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Don't be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.                Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.                Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!                Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?                If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?                Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.                But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?                Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.                For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things.                But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.               
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A Prayer for the Repose of Souls

O Master, Lord God Almighty, Who dost at no time reject Thy servants and despisest not the souls of them that pray to Thee:

give rest to the souls of Thy servants, all departed Orthodox Christians, in the paradise of consolation, in the land of the devout, overlooking their sins whether committed in knowledge or in ignorance.

Grant them that place of sweetness; unite us with them in Thy joy, and preserve us in the remission of sins, through the prayers of our most pure Lady, the Birthgiver of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, the holy and heavenly Angelic Powers [this last phrase in the Greek but not in the Slavonic version-tr.], the holy John, Prophet and Forerunner and Baptist; the holy and glorious Apostles, and all the Saints which have been well-pleasing unto Thee from all ages.

For Thou art He that blesseth and sanctifieth all, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Another Prayer for the Departed

O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who takest of Thine own unto Thine own;

Who hast said, All souls are Mine, and Who callest them and keepest them till the day of Resurrection;

Thyself, O Master, deliver the souls of Thy servants [names may be inserted] ,

whom Thou hast taken to Thyself, from every action of the enemy power;

set as guides for them, Angels of peace; propitiously grant them to see Thy countenance;

overlook their misdeeds in this life, whether voluntary or involuntary;

make them worthy of the portion of Thy Saints and establish them in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

Thy righteous ones, whence grief, distress, wailing and gnashing of teeth have fled;

and for us, arrange all things as is good and pleasing unto Thee.

For Thou art a good God and lovest mankind, and to Thee do we send up glory: to the FAther, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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