A Greek Orthodox funeral is a spiritual ceremony that follows Orthodox Christian traditions, aiming to guide the departed’s soul to eternal life and offering solace to the bereaved through liturgical prayers and rituals.
A Greek Orthodox funeral can include
- Trisagion Prayers
- A vigil is held before the funeral, during which Trisagion prayers are recited for the deceased’s soul.
- Funeral Service
- The funeral includes scripture readings, hymns, and prayers, often featuring the “Kontakion of the Departed” and the “Memory Eternal” chant.
- The casket is processed around the church as prayers are offered, symbolizing the journey from life to death to resurrection.
- Blessing and Anointing
- The body is blessed and anointed with oil by the priest, the casket (if open) is closed and attendees greet the family to pay their respects.
- Incense and Icons
- Incense is used to sanctify the space and icons are venerated.
- Burial or Interment
- The body is laid to rest in a grave or mausoleum while further prayers are said.
- Memorial Services
- Regular memorial services are conducted to remember and pray for the departed after death, as well as yearly anniversaries.
The information provided is a brief summary only and may not include all aspects of traditional funeral rites.
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