Doxastikon at the Last Kiss by Vinogradov

Orthodox funerals are distinctive for a number of reasons, not least of which is the liturgical opportunity they give for the faithful to all come forward and give the body a final kiss before burial. There are a non-trivial number of verses appointed to be sung during this Last Kiss, all encouraging the deceased’s loved ones to weep and lament over the tragedy of human death. The piece presented here is one of the last of those verses, narrated from the point of view of the departed.