Trisagion Prayers for the Departed

Priest: Blessed is our God, always, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

From Pascha to Ascension “Christ is Risen,” is sung thrice, instead of the Trisagion.

Choir:   Amen.  Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tomb, bestowing life!  (3x)

Choir: Amen.  Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us! (3x)

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

O most holy Trinity, have mercy on 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.

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

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, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Reader: Amen.  Lord, have mercy.  (12x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Come; let us worship God our King.  Come; let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God.  Come; let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and our God.  


Psalm 91 (RSV) 

Reader: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in Whom I trust."  For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.  You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you.  You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.  Because you have made the LORD your refuge, the Most High your habitation, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.  For He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. Because he cleaves to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My Name.  When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will rescue him and honor him.  With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation. 

Reader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen. 

Reader: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. (3x)


The Great Litany

Deacon: In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the peace from above and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the remission of the sins of him who hath (her who hath, those who have) departed this life in blessed memory, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the ever-memorable servant(s) of God, ___; for his (her, their) repose, tranquility, and blessed memory, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That He will pardon him (her, them) every transgression, whether voluntary or involuntary, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That he (she, they) may stand uncondemned before the dread throne of the Lord of glory, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For the weeping and the grieving, who are looking for the consolation of Christ, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That He will release him (her, them) from all sickness, sorrow, and sighing, and make him (her, them) glad where the light of God’s countenance shall visit, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That the Lord our God will establish his (her, their) soul(s) in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of rest, where all the Righteous dwell, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That he (she, they) may be numbered with those in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: For our deliverance from all tribulation, wrath, danger, and necessity, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Help us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O God, by Thy grace.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: Having implored for him (her, them) the mercies of God, the kingdom of heaven, and remission of sins, let us commend ourselves, and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.

Choir: To Thee, O Lord. 

Priest: For Thou art the Resurrection, and the Life, and the Repose of Thy servant(s) ___ who is (are) fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting, and Thine allholy, and good, and lifecreating Spirit:  now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.


Alleluia (Tone 8)

Priest: Alleluia in the eighth tone:  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!  Blessed are they whom Thou has chosen and taken, O Lord. 

Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Priest: Their memory is from generation to generation.

Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Priest: Their souls shall dwell with the blessed.

Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Troparion (Tone 8)

Choir: Thou only Creator Who, with wisdom profound, mercifully orderest all things, and givest unto all that which is useful:  Give rest, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) who has (have) fallen asleep; for he has (she has, they have) placed his (her, their) trust in Thee, our Maker and Fashioner, and our God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

We have Thee as a wall and a haven, and an intercessor well-pleasing unto God, Whom Thou hast borne, O Virgin Theotokos, the Salvation of the faithful.  


The Requiem Hymns (Troparia) (Tone 5)

Choir: Blessed art Thou, O Lord:  teach me Thy statutes.

Choir: The choir of the Saints has found the Fountain of Life and the Door of Paradise.  May I also find the way through repentance.  I am a lost sheep: call me, O Savior, and save me.

Choir: Blessed art Thou, O Lord:  teach me Thy statutes.

Choir: For preaching the Lamb of God, You holy martyrs were led as lambs to slaughter.  You have been received into unfading and everlasting life.  Now entreat the Lord to grant us forgiveness of sins.

Refrain: Blessed art Thou, O Lord:  teach me Thy statutes.

Choir: You that have walked the narrow way of grief:  you that have borne the cross as your yoke in life, you that have followed Me by faith; draw near and receive the heavenly crowns I have prepared for you.

Refrain: Blessed art Thou, O Lord:  teach me Thy statutes.

Choir: I am the image of Thine ineffable glory, though I bear the brands of transgressions:  pity Thy creature, O Master, and purify me by Thy loving-kindness; grant me the homeland of my heart’s desire, making me again a citizen of Paradise.

Refrain: Blessed art Thou, O Lord:  teach me Thy statutes.

Choir: O Thou Who of old didst form me from nothingness, and didst honor me with Thine image divine, but by the transgression of Thy commandment hast returned me again unto the earth from which I was taken:  restore me to that image and to my former beauty.

Refrain: Blessed art Thou, O Lord:  teach me Thy statutes.

Choir: Give rest, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s), and establish him (her, them) in Paradise, where the choir of the Saints, and of the Just, O Lord, shine like the stars of heaven.  Give rest to Thy servant(s) who has (have) fallen asleep, overlooking all his (her, their) transgressions.

Choir: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Choir: Devoutly let us praise the three-fold splendor of the one Godhead, crying out:  Holy art Thou, O Father, Who art from everlasting, O Son, Coeternal, and Spirit Divine!  Illumine us who serve Thee with faith; and deliver us from fire eternal.

Choir: Now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Choir: Rejoice, O pure one, who for the salvation of all didst bring forth God in the flesh, through Whom the human race has found salvation;  through thee may we find paradise, O pure, most blessed Theotokos. 

Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, glory to Thee, O God. (3x)


The Litany for the Departed

Deacon: Again and again, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.   

Deacon: Furthermore, we pray for the repose of the soul(s) of the servant(s) of God, _____, departed this life; and that he (she, they) may be pardoned all his (her, their) sins, both voluntary and involuntary.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: That the Lord God will establish his (her, their) soul(s) where the Just repose.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.

Deacon: The mercies of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, and the remission of his (her, their) sins, let us entreat of Christ, our King Immortal, and our God.

Choir: Grant it, O Lord.

Deacon: Let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.  

Priest: O God of spirits, and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down Death and overthrown the Devil, and given life unto Thy world:  Do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the soul(s) of Thy departed servant(s), _____, in a place of brightness, a place of repose, where all sickness, sorrow, and sighing have fled away.  Pardon every transgression which he hath (she hath, they have) committed, whether by word, or deed, or thought.  

For Thou art a good God, and loveth mankind; because there is no man who lives and sins not; for Thou only art without sin; and Thy righteousness is to all eternity; and Thy word is truth.

For Thou art the Resurrection, and the Life, and the Repose of Thy servant(s), _____, who is (are) fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.


Kathisma Hymn (Tone 5)

Choir: Give rest with the Just, O our Savior, unto Thy servant(s), and establish him (her, them) in Thy courts, as it is written.  Disregarding as Thou art good, his (her, their) trespasses both voluntary and involuntary, and all things done with knowledge or in ignorance, O Thou Who lovest mankind.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

O Christ our God, Who from a Virgin didst shine forth unto the world, through her making us sons of light, have mercy on us.


Psalm 50 (51)

Reader: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy steadfast love; according to Thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!  For I know my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.  Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in Thy sight, so that Thou art justified in Thy sentence and blameless in Thy judgment.  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.  Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which Thou hast broken rejoice.  Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners will return to Thee.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of Thy deliverance.  O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.  For Thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, Thou wouldst not be pleased.  The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.  Do good to Zion in Thy good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, then wilt Thou delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on Thy altar.


The Canon

This is the same as the Resurrection canon in Tone 6.    


Ode 1 (Tone 6)

Choir: When Israel passed on foot over the sea as if it were dry land, and beheld their pursuer, Pharaoh, drowning in the sea, they cried aloud unto God:  “Let us sing a song of victory.”

Priest(s):   Give rest, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) who is (are) fallen asleep.

Choir: Give rest, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) who is (are) fallen asleep.

Priest(s): Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Choir:   Now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.


Ode 3

Choir: There is none so holy as Thou, O Lord, my God, Who hast exalted the power of Thy faithful, O Blessed One, and hast established us upon the rock of Thy confession.

Priest(s):   Give rest, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) who is (are) fallen asleep.

Choir: Give rest, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) who is (are) fallen asleep.

Priest(s): Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Choir: Now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.


Ode 6

Choir: Beholding the sea of life surging with the storm of temptations, and taking refuge in Thy calm haven, I cry unto Thee:  “Raise up my life from corruption, O greatly Merciful One.”


The Kontakion of the Departed

Choir: With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s), where sickness and sorrow are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.


Ikos (Tone 8)

Choir: Thou only art immortal, Who hast created and fashioned man.  For out of the earth were we mortals made, and unto the same earth shall we return again, as Thou didst command when Thou madest me, saying unto me:  “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Whither we mortals all shall go, making our funeral dirge the song: “Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!”

Priest(s):   Give rest, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) who is (are) fallen asleep.

Choir: Give rest, O Lord, to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) who is (are) fallen asleep.

Priest(s):   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Choir: Now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.


Ode 9

Choir: It is not possible for men to see God, upon Whom the ranks of angels dare not gaze.  But through thee, O all-pure one, was the Word Incarnate revealed unto men:  Whom magnifying, together with the Heavenly Hosts, we call thee blessed.


Trisagion

Reader: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us! (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

O most holy Trinity, have mercy on 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.

Lord, have mercy. (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

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, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Reader: Amen.

The Troparia of the Departed (Tone 4)

Choir: With the souls of the righteous departed, give rest to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s), O Savior; preserving him (her, them) in the blessed life which is with Thee, Who lovest mankind.

In the place of Thy rest, O Lord, where all Thy Saints repose, give rest also to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s); for Thou only lovest mankind.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

Thou art God Who descended into hell, and loosed the bonds of the captives; Thyself give rest also to the soul(s) of Thy servant(s).

  Now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

O Virgin, alone, pure, and blameless, who didst bear God without seed, intercede that the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) may be saved.


The Litany for the Departed

Priest: Have mercy on us, O God, according to Thy great mercy, hearken and have mercy.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.  (3x)

Priest: Again we pray for the repose of the soul(s) of the servant(s) of God, _____, departed this life; and that he (she, they) may be pardoned all his (her, their) sins, both voluntary and involuntary.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.  (3x) 

Priest: That the Lord God will establish his (her, their) soul(s) where the Just repose.

Choir: Lord, have mercy.  (3x)

Priest: The mercies of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, and the remission of his (her, their) sins, let us entreat of Christ, our King Immortal, and our God. 

Choir: Grant it, O Lord.

Priest: Let us pray to the Lord.

Choir: Lord, have mercy. 

Priest: O God of spirits, and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down Death and overthrown the Devil, and given life unto Thy world:  Do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the soul(s) of Thy departed servant(s), _____, in a place of brightness, a place of repose, where all sickness, sorrow, and sighing have fled away.  Pardon every transgression which he hath (she hath, they have) committed, whether by word, or deed or thought. 

For Thou art a good God, and lovest mankind; because there is no man who lives and sins not; for Thou only art without sin, and Thy righteousness is to all eternity; and Thy word is true.

Priest: For Thou art the Resurrection, and the Life, and the Repose of Thy servant(s), _____, who is (are) fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and unto Thee do we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, and good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.

Choir: Amen.


The Dismissal

Deacon: Wisdom!

Priest: Most holy Theotokos, save us. 

Choir: More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word.  True Theotokos, we magnify you.

Priest: Glory to Thee, O Christ our God, and our sure hope; glory to Thee.

From Pascha to Ascension “Christ is Risen,” is sung thrice, instead of Glory…now and ever…

Choir: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

  Lord, have mercy. (3x)  Father, bless.

Priest:   May He Who arose from the dead, Christ our true God, through the prayers of His all-pure Mother; of the holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostles; of our holy and God-bearing Fathers; and of all the Saints; establish the soul(s) of His servant(s) / handmaiden(s) ___, who hath (have) been taken from us, in the mansions of the Righteous; give him (her, them) rest in Abraham’s bosom, and number him (her, them) among the Just; and have mercy on us, forasmuch as He is good and lovest mankind.

Choir: Amen.

Deacon: Grant rest eternal in blessed repose, O Lord, to Thy servant(s) / handmaiden(s) ___, who is (have) fallen asleep, and make his (her, their) memory to be eternal!

From Pascha to Ascension “Christ is Risen,” is sung thrice, instead of the Memory Eternal.

Choir: Memory eternal. (3x)