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THE HIERATIKON

 

THE MEMORIAL SERVICE

AT THE END OF VESPERS

 

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After the Apolytikia hymns and the Theotokion, or if there was an offering of the “Breaking of bread” then after the verse The rich have become poor and hungry... , the Priest standing by the table with the offering of Kolyva shall begin the memorial service.

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.