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Prayers and Alms for the Dead

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  • Christopher Orr
    *By St. Nikolai Velimirovich* The Church in this world and the Church in the other world are one and the same - one body, one in being - as does the root of a
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      *By St. Nikolai Velimirovich*

      The Church in this world and the Church in the other world are one and the
      same - one body, one in being - as does the root of a tree beneath the earth
      comprise one organism with the trunk and the branches of the tree above the
      earth. It is clear from this how we who comprise the Church on earth can
      receive help from the saints and the righteous ones from the Heavenly Church
      as well as the deceased sinners in the other world can receive help from us
      on earth.

      St. Athanasius says: "As it happens with wine inside a barrel which, when
      the vineyard blooms in the field, senses it and the wine itself blossoms
      together with it, so it is with the souls of sinners. They receive some
      relief from the Bloodless Sacrifice offered for them and from charity"
      performed for their repose.

      St. Ephraim the Syrian cites that same example with wine and the vineyard
      and concludes: "And so, when there exists such mutual sensitivity even among
      plants, is not the prayer and sacrifice felt even more for the departed
      ones?"

      Source:
      http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/07/on-prayers-and-alms-for-deceased.html


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