Greek Orthodox funerals involve several rituals that are carried out to honour the deceased and provide support to the grieving family. These rituals include:
The wake, also known as the Vigil Service, is held at the deceased’s home or at a funeral parlour. Prayers are recited by the priest, and family and friends gather to pay their respects.
The funeral service is held in the Greek Orthodox Church. It includes religious hymns, scripture readings, and prayers. The priest leads the service and offers words of comfort and hope to the mourners.
The Trisagion, which means “thrice holy,” is a prayer recited during the funeral service. It is a plea for God’s mercy and forgiveness for the deceased.
After the funeral service, the casket is carried in a procession from the church to the cemetery. Family and friends follow the casket while reciting prayers and hymns.
At the cemetery, the priest performs the final prayers and blessings before the casket is lowered into the grave. The burial is a solemn and sacred moment, symbolizing the return of the deceased to the earth.