In essence, the funeral is a Church procession, in which there is a reading, in a sequence of prayers designed to guide and escort the person to the other world. It is cetopsidae popularly called a burial service, because half of the stichera, prayers, passages from the Bible are sung.
Where did the notion – the funeral and the ritual of the burial of the deceased
In relation to the burial and funeral of a Christian – he describes the Bible and the first, the most striking example is the burial and then the burial service of Jesus Christ after his death. The ritual of the funeral is from the old Testament times, when the deceased was read certain excerpts from the Bible. While the ritual itself involves in itself is not the liberation of the deceased from his lifetime of sins is what brings the soul of the deceased rest and peace.
At the same time the reading of certain prayers and passages from the Bible and useful for the souls of the living because it makes us think about the transience of life, its transience. The main thing to understand that death is not the end but the beginning of a new, eternal life, life in heaven – the Lord wept over the body of his friend Lazarus when he died.
When the priest may refuse to burial of the deceased
In this matter the priest has the full right to refuse to carry out procedures for the funeral if knows for sure that last time in his life slandered God and insulted him, or in his will asked not to hold the ceremony of the funeral. Also the priest can not read the burial of the deceased, if the latter is not professed Christianity, or associated themselves with the prototype of Satan.
It is also forbidden to read the burial service of the priests, and those who have committed suicide is a great sin. The only exception in this situation – if the deceased was insane and then only with the written blessing of the ruling in the temple of the Bishop.
The procedure of the funeral is the essence of the ceremony and traditions associated with it
The funeral, as an Orthodox procession, according to the canons and traditions of Orthodoxy, held on the 3rd day after the death, on whom it is performed. The only day when n6e conduct the funeral service, transferring it to the next day is Easter and Christmas.
Procession of the burial service over the dead is performed only once, unlike the Requiem, lithium to commit the latter can be reused. According to Church canons, do not conduct the funeral of those who have abandoned the faith, even if at birth he was baptized. In this case, the priests recommend relatives by prayers for the repose of the souls of the dead, for the sake of calming their souls to give to the poor and asking the poor to pray for them. And most importantly should make the relatives of the deceased and not inveterate late – be sure to confess and sincerely repent for what they themselves did not contribute to the appeal of such a person in the Orthodox faith, his veneration for the ecclesiastical canons.
The modern tradition of funeral service
- In relation existing traditions the funeral – all of them simple and comprehensible.
- In the first place itself the coffin with the body make the temple sure feet forward, placing his face to the altar and legs in this case will be directed to the East and head West.
- When the priest reads the burial service – relatives stand near the coffin, holding lighted candles and with the Church Ministers pray about the soul of the deceased.
- Completes itself the process of funeral service – чтение разрешительной молитвы, которой и прощают покойнику те грехи, в коих он покаялся на исповеди.
Do not forget that the sins, which the deceased did not repent, he will not be forgiven by priests at the funeral, even if they have been forgotten or about which he did not know because of their ignorance and lack of knowledge.
After all the mourners extinguish the candle and beating the coffin, asking forgiveness of the deceased, the body is covered with a blanket, and singing "Trovatore" him out of the Church feet first. There is no possibility to bury the deceased in the Church the ceremony was performed at home, inviting a priest, but to hold it in absentia. So the correspondence procedure is provided in the case where the deceased died away from home, and his body there is no physical possibility to bring to the Church for the funeral service. In addition, the Church allows a part of the funeral, if the body of the deceased is not found or buried in a common grave, and in that case, when death became known shortly after his death.
In the matter of the funeral service of little children for the baptized baby there is a special ritual of funeral, as funeral service sins they do not need. If a child is not baptized it is not the burial service, and at the grave raise up the cross, and the monument.
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