Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Prayers for a friend


My brother Basil the Great (not his real name) and I have confirmed some bad news: a friend of ours from high school has passed away, leaving a wife and three young children. He would have been about 32 years old.


O God of all spirits and of all flesh, who have destroyed death, overcome the devil, and have given life to the world: grant O Lord, to the soul of your servant Sean, who has left this life, to rest in a place of light, in a place of happiness, in a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing. And since you are a gracious God and Lover of Mankind, forgive him every sin he has committed by thought or word or deed, for there is not a man who lives and does not sin: You alone are without sin, your righteousness is everlasting, and your word is true. You are the Resurrection and the Life, and the Repose of your departed servant Sean, O Christ our God, and we send up glory to You, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever and ever, Amen.

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