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Akathist for the Repose of Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:03:09 PM »
I'm interested in the details behind this. When and by who (at least generally speaking) was it written? Is it something used by many local churches are only a limited number? Has it changed over time and to what extent? Does it have any history as an authority or source when discussing doctrine?

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Re: Akathist for the Repose of Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 04:34:49 PM »
I've heard from my priest that this akathist was written in XX century in gulags in Russia. The aim was clear: many various people were dying in different ways in soviet Russia, so this prayer was thought to cover people, not only-Orthodox, that died in different circumstances.

I know it's used in the Polish Church (mainly for 1st November - yeah, All Saints celebrated then is a Roman Catholic feast, however this date is very important among Poles, it's a holiday, even non-religious people go to cemeteries etc.) and in the Serbian Church.
Pray for persecuted Christians, especially in Serbian Kosovo and Raška, Egypt and Syria

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Re: Akathist for the Repose of Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 04:57:38 PM »
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Re: Akathist for the Repose of Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 06:49:20 PM »
This brought be to tears, I think due to its specificity.
If you cannot remember everything, instead of everything, I beg you, remember this without fail, that not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth but theirs.  If we have this attitude, we will certainly offer our money; and by nourishing Christ in poverty here and laying up great profit hereafter, we will be able to attain the good things which are to come. - St. John Chrysostom

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Re: Akathist for the Repose of Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2017, 12:35:02 AM »
This brought be to tears, I think due to its specificity.

+1  It hasn't brought me to tears, but they are my favorite prayers.