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On Death

Postby Theophilus » November 4th, 2007, 6:55 am

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Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your servant (name) who has fallen asleep, in Your Kingdom, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering. In Your goodness and love for all men, pardon all the sins he (she) has committed in thought word or deed, for there is no man or woman who lives and sins not, You only are without sin.

For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and Repose of Your servant (name), departed this life, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up glory with Your Eternal Father and Your All-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit; both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen
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More Prayers for the Dead

Postby Theophilus » November 4th, 2007, 6:57 am

Prayer for a Dead Child

O Lord who watches over children in the present life and in the world to come because of their simplicity and innocence of mind, abundantly satisfying them with a place in Abraham's bosom, bringing them to live in radiantly shining places where the spirits of the righteous dwell: receive in peace the soul of Your little servant (name), for You Yourself have said, "Let the little children come to Me, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Amen.


Prayer After a Miscarriage

O Sovereign Master, Lord our God, Who was born of the all-pure Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, and as an infant was laid in a manger: do You Yourself, according to Your great mercy, have regard for this Your servant (Name) who has miscarried that which was conceived in her. Heal her suffering, granting to her, O Loving Lord, health and strength of body and soul. Guard her with a shining Angel from every assault of sickness and weakness and all inward torment. You who accept the innocence of infancy in Your Kingdom, comfort the mind of Your servant and bring her peace. Amen.
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Reflections on those that Die Young

Postby Theophilus » November 4th, 2007, 6:59 am

The righteous, though they die early, will be at rest.
For old age is not honored for length of time, or measured by number of years;
But understanding is grey hair for anyone,
And a blameless life is ripe old age.

There were some who pleased God and were loved by Him,
And while living among sinners were taken up.
They were caught up so that evil might not changer their understanding,
Or guile deceive their souls...

...Being perfected in a short time, they fulfilled long years;
For their souls were pleasing to the Lord.
Therefore He took them up quickly from the midst of wickedness.
Yet the people saw and did not understand,
Or take such a thing to heart,
That God's grace and mercy are with His elect,
And that He watches over His holy children.

-Wisdom of Solomon, 4: 7-13
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A quote from St. Seraphim of Sarov

Postby Theophilus » January 5th, 2008, 6:53 am

"When I am dead, come to me at my grave, and the more often the better. Whatever is in your soul, whatever may have happened to you, come to me as when I was alive and kneeling on the ground, cast all your bitterness upon my grave. Tell me everything and I shall listen to you, and all the bitterness will fly away from you. And as you spoke to me when I was alive, do so now. For I am living and I shall be for ever."

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Re: Prayers for the Dead

Postby Lyn » January 5th, 2008, 10:32 pm

That is very therapeutic, Theo.
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Re: Prayers for the Dead

Postby Theophilus » June 30th, 2008, 11:00 am

Parable of immortality (A ship leaves . . . )

I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!'
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There she goes!',
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
'Here she comes!'

Henry Van Dyke (1852 - 1933)
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Re: On Death

Postby Theophilus » January 27th, 2009, 2:18 pm

"Go joyfully..."

Prepare your heart for your departure. If you are wise, you will expect it every hour. Each day say to yourself: "See, the messanger is who comes to fetch me is already at the door. Why am I sitting idle? I must depart forever. I cannot come back again."
Go to sleep with these thoughts every night, and reflect on them throughout the day. And when the time of departure comes, go joyfully to meet it, saying: "Come in peace. I knew you would come, and I have not neglected anything that could help me on the journey."


- St. Isaac of Syria (feast day: Jan 28)
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Re: On Death

Postby Theophilus » November 5th, 2010, 4:10 pm

The Astonishment of St. Sisoes

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The inscription reads:
Sisoes, the great ascetic, before the tomb of Alexander, King of the Greeks, who was once covered in glory. Astonished, he mourns for the vicissitudes of time and the transience of glory, and tearfully declaims thus:

'The mere sight of you, tomb, dismays me and causes my heart to shed tears, as I contemplate the debt we, all men, owe. How can I possibly stand it? Oh, death! Who can evade you?'
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Re: On Death

Postby different glory » November 23rd, 2010, 7:27 am

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.

Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. - Psalm 26
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Re: On Death

Postby Theophilus » January 26th, 2012, 11:56 pm

”The greatest wisdom that guards a man from all sin and guides him to perpetual happiness is to always see the death in front of him!”
-Basil the Great
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