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The Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy

PREFACE

The Funeral Services of the Byzantine Catholic Rite are deeply impressive, yet truly meaningful and uplifting.

As they poetically accent the mystical aspects of death and the resurrection, they also bring our hearts and minds in touch with the reassuring hope that God is merciful. In part, this is revealed when the solemn mood of the music is frequently interrupted by triumphal chords to symbolize that the death of every Christian "is swallowed up in victory" (I Cor. 15: 54). As a result, sorrow is lessened when seen through the light of the expectation of heavenly bliss; and the sadness of inevitable departure is alleviated by prayer, which is both encouraging and supportive.

In the following Funeral Services two main themes are beautifully interwoven into a most expressive ritual: the awesome judgment of God; and the resurrection to life eternal. The reality of judgment after death urges us to sincere, confident prayer for the departed soul, while the vision of immortality soothes our sorrow at this time of death. Thus we fulfill the counsel of St. Paul: "Brethren, we want you to be quite certain about those who are asleep (dead), to make sure that you do not grieve about them as those people who have no hope." (I Thess. 4: 13).

In the early days of Christianity, funeral services were an all night vigil of prayer. They ended about dawn with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and the subsequent burial of the deceased. Today we use but a small segment of those ancient rites. Our modern Wake Service is called the PARASTAS or GREAT PANACHIDA. Panachida is literally translated from the Greek as All-night Services. Parastas is translated as a Standing Service, denoting the ancient custom of standing to pray.

There is a three-way dialogue within the structure of the Wake Service or Parastas in the Funeral Service of the Church which is now combined with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. In some prayers we, the faithful, pray and intercede for a merciful judgment for the deceased; in other prayers it is the deceased admitting to the weakness of sin during life and now beseeching forgiveness and acceptance into everlasting life; in still other prayers we hear the voice of Christ as the Merciful Judge.

Spiritual writers throughout the ages have attested to the tremendous value of prayers for the dead. In our times, Pope John XXIII wrote in his JOURNAL OF A SOUL: "To remember the dead in prayer gives me courage and joy in confident hope of joining them all again in the everlasting glory of heaven."




OFFICE OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL WITH DIVINE LITURGY

The priest chants an appropriate Gospel reading in the vestibule before proceeding into the church. When the reading is completed, the priest leads the procession into the church while the faithful sing:

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.

After incensing, and when all is in readiness, the priest, at the altar, begins:

Celebrant: Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response: Amen.

From Easter until Ascension we sing three times:

Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.




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LITANY

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

For the servant of God, N., and for his (her) blessed repose, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

That his (her) every transgression committed deliberately or through human frailty be forgiven him(her), let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

That he(she) be numbered with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

That his (her) soul be committed to the region of the living, to the place of light where all the Saints and the Just repose, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

That he (she) stand uncondemned before the fearsome judgment-seat of Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

That he (she) inherit the eternal kingdom of heaven, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

That he (she) share the constant joy prepared for the Saints from the beginning of time, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

That we be delivered from all affliction, wrath, and need, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Protect us, save us, have mercy on us, and preserve us, 0 God, by Your grace.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Remembering our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ our God.

R. To You, 0 Lord.

Celebrant: For You are the resurrection, the life, and the repose of Your departed servant N., 0 Christ our God, and we glorify You together with Your eternal Father, and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever.

R. Amen.

The priest proceeds to the bier.




REMAIN SEATED

ALLELUIA

Tone 8 Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Blessed are they whom You have chosen

and received, 0 Lord.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

They are remembered from generation

to generation.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




TROPARIA
Tone 8

0 Creator, * in the depth of Your wisdom * You lovingly govern all men * and distribute to each what is for good. * Now give rest to the soul of Your servant, * for he (she) has placed his (her) hope in You, * our Creator, Maker, and our God.

Glory be to the Father, * and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * With the Saints, 0 Christ, * give rest to Your servant * where there is no pain, sorrow, nor mourning, * but life everlasting.

Now and ever and forever. Amen. * We have in you a defense and a refuge, * and an advocate acceptable to God * to Whom you gave birth, 0 Virgin Mother of God, * the salvation of the faithful.




FIRST STATION
Adapted verses from Psalm 118

Blessed are they whose life is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.

R. Blessed are You, 0 Lord; guide me by Your precepts.

Blessed are they who observe Your decrees, 0 Lord, and who seek You with all their heart.

R. Blessed are You, 0 Lord; guide me by Your precepts.

The law of Your mouth, 0 Lord, is more precious to me than thousands in gold and silver.

R. Blessed are You, 0 Lord; guide me by Your precepts.

Your hands, 0 Lord, have made and formed me.

R. Blessed are You, 0 Lord; guide me by Your precepts.

Had not Your law been my delight, 0 Lord, I should have perished in my affliction.

R. Never will I forget Your precepts, 0 Lord; for through them You give me life.




SECOND STATION
Adapted verses from Psalm 118

I am Yours; save me, 0 Lord.

R. 0 Savior, save the soul of Your servant.

Your word, 0 Lord, is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path.

R. 0 Savior, save the soul of Your servant.

I gasp with open mouth in my yearning for Your commandments, 0 Lord.

R. 0 Savior, save the soul of Your servant.

Turn to me in mercy, 0 Lord, as You turn to those who love Your Name.

R. 0 Savior, save the soul of Your servant.

Let my cry come before You, 0 Lord; give me understanding in keeping with Your word.

R. 0 Savior, save the soul of Your servant.

Let my soul live to praise You, 0 Lord, and may Your precepts help me.

R. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant because I do not forget Your commandments, 0 Lord.




HYMNS FOR THE DECEASED
Tone 5

Verse: Blessed are You, 0 Lord; guide me by Your precepts.

The choir of Saints has found the Fountain of Life * and the Gate to Paradise. * May I also find the way through repentance. * I am a lost sheep; call me back, 0 Savior, and save me.

Verse: Blessed are You, 0 Lord; guide me by Your precepts.

0 Lord, I am the image of Your glory * which is beyond description, * even though I bear the marks of transgressions. * Have mercy on Your creature. * 0 Master, in Your compassion cleanse me. * Grant me the home I yearn for, and again make me an inhabitant of paradise.

Verse: Blessed are You, 0 Lord; guide me by Your precepts.

Grant rest, 0 God, to Your servant * and place him (her) in paradise where the choirs of saints and righteous shine like stars. 0 Lord, give rest to Your departed servant * and remit all his (her) transgressions.

Verse: Blessed are You, 0 Lord; guide me by Your precepts.

We praise with devotion the three-fold radiance of the One Divinity * by singing aloud: * Holy are You, eternal Father, * co-eternal Son and divine Spirit. * Enlighten us who faithfully serve You, * and deliver us from eternal fire.

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Glory be to the Father, * and to the Son, * and to the Holy Spirit, * now and ever and forever. Amen.

Rejoice, 0 pure and blessed Mother of God, * for you gave birth to God according to the flesh * for the redemption of all. * Through you, mankind has found salvation; * through you, may we also find Paradise, 0 Blessed One.

Alleluia! * Alleluia! * Alleluia! * Glory be to You, 0 God!




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THE HYMNS OF ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
Samohlasen Tones

Any three of the following Hymns may be sung in accordance with parish custom.

(Tone 1) What earthly delight endures unmingled with grief? * What earthly glory remains immutable? * All things are less than a shadow, * more deluding than a dream. In a single moment all these are effaced by death; * but in the light of Your countenance, 0 Christ, * and in the enjoyment of Your beauty, * grant rest to the one whom You have chosen; * for You love mankind.

(Tone 2) As a flower withers and a shadow passes, * so every man will die; * but when the trumpet sounds, the dead will rise again as in an earthquake * to meet You, 0 Christ, our God. * Then, 0 Master, place in the abode of Your saints the soul of Your servant whom You have taken from us.

(Tone 2) 0 what an ordeal must the soul endure * when it parts from the body! * 0 how profusely that soul weeps, * and there is no one to show it pity. * It turns its eyes to the angels * and its prayer is in vain. * It extends its hands to men * and finds no one to help. * Therefore, my beloved brethren, * considering the brevity of our life, * let us beseech from Christ mercy for our souls.

(Tone 3) All is vanity in man * that does not outlive death. Neither riches endure * nor does glory survive; * for with the coming of death all these are destroyed. * Let us exclaim to Christ, The Immortal: * Grant rest to the departed servant * in the dwelling of those enjoying happiness.

(Tone 4) Where is the attachment to the world? * Where is the allurement of all that is temporal? * Where is silver and gold? * Where is the multitude of servants and anxieties? * All is dust, all is ashes, all is shadow. * Come, let us cry out to the Immortal King: * 0 Lord, deem worthy of Your eternal blessings * the one who has departed from us, * granting him (her) rest in Your ageless bliss.

(Tone 5)I recalled the Prophet crying out: * I am ashes and dust. * And again, I looked into the graves and saw bones laid bare and I said: Which is king or soldier, rich or poor, righteous or sinner? Despite all this, 0 Lord, * give rest to Your departed servant with the just.

(Tone 6) Your creating command was my origin and formation, * for You willed to fashion me * a living creature out of visible and invisible nature. * From the earth You formed my body * and gave me a soul * by Your divine and life creating breath. * Therefore, 0 Christ, give rest to Your servant in the place of the living, * in the abodes of the just.

(Tone 7) In the beginning You created man in Your image and likeness, * and placed him in paradise to rule over Your creatures. * But, deceived by the envy of the Devil, * he tasted of the forbidden food and became a transgressor of Your commandments. * For this reason, 0 Lord, You sentenced him * to return to the earth from which he was taken, * and to ask for repose.

(Tone 8)I weep and lament * as I contemplate death, * and behold our beauty fashioned in the image of God, * resting in the tombs, * disfigured, deprived of glory and expression. * 0, what a wonder! * What is this mystery? * Why have we been delivered to corruption? * Why subjected to death? * Indeed, as it is written, * by the command of God; for He grants rest to the departed.




BEATITUDES
Tone 6

The celebrant begins:

When you come into Your kingdom:

R. Remember us, 0 Lord, when You come into Your kingdom.

The above response is sung after each of the following verses. Sometimes the verses are taken in groups of two or more.

Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of God is theirs.

Blessed are the sorrowing; they shall be consoled.

Blessed are the lowly; they shall inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill.

Blessed are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs.

Blessed are the single-hearted; for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peace-makers; they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those persecuted for the sake of holiness; the kingdom of God is theirs.

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you, and utter every kind of slander against you because of Me.

Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is great in heaven.

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Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.




PROKEIMENON
Tone 6

Celebrant: Let us be attentive! Peace f be with all! Wisdom! Be attentive!

R. Blessed is the way on which you go, 0 Soul, for a peaceful place has been prepared for you.

Verse: To You, 0 Lord, I call; be not deaf to me.




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EPISTLE

Other readings may be substituted for the following:

Celebrant: Wisdom!

Lector: A reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians: (4: 13-17)

Celebrant: Let us be attentive!

Lector: Brothers: We would have you be clear about those who sleep in death; otherwise you might yield to grief, like those who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, God will bring forth with Him from the dead those also who have fallen asleep believing in Him. We say to you, as if the Lord Himself had said it, that we who live, who survive until His coming, will in no way have an advantage over those who have fallen asleep. No, the Lord Himself will come down from heaven at the word of command, at the sound of the Archangel's voice and God's trumpet; and those who have died in Christ will rise first. Then we, the living, the survivors, will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thenceforth, we shall be with the Lord unceasingly.

The priest blesses the reader.

Celebrant: Peace t be to you! Wisdom! Be attentive!




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When the Epistle has been completed, the priest goes before the altar and incenses the Holy Gospel. then the people. Meanwhile, the Alleluia is sung.

ALLELUIA
Tone 6

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse: Blessed are they whom You have chosen and received, 0 Lord.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse: Their souls shall dwell with the blessed.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




GOSPEL

Celebrant: Wisdom! Let us stand and listen to a reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John, (or. N.).

Alternate readings may be used.

R. Glory be to You, 0 Lord; glory be to You!

Celebrant: Let us be attentive!

The priest, blessing himself, begins the reading: John 5.- 24-30.

The Lord said: "I solemnly assure you, the man who hears my word and has faith in Him Who sent Me possesses eternal life. He does not come under condemnation, but has passed from death to life. I solemnly assure you, an hour is coming, has indeed come, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have heeded it shall live. Indeed, just as the Father possesses life in Himself, so has He granted it to the Son to have life in Himself. The Father has given over to Him power to pass judgment because He is Son of Man; no need for you to be surprised at this, for an hour is coming in which all those in their tombs shall hear His voice and come forth. Those who have done right shall rise to live; the evildoers shall rise to be condemned. I cannot do anything of Myself. I judge as I hear, and My judgment is honest because I am not seeking My own will but the will of Him Who sent Me."

R. Glory be to You, 0 Lord; glory be to You!

A homily is usually given at this time.

After the homily the priest goes to the altar and continues with the Litany of Supplication of the Divine Liturgy.

LITANY OF SUPPLICATION

PRIEST: Let us all say with our whole soul, and with our whole mind, let us say:

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: Lord Almighty, God of our fathers, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your great mercy; we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy. (3 times).

PRIEST: We also pray for His Holiness, our universal Pontiff N . . . Pope of Rome, and for our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N . . . , for our God-loving Bishop N . . ., for those who serve and have served in this holy church, for our spiritual fathers, and for all our brethren in Christ.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy. (3 times)

PRIEST: We also pray for our civil authorities and for all the armed forces.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy. (3 times)

PRIEST: We also pray for the people here present who await Your great and abundant mercy, for those who showed us mercy, and for all Christians of the true faith.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy. (3 times)

PRIEST: For You are a merciful and gracious God, and we render glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.




While the people sing the following Cherubic Hymn, the priest prays and then incenses the sanctuary and people in preparation for the Great Entrance to bring the Holy Gifts of sacrifice to the Holy Alter.

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CHERUBIMIC HYMN

PEOPLE: Let us, who mystically represent the Cherubim, and sing the thrice- holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity, now set aside every earthly cares.




THE GREAT ENTRANCE

The priest goes to the Table of Preparation and takes the diskos and chalice and makes the Great Entrance.

PRIEST: May the Lord God remember in His kingdom, Our Holy universal Supreme Pontiff N . . ., the Pope of Rome, our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N . . ., and our God loving Bishop N . . ., and the entire priestly, diaconal, and monastic order, our civil authorities, and all our armed forces, the noble and ever memorable founders and benefactors of this holy Church, (our suffering brethren), and all you orthodox Christians, always, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.

That we may welcome the King of all, invisibly escorted by angelic hosts. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

PRIEST: Peace be with all.

PEOPLE: And with your Spirit.

PRIEST: Let us love one another, so that with one mind we may confess:

PEOPLE: The Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, one in substance and undivided.

PRIEST: The doors, the doors, in wisdom let us be attentive.




NICENE CREED

PEOPLE: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God. Born of the Father before all ages. God of God, Light of Light, true God of true God. Begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. By whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. And He became flesh by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary: and was made man. He was also crucified for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. And on the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. And of His kingdom there will be no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Who together with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, and who spoke through the prophets. And one holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. And I await the resurrection of the dead. And the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRIEST: Let us stand well, let us stand with fear, let us be attentive, to offer the holy oblation in peace.

PEOPLE: The mercy of peace, the sacrifice of praise.

PRIEST: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with   all of you.

PEOPLE: And with your spirit.

PRIEST: Let us lift up our hearts.

PEOPLE: We have lifted them up to the Lord.

PRIEST: Let us give thanks to the Lord.

PEOPLE: It is proper and just to worship the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, one in substance and undivided.

KNEEL

PRIEST: singing shouting, crying out and saying the triumphal Hymn:

PEOPLE: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Your glory, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, hosanna in the highest.

PRIEST: Take, eat, THIS IS MY BODY, which is broken for you for the remission of sins.

PEOPLE: Amen.

Priest : In like manner the chalice, after the supper, saying:

PRIEST: Drink of this all, THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins.

PEOPLE: Amen.

PRIEST : Remembering, therefore, this salutary command, and all that was done in our behalf: the cross, the tomb, the resurrection on the third day, the ascension into heaven the sitting at the right hand, the second and glorious coming, we offer to You Yours of Your own in behalf of all and for all.

PEOPLE: We praise You, we bless You, we thank You, O Lord, and we pray to You, our God.

PRIEST: We offer this sacrifice especially for our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary.

PEOPLE: It is truly proper to glorify you, who have borne God, the ever-blessed and immaculate and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim and be- yond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who, a Virgin, gave birth to God the Word, you, truly the Mother of God, we magnify.

From Easter until the Wednesday before Ascension we sing the following instead of the above response:

PEOPLE: The Angel exclaimed to her, full of grace: Rejoice, O pure Virgin, Your Son is risen from the grave on the third day and has raised the dead. Let all nations rejoice!

Shine in splendor, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon you, O Sion. Sing with joy and rejoice. And you, O pure Mother of God, rejoice in the resurrection of your Son.

PRIEST: Among the first, O Lord, remember our holy universal Pontiff N . . ., the Pope of Rome, our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N . . ., our God-loving Bishop N . . ., preserve them for Your holy churches, in peace, safety, honor, and health, for many years, as they faithfully dispense the word of Your truth.

PEOPLE: And for all Your people.

PRIEST: Remember, O Lord, this city in which we dwell and every city and country, and those who live with faith therein. Remember, O Lord, those who travel by sea, air and land, the sick, the suffering, the captive, and their safety and salvation. Remember, O Lord, those who bear offerings and perform good deeds in Your holy churches, and those who remember the poor, and upon all of us send down Your mercies. (priest mentions those of the living whom he wishes to remember).

PRIEST: And grant that we, with one voice and one heart, may glorify and praise Your most honorable and sublime name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.

PRIEST: And may the mercies of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, be with all of   you.

PEOPLE: And with your spirit.

PRIEST: And grant, O Master, that we may with confidence and without condemnation dare call upon You, heavenly God, the Father, and say:

PEOPLE: Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

PRIEST: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen

PRIEST: Peace be   with all.

PEOPLE: And with your spirit.

PRIEST: Bow your heads to the Lord.

PEOPLE: To You, O Lord.

PRIEST: Through the grace, the mercies and the loving kindness of Your only-begotten Son with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.

O God, be merciful to me, a sinner. (3 times).

PRIEST: Let us be attentive. Holy things for the holy.

KNEEL

PEOPLE: One is holy, One is Lord, Jesus Christ, for the glory of God the Father. Amen.




While the priest receives Holy Communion, the people sing the following hymn:

COMMUNION HYMN

Praise the Lord from the heavens, Praise Him in the highest. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!




COMMUNION PRAYER

PEOPLE: O Lord, I believe and profess that You are truly Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the World to save sinners, of whom I am the first. Accept me as a partaker of your mystical supper, O Son of God, for I will not reveal Your mysteries to our enemies, nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas, but like the thief will I confess to You.

Remember me, O Lord, when You shall come into Your kingdom.
Remember me, O Master, when You shall come into Your kingdom.
Remember me, O Holy One, when You shall come into Your kingdom.

May the partaking of your holy mysteries, O Lord, be not for my judgment, or condemnation, but for the healing of soul and body.

O Lord, I also believe and profess that this, which I am about to receive, is truly Your most precious Body and Your life-giving Blood, which, I pray, make me worthy to receive for the remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen

O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
God, cleanse my sins and have mercy on me.
O Lord forgive me for I have sinned without number.

Priest turns to people and says:

PRIEST: Approach with the fear of God and with Faith.

PEOPLE: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord: the Lord is God and has revealed Himself to us.

From Easter until Ascension we sing Christ is Risen instead of the above response:

Christ is risen from the dead! By death he conquered Death; and to those in the graves He granted life.

RECIEVING HOLY COMMUNION In the Byzantine Rite, Holy Communion is given under both species, consecrated bread and wine. It will be helpful to the priest if you tilt your head slightly backwards, open your mouth widely, but DO NOT EXTEND YOUR TONGUE. The priest will use a small golden spoon to place communion in your mouth. We ask that you do not close your lips upon the spoon.

The people come forward, now, to receive Holy Communion.

Priest giving Communion to each says:

PRIEST: The servant of God N . . ., partakes of the precious, most holy and most pure Body and Blood of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ for the remission of his (her) sins and for life everlasting. Amen.

While the priest gives Communion to the people the congregation sings an appropriate hymn.

PRIEST: Save Your people, O God, and bless Your inheritance.

PEOPLE: We have seen the true light, we have received the heavenly Spirit, we have found the true faith, and we adore the undivided Trinity as it has saved us.

From Easter until Ascension we sing Christ is Risen instead of the above response:

Christ is risen from the dead! By death he conquered Death; and to those in the graves He granted life.

PRIEST: Always, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.

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The priest goes to the Table of Preparation to consume the remainder or the Sacred Species. The altar boy pours wine and water into the chalice and the priest washes his fingers. The people sing the following while the priest is doing that:

PEOPLE: May our lips be filled with Your praise, O Lord, so that we may sing Your glory, for You have deemed us worthy to partake of Your holy, divine, immortal and life-giving mysteries. Keep us in Your holiness, so that all day long we may learn Your righteousness. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

From Easter until Ascension we sing Christ is Risen instead of the above response:

Christ is risen from the dead! By death he conquered Death; and to those in the graves He granted life.

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PRIEST: Having received the divine, holy, most pure, immortal, heavenly and life-giving, awe some mysteries of Christ, let us worthily give thanks to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: Help, save, have mercy and protect us, O God, by Your grace.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: Having prayed that this whole day be perfect, holy, peaceful and sinless, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life, to Christ, our God.

PEOPLE: To You, O Lord.

PRIEST: We give thanks to You, O Master lover of mankind benefactor of our souls, that even this day You have deemed us worthy of Your heavenly and immortal mysteries. Make straight our path, confirm us in our fear of You, guard our life, make firm our steps, through the prayers and intercessions of the glorious Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, and of all Your saints.

Priest makes the sign of the cross with the Gospel Book, saying:

PRIEST: For You are our sanctification, and we render glory to You. Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.

PRIEST: Let us go forth in peace.

PEOPLE: In the name of the Lord.

PRIEST: Let us pray to the Lord.

PEOPLE: Lord, have mercy.

PRIEST: O Lord, Who bless those who bless You, and sanctify those who trust in You, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, preserve the fullness of Your Church, sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house; glorify them by Your divine power, and do not forsake us who hope in You. Grant peace to Your world, to Your churches, to the priests, to our civil authorities and to all Your people. For every good bestowal and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from You, the Father of lights; and we render glory, thanksgiving, and adoration to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

PEOPLE: Amen.

Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and for ever (3 times).

From Easter until Ascension we sing Christ is Risen instead of the above response:

Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.




If there is a local custom of The Last Farewell and The Kissing of the Cross, it is to be taken now. The people come forward to kiss the handcross held by the priest.

HYMNS OF FAREWELL
Podoben - Tone 2

Come, let us give thanks to God * and bid a last farewell to the departed, * for he (she) is leaving his (her) relatives * and is hastening to the grave, * no longer concerned about vanities * and his (her) human passions. * Where now are his (her) relatives and friends? * Behold, we part! * Let us pray to the Lord for his (her) repose.

Tell us now brother (sister), * where do you go from us silently * and without a word. * Look back and console your weeping relatives * and comfort your friends. * Behold the grief and the tears shed for you. * Where now are your relatives and friends? * Behold, we part! * Indeed, all human endeavor is vanity.

I go to the Lord God my Judge * to stand before His judgment-seat * and to answer for my deeds. * I implore you, pray for * me that the Savior may be merciful to me on judgment day. * Behold, we part! * Indeed, all human endeavor is vanity.

Now all the senses are idle, * yet a short time ago they were filled with life; * all are useless, dead and numb. The eyes have closed; the feet and hands lie helpless and the ears are deaf; the tongue is silent, * committed to the grave. * Indeed, all human endeavor is vanity.

When the angels of death * seize the soul from the body,* it forgets all family and friends, and concerns itself with all that will withstand judgment and it will terminate vain and laborious pursuits. * Then let us all pray and implore the Judge * that the Lord may forgive all his (her) frailties. Consider our life: * it is indeed like a flower, and smoke, * and the morning dew. * Come, therefore, let us look at the graves. * Where is the natural beauty? * Where is youth, where is vision; where is the physical form? * Everything has withered like grass, * everything has vanished. * Come, in tears, let us adore Christ!

Brethren, consider this departure, * such lamentation and weeping. * Come, let us bid farewell to the departed, * for he (she) is being committed to the grave * and covered with a stone. * He (she) enters into darkness, * takes his (her) place with the dead, and thus is separated from his (her) family and friends. Let us pray to the Lord for his (her) repose.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

Brethren, friends, relatives and neighbors, weep for me as you see me here speechless and lifeless. Yesterday I spoke with you and suddenly there came upon me the awe- some hour of death. * Come, all you that love me and bid me farewell; * for I shall no longer walk with you or speak with you. * I go to the Judge Who has no favorites. * The servant and master stand together in equal honor before Him, as do king, soldier, rich or poor. * For everyone shall either be glorified or disgraced according to his deeds. But I beg and implore all to continually pray for me to Christ our God, * so that I may not be doomed to the place of torture because of my sins; * rather, may He place me where there is the light of life.

Now and ever and forever. Amen.

0 Mother of the Never-setting Sun, * who gave birth to God, save those who trust in you. * We beseech you, intercede through your prayers before the most gracious God * to commit the departed to the abode where the souls of the just repose. * 0 Ever-immaculate, present him (her) in the court of the saints * as an heir to the treasure of heaven, and for eternal memory.




The following Prayer of Absolution may be said now, or be included in the interment ceremony at the cemetery.

PRAYER OF ABSOLUTION

Celebrant: Let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant: May our Lord and God, Jesus Christ, Who has given His divine authority to His holy Disciples and Apostles to bind and loose the sins of the fallen, and from whom, in turn, we have received the obligation to do likewise, forgive you, spiritual child, N., whatever you have committed in your life deliberately or through human frailty, now and ever and forever.

R. Amen.




DISMISSAL Celebrant:Glory be to You, 0 Christ, our God, our hope; glory be to-You!

R. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Give the blessing!

Celebrant: May Christ our true God, Who rules over the living and the dead, place the soul of His departed servant, N., in the abode of the Saints, grant him (her) rest in the bosom of Abraham, and number him (her) among the Just, through the prayers of His most pure Mother, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, of our venerable and God bearing Fathers, and of all the Saints; may He have mercy on us and save us, for He is gracious and loves mankind.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: The blessing t of the Lord be upon you through His grace and loving kindness, always, now and ever and forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: In blessed repose, grant, 0 Lord, eternal rest to the soul of Your departed servant, N., and remember him (her)forever.

And the people respond:

Eternal memory. Eternal memory. Grant, 0 Lord, to Your servant blessed repose and eternal memory.




DISMISSAL FROM EASTER UNTIL ASCENSION

Celebrant: Glory be to You, 0 Christ our God, our hope; glory be to You!

R. Christ is risen from the dead! By death He conquered Death, and to those in the graves He granted life. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Give the blessing!

Celebrant: May Christ our true God, risen from the dead, by death conquering Death and granting life to all in the graves, place the soul of His departed servant, N., in the abode of the Saints and number him (her) among the Just, through the prayers of His most pure Mother, and of all the Saints. May He have mercy on us and save us, for He is gracious and loves mankind.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: The blessing t of the Lord be upon you through His grace and loving kindness, always, now and ever and forever.

R. Amen.

The priest blesses the bier with holy water, intoning:

Celebrant: In blessed repose, grant, 0 Lord, eternal rest to the soul of Your departed servant, N, and remember him (her) forever.

And the people respond:

Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.




RECESSION

The celebrant leads the funeral procession to the door while the faithful sing:

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.

At the entrance, the celebrant faces the people, incenses them, and intones:

Celebrant: That we be deemed worthy of hearing the Holy Gospel, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy. (3)

Celebrant: Peace t be with all!

R. And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Wisdom! Let us stand and listen to a reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.

R. Glory be to You, 0 Lord; glory be to You!

Celebrant: Let us be attentive!

The priest, blessing himself, reads from the Holy Gospel:

At that time Jesus went to town called Nalm, and His disciples and a large crowd accompanied Him. As He approached the gate of the town a dead man was being carried out, the only son of a widowed mother. A considerable crowd of townsfolk were with her. The Lord was moved with pity upon seeing her and said to her, "Do not cry." Then He stepped forward and touched the litter; at this, the bearers halted. He said, "Young man, I bid you get up." The dead man sat up and began to speak. Then Jesus gave him back to his mother. Fear seized them all and they began to praise God. "A great prophet has risen among us," they said; and, "God has visited His people."

R. Glory be to You, 0 Lord; glory be to You!

The body is now taken to the gravesite.


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