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#1 Brad D.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:50 AM

Is there any sense in which the Orthodox pray for the dead in the hope that God will change the past of the deceased?  For instance, do the Orthodox pray for one who is dead, and presumed to have died apart from Christ, in an effort to seek a changing of history?

 

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#2 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 12:41 PM

As far as I know, we pray for such only in the hope of affording them some relief and consolation.



#3 petruska

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:05 PM

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#4 Brad D.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

Interesting article petruska!  

 

Andreas:  Thank you for your reply.  On another note, are you not a reader anymore?



#5 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:50 PM

Yes, I am a Reader - I didn't get 'struck off', but I don't know how to put it on my profile.



#6 Brad D.

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:26 PM

I see.  Your name used to be "Reader Andreas Moran" I thought...



#7 Father David Moser

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:18 PM

We do not pray to change the past, but rather to guide the future.  Those who have departed have lived their lives as they did and nothing will change that, however, their present and future situation in eternity can be effected by our prayers and thus we pray for them.  Also it is important that we pray for them for  forgiveness here and do good works on their behalf because they can no longer do these things for themselves having been separated from the body (until the resurrection).

 

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