Today we will pray for our dead family, friends and relatives. Those who have died in Christ. It is always good to remember them and all they meant to each and everyone of us. But, praying for their souls is a different matter, as we believe that it will help them in some way, unknown to us.
Many people share the view that people go straight up to heaven-- not so. It will be only after the final judgement when Christ will come again, that He will seperate the sheep from the goats.
Today is important, yet, not many will attend this Liturgy. During this time of prayer we will say the Troparion and Kontakion for the dead. It says that there is neither sickness nor sorrow, and no more sighing--but life everlasting. This is the message-- that with the saints, we pray that Christ will give rest to the souls of His servants. As He, and only He can.
And, it is up to us to ask. If you have love for those who have gone on before you, please take the time to remember them at this important Liturgy for the dead and by your prayers. That's the least you can do for those who did so much for you.
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