Prayer for the death

Therefore, we see panikhidas and prayer at home for the dead are beneficial for them, as are good deeds done in their memory, such as alms or contributions to the church. But especially beneficial for them is commemoration at the Divine Liturgy. There have been many appearances of the dead and other occurrences which confirm how beneficial is the commemoration of the dead. Many who died in repentance, but who were unable to manifest this while they were alive, have been freed from tortures and have obtained repose.

How important commemoration at the Liturgy is may be seen in the following occurrence: Before the uncovering of the relics of St. Theodosius of Chernigov (1896), the priest-monk (the renowned Starets Alexis of Goloseyevsky Hermitage, of the Kiev-Caves Lavra, who died in 1916) who was conducting the re-vesting of the relics, becoming weary while sitting by the relics, dozed off and saw before him the Saint, who told him: “I thank you for laboring me. I beg you also, when you will serve the Liturgy, to commemorate my parents”—and be gave their names (Priest Nikita and Maria).** “How can you, O Saint, ask my prayers, when you yourself stand at the heavenly Throne and grant to people God’s mercy?” the priest-monk asked. “Yes, that is true,” replied St. Theodosius, “but the offering at the Liturgy is more powerful than my prayer.”

prayer for the death

 Therefore, we see panikhidas and prayer at home for the dead are beneficial for them, as are good deeds done in their memory, such as alms or contributions to the church. But especially beneficial for them is commemoration at the Divine Liturgy. There have been many appearances of the dead and other occurrences which confirm how beneficial is the commemoration of the dead. Many who died in repentance, but who were unable to manifest this while they were alive, have been freed from tortures and have obtained repose. In the Church, prayers are ever offered for the repose of the dead, and on the day of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, in the kneeling prayers at vespers, there is even a special petition “for those in hell.”

St. Gregory the Great, in answering in his Dialogues the question, “Is there anything at all that can possibly benefit souls after death?” teaches: “The Holy Sacrifice of Christ, our saving Victim, brings great benefits to souls even after death, provided their sins (are such as) can be pardoned in the life to come. For this reason the souls of the dead sometimes beg to have Liturgies offered for them … The safer course, naturally, is to do for ourselves during life what we hope others will do for us after death. It is better to make one’s exit a free man than to seek liberty after one is in chains. We should, therefore, despise this world with all our hearts as though its glory were already spent, and offer our sacrifice of tears to God each day as we immolate His sacred Flesh and Blood. This Sacrifice alone has the power of saving the soul from eternal death, for it presents to us mystically the death of the Only-begotten Son” (Dialogues IV: 57, 60, pp. 266, 272-3).

St. Gregory gives several examples of the dead appearing to the living and asking for or thanking them for the celebration of the Liturgy for their repose; once, also, a captive whom his wife believed dead and for whom she had the Liturgy celebrated on certain days, returned from captivity and told her how he had been released from his chains on some days—the very days when the Liturgy had been offered for him. (Dialogues IV: 57, 59, pp. 267, 270).

Protestant theologians find the Church’s prayer for the dead to be somehow incompatible with the necessity of finding salvation first of all in this life: “If you can be saved by the Church after death, then why bother to struggle or find faith in this Life? Let us eat, drink, and be merry…” Of course, no one holding such a philosophy has ever attained salvation by the Church’s prayers, and it is evident that such an argument is quite artificial and even hypocritical. The Church’s prayer cannot save anyone who does not wish salvation, or who never offered any struggle for it himself during his lifetime. In a sense, one might say that the prayer of the Church or of individual Christians for a dead person is but another result of that person’s life: he would not be prayed for unless he had done something during his lifetime to inspire such prayer after his death.

St. Mark of Ephesus also discusses this question of the Church’s prayer for the dead and the improvement it brings in their state, citing the example of the prayer of St. Gregory the Dialogist for the Roman Emperor Trajan—a prayer inspired by a good deed of this pagan Emperor.

**These names had been unknown before this vision. Several years after the canonization, St. Theodosius’ own Book of Commemoration was found in the monastery where he had once been Abbot, which confirmed these names and corroborated the vision. See the Life of Elder Alexis in Pravoslavny Blagovestnik, San Francisco, 1967, No. I (in Russian).

Excerpt from The Soul after Death by Fr. Seraphim Rose

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I am the face of death
Creator of the thread
Manipulation master class
The lines between unread
I am the broken one
The soul you once betrayed
Disciple of impurity
The epitaph I crave

Our father cast down from heaven
Evil be my name

Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Say a prayer here’s a bullet for your head

I am your truth untold
Reality reborn
Intimidator of mankind
Infected to the core
I am your darkest hour
The scarred you left behind
A festering theology
Implanted in my mind

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Our father cast down from heaven
Evil be my name

Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Say a prayer here’s a bullet for your head

I am the judge and the jury too
I am the execution of your life’s demise
You wear the mask of my misery
Imprisoned in the chaos of my twisted mind
Justice for all or insanity
A morbid fascination of the darkest kind
All alone as you bleed as you plead as you scream
I am the prosecution and the sentence is death

Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Say a prayer here’s a bullet for your head

Evil be my name
Evil be my name
Evil be my name
Evil be my name

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I am the face of death
Creator of the thread
Manipulation master class
The lines between unread
I am the broken one
The soul you once betrayed
Disciple of impurity
The epitaph I crave

Our father cast down from heaven
Evil be my name

Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Say a prayer here’s a bullet for your head

I am your truth untold
Reality reborn
Intimidator of mankind
Infected to the core
I am your darkest hour
The scarred you left behind
A festering theology
Implanted in my mind

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Our father cast down from heaven
Evil be my name

Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Say a prayer here’s a bullet for your head

I am the judge and the jury too
I am the execution of your life’s demise
You wear the mask of my misery
Imprisoned in the chaos of my twisted mind
Justice for all or insanity
A morbid fascination of the darkest kind
All alone as you bleed as you plead as you scream
I am the prosecution and the sentence is death

Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Save your breath and say a prayer for the dead
Say a prayer here’s a bullet for your head

Evil be my name
Evil be my name
Evil be my name
Evil be my name

Я перед лицом смерти
Создатель темы
Манипуляции мастер класс
Границы между непрочитанными
Я сломанный
Душа вы когда-то предал
Ученик примесей
Эпитафия Я жажду

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Я твоя правда невыразимые
Реальность возрождается
Intimidator человечества
Зараженные в основной
Я твой самый темный час
Шрамах вы оставили позади
Гнойные теологии
Имплантированных в моей голове

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Я судья и присяжные тоже
Я исполнение кончине Вашей жизни
Вы носите маску из моих страданий
Заключенный в хаос мой извращенный ум
Правосудие для всех или безумие
Болезненное очарование темных вид
Все в одиночку, как ты будешь истекать кровью, как вы себя, как ты кричишь
Я обвинение и приговор смерти

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