Death & the Future Life: Love & Respect for the Dead
The Church's Prayer for the
Dead, from Orthodox Life (1978).
Protect the Graves of Your Loved Ones, Orthodox
Excerpts from The Soul After Death,
by Fr. Seraphim Rose of Platina. Prayer for the Dead, What We Can
Do for the Dead, and the Resurrection of the Body.
Pray for the Reposed!, by the
New Hieromartyr John of Riga
Concerning the Honor Due to the Saints and Their Remains,
by St. John of Damascus
Relics and Mummies, a Q&A from Orthodox
Tradition concerning relics.
On the Veneration of the Holy Relics
and Remains of the Saints, by Archpriest Vasily Demidov. Orthodox
The Place of Holy Relics in
the Orthodox Church, by St. Justin (Popovich) of Chelije
Every act and miraculous energy of Christ is very great and divine
and marvelous, but the most amazing of all is His precious Cross.
For death was not abolished by any other means; the sin of our
forefather was not forgiven; Hades was not emptied and robbed;
the resurrection was not given to us; the power to despise the
present and even death itself has not been given to us; our
return to the ancient blessedness was not accomplished; the
gates of Paradise have not been opened; human nature was not
given the place of honor at the right hand of God; we did not
become children and inheritors of God, except by the Cross of
our Lord Jesus Christ alone. All these have been achieved by
the death of the Lord on the Cross.
Nikolaos P. Vassiliadis, The Mystery of
Death, p. 143