Death, Mourning & Eternal Life

crossThe Trisagion Service for the Departed

The “Trisagion Service” is a brief service that is chanted and performed by the priest for a person who has died. The service is often performed at the following times:

• Just after the person has died, in the home or hospital.

• On the evening before the Funeral service, either in the funeral home or in the Church.

• After the Funeral service, at the cemetery. (After the Trisagion, just before the coffin is lowered into the grave, the priest pours oil crosswise on the departed, saying, “Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be pure; cleanse me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” He then casts sand in the grave saying, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness of it, the world and all that dwell in it. You are dust and to dust you shall return.”  …The Trisagion Service for the Departed


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