Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ —
One of the challenges familiar to those who serve at the Altar is the steady stream of списки — the lists of the living and the dead — that flow from the faithful to the Table of Oblation behind the ikonostasis. For each name contained on those lists, the priest takes a particle from the prosphora at the Proskomedia — the Liturgy of Preparation — which usually begins one or two hours before the Divine Liturgy. At the Divine Liturgy, he offers prayers for them by name — for the Health, the Salvation; for the Repose of the Souls of these servants of God, before God’s own table. Not all of these lists arrive in ideal condition. From time to time, they are written on the back of whatever envelope, bulletin, newsletter or scrap piece of salvageable paper is at hand; and the names are not always legibly rendered.
Another difficulty is that often, very little distinguishes a list that holds the names of the living from one that bears the names of those no longer living. A person gets twenty names deep, and only then realizes that they’re writing on the wrong list — to much consternation and crossing out of names or titles — and when these arrive (perhaps later than ideally they ought), the decryption of those hieroglyphics becomes an uncertain thing.
Letter Size, Form-fillable pdf Files
To help with this, here are four pdf file forms for списки.
Each pdf is designed taking into account the leading edge of the page that most consumer printers use in order to feed the paper through the print drum (this is why printers don’t print edge-to-edge). Though the columns will appear unevenly spaced on your screen, the documents should print (without scaling) for cropping into three symmetrical pieces. These paper-feed figures vary from machine to machine, but it’s hoped that the layout used will account for a good percentage of the printers in parishes and households. Please test and adjust as needed.
The pdfs are form-fillable, so that names can be entered, forms printed and prepared in advance, at home. In addition to the names themselves, at the bottom of every column is a small space for a Family Name or the Date.
Pray for us.