Word of the Day: Prohod

Well here’s a word you won’t hear every day: prohod. In fact, the only time you’ll (probably) ever hear it is today because it refers to the specific Orthodox religious ceremony conducted on Good Friday.

The word prohod specifically refers to funeral rites or the series of prayers and ceremonies conducted when someone is buried. What’s interesting (to me) is that the Slavic (yep) root of this word in Romanian is similar to modern Slavic words meaning “passageway” or an “opening” or even “gate(way)”, thus implying that the funeral rites are conducted so that the deceased can thus gain access to and cross over to the afterlife.