Prayer offered in the Church today: the Saturday of Souls

On the Saturday before Pentecost we commemorate all the departed faithful.

Priest: O God of spirits and of all flesh, You have trampled down death and have abolished the power of the devil, giving life to Your world. Give rest to the souls of Your departed servants, emperors, patriarchs, bishops, priests, deacons, hieromonks, deacon-monks, monks, and nuns, all pious Orthodox Christians who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection unto life everlasting, from all the ends of the world, fathers, forebears, grandparents, great-grandparents, parents, spouses, children, siblings, and all our relatives. Give them rest in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, and suffering. As a good and loving God, forgive every sin they have committed in thought, word or deed, for there is no one who lives and is sinless. You alone are without sin. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your word is truth.

For You are the resurrection, the life and the repose of all the departed faithful Orthodox Christians, Christ our God, and to You we give glory, with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, good and life giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.

May the souls of our loved ones repose in Paradise, awaiting the resurrection!


At the commemoration of the dead, we bring to the church boiled wheat, sweetened and illuminated with a candle. Wheat because it represents both burial and resurrection (John 12:24) and sweet because of the joy of eternal life in the light of God.

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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