VICHNAYA PAMYAT -
(Sl. Memory eternal
) This hymn is taken from the Gospel accounts of Jesus' crucifixion. The Lord is crucified with two thieves one mocks Him with the crowd gathered to see Jesus on the cross, but the other repents of his sins and says to Jesus, "Remember me when You come in Your Kingdom." (Luke 23:42)
Jesus replies, "Very truly I tell you, today you shall be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:43)
As we sing "Memory eternal" for our departed loved-ones, we are saying, "Remember them, Lord, when You come in Your Kingdom".