Akathist for the repose of Those Who have fallen asleepkontakion 1
Terrible is the darkness
of a soul separated from God
the torments of conscience
the gnashing of teeth
, the unquenchable fire and the undying worm. I tremble
at the thought of such a fate
, and I pray for those suffering in Hell as for myself. May our song descend upon them as refreshing dew as we sing:
O Christ our God
, has shone upon those sitting in the darkness and shadow of death and those in Hell who cannot cry to Thee. Descend into the
infernal regions of the earth
, O Lord, and bring out into the joy of grace Thy children who have been separated from Thee by sin but who have not rejected Thee.
For they suffer cruelly. Have mercy on them.
For they sinned
against Heaven and before Thee
sins are infinitely grievous
and Thy mercy is infinite.
Visit the bitter misery of souls separated from Thee.
Have mercy, O Lord, on those who hated the truth out of ignorance.
May Thy love be to
them not a consuming fire
but the coolness of Paradise:
Lord of unutterable Love
, remember Thy servants who have fallen asleep.
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