For the REPOSE of Those Who have FALLEN ASLEEPKONTAKION 1 O Thou Who by Thy inscrutable Providence didst prepare the world for eternal beatitude and Who appointest times and seasons and the manner of our end: Forgive, O Lord, those who have died in past ages all their sins, receive them into the realms of light and joy, hasten to open Thy Fatherly arms to them, and hear us who celebrate their memory and sing:
O Lord of unutterable Love, remember Thy servants who have fallen asleep. IKOS 1 O Thou Who savest Adam and the whole human race from eternal perdition, Thou didst send Thy Son into the world, O Good God, and by His Cross and Resurrection Thou hast granted us also eternal life. Trusting to Thy infinite mercy, we look for the deathless Kingdom of Thy Glory, we implore Thee to grant it to those who have fallen asleep, and we pray:
Gladden, O Lord, souls wearied by the storms of life,
that earth’s sorrows and signings may not bury them in oblivion.
Hear them, O Lord, in Thy bosom, as a mother responds to her children,
and say to them: Your sins are forgiven you.
Receive them, O Lord, into Thy calm and blessed haven that they may rejoice in Thy divine glory.
O Lord of unutterable Love, remember Thy servants who have fallen asleep.