How is the canon read for the deceased?
From the very beginning of time, we do not know for certain what exactly happens in the afterlife with a person. According to the clergy, for the first three days the soul is still near the body, as it is connected with it in some way, and after that it ascends into the sky in order to answer for its deeds. At the onset of the fortieth day, the soul makes a decision in which it will be determined to heaven or hell. It is for this reason that the soul of the deceased needs our prayers and the reading of canons in the forty-day journey.
Many church books contain a canon about the deceased, and more specifically, two canons. The first is “The Canon for the One-Dead,” the second is “The General Canon for the Dead”. They are mentioned in the funeral service and are contained in the liturgical books. The special importance of these texts in religious periodicals is that they contain a detailed description and guidance on how to read them at home to the common man.
According to the established order, the home reading of these canons about the dead should begin after the words of the initial exclamation: the prayers of the saints of our father, begins an ordinary beginning, after the ninetieth psalm and troparion"The depth of wisdom", the fifty psalm and the canon itself
The very sequence of the canon about the deceased does not contain a clear indication of the singing of the Hirmos (the first stanza in each of the nine songs), since we have established the practice of reading the canons with the Hirmos in a private or home rule, as in the rule of communion, and in the three canons. And as a rule, at home reading no antiphonal (choral) singing is supposed, therefore it is quite likely that an odd number of chants for each text can also take place.
Sedalen (chants, during which you can sit) begins with the third song. When reading the canon for many of the deceased, you can just sit with liturgical chants,
After reading the Trisagion and Troparion: From the spirits of the righteous ... "instead of litany is read forty times"Lord, have mercy ...", "Glory and now", "Honest ... In the name of the Lord bless, Father Then the exclamation follows: By the prayers of the saints our father with a special prayer funeral text: Remember the Lord God and before the final blessing: Honest ...Glory, and now, Lord have mercy(three times)Blessand“O Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, through the prayers of the Most Prechistya of Yours, Mother, reverend and God-bearing, our father and all the saints, have mercy and repose the soul of Your servant(or your servant)into everlasting eyelids, supposedly good and the Lover of Mankind, and then proclaimed three times: to the slave of God who was overturned(river name)everlasting memory
When reading the canon of the common for the dead, the proclamation before the final takes place in the following format: By the slave of God who had been made up, by the father and the brethren to ours and to all Orthodox Christians, we create and remember them all the same». In conclusion, 15 bows with the following prayer read three times:«Remember, O Lord, the souls of the dead, thy servant(bow),great in his life, as men of sin, thou, as God of man of God forgive them and have mercy(bow),save the eternal torment(bow),and kingdom communion teach(bow),and to our souls do good(bow)