Layman’s Prayers for the Departed to Be Said at Home and at the Graveside

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us.

Glory to You, O God.

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who is everywhere present and fills all things, Treasury of good things, and Giver of life: come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every sin, and save our souls, O Good One!

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

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

Most holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy one, visit and heal our infirmities for thy name’s sake.

Lord, have mercy.

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

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us, Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Lord, have mercy. (12x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. 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 90

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Glory to Thee, O God. (3x)

Troparion, tone 4:

Among the spirits of the righteous made perfect, give rest, O Savior, to the soul(s) of your servant(s), keeping them (him/her) in that blessed life which is with thee, the lover of mankind.

In your place of rest, O Lord, where all your saints repose, give rest also to the soul(s) of thy servant(s); for you are the only immortal one.

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

You are our God who descended into hades, and there loosed the bonds of the captives.

Now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Virgin, alone pure and undefiled, who bore God without seed, intercede that the soul(s) of your servant(s) may be saved.

Sedalen, tone 5:

Grant rest eternal in blessed repose, O Lord, to Thy servant(s) (N., N.), who have (has) fallen asleep, and make their (his/her) memory to be eternal!

Kontakion, tone 8:

With the Saints, O Christ, give rest to the soul(s) of your servant(s), where there is neither suffering nor sorrow, and no more sighing, but life everlasting.

Ikos:

You only are immortal, you who hast created and fashioned man. For out of the earth were we mortal humans made, and unto the same earth shall we return again, as you commanded when you made me, saying to me: “You are dust, and unto dust you shall return.’ There all we mortal humans shall go, lamenting in song: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honourable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos we magnify you!

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

Lord, have mercy (3X) and bless.

Through the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us.

Grant rest eternal in blessed repose, O Lord, to Your servant(s) (N., N.), who have (has) fallen asleep, and make their (his/her) memory to be eternal!

Memory eternal! (3X)

Their (his/her) soul(s) shall dwell with the blessed.

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