Akathist for the repose of Those Who have fallen asleepkontakion 1

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O death, where is thy sting? Where is the gloom and terror that held sway in the past? From now on thou art the longed for means of inseparable union with God. Oh, the great peace of the mystical Sabbath! We long to die and to be with Christ, cries the Apostle. Therefore, we too look upon death as the gateway to eternal life, and cry: ALLELUIA.
The dead will rise and those who are in the graves will stand up, and those who are alive on earth will exult when they stand with their spiritual bodies, radiantly glories and incorrupt.
Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord:
"I will bring upon you a spirit of life,
and will lay sinews upon you;
and I will bring flesh upon you, and cover you with skin."
Rise out of the ancient past, you who are redeemed by the Blood of the Son of God,
restored to life by His death,
for the light of the Resurrection has dawned upon you.
Open to them now, O Lord, the whole abyss of Thy perfections.
Thou hast shone upon them with the light of the sun and moon,
that they may see the glory of the radiant choirs of Angels,
Thou hast delighted them with the magnificence of the heavenly lights of East and West,
that they may also see the never-setting light of Thy Divinity.
O Lord of unutterable Love, remember Thy servants who have fallen asleep.
Flesh and blood will not inherit the Kingdom of God. While we live in the flesh, we are separated from Christ. And if we die, we live for eternity. For our corruptible body must put on incorruption, and this mortal nature must shine with immortality, that in the light of the eternal day we may sing: ALLELUIA.
We expect to meet the Lord, we expect the clear dawn of the Resurrection, we expect the rousing from their tombs of our dead relatives and acquaintances and their restoration to the most holy beauty of life.
And we rejoice in the coming transfiguration of all creation,

and cry to our Creator:

O Lord, Who didst create the world for the triumph of joy and goodness,
Who hast restored us to holiness from the depths of sin,
grant that the dead may reign in the new creation,
and may shine as heavenly lights in the day of their glory.
May the Divine Lamb be their perpetual light.
Grant, O Lord, that we too may celebrate with them a deathless Passover.
Unite the dead and the living in unending joy.
O Lord of unutterable Love, remember Thy servants who have fallen asleep.
O most merciful and eternal Father, Whose will it is that all should be saved, Who didst send Thy Son to the lost and didst pour out Thy Life-giving Spirit: Have mercy on our relatives and those who are near and dear to us who have fallen asleep, and on all who have died throughout the ages; forgive and save them, and by their intercession visit us, that with them we may shout to Thee, our God and Saviour, the song of victory: ALLELUIA. (3 times)

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