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« on: November 07, 2011, 03:17:50 PM »

Is there a prayer I can say for a non-Orthodox person who died?  I would also like to pray for her family.
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2011, 03:20:28 PM »

Is there a prayer I can say for a non-Orthodox person who died?  I would also like to pray for her family.

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"Begin with the prayer, "Have mercy, O Lord, if it be possible on the souls of Thy departed servants (names), who have departed into eternal life in separation from Thy Holy Orthodox Church: unsearchable are Thy decrees. Do not account this, my prayer as a sin, but may Thy holy will be done.""

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2011, 03:20:41 PM »

I believe St. Varus is considered the patron of those who died outside the Church.

http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/10/holy-martyr-varus-and-devout-cleopatra.html

http://www.holycross-hermitage.com/pages/Orthodox_Life/martyr_varus.htm

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2011, 03:46:12 PM »

I know someone who died not too long ago that, to the best of my knowledge, was not Orthodox. I wrote his name with a star (our way of identifying non-Orthodox) on the prayer request card. The priest read his name during one of the prayers for those departed this life. I know there is a difference in how and where the Orthodox and non-Orthodox are prayed for in the liturgy, but I don't remember exactly what that difference is. Also, we had a mamorial service for the victims of the terrorist attacks on september eleventh where we prayed for all that died in the attacks, which would have included people who were non-Orthodox.

Anyway, just pray for them. It can something as simple as "Lord mercy on (name) and (their family)", or a google search should be able to bring up Orthodox prayers for those departed this life.
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