1143Why we pray for the departed?
- Sep 11, 2002Dear Members,
Lets continue to uphold our church in our prayers
during these trials and tribulations.
Let us continue to use this forum to learn more about
our Church, its rich traditions, and its TRUE faith. I
learned a lot about the role of St. Mary, from the
recent discussions during the lent period. I've
compiled a few points from various resources as to why
'WE PRAY FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED.' Please do write
back with more points/inputs regarding the topic.
1. Its base can be traced to the faith of the
Israelites. The fact that the Israelites used to pray
for and offer sacrifices for their dead is mentioned
in the second book of Maccabees. "....and they turned
to supplication, praying that the sin that had been
committed might be wholly blotted out" (2 Mac.12:
39-45). This is a clear pointer to the faith of the
Jews, to the fact that the sins of the dead can be
blotted out through prayers and supplications. In the
0ld Testament period, prayers for the departed were a
common practice (Dt. 34: 8).
2. Ruth 2:20 "..Blesses is the Lord, because he has
not caused his kindness to cease from the living nor
from the DEAD." - God is merciful towards the dead
3. In Matthew's Gospel we read, "Anyone who speaks a
word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him;
but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will
not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age
to come." (Matthew 12:32) This means that sins can be
forgiven in the age to come - after death.
4. 1 Cor. 15:29 - The living received baptism for the
5. 2 Cor. 5:9 "This is why we are confident, and
anxious to be absent from the body, and to be present
with our Lord. Wherefore we endeavor, that whether
present or absent, we may be pleasing to him." One can
be acceptable to God even after death.
6. 1 Peter 4:6 "For, for this cause the Gospel was
preached also to those who are DEAD, that they might
be judged according to men in the flesh, and live
according to God in spirit."
7. It is most appropriate to pray for God's mercy for
our beloved, as indeed St. Paul did in the case of his
friend Onesiphorus, who had apparently died while
serving Paul in Rome: "may the Lord grant him to find
mercy from the Lord ON THAT DAY" (2 Timothy 1:16-18).
"That day" is a reference to the day when Onesiphorus
stands before Christ to give account for his service
to God and mankind. So we can always pray for the
departed and ask our Lord to grant them mercy on the
day of judgment.
**(Compiled from various sources)**
Member of St. Ignatious Malankara Syrian Orthodox
Church - Dallas, Texas
Currently a Student at UT Southwestern Medical Center,
Home town: puthencruz, Kerala
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