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IN THE HOME

 

DEACON

Master, give the blessing.

PRIEST
Blessed is our God always, now and for ever: world without end.
READER
Amen. O Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal, have mercy upon us. (3)
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.
Most Holy Trinity, have mercy upon us; O Lord, cleanse us from our sins; O Master, pardon our transgressions; O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for Thy Name’s sake.
Kyrie eleison or Lord have mercy. [3]
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end. Amen.
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

PRIEST
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever: world without end.
CHOIR: Amen.
Together with the spirits of the righteous made perfect, give rest to the soul of Thy servant, O Saviour; and preserve it in that life of blessedness near to thee, O Lover of mankind.
In the place of Thy rest, O Lord, where all the saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Thy servant, for Thou only art Immortal.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son. And to the Holy Spirit.
Thou art our God, who didst descend into Hades, and didst loose the pains of those held captive: do Thou also give rest to the soul of Thy servant, O Saviour.
Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.
O Virgin, who alone art pure and immaculate, and didst mystically bring forth God, intercede for the salvation of the soul of thy servant.
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.
Glory be to Thee, O our God, glory be to Thee.
May He, who as the immortal King, hath dominion over the living and the dead and is risen from the dead, 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; of the holy and glorious forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; of his holy and righteous friend Lazarus the four days dead; 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

By the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us and save us.
CHOIR: Amen.

 

 

IN THE TEMPLE

DEACON

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

FIRST STASIS
From Psalm 118 Tone 6

The blameless in the way, Alleluia.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord; teach me Thy statutes. Alleluia.
My soul hath longed greatly to desire Thy judgments at all times. Alleluia.
My soul hath slumbered for heaviness; strengthen Thou me in Thy words.Alleluia.
Incline my heart to Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.Alleluia.
Despondency hath taken hold upon me, because of the wicked that forsake Thy law.Alleluia.
I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy commandments.Alleluia.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

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
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.

 

SECOND STASIS
Tone 5

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, and I shall learn Thy commandments. Have mercy upon me, O Lord.
For I am become like a wineskin in the frost, yet have I not forgotten Thy statutes. Have mercy upon me, O Lord.
I am Thine, save me; for I have sought Thy precepts. Have mercy upon me, O Lord.
I have not departed from Thy judgments, for Thou hast appointed a law for me. Have mercy upon me, O Lord.
I have inclined my heart to perform Thy statutes for ever, for a recompense. Have mercy upon me, O Lord.
It is time for the Lord to act, for they have made void Thy law. Have mercy upon me, O Lord.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever, world without end. Amen. Have mercy upon me, O Lord.

If there is more than one Priest, at the end of each stasis 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...”
DEACON
Let us pray unto the Lord.
CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.
PRIEST
For Thou art the resurrection, the life and...
CHOIR: Amen.

THIRD STASIS
Tone 8

And have mercy upon me. Alleluia.
Look Thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, according to the judgment of those that love Thy name. Alleluia.
I am young and despised, yet have I not forgotten Thy statutes. Alleluia.
Hear my voice according unto Thy mercy, O Lord; quicken me according to Thy judgment. Alleluia.
Princes have persecuted me without a cause, and my heart hath been afraid because of Thy words. Alleluia.
My soul shall live, and it shall praise Thee, and Thy judgments shall help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant, for I have not forgotten Thy commandments.
 

EVLOGITARIA
Tone 5

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.
The Choir of saints has found the fountain of life and the door of Paradise. May I also find the way through repentance: I am the sheep that was lost; call me back and save me, O Saviour.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.
Of old Thou hast created me from nothing and honoured me with Thy divine image; but when I disobeyed Thy commandments, Thou hast returned me to the earth from whence I was taken: lead me back again to Thy likeness, refashioning my ancient beauty.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.
I am an image of Thine ineffable glory, though I bear the scars of my transgressions. Take pity on Thy creature, O Master, and cleanse me in Thy loving-kindness. Grant me the fatherland for which I long, making me once more a citizen of Paradise.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes.
Give rest, O God, unto Thy servant, and establish him/her in Paradise; where the Choirs of the saints and the righteous, O Lord, shine as the stars of heaven; to Thy reposed servant do Thou give rest, overlooking all his/her offences.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The threefold radiance of the one Godhead let us with reverence praise and cry aloud: Holy art Thou, O Father without beginning, O co-eternal Son and Divine Spirit. Enlighten us who with faith worship Thee, and snatch us from the eternal fire.
Now and for ever: world without end. Amen.
Hail, O Virgin, who gave birth to God in the flesh for the salvation of all. Through thee the human race hath found salvation, through thee may we find Paradise, O Mother of God, pure and blessed.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. [3]

TONE 8

With the saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant, where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor any sighing, but life everlasting.

TONE 1

What pleasure in life ever remains unmixed with grief? What glory endures immovable on earth? All things are feebler than shadows, all more illusive than dreams. In a single moment all are supplanted by death. But in the light, O Christ, of thy countenance, and the sweetness of thy comeliness, grant rest to the one thou hast taken, for thou art a lover of mankind.

TONE 2

Woe is me! What agony does the soul endure at her separation from the body, Woe is me! How many tears she then sheds, but finds no one to show mercy. She turns her eyes to the angels pleadingly, but her supplications go unheeded; she stretches out her hands to her fellow men, but finds no one to come to her aid. Therefore, my beloved brethren, realizing the shortness of life, 1et us ask of Christ rest for him/her who has departed, and for our souls his great mercy.

TONE 3

All human things are vanity, which do not survive a person's death; riches do not go with us, nor does g1ory accompany us on the way. For when death comes upon us, all of these shall vanish, indeed. Therefore, let us cry to Christ, the immorta1 King: Give rest to him/her who is departed from us, in the dwelling place of the blessed.

TONE 4

Where is all the earthly activity? , Where are the imaginings of the temporal? Where is the gold and the silver? Where is all the tumult and the noise of the servants? All are dust, all are ashes, all just a screen! But come, let us raise our voices to the immortal King: Lord, count worthy of eternal joy him/her who has been taken from us, by granting him/her rest in the unending blessedness.

TONE 5

I brought to mind the prophet who cried: I am earth and dust; and again I looked in the graves and beheld the naked bones, and said: to whom could these belong? King or soldier, rich or poor, righteous or sinner? But give rest to thy servant, O Lord, among the just as a gracious and a loving God.

 

TONE 6

My origin and my very being come from thy creative command; for at thy will you fashioned me a living being from invisible and visible nature; from the earth my body thou didst form, and thou gavest me a soul by thy breath the life-giving and divine. So, Christ, give thy servant rest in the land of the Living and the dwellings of the righteous.

TONE 7

In thy image and likeness in the beginning thou didst create man; and didst place him in paradise to rule over thy creatures; but, deceived by the envy of the Devil, he tasted of the fruit, and thy commandments he truly violated. Therefore, to the earth from which he came, thou didst condemn him to return, O Lord, and to entreat you for eternal rest.

TONE 8

I weep and I lament when I come face to face with death; and see lying in the graves our beauty, which was made in the image of God, disfigured, inglorious, all its form destroyed. How strange, indeed, that this lamentable mystery should happen to us. How we gave in to corruption, and became partners with death? Indeed, as written, by the command of God, who grants to all the departed eternal rest.
Glory...
Thy death for mankind, O Lord, became the cause for our salvation; for hadst thou not been laid in the tomb, Paradise would not have opened, therefore, grant rest to him/her who hast departed for thou lovest mankind.
Now and ever...
O pure Virgin, the Word's holy Gate, and Mother of our God, entreat, we beseech thee, for mercy upon his/her soul.

 

Tone 3

Blessed is the way wherein thou dost walk today, for there is prepared for thee, a place of eternal rest. (3)
DEACON: Let us give heed.
READER: Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my God.
DEACON: Wisdom.
READER

The reading is from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians.

4:13-17

DEACON: Let us give heed.

READER
Brethren, I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
PRIEST: Peace unto thee.
CHOIR: Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
DEACON: Wisdom. Stand steadfast. Let us hear the Holy Gospel. Peace unto all.
CHOIR: And unto thy spirit.
PRIEST

 The reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John.

 5, 24-30

DEACON: Let us give heed
CHOIR: Glory be to Thee, O Lord, glory be to Thee.
PRIEST
The Lord said unto the Jews that came unto Him: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
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 as the immortal King, hath dominion over the living and the dead and is risen from the dead, 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; of the holy and glorious forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; of his holy and righteous friend Lazarus the four days dead; 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

By the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us and save us.
CHOIR: Amen.

TONE 2

Let us give a parting farewell to the one death has taken, thanking almighty God; he/she has now departed from all his/her friends and his/her kin, and proceeds to hisher resting place, no more being troubled over things of vanity and the tired flesh. Where now are his/her friends and his/her kinsmen? As we are parted let us pray that the Lord will grant rest to him/her eternally.
What a dreadful parting, O my friends, what a great lament, what a mourning, at this sad circumstance! Come and kiss the one that was, with us a short while ago. He/She is surrendered to burial beneath a tombstone, darkness now covers him/her he/she is interred with the dead. Come, then, all his/her friends and his/her kinsmen, as we are parted let's pray that the Lord shall rest him/her eternally.

Theotokion

Save those who put their hope in thee, Mother of the sun never setting, and birth giver of God. Through thine intercessions ask the One who is most good, to give rest, we pray him, to the one from us parted, where are now reposing all the souls of the just. Make him/her an heir of heavenly blessings, place him/her in the land of the righteous, in eternal memorial.

 

AT THE GRAVESIDE

The Priest recites the Trisagion for the departed as in the home.

Before "By the Prayers of our holy fathers" 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.