I have repeatedly heard the term “Paradise” but I’m not in full understanding of its meaning. Is it a distinguished place from Heaven and Purgatory? Or is it just another term for Heaven itself? It is mentioned in the bible “Luke 23:43 – “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” and Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise.”
In the Syro Malabar Church “Para-disi or Para-disa” is mentioned a few times in the Office for the Death, within the funeral hymns and texts. Do the other Eastern Churches believe in this area of Paradise as well?