A K A T H I S T
for the R E P O S E
of Those Who have FALLEN ASLEEP
Saint Isaac the Syrian once said: “A merciful heart is one that burns with love for men and animals and for the whole of creation, and at all times offers prayers with tears that they may be purified and kept.” Likewise we all boldly ask the Lord for help for all the dead from the beginning of time and cry: Send down to us, O Lord, the gift of fervent prayer for the dead. Remember, O Lord, all who have charged us, unworthy as we are, to pray for them, and pardon the sins they have forgotten. Remember, O Lord, all who have been buried without prayer. Receive, O Lord, into Thy dwellings all who have died of sorrow or joy by a sudden or untimely death. O Lord of unutterable Love, remember Thy servants who have fallen asleep.
[LEFT] Save, O Lord, those who have died in grievous sufferings, those who were murdered, those buried alive, those who were drowned or burned, those who were torn by wild beasts, those who died of hunger or cold, from exposure in storms, or by falling from heights, and grant them all eternal joy for the sorrow of their death… May the time of their suffering be blessed as a day of redemption, for which they sing: ALLELUIA.
[LEFT] The dead will rise and those who are in the graves will stand up, and those who are alive on earth will exult when they stand with their spiritual bodies, radiantly glorious and incorrupt. Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord: “I will bring upon you a spirit of life, and will lay sinews upon you; and I will bring flesh upon you, and cover you with skin.” Rise out of the ancient past, you who are redeemed by the Blood of the Son of God, restored to life by His death, for the light of the Resurrection has dawned upon you. Open to them now, O Lord, the whole abyss of Thy perfections. Thou hast shone upon them with the light of the sun and moon, that they may see the glory of the radiant choirs of Angels, Thou hast delighted them with the magnificence of the heavenly lights of East and West, that they may also see the never-setting light of Thy Divinity.
[FONT=Times New Roman]O Lord of unutterable Love, remember Thy servants who have fallen asleep.
The Akathist for the repose of the Souls of those who have fallen asleep is a very L-O-N-G Prayer. I advise you to try to have a prayer partner pray it with you, and to pray it antiphonally like a Psalm. One of the Orthodox brothers sent this to me after Terri Schiavo died. I’ve prayed the Akathist in situations such as this since then, and have been grateful to him for sending me this ancient prayer.
Your Brother & Servant in Christ, Michael[/LEFT]