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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Principles Of Orthodox Worship - VII

by Fr. Dr. Mathew Vaidyan
Communion with the departed ones

The Church is the communion of all believers in the past , present, and future.

Both the living and the departed are members of the church.

A believer never dies.Jn.11:26. The departed ones stand around us like clouds today. Heb 12:1.

They live 1 Pet 4:6. They speak Luke 9:30,31. They please God 2 Cor 5:8,9. They pray for the world. Rev 6:9,10.

Death is not capable of separating us from the love of God. Rom 8:38.

The departed Moses and Elijah are seen talking with Jesus Mt. 17:3.

The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effect. James 5:16. See also Prov 10:7, 1 Cor 6:2, Rev 2:26, Luke 16:27,28.

The departed ones are alive in paradise. Luke. 23:43. St. Paul prayed for the departed Onesiphorous. 2 Tim 1:16-18 .

We commemorate and unite in prayer with the departed ones who form the larger part of the Church.

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