The usual Orthodox funeral takes a bit more than an hour (the Divine Liturgy, or Eucharist is usually not part of it), but since this was for a bishop (and the same service would be done for a priest), it was nearly three hours. All standing (except those of us in choir who could find a spot sat for the homily). All music is acapella. Music is overwhelmingly in the Russian/Slavic tradition. The bells you hear some are attached to the censer (we like our incense!). Psalm 119 (the longest Psalm) forms the core of the beginning of the service.
Best to download to your computer so you can skip around as you wish. There are many parts where all the clergy sing, alternating with the choir. When those of us in the choir first heard the clergy (11-12 bishops and something like 50 priest) sing, "Give rest, O Lord, to the soul of Thy departed servant," we just felt chills - it was so heartfelt and powerful.
Memory eternal, Vladyka!
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