Prayer for Those that are Bedridden

Bible Verses About Prayer: 20 Important Scripture Quotes

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God speaks to us through His written word, the Bible. Christians speak to God through prayer.  Prayer is an important part of the Christian’s life; we pray in words and sometimes we pray in song.  Here are twenty important scripture quotes about prayer.

How Often Should We Pray

1 Corinthians 1:4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Philippians 1:3-4 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

Colossians 1:3 (KJV) We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing

How Should We Pray

Psalm 66:17 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.

Psalm 95:2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

What Should We Pray For

Psalm 50:14-15 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

Psalm 118:25 Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they be secure who love you!

Romans 10:1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

Romans 10:13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Who Should We Pray For

Romans 15:30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,

2 Corinthians 1:11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

James 5:13-14 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Christian Quotes About Prayer

“Those persons who know the deep peace of God, the unfathomable peace that passeth all understanding, are always men and women of much prayer.”~ R. A. Torrey

“Don’t pray when you feel it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie ten Boom

“You may as soon find a living man that does not breath, as a living Christian that does not pray.”  ~ Matthew Henry

“Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”  ~ John Bunyan

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~ Oswald Chambers 

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7 Common Health Risks of a Bedridden Patient

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A bedridden patient becomes vulnerable to various health complications painful bed sores, circulation and respiratory problems, depression and contractures, due to lack of activity for long periods. Usha Ravi suggests steps to ensure proper nursing and caring for your loved one confined to the bed.

There are a host of challenges which arise if one is confined to bed because of sickness, disability or frail age. The burden is felt not only by the individual but also by the carers.  It is important and beneficial for the carers to know what such individuals are going through and how they would to be assisted. 

This article addresses some of the common challenges and health risks of bedridden patients, and provides tips for the carers to prevent and manage those risks.

Some of the common complications: 

  1. Pressures sores or decubitus ulcers
  2. Pneumonia
  3. Constipation
  4. Contractures (shortening and hardening of muscles)
  5. Deformity and Stiffness
  6. Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  7. Depression

1. Pressure sores or decubitus ulcers

One of the most unfortunate and preventable complications that can occur are bedsores. Bedsores can develop in a person who is bedridden or immobile. Pressure laid on the skin and tissues that covers the bony areas of the body are at biggest risk for breaking down.

This occurs from prolonged lying down or sitting in one position, compounded by poor nutrition, dry and wet skin, and shearing force on the skin as they are moved for change of dressing or clothes. The area under attack suffers from poor blood circulation, and shearing force rips the skin covering leading to infective, painful deep ulcers.

Such an area can be anywhere in the body that rests on a surface, or secured tightly by tubes and left for a period of time without being shifted across as considered ideal.  

People with bed sores (pressure ulcers) can experience great pain, discomfort, depression and reduced quality of life. The aim of the attendant or carer should be to prevent, minimize and manage pressure sores. Here are some tips:

  • Routine regular turning and repositioning of their loved ones in bed.
  • Utilizing cotton to underlay and clothes that comes in direct contact with skin, this absorbs sweat and promotes skin breathe through.
  • Use of bedding that is soft and non-plastic in nature.
  • Use of moisture absorbent sheets to avoid the skin bathe in the body fluids.
  • Encouraging time bed. 
  • Use of frames, slings or slide sheets to mobilize, rather than pull, push that can cause shearing force on the skin.
  • Provide passive range of motion exercise regularly and encourage active movements of body as far as possible.

2. Pneumonia:

  • Position in bed can be varying rather than supine or facing ceiling every time.
  • Prone or semi prone position of lying will assist better aeration of lungs and also break from pressure areas.
  • Head of the bed to be elevated at all times except when sleeping.
  • Encourage deep breathing and coughing exercise as frequently as possible. Some of the other exercises can be blowing candles or light objects, blowing through straws into a half filled water bottle (Spirometry). This enables positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) and vibration to help in removal of secretion in the lungs that can cause pneumonia.
  • Prompt pain relief of any source is very important for an individual to breathe adequately.
  • Overt filling of stomach space or collections of fluid or gas in the stomach can cause back pressure to squash lung space. 
  • Enable normal forward passage of the contents of stomach, in some instances it could be active removal through nasogastric tubes.
  • Offer frequent mouth care and frequent suction of the oropharynx or back of the mouth, as this can cause secondary issues such as aspiration that can also cause pneumonia.

3. Constipation: 

  • Offer regular food and fluids if not contraindicated as tolerated.
  • Fluids to be warm
  • Add roughage to diet if allowed and tolerated
  • Regular toilet routine
  • Use of fruits such as figs, prunes in diet
  • Aperients as prescribed (a drug used to relieve constipation).
  • Range of motion exercises and mobility in itself will assist with forward motion of bowel contents.

4. Contractures:

  • Active and passive exercise will assist in prevention of contractures
  • Use of appropriate support for the limbs while placed in any position
  • Splints, wedges and materials rolled and packed for maintaining natural contour and shape of the body is essential
  • Monitoring extremities for drop and lack of natural strength is important.
  • Medications to assist with pain and relaxation can also aid in prevention of contractures.
  • Provide comfort measures as required.

5. Deformity of Muscle and Joints

Resting in bed for long is deceptively thought to be healing in nature, but it is contradictory to what our body is designed for. One of the common concerns is deformity of muscle and joints due to stiffness. This not only leads to limitations in mobility, but also pain.

The range of motion gets affected in the upper and lower limbs and joints, hampering independent feeding, hygiene, weight bearing and mobility. Commonly found deformities are:  wrist and foot drops, both of which can be prevented to an extent.

Preventive measures include exercises and use of devices that help maintain normal alignment of body parts.

Addressing Deformity and Stiffness

  • A small towel or a roll of face washer can be given to hold in the palm.
  • Frequent active and passive movements of the fingers and wrist joints.
  • Stress balls, squishy material or toys can help in maintaining range of motions. 
  • Interlacing one’s own hands, making motions of wringing hands is another exercise one can try.
  • Warm water baths (immersing hands into warm water baths) prior to active and passive range of motion can alleviate pain and improve restrictive movements.
  • Legs resting in a slab and L shaped orthotic device can assist maintaining the normal shape of the feet.
  • Wearing well-fitting clothes will relieve pressure that could impede circulation.
  • Ensuring full range of motions of the joints, right from head to toe, to be encouraged as tolerated. This can be passive if not active. 

6. Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection (UTI):

Stagnation of urine in the bladder, secondary to lack of neuronal supply can be a challenge. 

  • This requires manual emptying with in and out catheterization. This requires special skill.
  • Frequent change of soiled underwear or diaper, will aid in prevention of ascending infection.
  • Offer frequent generous amounts of fluids to keep system well flushed.
  • Monitor for signs of infection.

7. Depression

A bedridden patient can easily get depressed with a sense of incapacitation due to illness and disability. Or if confined within four walls, with a fixed view, dull lighting and minimal interaction.

It is important to provide adequate routine to enhance comfort and relief from pain. Various therapies such as massage, hot water bath just prior to bed time, relaxation with aromatherapy, etc.

can have deep impact in managing depression. Some useful tips

  • Move the bed to a well-lit room, with good cross ventilation.
  • Fulfil social and emotional needs. Fostering these through support service that includes sessions of music or meditation can assist alleviate some of the symptoms of depression.
  • Playing calm, soothing music depending upon what your loved one s. It could often be numbing for the caregiver, but the focus is your loved one here. 
  • Encourage communication, positive thinking and interactions that will enable them to ventilate their feelings. This will assist us in setting up their daily routine – whether that is a visit from the clergy, a friend, a video chat, a Skype session, an uplifting social meet, playing memorable videos, etc.
  • Interior décor of the room can add to moods and feelings. It should be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. 

Born and schooled in India, Usha Ravi works in the area of critical care as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in Paediatric Critical Care in Australia. Supports community work at various levels. She truly believes clinical practice is her passion.

In service for the last 24 years, she performs music to re-energize myself to embrace the everyday challenges. Together, with her husband and children and a very hyperactive working dog, they make a lovely home leaving her no time and reason to complain.

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The Elders, the People, and the Prayer of Faith

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Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. Elijah was a man of nature with ourselves and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.

Then he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought fort its fruit.

Last week I tried to show from 1 Corinthians 12:9 and 28 andGalatians 3:5 that gifts of healings were intended for the churchin Paul's day and in our day. But I stressed that the New Testamentdoes not talk about THE gift of healing.

Nor does it talk aboutpeople in the church who are known as healers. The phrase “gifts ofhealings” (two plurals) in 1 Corinthians 12:9 and 28 suggestsrather that at different times for different sicknesses God givesto different people different “gifts of healings.

” In other words,you might find yourself drawn to pray for one person withremarkable, expectant faith and see that person healed, but thenpray for others and not experience that same gift.

So we concluded that it is good to earnestly desire gifts ofhealings—not as something to boast in but as something tolove with. Love is the main thing. Gifts without love are deadly.But love plus gifts is the biblical ideal.

Does James Harmonize with Gifts of Healing?

Now today we turn to James 5:13–18. And the question is: Do thehealing instructions here fit in with what we said last week?Listen to what one British pastor says:

The idea that God has placed “gifted” healers in our local churches is also excluded by James, who says nothing about sending for someone who possesses a gift.

We are simply to send for the elders, whose task is to pray, not to effect the healing by virtue of some personal gift.

Indeed, James goes his way to say that if a sick person is raised up this will be by the power of the Lord working in answer to prayer, not by any power channeled through the elders.

Then this pastor attacks the ministry of John Wimber on thebasis of James 5. John Wimber is the author of Power Evangelism andPower Healing, and is the pastor of the Anaheim Vineyard where 58of us went to the conference on holiness recently.

John Wimber tells us that when he was called to visit a very sick baby in hospital, he addressed the “spirit” of death saying, “Death, get here!” Immediately, he claims the atmosphere changed.

James, however, has never heard of such amazing feats being achieved by men, and so he fails to give this spectacular kind of role to the elders of the church. Denying them all the extra-sensory insight and power of today's healing superstars, he reduces them to “mere” pray-ers.

Wimberism, therefore, with all its arrogance and presumption, receives a crushing rebuke from James 5.

Those are strong words from one Christian pastor to another.

Theway I approach this text this morning is guided by the desire totest that accusation—not to test all that John Wimber does,but just this point for now: Does James 5 rule out a community inwhich the spiritual gifts are active including gifts of healings? Iwill make four observations from the text that suggest its teachingis not so incompatible with gifts of healings as some think.

1. Three Kinds of Praying Are in the Text

In James 5:13–18 we see at least three kinds of praying notjust one. And all three of them are ways of praying for people whoare sick or suffering in some way. You can't use this text to saythere is just one biblical way to pray for the sick. There is agreat deal of flexibility possible here.

Praying for Yourself

First, there is praying for yourself. James 5:13, “Is anyoneamong you suffering? Let him pray.” Here the suffering may be ofany kind.

We are not told that only in some kinds of suffering youshould pray for yourself.

So our response to some suffering shouldbe praying for ourselves evidently without always pulling theelders or other people in, though of course, it doesn't have to beeither-or.

Praying of the Elders over a Sick Person

Second, there is the praying of the elders over a sick person.James 5:14–15, “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the eldersof the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oilin the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sickman, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sinshe will be forgiven.”

This is a case where the person is so weak and bedridden thatthey can't get out easily to the gathered church.

We see thiscondition in the phrase “pray over” (probably signifying theirbeing on a bed with the elders around); and we see it in thestatement, “the Lord will raise him up” (implying that they arelaid low).

So the situation when the elders are called probablyinvolves a physical condition that keeps a person from getting outto the fellowship.

Praying for Each Other

Third, there is the praying for each other. James 5:16,”Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for oneanother that you may be healed.”

This is very general. It could include what we know as a prayermeeting. It could include private prayer at home for a friend. Itcould include teams of people praying for others in their presenceor at a distance.

But notice that the issue is still healing inverse 16: “pray for one another that you may be healed”—notnecessarily limited to physical healing but in this context surelynot excluding it either. So calling for the elders in the case of abedridden Christian is NOT the only model in this text.

We simplydon't know all the ways that these churches prayed for thesick.

2. The Example of Elijah

The example of Elijah seems to indicate that James thoughtabout healing and miracles very differently from those today wholimit gifts of healing to certain points of redemptive history. Letme illustrate.

“Signs and Wonders” Limited to Three Periods?

Part of their argument is that signs and wonders erupted atthree times in history and during the rest of the time they werenot available. For example, one respected popular pastor says,

According to Scripture, miracles occurred in three major periods: the days of Moses and Joshua, the time of Elijah and Elisha, and the time of Christ and the apostles.

Each of these periods lasted something less than one hundred years, but in each period there was a proliferation of miracles. Miracles were the norm. God can interject Himself into the stream of history supernaturally any time He wishes.

But it seems that He chose to limit Himself essentially to these three periods.

So the direction of thought in this argument is that Elijah andElisha were extraordinary and therefore cannot serve as a model forus insofar as they prayed for miracles to occur.

James Seems to Use Elijah as a Model to Imitate

But James seems to think in the exact opposite direction inverses 17–18. “Elijah was a man of nature with ourselves andhe prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years andsix months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again andthe heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit.”

Now what's the point of saying, “Elijah was a man of naturewith ourselves”? The point is to block the objection that says hewas somehow extraordinary and cannot serve as a model for ourpraying.

The point is just the opposite of those who say Elijah andElisha experienced miracles because they were unique spokesmen forGod.

The point is: Elijah was just you so that you can beencouraged that YOUR prayers will have great effect—stopping the rain for three and a half years.

Now notice that the example of Elijah was brought in by James toencourage all of us who are referred to in verse 16 to pray foreach other that we may be healed. After he says, “Pray for eachother that you may be healed,” he says, “The prayer of a righteousperson has great power in its effects.

” Then he gives Elijah as theexample and stresses that he is not in a class by himself when heprays for a three-year drought.

The logic of the passage seemspretty plain: All of us should be praying for each other and ourgoal in praying should be to live and pray in a way that would havethe same kind of healing effects as Elijah had when he prayed forrain after a three-year drought.

In other words, this text does not limit powerful praying fordivine healing to the elders, and it encourages us rather thandiscouraging us to think of our praying in the same category with agreat miracle worker of the Bible.

3. “The Prayer of Faith”

The “prayer of faith” will heal the sick person. James 5:15,”And the prayer of faith will heal the sick person, and the Lordwill raise him up.”

The Gift of Faith Is in View—the Sphere of Spiritual Gifts

The text does not teach that everyone the elders pray for willbe healed. It teaches that if the elders pray “the prayer of faith,”the sick person will be healed. This is stated so absolutely thatit seems to me that a gift of faith is meant here which assures theelders the healing willbe done.

In other words, I think this phrase (“prayer of faith”) putsus right back into the sphere of spiritual gifts rather than taking us that sphere. The elders seek God's gifting for faith so thatthey might pray “the prayer of faith.

” That gift is referred to in1 Corinthians 12:9, “To each is given the manifestation of theSpirit for the common good. To one [this] . . . to another faith bythe same Spirit.

” There is a faith that comes as a special gift topray for something extraordinary.

God's Special Gift of Assurance

1 Corinthians 13:2 says, “Though I have all faith, so as toremove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” There is a giftof faith that can remove mountains.

This goes back to what Jesussaid in Mark 11:23–24, “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to thismountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubtin his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, itwill be done for him.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask inprayer, believe that you have received it, and it will beyours.”

It seems to me that what we have in Mark 11:23–24 and 1Corinthians 12:9 and 13:2 and James 5:15 is an unbroken line ofteaching about a gift of faith that enables a person to pray acompletely assured prayer because God has given extraordinaryassurance. This is why the “prayer of faith” in James 5:15 WILLheal the sick person. It is certain because this faith is God'sspecial gift of assurance about what he intends to do.

So the picture I have of the elders at the bedside of the sickperson is not of a group of men who think gifts of faith andhealing are past, but of a group of men who earnestly desire aspiritual gift of faith so that they might pray the prayer of faithwhich in this case would amount to the same thing as a gift ofhealing.

4. Shepherds Sometimes Used as Channels

God intends that in some circumstances the shepherds(=elders) be the channel of needed spiritual gifts to theflock.

People ask: Why should not the sick person, bedridden at home,ask for the healers to come instead of the elders. The answer istwofold.

First, we saw last week that there is no evidence in the NewTestament that there were any so-called healers in the churches.God gives “gifts of healings” not THE gift of healing.

And hedistributes these gifts of healings variously as he wills, now toone person, now to another. Some people might receive a gift ofhealing more regularly than other people.

But that is notguaranteed for every church and so it can't be the basis of James'instruction for the churches.

The second part of the answer is found in who the elders are.They are shepherds (Acts 10:17, 28; 1 Peter 5:1–2). Whom does asheep need when it is wounded or sick? Answer: It needs ashepherd.


Could it be, then, that the picture of the elders in this passageteaches us not that extraordinary spiritual gifts have ceased, butthat shepherds are responsible to be zealous for spiritual gifts?Could it be that shepherds are to carry out their doctrinal,spiritual oversight of the church by living in such constantfullness of the Spirit that they are ly candidates for whatevergift is called for in their ministry? And could it be that sicknessis such a frequent misery among the sheep of God that the shepherdswill take it as their normal responsibility to be zealous for giftsof faith and healing after the pattern of the chief Shepherd JesusChrist?

My conclusion, then, is that James 5 is not a “crushing rebuke” toJohn Wimber's ministry—even though I have misgivings aboutit. Rather it seems more ly to me that James 5 is a rebuke toshepherds that never have the faith to heal and churches that don'tpray for each other in the spirit and the power of Elijah.

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10 Prayers for the Departed and Dearly Missed

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Death and dying are parts of life. While some people fear them, others draw inspiration from death.

As nurses, it’s inevitable for us to see some of our patients die and their families deeply grieve for them. Although we can’t bring back their loved ones, there are still ways for us to provide comfort, strength and guidance to the families our patients left behind.

Here are 10 powerful prayers for the departed.

For the recently deceased

In your hands, O Lord,we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.In this life you embraced them with your tender love;deliver them now from every evil

and bid them eternal rest.

The old order has passed away:welcome them into paradise,where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,but fullness of peace and joywith your Son and the Holy Spirit

forever and ever.


Prayer for the souls in purgatory

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for deceased relatives and friends

Almighty Father, source of forgiveness and salvation, grant that our relatives and friends who have passed from this life may, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the saints, come to share your Eternal happiness through Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayers for the deceased for forgiveness and peace and for mourners

Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, You willingly gave Yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life. Listen to our prayers; look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for their dead brother/sister.

Lord Jesus, You alone are holy and compassionate; forgive our brother/sister his/her sins.
By dying You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You; do not let Your brother/sister be parted from You, but by Your glorious power give him/her light, joy, and peace in heaven where You live for ever and ever. Amen.

My brother (sister) in faith, I entrust you to God Who created you.May you return to the One Who formed you from the dust of this earth.May Mary, the angels, and all the saints come to meet you as you go forth from this life.

May Christ Who was crucified for you bring you freedom and peace.May Christ, the Son of God, Who died for you take you into His kingdom.May Christ, the Good Shepherd, give you a place within His flock.May He forgive your sins and keep you among His people.

May you see your Redeemer face to face and enjoy the sight of God forever. Amen.

I commend you, my dear [name] to almighty God, and entrust you to your Creator.May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth.May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life.

May Christ who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace.May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise.May Christ, the true Shepherd, embrace you as one of his flock.May he forgive all your sins and set you among those he has chosen.

May you see your Redeemer face to face and enjoy the vision of God, forever.

Prayer for unexpected death

Heavenly Father we know and believe that our times are in Your hands, but Lord it’s so often such a shock to us when a dear loved one meets with a sudden or unexpected death – through an accident or perhaps due to some unforeseen tragedy, which takes the life of someone they loved – long before it would be expected.

Lord, we bring before You today those who are having to go through such a tragic loss and pray that You would be very close to each one that is in mourning today over such a loss – and are perhaps confused or even angry that such a devastating occurrence has overtaken them – without any apparent warning.

You are the God of all comfort Who comforts us in time of need and we pray that for those that are facing such a difficult trial today. Uphold them we pray, and ask that You draw very close to them … raise up we pray, the right people to minister to them and to be a genuine comfort and support at this time of tragedy and grief.

Lord, we don’t understand why our loved ones should suddenly be removed from us through a sudden, unexpected death – but Lord we trust You to soothe away the hurt in time – for shall not the God of all the earth do right…. In Jesus name, we pray,


Prayer for deceased parents

O God, Who has commanded usto honor our father and mother,have compassion in Thy mercy,on the souls of my father and mother;forgive them their sins,and grant that I may see themin the joy of eternal brightness.

Through Christ our Lord.


Prayer after violent death

Father, we bring before You those that have had the devastating experience of having someone close to them that they know and love, suffer a sudden, violent and needless death. Lord how we grieve for those that are having to experience this right now, and we pray that in Your grace You would look down with pity and mercy and meet them right at their point of need.

Lord, You are the one Who was sent to heal the broken-hearted and comfort those that mourn and are heavy-laden.

You are the One Who promised that Your grace is sufficient for every eventuality – even for those having to face the sudden and violent death of someone close to them.

Draw near to them we pray and lift them up into You arms of love and carry them during this time of suffering and grief for You have promised that underneath are Your everlasting arms.

Lord, as we lift up in prayer those that are having to come to terms with the sudden and violent death of a loved one – we pray that You would use this tragedy to be the thing that starts to draw each suffering soul into the tender arms of their Saviour – the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whose name we pray,


Prayer for a deceased brother, relative or friend

You are, O God,quick to pardon and desire man’s salvation.In Your goodness we ask You to grant our deceased brothers,relatives, and friends everlasting happiness.With the help of Blessed Mary ever Virginand all Your saints,

we ask this through Christ, our Lord.


Prayer to say on the day of a person’s death

O God, Whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, we humbly beseech Thee for the soul of Thy servant N…, which Thou hast this day commanded to depart this world, that Thou wouldst not deliver it into the hands of the enemy, nor forget it unto the end, but wouldst command it to be received by the Holy Angels, and conducted to Paradise, its true country; that as in Thee it hath hoped and believed, it may not suffer the pains of hell, but may take possession of eternal joys.
Through Christ our Lord.


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Prayers for the Dead in the Bible and in Tradition

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“Where do we find any evidence that praying for the dead is a biblical? From what I have read it appears that the Bible almost says the opposite of this in Ezekiel Chapter 18.

Sure, Ezekiel was talking to Israel prior to the New Covenant that we have in Christ, but it says at the start of the chapter that this came from the word of the LORD and it seems consistent with Romans 2:3-9.

First, let me point out that neither of the passages cited address the question of praying for the dead.

The point of Ezekiel 18 is that a son is neither saved nor condemned because of the righteousness or the sins of his father, and neither is a father saved or condemned because of his son. Also, past righteous will not save a man who falls into sin, nor will past sin condemn a man who turns from his sin. The passage is not about prayers for the dead.

The point of Romans 2:3-9 is that everyone will be judged according to his works. This has nothing to do with prayers for the dead either, unless you assume that we believe that by praying for the dead we could pray an impenitent sinner into heaven, but we do not believe that.

There are, however, passages of Scripture that do address this question. 2nd Maccabees is not in most Protestant Bibles, but it was included in the 1611 King James Bible, and has been considered to be part of Scripture by the Church since the time of the Apostles (see Canon 85 of the Holy Apostles) — and in 2nd Maccabees 12:38-45 we find a very clear example of prayer for the dead.

In the Wisdom of Sirach (which is also listed among Scripture by the Canon 85 of the Apostles), it says: “Give graciously to all the living; do not withhold kindness even from the dead” (Sirach 7:33).

And in 2 Timothy 1:16-18, St. Paul is praying for Onesiphorus, who obviously is no longer among the living:

“The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.”

Jewish Tradition

The text from Second Maccabees that has already been cited is clear evidence that this was the Jewish custom well before the time of Christ, but is also a fact that the Jews continue to pray for the dead.

So if prayers for the dead were some pagan corruption that crept into the Church, one has to wonder how it also crept into Judaism… especially when this would have to have happened before the the time of Christ.

Christian Tradition

When I first began to seriously consider becoming Orthodox, prayers for the dead were on my list of about 5 issues that had to be resolved, but it was also one of the first issues to be scratched off that list, because the evidence that the early Church prayed for the dead is far too ubiquitous to allow one to doubt it. You find it in the earliest texts of the Liturgy. You find it passing comments made by the earliest writers of the Church. You also find them in the catacombs. For example, we have the Epitaph of Abercius, Bishop of Hieropolis, who reposed in 167 A.D., in which he asks for those who read the epitaph to pray for him. When St. Augustine’s pious mother was departing this life, her last request was: “Lay this body anywhere, let not the care for it trouble you at all. This only I ask, that you will remember me at the Lord’s altar, wherever you be” (Confessions 9:27). And quotation upon quotation could be multiplied along these lines.

Prior to the Protestant Reformation, there weren’t any Christians, anywhere, who did not have the custom of praying for the dead.


I remember hearing the story of an Anglican priest who had adamantly opposed prayers for the dead any time the issue was raised, and then after his wife’s death he ceased to speak up on the matter, and was asked about it. He said that he had prayed for his wife every day, since he had met her, and could not bring himself to stop after her death.

Prayer for the dead is a way the living show their love for dead. We also believe that prayers the dead are of some benefit to them, but exactly how these prayers benefit them is not something that the Church has precisely defined.

If someone dies in a state of repentance, but without having had a chance to bring forth all the fruits of repentance, we believe that they are not ready to enter immediately into the presence of God, but that at some point, through the prayers of the Church, they will be.

If someone dies in a state of impenitence, while our prayers are of some benefit to them, those prayers cannot make them worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven. But in either case, by praying for the dead, we strengthen our own faith, and come to better entrust our loved ones to God’s mercy.


For those who want further proof that the Church does not believe that those who die in a state of unrepentance can be prayed hell, consider the following:

St. John of Damascus wrote that those who have departed, unrepentant, and with “an evil life” cannot change their destination from hell to heaven by the prayers of anyone (“On Those Who Have Fallen Asleep in Faith, 21 PG 95,268BC, referenced in “The Mystery of Death,” by Nikolaos P. Vassiliadis, p. 432.

St. John Chrysostom wise speaks of those who are where it is not possible to receive cleansing, and who are outside of the Kingdom of God, but who may receive some consolation by our prayers (Homily “On Not Mourning Bitterly Over the Dead”, PG 60,888-889, referenced in “The Mystery of Death, p.


And St. Mark of Ephesus states in his “First Homily, Refuting the Latin Chapters Concerning Purgatorial Fire”:

“But we have received that even the souls which are held in hell are already given over to eternal torments, whether in actual fact and experience or in hopeless expectation of such, as can be aided and given a certain small help, although not in the sense of completely loosing them from torment or giving hope for a final deliverance.

And this is shown from the words of the great Macarius the Egyptian ascetic who, finding a skull in the desert, was instructed by it concerning this by the action of Diving Power.

And Basil the Great, in the prayers read at Pentecost, writes literally the following: “Who also, on this all-perfect and saving feast, art graciously pleased to accept propitiatory prayers for those who are imprisoned in hades, granting us a great hope of improvement for those who are imprisoned from the defilements which have imprisoned them, and that Thou wilt send down Thy consolation” (Third Kneeling Prayer at Vespers). But if souls have departed this life in faith and love, while nevertheless carrying away with themselves certain faults, whether small ones over which they have not repented at all, or great ones for which — even though they have repented over them — they did not undertake to show fruits of repentance: such souls, we believe, must be cleansed from this kind of sins, but not by means of some purgatorial fire or a definite punishment in some place (for this, as we have aid, has not at all been handed down to us). But some must be cleansed in the very departure from the body, thanks only to fear, as St. Gregory the Dialogist literally shows; while others must be cleansed after the departure from the body, either while remaining in the same earthly place, before they come to worship God and are honored with the lot of the blessed, or — if their sins were more serious and bind them for a longer duration — they are kept in hades, but not in order to remain forever in fire and torment, but as it were in prison and confinement under guard. All such ones, we affirm, are helped by the prayers and Liturgies performed for them, with the cooperation of the Divine Goodness and Love for mankind. This Divine cooperation immediately disdains and remits some sins, those committed human weakness, as Dionysius the Great (the Areopagite) says in the “Reflections of the Mystery of those Reposed in Faith” (in The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy, VII, 7); while other sins, after a certain time, by righteous judgments it either wise releases and forgives — and that completely — or lightens the responsibility for them until that final Judgment” (see “The Soul After Death”, Appendix I, p. 208f).

Here also is a quote from St. Symeon of Thessalonika’s Liturgical commentary, about commemorations at the Proskomedia:

“And there is no place here [in commemorations at the proskomedia] for unbelievers, let alone for the heterodox. “For what communion does light have with darkness?” since, scripture says, the angels will separate out the evil from the midst of the just.

Therefore it is also not at all right for a priest to make a commemoration of him; neither for a heterodox, or make a commemoration of him neither for those openly sinning and unrepentant. For the offering is to their condemnation, just as it is also for the unrepentant who receive communion of the awe-inspiring mysteries, as the divine Paul says” (St.

Symeon of Thessonika, The Liturgical Commentaries, edited and translated by Steven Hawkes-Teeples, (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2001), p. 232f).

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