Antiochian Orthodox Funeral Services Sydney
Antiochian Orthodox Funerals
If you have recently lost a loved one in Sydney or the surrounding area, we know this can be a difficult time for the family. Our goal is to provide you with the compassion and support you need to get through this tough time.
At Orthodox Funeral Services, we offer Antiochian Orthodox funeral services that are designed to honour the life of your loved one.
About the Antiochian Orthodox Church
The Antiochian Orthodox Church was established in the year AD 325 and is the second-largest Orthodox Christian church in the world. The church has its roots in the city of Antioch, which was one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. The church is known for its elaborate rituals and traditions, which include the use of incense, chanting, and the singing of hymns.
Why choose an Antiochian Orthodox Funeral Service?
If you are looking for a funeral arrangement service that is steeped in tradition and history, then an Antiochian Orthodox funeral service is the right choice for you. The church has a rich tradition of honouring the lives of the deceased, and our team of experienced funeral directors will work with you to ensure that your loved one’s life is honoured in the most respectful way possible.
The Antiochian Orthodox Funeral Service
An Antiochian Orthodox funeral follows a general order of events, including:
- The night before the funeral, a wake called a Trisagion Service is held either at the church or at the funeral home. It is a one-night visitation, giving the family and close friends time to say goodbye to the deceased. After the service, the body of the deceased is brought into the church and placed in front of the icon of Jesus Christ.
- During the funeral service, the priest recites prayers and songs while sprinkling the body with holy water. A blessing is spoken over the deceased and the body is also anointed with oil.
- The family and friends of the deceased say prayers and offer eulogies. The coffin is closed and an icon of Christ is placed inside it.
- The body is then taken to the crematorium or burial ground. A funeral procession takes place from the church to the cemetery where the interment will take place.
- Memorial services are held at the church on the 9th and 40th day after the funeral service. It is traditional for the family to bring offerings of Holy Bread or boiled wheat to be used during these services of the memorial.
Etiquette at an Antiochian Orthodox Funeral
It is customary to greet the family of the deceased by saying: “May his [or her] memory be eternal.” Also, flowers or memorial contributions are typically sent to the family, depending on their wishes.
Those wishing to help mourn the loss are encouraged to send food to the grieving family when they learn of the death and after the memorial.
If you are interested in learning more about our Antiochian Orthodox funeral services, please contact us today on 1300 211 700. We would be honoured to assist you during this difficult time.