Here is the Orthodox Kontakion for the Departed, which you may like to pray today for your own loved ones and others: ‘Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints: where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing but life everlasting. Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of man: and we are mortal formed from the dust of the earth, and unto earth shall we return: for so thou didst ordain, when thou created me saying: “Dust thou art und unto dust shalt thou return.” All we go down to the dust; and weeping o’er the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia’.

In the midst of sorrow, the song is still ‘Alleluia’, though it is sung to the tones of a lament. The two are held together in the tender mercy of God.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

May God bless you this day.