Prayers for the Dead

Prayers for the Dead
   Prayers for the departed are in accordance with the devout instinct and loving heart of man, and are sanctioned by all the Liturgies of the Primitive Church. In these we find that the commemorations of the departed were not only general commemorations, but that names of persons who were to be prayed for were read out from the Diptychs (which see). The devout mind does not argue about "Prayers for the Dead," he prays them.
   "How can I cease to pray for thee? Somewhere
   In God's great universe thou art to-day.
   Can He not reach thee with His tender care?
   Can He not hear me when for thee I pray?"

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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