can help atone for sins, which is why commemoration on this day is so important.


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