What is departed?

  • (adj): Well in the past; former.
    Example: "Relics of a departed era"
    Synonyms: bygone, bypast, foregone, gone
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on departed:

Christian Burial - Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Burial Ritual - Ceremony in The Church - Divine Liturgy For The Departed
... Divine Liturgy takes place as usual, with the addition of special hymns for the departed ... There will also be a special ektenia (litany) for the departed, and at the end another Panikhida will be served around the coffin ...
Pentecostarion - Afterfeast of Pascha - Thomas Sunday - Radonitza
... of Rejoicing"), is a day of commemoration of the departed ... Because the celebration of any memorial service for the departed is forbidden from Holy Thursday through Thomas Sunday, a popular tradition has arisen of visiting the graves of departed loved ... the faithful to visit cemeteries and serve memorial services, and to give alms in the name of the departed ...
Radonitsa - Practices
... Although the Typikon does not prescribe any special prayers for the departed on these days, the memorial is kept as a pious custom ... with the cross, followed by the faithful, to visit the graves of departed believers either in churchyards or in cemeteries ... chanted together with the usual litanies for the departed, concluding with the moving "Memory Eternal" (Вѣчнаѧ памѧть,Viechnaia pamiat) ...
Christian Burial - Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Burial Ritual - Offerings
... for almsgiving to be done in the name of a departed person ... The departed are also commemorated regularly during the Proskomedie of the Divine Liturgy ... The name of the departed is given to the priest, who then removes a particle of bread from the prosphoron (loaf of bread) offered for the Liturgy ...

More definitions of "departed":

  • (adj): Not present; having left.
    Example: "The departed guests"
    Synonyms: away, gone

Famous quotes containing the word departed:

    I find very reasonable the Celtic belief that the souls of our dearly departed are trapped in some inferior being, in an animal, a plant, an inanimate object, indeed lost to us until the day, which for some never arrives, when we find that we pass near the tree, or come to possess the object which is their prison. Then they quiver, call us, and as soon as we have recognized them, the spell is broken. Freed by us, they have vanquished death and return to live with us.
    Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

    While yet a boy I sought for ghosts, and sped
    Through many a listening chamber, cave and ruin,
    And starlight wood, with fearful steps pursuing
    Hopes of high talk with the departed dead.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

    It takes that je ne sais quoi which we call sophistication for a woman to be magnificent in a drawing-room when her faculties have departed but she herself has not yet gone home.
    James Thurber (1894–1961)