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PRAYERS FOR THE DEPARTED

What is death ? A human being has a body and soul. The soul passes into the
next stage of existence without loss of personality. The person is the same on either
side of death. After death, the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall
return to God who gave it. (Eccl.12:7)
The Christian does not fear death as they take it only as sleep. Together with
St. Paul, he asks_ "O death where is thy sting ? O grave where is thy victory ?
(1Cor.15:55)
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The word 'departed' is more apt than the word 'dead'. death is ordained for
all. (Heb.9:27; Ps.80:48) and after death the Judgement. It is the solemn warning of
the Old testament and the New Testament. "God shall bring every work unto judgement, with every hidden thing whether it is good or whether it is evil.(2 Cor.12:14)
We shall stand before the judgement seat of God. (Rom.14: 10 -12)
Death is used in another context also. Gen. 2:7 'In the day thou eatest. thou
shall die'. Adam ate, and we see him live for 900 years and more. See Eph. 2:1. He
hath quickened you who were 'DEAD IN TRESPASSES AND SINS'. Again to his
hearers our Lord said, 'I have come so you may have LIFE and have it abundantly'.
THE SOUL that sinneth, it shall DIE'. Eze.18:4
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The SOUL is in the Image and Likeness of God. At the time of death, the
soul which is immortal departs from the body. The soul is not material and so it has
no end as the matter has. It has, as stated earlier, understanding, the power of the
soul to apprehend, to judge, to reason, and thus to know right and wrong. It has
free will - the power to choose either to act or not to act.
To have a clear idea of the hereafter, we have no source expect the words of
our lord and his Apostles.
Our Lord said : "He who believes in Me has everlasting life." "If any eat of
this bread, he shall live for ever." (Jn. 6:47, 51,56) It is therefore clear that the believer has life after death, and our Lord is in him until the day of resurrection.
The dead shall hear the Lords voice : Jn, 5:25 The dead daughter of
Jairus, the widow's son and Lazarus heard His voice and came back to life again.
St.Peter too (1 Pet.4:2) speaks of our Lord's descent to Hades and his preaching to
the dead.

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Luke 9:28-35) In Rev. He can hear our Lord.. And to the Corinthians St.6:19 we read about souls crying to the Lord and serving Him day and night. the Lord said : "thou shalt be WITH ME in paradise" St. 2 . Paul says ( 2 Cor. (1 Thes. 5:8) : "We are confident I say and willing to be absent from the body and to be PRESENT WITH THE LORD. (Rev. it cannot remain without communication. Temptations have ceased. He is able to converse with Him.Paul in Eph. that they may rest from their labours.14:13) Death shall not be able to separate us from the love of God. 14:4) Regarding the INTERMEDIATE STATE between death and resurrection. Paul write about this in 2 Tim. 14-17) It is therefore reasonable to believe that the believer has life after death. The interim period therefore is a state of rest in Christ and hope for the reward on that day.. They will appear again with our Lord.. Mark 9: 2-8.' The Doctors of the Holy Church and the rituals define it as a state of safety. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord .17:1-8. Paul give the comparison of the sown seed. because that which has life cannot remain the same. The soul is at rest after toils and hardship in the world. 1:23. Also. He is with Christ. writes about his ardent desire to depart and TO BE WITH CHRIST. 4:14) It is this hope that encourage Paul 'to depart and be with Christ. and progress. rest. and if alive it should either grow or die. St. the soul is sure of salvation and sanctification. (7:10.The departed ones are able to talk and communicate with our Lord as we see Moses and Elijah departed in ages past (Moses died in 1451 BC and Elijah was taken up in 805 BC . The Grace of God will remain with it for its refreshment. He is worshipping god and know the events in the world and. This prompts us to learn that the soul is alive. In the book of Revelation we see the departed with the Lord and worshipping Him and being comforted by Him.(7:15} State of those departed in faith and hope in our Lord : To the thief who prayed to our Lord to remember him. He shall follow the Lamb where ever He goes. of Transfiguration ( Math.( St.Biblical chronology) appearing and conversing with our Lord on the Mt. which is never inactive. (Rev. 4:8.

we are to wish and pray for the salvation of all. Taking Him as an example. Dan. darkly. 3 . Issac and Jacob and other holy men and women. Jn. 5:28. But on THAT day the body is risen and joining the soul and have eternal bliss or eternal damnation. on the final day of the important three feasts offered prayers for the departed.from the beginning to the end. 6:5.jpg Prayer and fasting for them and remembering them in the Holy Mass especially on their commemoration day." and this hope makes him to say "to me to live in Christ and to die is gain. Those who were in the state of mortal sin and unworthy of the grace of God. God is Good of the quick and the dead as St. (Is. "For now we see through a glass. we have explicit mention of prayers for the departed. 12:2." Again in Maccabees. 9. His Fasting . Paul points out in 1 Cor. His preaching in the Hades.gif The practice of praying for the dead has been there even during the time of our Lord. By death the body and soul are separated and the body returns to dust.As we are alive here. Again the Incarnation of our Lord. the dead are alive there." ( Ph. Those benefited by prayers are:Those who have departed in Holy faith. His Ascension and His pleading for us at the right hand of God was for all . 12:39-45. 14:8. His Resurrection. "Lord accept our oblations and comfort the soul taken to eternal rest and reward them in the company of Abraham.Paul says our Lord is the Lord of the quick and the dead. 15:12. Nowhere we see Christ rebuking the practice. cross1. 15 Our duties to the departed:angel1. St. The early Christian Church too preserved this practice as we read in Rom. 26:19. Those NOT benefited by the prayers are :Those who are unbelievers in the Lord Christ. but them face to face. Those who were worthy of the Grace of God. 1 cor. 1:21) The Old Testament Church. Rom. His Sacrifice.