Why do the martyrs Uaru pray for dead unbaptized

Nika Kravchuk

Why do the martyrs Uaru pray for dead unbaptized?

Everybody lives with God - every Christian knows about it. This means that one must pray not only for the living, but also for the departed. But why then in the Church do not commemorate the unbaptized? Who is the martyr Uar and why is he being prayed for the Gentiles?

Angel with rose

As life experience testifies, for many people the way to the temple begins after a collision with illnesses, sorrows and even losses of their relatives. When a loved one is no longer around, the question “What can I do for him?” Arises. How to survive the pain of loss?

In the church you can really find the answers and consolation. After all, every Christian believes that life on earth does not end. After physical death, the soul of man does not cease to exist. And after the second coming of Christ, it will be precisely determined what each person deserves. Some are waiting for the kingdom of heaven, and others - total darkness.

But no one knows when Christ will come to earth in glory to judge everyone.Until that time, it is still possible to influence the final decision. How? Prayers for the departed.

But what these prayers will look like depends on what kind of life the deceased spent on earth.

Prayer for the departed

If the deceased believed in God, was not formally baptized, proceeded to the Sacraments, then such a person can safely be called a member of the Church and commemorated not only in home prayer, but also in the temple.

You can both put candles and submit notes on proskomediya - a special part of the Liturgy, during which for every commemoration a particle is taken out of the prosphora, which will plunge into the Communion bowl under the words of the prayer:

Wow, Lord, here are the sins that were commemorated by Your Honorable Blood, by the prayers of Your Saints.

It is also customary for the deceased Orthodox to make special memorial services - memorial services. These services usually write lists of names for commemoration and bring all kinds of products - each according to their capabilities.

That is, besides prayer, you also commit alms, which is considered one of the types of "help" to the deceased.

Orthodox crosses in the cemetery

And of course, no one has canceled the home,“Private” prayer for the departed:

  1. Reading the Psalter about repose.
  2. Akathist for the one deceased (40 days after death and the same before the anniversary).
  3. All sorts of prayers - for any deceased, widow and widower, children for their parents and vice versa, etc.

In the Orthodox prayer book you will see many different prayer texts. It is better to consult with the priest, which in your case is more suitable. The main thing is not the volume and quantity, but the sincerity and burning of the heart. God will soon hear a few words, but with all his heart, with a deep hope for God's response, than long prayers that we have not experienced through our heart or mind.

Prayer for unbaptized and Gentiles are not ascended by the Church

If, with the commemoration of the dead Orthodox, everything is more or less clear, then the answer to the question “How to pray for the unbaptized and the Gentiles?” Does not look so transparent.

Such people are not buried by Orthodox priests, even if relatives insist. It is also impossible to give notes for the dead who are not baptized as for the Gentiles. Why? Because these people during their lifetime did not want to become Orthodox - members of the Orthodox Church. They were not baptized and, accordingly, did not participate in the Sacraments.

Row of crosses

But God never acts by force, does not force anyone to do anything.So can the Church funeral according to the Orthodox customs of the one who did not belong to Her during her lifetime? After all, it will be violence! Therefore, it is not customary for non-baptized in Orthodoxy to read the funeral in our churches, they are not given notes for church commemoration and, accordingly, there is no congregational prayer for the unbaptized.

Therefore, no matter how painful it may sound to relatives, friends and relatives, but they also will not be able to remember in the notes the names of dear people who were baptized in Catholicism or Protestantism, not to mention Muslims, Buddhists, and representatives of other trends who did not believe in the Christian God.

If the dead did not believe in God, then the Church cannot forcefully ask the Lord to take these people to Herself, to settle in the heavenly mansions together with the righteous.

Cell Prayer of Lev Optina

But relatives or friends can offer personal prayer for unbaptized and Gentiles. How? With love and trust in God. It is worth asking the Lord to show mercy to people who have not known the true meaning of life, lost in the darkness of unbelief.

Optinaelder lionHe offered a private prayer for the dead outside of Orthodoxy.The text of this petition is filled with the hope of God's will:

Seek, O LORD, the lost soul of my father: if you can possibly eat, have mercy. Your destinies are unsearchable. Thou shalt not set my prayer to me in sin, but Thy holy will be done.

Holy Uaru pray for the unbaptized: truth or myth?

Recently, the prayer to the martyr Huar for the unbaptized and even suicides has also gained special popularity.

Her adherents believe that supposedly St. Uar, to whom pious Christian Cleopatra zealously prayed for his dead pagan relatives, begged the Lord for the salvation of the departed. But where is the truth here, and where is the invention? Let's try to figure it out.

Martyr Ouar- not a fictional character. He was a warrior from the time of Emperor Maximinus - one of the famous persecutors of Christianity - and a secret Christian. Therefore, at night, he visited Christians imprisoned. One day he visited seven teachers and asked them to pray for him, since he was not yet so firm in faith as to confess Christ to a martyr's death.

Icon of the martyr Huar

A short time later, one of the teachers fell ill and died. Then the martyr Uar decided to “replace” him and suffer with the rest.The saint died from the cruelest torture, but he never denied God.

One pious widow, seeing his faith and suffering, decided to hide the relics of the martyr in her home. She and her son repeatedly prayed to the saint.

When the persecution of Christians stopped, she decided to return from Egypt to Palestine. To take with her the relics of the saint, she said that these were the remains of her husband, who was a military leader. So she managed to transport the holy relics and put them in the same place where the tomb of her ancestors was.

Together with her son, Cleopatra prayed every day at the tomb. Other Christians followed. Through the prayers of the martyr Uaru, they received healing and relief in sickness.

It is necessary to build a temple to the saint - the widow conceived and began to implement her plan. The son John helped her in everything. Together with the bishops and the congregation of Christians, they transferred the remains of the righteous to a new tomb, near which Cleopatra prayed fervently for herself and her son. She dreamed of a boy becoming a warrior. But she asked the martyr Huar to help his son choose a life path.

After this, John, who was already 17, suddenly died of fever.

The woman was in utter despair and even began to grumble at the martyr - how could he allow such a thing to happen? But a saint appeared to her and said that John really had a better way. If on earth he was to become a warrior and serve an earthly king, then in the Kingdom of God he serves the Heavenly King. The happy son asked his mother not to suffer, for he, together with the Angels, serves the Lord.

After that, Cleopatra buried her son next to the saint, distributed her property and prayed all her time in the newly built temple, near the relics of the martyr Huar.

The martyrdom of Saint Huar

As you can see, in the life of the saint there is not a single word that the widow prayed for her pagan relatives. She only prayed for her son. But he was by no means a pagan. If John and his mother built a temple to the saint and prayed at the relics, could he be an unbeliever?

Unfortunately, the beautiful story that St. Uar begged the relatives of Cleopatra, who were pagans and during their lifetime chose the path of God’s denial, remains only a story inspiring prayer for the unbaptized.

Is it possible to “beg” the unbaptized?

If Saint Uar did not beg for the pagans, then how should we treat prayer for the unbaptized and the Gentiles? Does it make any sense to pray for those who in their life did not aspire to God?

Pay attention to two nuances:

  1. God gave every man free will.And if someone does not believe in God and does not want to be with Him after death, then the Lord does not act by force. He respects the choice of a person, whatever negative consequences he may have.
  2. Even in the prayer itself to the martyr Uaru, it is said that it weakens the eternal torment of the unbaptized, but does not "guarantee" paradise to him.

What is the kingdom of heaven? This is not some foreign resort, not a heavenly place where palm trees grow and birds sing, no one does anything, everyone enjoys the beauty of nature, the taste of fruits and enjoy life. The kingdom of heaven is a union with God, being with Him and the righteous who wanted to be with God themselves.

Christ and the cross

The soul of the one who during his lifetime did not want to be with God, being in the Kingdom of Heaven will not be as sweet as the righteous. And is it possible to “send to paradise” one who during his life did not make any efforts, but if his relatives pray so fervently for him?

A moot point. But the person cannot answer it. God decides this. Not some formidable judge, but the Gracious Lord. How He will relate to the deceased non-baptized, for whom loved ones pray, - no one will say for sure.

It is necessary to hope only for His mercy and sincerely make a prayer for the unbaptized.Not only to the martyr Huaru, but also to other saints, the Most Holy Mother of God, the Merciful and the Loving God. In his own words, with texts from the prayer book or in the manner suggested by Lev Optina.

But before that, better consult with the priest, tell us about the life of the person for whom you want to pray. An experienced priest will give advice and warn of difficulties and temptations.

Archpriest speaks about prayer for the departed unbaptizedDimitri Smirnov:

Take it to yourself, tell your friends!
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2016-06-28 12:26:54
Dear Vitaly, apparently, you did not quite grasp the meaning of this article, so would you like to draw attention to some important points voiced both in this material and in other authoritative sources for our Church.
1. This article points out that the Uaru martyr really decided to pray for the dead and especially for the dead unbaptized. But usually the basis for such prayers we find in the lives of the saints. The most authoritative source of the lives of the saints for the Orthodox Church are the works of St. Dimitry of Rostov. Therefore, we turn to them: http://idrp.ru/zhitiya-svyatih-lib1271/. St. Dimitri writes that Cleopatra prayed for her dead son. If you carefully read the life, there is no doubt that her son was really a believer, and therefore baptized.But when Cleopatra begins to grumble how a saint could take her son, because she prayed faithfully, the martyr Uar said that he prayed for her, and also “first of all I begged God for your kindred with whom you put me in the tomb”. This is an exact quotation from the full life of St. Huar, compiled by Saint Demetrius. But it is not stated here that the relatives of Cleopatra were pagans. And the author of this article wrote: “As we see, in the life of the saint there is not a single word that the widow prayed for her pagan relatives.” Once again, it is for pagans. I would not like to speculate on whether they believed in God or not, whether they were baptized or not.
2. The author does not negate the tradition to pray in private to the holy martyr Huar for the unbaptized. He merely points out that it is not necessary to divide the saints into “specializations”. For example, if in a certain family St. Nicholas is especially revered for centuries, then perhaps one of the members of this family can turn to Nicholas the wonderworker with a prayer for deceased relatives, or in defense against the passion of drunkenness, or in private prayer for the Gentiles only that there is no reason for this in the life of a saint? Does not such an approach detract from holiness and omnipotenceLord? In fact, with a prayer for non-baptized people can be addressed not only to the martyr Uaru, but also to that saint (or saints), to whom we appeal especially often, who hears us and conveys our prayer to God.
3. First of all, it is worth praying to the Lord and the Mother of God, because sometimes in the “pursuit of specialization” of the saints we turn prayer into a kind of magic. To get the "effect", you need to do so and so. And it turns out - you pray not to that saint, you don’t put a candle like that ... Our business is prayer for the departed, but to judge them, baptized and unbaptized, believers and unbelievers - it depends only on God. We do not need to assume the role of the Creator and fantasize too much. To pray and hope for love and mercy, the all-good will of God.
4. It is also worth paying attention to what sometimes the “specialization” of the saints and the neglect of church rules lead to. So as not to paint for a long time, let us briefly point out the problem and refer to the authoritative portal “Orthodoxy.ru”. we are talking about canonical distortion and anti-canonical practice, for which, unfortunately, you can find grounds in relatively recent versions of Miney.On the basis of such “prescribed errors”, some priests even undertake the commemoration of the dead of the unbaptized, perform the non-ordained service to the martyr Uaru. Please read this source: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/42451.html. It analyzes the problem of the relatives of Cleopatra and points out the inadmissibility of non-Orthodox church commemoration.
And finally, I would like to remind once again: no one crosses the prayer practice of the martyr Uaru for the unbaptized, regardless of whether there are clear grounds in the life of the saint or not. Moreover, no one interferes with praying for the dead non-Orthodox and other saints, and in the first place to turn to the Lord and His Mother. But there is only one nuance: this applies only to cell practice. The Church cannot pray for those who are not its members, that is, have not been baptized or have deliberately moved away from the Church.
2016-06-28 10:00:43
Why do you expose a lie? Holy Uaru pray for the departed - for not baptized, infidels, and not baptized babies! This is written in the life of the saint and approved by the holy Orthodox Church! I will add that the lives of Saint Huar are shortened here and not accurate.
Here is an excerpt when holy Uar appeared to Cleopatra with his son:
From extreme fatigue and great sorrow, Cleopatra fell asleep right at the tomb. In the dream, Saint Uar appeared to her, holding her son in his arms. Both were light as the sun, and their clothes were whiter than snow; they wore gold belts and beautiful crowns on their heads. Seeing them, the blessed Cleopatra rushed to the feet of the saints, but the martyr Uar raised her and said: “Oh, woman, do you complain about me? Do you really think that I have forgotten the blessings you have given me? Do I not always heed your prayers and do not pray to God for you? And above all, I begged God for your kindred, who were not vouchsafed at Holy Baptism, with whom you put me in a tomb so that their sins could be forgiven. Then I took to the service of the Heavenly King of your son. Did not you yourself begged for God to ask him what was pleasing to Him and useful to you and your son? Your son now faces the throne of God and serves the King of Heaven, but if you want him to serve the earthly and temporal king, take him back. ” But the youth sitting in the arms of Saint Huar embraced him and said: “No, my intercessor! Do not listen to my mother, do not deprive me of fellowship with the saints. "Addressing blessed Cleopatra, St. John said: “Why are you crying, my mother? I am reckoned among the host of heaven and before Christ along with the angels. " Blessed Cleopatra said: "Take me with you too so that I can be with you." But Saint Uar replied: “And here, staying on earth, you are still with us; go in peace, and then, when the Lord commands, we will come to take you. "

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