Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

Prayers for the Dead: Pannikhida

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Paschal memorial services on Radonitsa

After the priest's exclamation, the singers respond:

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. (three times)

And then these heirmoi (irmosy) of the Paschal Canon are sung:

1. It is the day of Resurrection, let us be radiant, O ye peoples; Pascha, the Lord's Pascha; for Christ God hath brought us from death unto life, and from earth unto heaven, as we sing the triumphal hymn.

Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead. (after each heirmos)

3. Come, let us drink a new drink, not one marvelously brought forth from a barren rock, but the Source of incorruption, which springeth forth from the grave of Christ, in Whom we are established.

6. Thou didst descend into the depths of the earth, and didst shatter the everlasting bars that held fast those that were fettered, O Christ. And on the third day, like Jonah from the whale, Thou didst arise from the grave.

9. The Angel cried unto her that is full of grace: O pure Virgin, rejoice, and again I say, rejoice; for thy Son hath risen from the grave on the third day and hath raised up the dead. O ye people, be glad.

Shine, shine, new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Exult now, and be glad, O Sion; and thou, pure Mother of God, rejoice in the rising of thy Child.

The priest says the litany and proclaims "Eternal memory."


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