Occasionally I am emailed with questions about how to pray for non-Orthodox family and friends who have reposed. Below is a good resource for those who want to pray for people who have passed away outside the Faith.
(St. Paisius Monastery) - One often hears converts to Orthodoxy express their sorrow that there are no Orthodox prayers one may offer on behalf of their beloved relatives who have departed this life outside the Church. Over the past several years a wondrous fervor of veneration for the holy Martyr Varus has blossomed forth, especially in Russia, as a heavenly intercessor for those who died outside the Faith. The memorable Patriarch Alexis II noted:
"Chapels are being built in honor of the martyr Varus, and icons are being painted. From his life it follows that he possessed a special desire to pray to God for those who died unbaptized."
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