Prayers for Non-Christian Dead
I was wondering what the Church's view is on Praying for non-Christian (And non-Orthodox) dead.
From what I have read so far, non-Christian deceased should not be mentioned in Liturgical prayers for the departed and of course do not recieved the Sacrament of a funeral service. Is this also the general teaching as to Non-Orthodox.
Some priests on Orthodox forums have said that they ask that the names brought forth in the Liturgy are only Orthodox (though sometimes they are not) so it can be a "don't ask, don't tell" situation when it comes to non-Christian or non-Orthodox departed.
I am presuming that prayer for non-Christian departed is simply for the realm of personal prayer but am not sure if this is only through custom or actual Church teaching.
Does anyone know of the actual Church teaching on this? with the origins/Church father referencing of this if that is OK.
"The true Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the invisible enemy to his heavenly homeland." - St Herman of Alaska.