On prayer for the departed:
"In perhaps Christ’s most oft cited statement regarding which sins are forgivable, and which are not, an import point gets overlooked:
Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. Matthew 12:31-32
Let us pay attention to the final line: ‘In this world, or the world to come.’ This portion of the statement lets us know that sins can be forgiven in two periods: this world, and the world to come.”
- Michael Wingert (Syriac Orthodox theologian)
Photo: Sarcophagus (stone coffin) in the cemetery of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Mor Yuhanon in the village of Qeleth, Tur Abdin.