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Office for the dying
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:45:29 PM »
A loved one is in the final days of her life.

I have the Akathist for the dead, but at this point in addition to the usual praying one does at such times, I would like to make some kind of prayer offering while she awaits her end. Is there an office/canon/whatever for the dying?
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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 06:04:27 PM »
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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2019, 06:12:36 PM »
There's this: http://orthodoxinfo.com/death/service_parting.aspx

Good.

I even have the service book it comes from at home already. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.
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THE OPINIONS HERE MAY NOT REFLECT THE ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED ORTHODOX CHURCH

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 06:56:35 PM »
Prayer For One About to Die
By St. Nephon
http://www.orthodox.net/trebnic/for-one-about-to-die.html

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 07:27:23 PM »
There's this: http://orthodoxinfo.com/death/service_parting.aspx

Good.

I even have the service book it comes from at home already. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

The rubrics for that office seem to be that it is only for a priest to pray.

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2019, 07:33:19 PM »
Lord have mercy.

May God comfort you.
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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2019, 09:39:41 PM »
There's this: http://orthodoxinfo.com/death/service_parting.aspx

Good.

I even have the service book it comes from at home already. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

The rubrics for that office seem to be that it is only for a priest to pray.

Good thing I am anti-clericalist. ;)

Seriously, I think most things like that are fine for private reading. If you want to follow the reader's service rule of excluding the usual litanies/exclamations for priests/deacons and replacing them with the appropriate number of "Lord have mercys" (which I do, for whatever reason), you may.
Blessed Nazarius practiced the ascetic life. His clothes were tattered. He wore his shoes without removing them for six years.

THE OPINIONS HERE MAY NOT REFLECT THE ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED ORTHODOX CHURCH

Take a breath, read Ecclesiastes 1:9.

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2019, 04:44:09 PM »
I am very much clericalist but I just can’t restrain myself from including the doxology on the end of the Lord’s Prayer, albeit without the exquisite, ornate elaborations added by Orthodox priests (because praying it in that manner feels as awkward as omitting it).

By the way Agabus, kyrie eleison. 

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2019, 05:54:13 PM »
By the way Agabus, kyrie eleison.
Thank you.
Blessed Nazarius practiced the ascetic life. His clothes were tattered. He wore his shoes without removing them for six years.

THE OPINIONS HERE MAY NOT REFLECT THE ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED ORTHODOX CHURCH

Take a breath, read Ecclesiastes 1:9.

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2019, 06:37:03 PM »

...there is also the parting of soul from body that is read at the time the soul is departing. 

I am sorry you are going through this difficult time.

My prayers are with you and your loved one.
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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2019, 12:06:19 PM »

...there is also the parting of soul from body that is read at the time the soul is departing. 

I am sorry you are going through this difficult time.

My prayers are with you and your loved one.

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2019, 06:59:21 PM »
She entered into her rest last night as a family member held her hand and sang her a beloved song.

Thank you for your help in this and for your prayers. Please in your kindness continue to remember Bea in your prayers.
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Blessed Nazarius practiced the ascetic life. His clothes were tattered. He wore his shoes without removing them for six years.

THE OPINIONS HERE MAY NOT REFLECT THE ACTUAL OR PERCEIVED ORTHODOX CHURCH

Take a breath, read Ecclesiastes 1:9.

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2019, 07:01:35 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2019, 08:07:52 PM »
Memory eternal.
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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2019, 08:34:19 PM »
Memory eternal.
Christ my God, set my heart on fire with love in You, that in its flame I may love You with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all my soul and with all my strength, and my neighbor as myself, so that by keeping Your commandments I may glorify You the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2019, 09:51:30 PM »
May her memory be eternal.

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Re: Office for the dying
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2019, 12:24:44 AM »
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