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Offline samkim

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reader's panakhida?
« on: January 20, 2009, 02:17:35 AM »
Is there a Reader's Service form for the Memorial Service for the departed?
주 예수 그리스도 하느님의 아들이시여 저 이 죄인을 불쌍히 여기소서.

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Re: reader's panakhida?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2009, 02:19:25 AM »
I've been looking for one for awhile...
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Re: reader's panakhida?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2009, 10:37:44 AM »
My Bishop recommends this use of the A K A T H I S T for the R E P O S E of Those Who have FALLEN ASLEEP.  He says it can be read for those who die in the Church and those Christians who were not in the Orthodox Church. The Panhikida or Memorial Trisagion is to be read only for Orthodox Christians. I use this Akathist for my relatives who died before they even knew Orthodoxy existed in the U.S.

It may be found on the internet at

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Re: reader's panakhida?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2009, 11:30:13 PM »
I wonder if you would think it worthwhile for the comfort of converts who have
relatives who died outside the Church to bring to their attention the devotion
to Saint Varus and the Prayer which can be said to him. It is a wonderful
prayer, used by myself and others who know of it. The original of this message
below is in the Indiana archives. It was sent by Father Alban Barter in Wales

There is a Life of Saint Varus, from the Menologion of St Dmitry of Rostov

Father Ambrose




One often hears converts to Orthodoxy express their sorrow that there is,
understandably, no Orthodox service that the priest can serve on behalf of
their beloved relatives and friends who have departed this life outside the
Church. They feel the inadequancy of their own prayers, and look without much
hope for guidance and help. Owing to the widespread apostacy in Russia under
the Communists,
this feeling is now very common there amongst those who have remained
faithful. In response to this, an age-old tradition, fallen into disuse, has
been revived. There is someone in Heaven whose prayers are very strong,
wanting and willing to help in such cases - the 4th century martyr St Varus.
A booklet has been printed in Russia containing his life and a special service
to him, with a prayer for his help.

Icons are being made and are very much in demand.

How did this tradition begin? St Varus was an officer in the Roman army in
Egypt, a secret Christian, who frequently visited a group of imprisoned
Christians, supplying their every need. He greatly admired their courage,
feeling he would never himself have the strength to bear torture. However,
through the prayers of these Christians, he finally gained courage and offered
himself as a sacrifice along with them.

He was cut to pieces with knives and thrown onto a dung heap, from where a
Christian woman, Cleopatra, took his body secretly. Her husband was also an
officer in the Roman army and had recently been killed. She was granted
permission to take his body back to her home in Palestine. Instead, wishing
to honour the martyr, she took the body of the holy martyr Varus, buried his relics in
her family vault, and built a church there dedicated to him. Gradually he
became known throughout the region as a great healer and wonderworker.

Cleopatra herself prayed there frequently with great devotion, especially for
her only son, John, who had just gone into the army. To her great grief, the
young man died shortly afterwards (some versions record that her son died as a
child on the very day that the martyrdom of Varus was blessed) and she went to
the tomb, bitterly complaining that the saint had not answered her prayers.
That night the saint appeared to her in a dream, together with her son, both
of them radiant with glory. "You asked me to beg God to grant John whatever
was most pleasing to Him and beneficial for you both. He has taken him into
His heavenly army, where he serves with great joy. How can you complain?
Would you rather keep him for the army of
an earthly king? Your prayers to me are always remembered. Moreover I have
prayed for all your relatives, buried with me in the vault, that although they
died outside the Church, all their sins would be forgiven, and God has heard
my prayers."

Cleopatra's joy was unbounded, and she passed on the good news to everyone.
From that revelation in her vision, the custom grew up of begging St Varus'
prayers for deceased relatives and friends, whatever their faith. Isn't that
good news for all of us converts?

Here is the special prayer to Saint Varus:

O Holy, wondrous Martyr Varus, who, burning with zeal for the Heavenly King,
didst confess Him before thy torturers and didst greatly suffer for Him! Now
the Church doth venerate thee, as one glorified with the glory of heaven by
Christ the Lord, Who granted thee the abundant grace to approach Him boldly.
And now, standing before Him together with the Angels, rejoicing on high,
beholding the Most Holy Trinity clearly, and enjoying the Uncreated Light,
remember the suffering of our relatives who have died outside the Faith, and
accept our pleas, and as thou didst intercede for the unbelieving ancestors of
Cleopatra and didst free them from eternal suffering, remember those who have
died unbaptized and have been buried in an ungodly manner, and pray earnestly
that they may be delivered from eternal darkness, that we may all, with one
mouth and one heart, praise the Most Merciful Creator unto the ages of ages.


Saint Varus is celebrated on 19th October/1st November.


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Re: reader's panakhida?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2013, 12:58:56 PM »
Has anyone found a reader's Trisagion/Memorial service?  We're in need of one and can't find it.  Thanks.

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Re: reader's panakhida?
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2013, 01:13:33 PM »
In the back of the Psalter from HTM, there is a prayer that is to be read in between each Kathisma of the Psalter (as the tradition that the family stands vigil with the reposed and reads the entire psalter). It's not the memorial service, but it's a start.
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Re: reader's panakhida?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2013, 01:46:39 PM »
Has anyone found a reader's Trisagion/Memorial service?  We're in need of one and can't find it.  Thanks.

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Re: reader's panakhida?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2013, 02:00:03 PM »
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When our priest is away and I have done an extended Typica (Pro Liturgy), the priest had me do a reader's panakhida, also if requested.  He just had me remove all the priest prayers.
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