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THE HIERATIKON

THE  MEMORIAL SERVICE

AT THE END OF THE LITURGY

 

 

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After the “Behind the Pulpit Prayer”, or after the prayers to commemorate a Feast  the Priest taking up the censer shall go to the customary table whereon the Kolyva have been placed and the choir shall sing the following:

 

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[s], and establish him [her, them] in Paradise; where the Choirs of the saints and the righteous, O Lord, shine as the stars of heaven; to Thy reposed servant[s] do Thou give rest, overlooking all his [her, their] 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]

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

 

PRIEST

Together with the spirits of the righteous made perfect, give rest to the soul[s] of Thy servant[s], O Saviour; and preserve it [them] in that life of blessedness near to thee, O Lover of mankind.

 

CHOIR

In the place of Thy rest, O Lord, where all the saints repose, give rest also to the soul[s] of Thy servant[s], for Thou only art Immortal.

 

PRIEST

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[s] of Thy servant[s], O Saviour. 

 

CHOIR

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[s] of thy servant[s].

 

PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

 

PRIEST

Again we pray for the repose of the soul[s] of the departed servant[s] of God [Name(s)], and for the forgiveness of his [her, their] every transgression, voluntary and involuntary.

CHOIR: Kyrie eleison.

 

PRIEST

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

CHOIR: Grant us, O Lord.

 

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[s] of Thy departed servant[s] [Name(s)] 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, them] 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.

For Thou art the resurrection, the life and the repose of Thy departed servant[s] [Name(s)], 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

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

 

CHOIR

Everlasting be the memory, everlasting be the memory, everlasting be his [her, their] memory.

 

And the Choir shall sing "Blessed is the name of the Lord..." and the rest of the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy as usual.