Please say a quick prayer for the soul of a man named Gerry, a cantor at the Melkite parish I used to attend who died rather suddenly a few weeks ago.
"You alone, Who created and fashioned man, are immortal; for we of the earth are made from the earth, and into the same earth we shall return, as You, my Maker, commanded, saying to me: 'Because you are earth, so also shall you return to the earth' where all men shall go singing 'Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!'"
From the Byzantine funeral rite