PURPOSE OMEGA SERVICE OFFICIAL PROTOCOL AND PROCEDURES The OMEGA service of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is the ceremony in which all deceased Alpha brothers are transferred into Omega Chapter. Omega Chapter is the chapter reserved for deceased brothers and this is consistent with the view that “Once an Alpha always an Alpha.” The ceremony is traditionally a PUBLIC ceremony. Any member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is welcome to attend, as well as the deceased brother’s family, friends and members of the general public. The ceremony may be made “Private” based on the wishes of the family of the deceased brother. The decision of the deceased brother’s family MUST be honored by the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha.
Since this ceremony is open to the public and it is held in honor of a deceased brother, all brothers MUST be clad in Alpha Attire. The ceremony must be conducted with the dignity and respect accorded to such funeral rites, whether it is “Public” or “Private.” If the deceased brother is an “active” brother, the Chaplain of his chapter, where possible, should conduct the service. In any event, an Alpha Phi Alpha brother must conduct the service. There are two forms of the ceremony, a short form and a long form and the form used will depend upon the amount of time allocated by the deceased brother’s family. The ceremony may be conducted prior to, during or after the obsequies for
the deceased brother but must
not at any time, be conducted without the express approval of the occasion, chapters receive requests from inactive deceased brothers’
families and or friends for Omega Services to be conducted. Every
with such a request and the Chaplain
All brothers in
of the chapter closest to the should make every effort to
effort should be made to comply deceased brother’s location should support such a request made on
behalf of a deceased brother.
Finally, it must be noted that an Omega Service is an official Fraternity function and as such, must be conducted in a manner appropriate to such. The General Office must be notified of the brother’s initiation into the Omega Chapter via Attachment U.
GROUP RESPONSIBLE FOR UPDATING OMEGA SERVICE PROCEDURES National Ritual Committee
MATERIALS/PERSONNEL/LOGISTICS NEEDED FOR OMEGA SERVICE A copy of the Ceremonial Handbook of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. A religious institution as prescribed by the family of the deceased brother
GENERAL PROTOCOL FOR OMEGA SERVICE Type of Ceremony ~ Public Attire ~ Alpha Attire
CEREMONY FOR OMEGA SERVICE Ceremonial Handbook of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
15th Draft 9/18/07