I, myself, am wont to pray "for my ancestors." I don't take time to name
them. I would get nothing else done. Such naming would be analogous to
calling upon all the Hindu gods, by name!
Why, I even ask God to be good to "my granny." She has been dead, since
1949 Yes, it is significant that I know the exact year. I don't name her.
I expect God knows her. Her given name was Mary Elizabeth. Hence, my
daughters names are: "Elizabeth Anne," and "Alexandra Marie." Both were
named for the one person I knew, when I was a child, who actually, honest to
God, loved me!
My only begotten son is Ian Andrew Stephen James. He was called "Andrew,"
after Mary Elizabeth's huband. That Andrew James died, before I was born.
In my own personal prayers, I try to remember to pray "for that person who
most needs our prayers." and "all those who have asked me to pray for them,"
as well as "for all those for whom I ought to pray." I sometimes cannot
rmember all those names, either.
Since there are a great many of us, imagine the wretched state of that one
who "most needs our prayers"!
During the Liturgy, we pray for a great many only by category: "The
faithful," "Those absent from us," etc.
Indeed, dear hearts, "we Orthodox" (as over against those who are not
orthodox--or those who think they are, but fall short of the goal, or those
who may be kinder and gentler, and have a larger vision of humanity, yet
never heard of the Orthodox Church) continually pray for those who need our
prayers, even if we do not know their names.
If it weren't for tunnel vision, some who call themselves "Orthodox" would
have no vision at all.