In the first week of Advent, 4 December at 15:00, teaching and general staff of Rīga Stradiņš University as well as students will take part in eccumenical Thanksgiving service for expressing gratitude and saying goodbye to the deceased people who donated their bodies to medicine studies and science. The service will be held at the RSU Institute of Anatomy and Anthropology in Rīga, 9 Kronvalda bulvāris.
Advent wreath symbolises eternal circle of life and candle lights represent the eternal return of Light to the world. Church services for expressing gratitude, love and respect to those people, who donated their bodies to science and whose life cycle has not been symbolically completed for certain reasons, are traditionally held in many medicine related higher education institutions in Europe. In 2002 RSU became the first higher education institution in the Baltic States to begin the tradition of Thanksgiving services to ceremoniously express gratitude to the unselfishness of people to open a path for science to the truth.
Participants of the Service:
- Professor Jānis Gardovskis, rector, Rīga Stradiņš University
- Pāvils Brūvers, bishop of Liepāja, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia
- Jānis Dravants, priest, representative of Latvian Orthodox Church
- Andris Kravalis, bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, priest of St. Mary Magdalene's Church
- Pēteris Eisāns, deputy of bishop of Latvian Baptist Union, priest of Riga St. Matthew Baptist Church
- RSU mixed choir Rīga and organist Roberts Hansons
During the Thanksgiving service we will commemorate Aivars, Aleksandrs, Alla, Anatolijs, Eldars, Lolita, Romualds, Vitālijs and Zoja.