say their names lovingly…

William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s The Day of the Dead (1859)

When we pray for the living or the departed and mention them by name, we must pronounce these names lovingly and from the whole heart, as though we carried in our souls the persons whose names we mention, “…even as a nurse cheriseth her children” (Thess. 2:7), “…remembering that they are our members and members of the Lord’s body” (Eph. 4:25-5:30).

~St John of Kronstadt

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