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FUNERAL SERVICE

DURING BRIGHT WEEK

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FUNERAL SERVICE DURING BRIGHT WEEK

 

When a brother falls asleep in the Lord during Holy Bright Week, we do not sing the usual funeral service, but rather the Resurrection Service. This service is also sung on the day of the leavetaking of the feast of Pascha. During the period after Bright Week until the leavetaking, we sing the usual service but replace “O Holy God, holy and Strong...” with “Christ is risen...” From the home until the temple again we sing “Christ is risen...” Instead of “Let us give a parting farewell...” we sing “Today is the day of Resurrection...”. This is also sung until reaching the grave.

 

IN THE HOME

DEACON

Master, give the blessing.

PRIEST
Blessed is our God always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life.

CHOIR

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life. (2)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold, hath granted unto us, life eternal and great mercy.

DEACON
Have mercy upon us, O God, according to Thy great mercy; we pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.
CHOIR
Kyrie eleison.

DEACON

Again we pray for the repose of the soul of the departed servant of God [name], and for the forgiveness of his/her every transgression, voluntary and involuntary.

Let the Lord God establish his/her soul where the just repose; the mercies of God, the kingdom of the heavens, and the remission of his/her sins, let us beseech of Christ, our immortal King and our God.

CHOIR
Grant us, O Lord.

DEACON
Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST

O God of all spirits and of every flesh, who didst trample down death and didst overcome the devil, bestowing life to this world; do Thou, O Lord, give rest to the soul of Thy departed servant [name] in a place of light, in a place of green pasture, in a place of refreshment, from whence pain, sorrow and mourning have fled away. Every sin committed by him/her in thought, word or deed, do Thou as our good and man-befriending God forgive: for there is no man that shall live and not sin, Thou alone art without sin. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth.

DEACON

Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST
For Thou art the resurrection, the life and the repose of Thy departed servant [name], O Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thine eternal Father and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST

Glory be to Thee, O our God, glory be to Thee.

May He, who is risen from the dead, and by death hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath given life, Christ our true God, by the prayers of His most holy Mother; of the holy and all-glorious Apostles; of our holy God-bearing Fathers; and of all the saints, assign to the dwelling place of the righteous the soul of his departed servant (…..) who has departed from us, grant it rest in the bosom of Abraham and number it among the righteous, and may he have mercy upon us, for He is good and loving-kind.

Everlasting be thy memory, O our brother/sister, who art worthy of blessedness and eternal memory. [3]

CHOIR: Everlasting be the memory, everlasting be the memory, everlasting be his/her memory.
PRIEST

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life.

 

From the home until reaching the temple the choir sing slowly:

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life.

 

 

IN THE TEMPLE

DEACON

Master, give the blessing.
PRIEST
Blessed is our God always, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

PRIEST

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life.

CHOIR

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life. (2)

DEACON
Have mercy upon us, O God, according to Thy great mercy; we pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.
CHOIR
Kyrie eleison.

DEACON

Again we pray for the repose of the soul of the departed servant of God [name], and for the forgiveness of his/her every transgression, voluntary and involuntary.

Let the Lord God establish his/her soul where the just repose; the mercies of God, the kingdom of the heavens, and the remission of his/her sins, let us beseech of Christ, our immortal King and our God.

CHOIR
DEACON
Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST
For Thou art the resurrection, the life and the repose of Thy departed servant [name], O Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thine eternal Father and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

CHOIR: Amen.

We then sing the Pascal Katavasia as follows:

ODE 1 TONE 1

The day of Resurrection, let us be radiant, O nations! Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha; for Christ God hath conveyed us from death to life, and from earth to heaven, as we sing the triumphal song.

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life. (3)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold, hath granted unto us, life eternal and great mercy.

DEACON

Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST
For Thou art the resurrection, the life and the repose of Thy departed servant [name], O Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thine eternal Father and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.
CHOIR: Amen.

If there is more than one Priest, at the end of each ode the Deacon will say “Let us pray unto the Lord”  and every priest according to rank will say “For Thou art the resurrection, the life...”

 

ODE 3

Come let us drink a new drink, not one marvellously brought forth from a barren rock, but from the fount of incorruption, which from the tomb of Christ poured forth, in whom we are established.

Christ is risen from the dead...(3)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold...

 

ODE 4

Upon the divine watch let the God-inspired Habakkuk stand with us and show forth the radiant Angel fervently saying: Today is salvation to the world, for Christ is risen for he is Almighty. 

Christ is risen from the dead...(3)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold...

 

ODE 5

Let us arise at the break of dawn, and instead of myrrh, offer a hymn to the Master; and we shall see Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, causing life to dawn on all life.

Christ is risen from the dead...(3)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold...

 

ODE 6

Thou didst descend into the deepest abyss of the earth, and didst shatter the eternal bars which held the prisoners captive, O Christ, and like Jonah from the whale, after three days Thou didst rise from the grave.

Christ is risen from the dead...(3)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold...

 

ODE 7

He who delivered the children from the furnace, becomes a  man and suffers as a mortal, and through his suffering, he clothes mortality with the grace of incorruption: the only blessed and most glorious God of our fathers.

Christ is risen from the dead...(3)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold...

 

ODE 8

This is the chosen and Holy Day, the first of all Sabbaths, the Sovereign and Lady, the Feast of Feasts, and the Festival of Festivals on which we bless Christ unto all ages.

Christ is risen from the dead...(3)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold...

 

ODE 9

The angel proclaimed to her that is full of grace, Rejoice O pure Virgin again I say rejoice, For thy Son is risen the third day from the tomb.

Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord hath risen upon thee, celebrate now and be glad, O Sion. And do thou O pure, Mother of God, rejoice in the rising of thy child.

Christ is risen from the dead...(3)

Jesus having risen from the tomb as He foretold...

 

And straightway we sing  the Exapostilarion

When thou didst sleep as a mortal, O thou who art King and Lord, thou didst rise on the third day, abolishing death and raising Adam from corruption, O Pascha of incorruption, the salvation of the world. (2)

Then follows the Apostle and Gospel reading of the day. After the Gospel the choir sing:

CHOIR: Glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory be to Thee.

DEACON
Have mercy upon us, O God, according to Thy great mercy; we pray Thee, hear us and have mercy.
Again we pray for the repose of the soul of the departed servant of God [name], and for the forgiveness of his/her every transgression, voluntary and involuntary.

Let the Lord God establish his/her soul where the just repose; the mercies of God, the kingdom of the heavens, and the remission of his/her sins, let us beseech of Christ, our immortal King and our God.

Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST
O God of all spirits and of every flesh, who didst trample down death and didst overcome the devil, bestowing life to this world; do Thou, O Lord, give rest to the soul of Thy departed servant [name] in a place of light, in a place of green pasture, in a place of refreshment, from whence pain, sorrow and mourning have fled away. Every sin committed by him/her in thought, word or deed, do Thou as our good and man-befriending God forgive: for there is no man that shall live and not sin, Thou alone art without sin. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is truth.

DEACON

Let us pray unto the Lord.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

PRIEST
For Thou art the resurrection, the life and the repose of Thy departed servant [name], O Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thine eternal Father and Thine all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.

Glory be to Thee, O our God, glory be to Thee.

May He, who is risen from the dead, and by death hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath given life, Christ our true God, by the prayers of His most holy Mother; of the holy and all-glorious Apostles; of our holy God-bearing Fathers; and of all the saints, assign to the dwelling place of the righteous the soul of his departed servant (…..) who has departed from us, grant it rest in the bosom of Abraham and number it among the righteous, and may he have mercy upon us, for He is good and loving-kind.
Everlasting be thy memory, O our brother [sister], who art worthy of blessedness and eternal memory. [3]

CHOIR: Everlasting be the memory, everlasting be the memory, everlasting be his [her] memory.
PRIEST

Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life.

 

Instead of “Let us give a parting farewell...” the choir sing:

Glory… Now and for ever…

Tone 5

Today is the day of Resurrection, let us be radiant for the festival, and let us embrace one another. Let us say brethren, even to those that hate us: Let us forgive all things on the Resurrection, and thus let us cry aloud: Christ is risen from the dead, by death he hath overcome death, and to them in the graves hath he given life.

 

From the temple until the grave is sung: “Today is the day of Resurrection...”

 

AT THE GRAVESIDE

The Priest recites the Trisagion for the departed during Bright Week as in the home.

Before the closing Christ is risen from the dead...” the Priest pours on the body olive oil saying:

Sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be cleansed, wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Then taking some earth with the shovel he spreads it on the body crosswise, saying:

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, thou art earth and to earth shalt thou return.