Today is Radonitsa, the day of rejoicing. It’s the joyful day of prayer commemorating those who have departed before us and a celebration of Christ’s victory over death.

Remember, Lord, all Orthodox Patriarchs and Metropolitans; archbishops and bishops; priests and those who serve in holy orders; those who serve the monastic ranks and the blessed founders of our Holy communities. Grant them rest with the saints in Thine eternal dwellings.


Remember, Lord, the souls of Thy departed servants, (insert names) . Forgive all their sins, both voluntary and involuntary. Grant them participation in Thine eternal good things and the enjoyment of the eternal and blessed life.


Remember, Lord, all our departed fathers, brothers, and sisters, the Orthodox Christians who lie here and everywhere in the hope of the Resurrection and eternal Life. Grant them to live with Thy saints under the Light of Thy countenance. Have mercy on us also, for Thou art good and lovest mankind. Amen.


(The following is said three times, each with a prostration.)

Grant remission of sins. Lord, to all our fathers, brothers, and sisters who have departed before us in faith and the hope of the Resurrection, and make their memory eternal.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and into the ages of ages. Amen.

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