Kánon na odchod duše človeka – prirodzená starostlivosť Cirkvi o jej člena
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CANON FOR THE DEPARTURE OF A HUMAN SOUL - A NATURAL CARE OF THE CHURCH FOR ITS MEMBER
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The article deals with the prayers and liturgical rituals that are used in relation to a person who is dying or has already died. The prayers and canons, that we discuss here, relate to people who have not yet attained the peace, which is offered in the heavenly kingdom and to those that have yet to struggle with death during their final moments. The Greek word 'agonia' describes a sporting contest or, in theological terms, a spiritual combat and race. This word is also used in relation to a person who is dying, but still displays signs of life. The dying person is thus in agony and is struggling with death. During this period, the Church offers help in the form of the sacraments, such as the Eucharist, repentance, and prayers. The sacraments and prayers offer hope for eternal life and life in the Kingdom of God.
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