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You measure out the years for the living and set times of death, bringing down to Hades and raising up, fettering in weakness and liberating in power; You provide aptly for the present and fittingly dispose what is to come, restoring those who are wounded by the sting of death with the hope of resurrection.
You give existence to man and he lives and You bring death upon him with Your dominion.
(1)"and also You absolve it and take it to that place [Paradise]"
You overcame the sting of death that it may not have power over the believers nor on those who look forward to the resurrection of the dead.
"Thou Master, in truth, art the Great Mystery, and theCreator of all, the Solver of Thy transient created things, and Who afterwardsgatherest them together, Who art their rest unto the ages. Thee we serve and... "
This extended manuscript also maps up with the Byzantine version:
"Truly great is Your mystery, Master and Maker of all, of thetemporary separation of Your creatures, to be united again in everlasting rest.... "
It makes me wonder if there were two edits done :S One to make the prayer shorter and the second to "correct" the theology of the liturgical prayers.
Coptic (Burmester Manuscript)
O Lord God, of Thy great mercy have compassion on Thy servants the living and the dead, O Creator; for Thou hast made them to exist from that which was not, and again Thou hast loosed them that Thou mayest transfer them hence; Who dost give an existence to man that he may live, and dost bring upon him death; Who didst cripple the sting of Death, that he might not have authority over those who believe in Him and hope in the Resurrection.
We beseech Thee to receive our prayer on this holy day which is the fulfilment of all things for our sake and
for the sake of those who are in Amenti(Hades), for we have great hope concerning the release of all those who are in every kind of suffering and those who have delivered their souls into Thine Hand.
We supplicate to You to accept our prayers on this sacred Day.
(2)"for those who are in Hades now, we have the hope that You will absolve all those who are in various sufferings...”
Grant perfection to us and repose to those who commended their souls into Your hands.
Cause their souls to dwell in the tabernacles of light and make them worthy of forgiveness and peace. For the dead shall not praise Thee, O Lord, neither shall those in Amenti (Hades) openly confess Thee, but we who are alive shall bless Thee, and supplicate Thee, and offer unto Thee these prayers and these sacrifices on behalf of their souls.
May their souls abide in the shadow of light. Make them worthy of peaceful rest and of forgiveness of sins
(3)"for those who are dead do not praise You, and those who are in Hades do not confess You, but we the living…"
praise You and thank You and offer You these prayers and these sacrifices for the sake of our souls.
Praying for the dead and offering sacrifices on behalf of the dead for the remission of sins or purification are obviously allowable. It is the idea that one can transfer out of Hades that is a problem. Heaven, Hades, and earth are all going to pass away in the final judgment. See 2 Peter 3. However, knowing that Hades will be destroyed doesn't mean Hades is a weak holding place and it has no importance. The same is true of sinning. If prayers for the dead and sacrifices annul the sin of the one in Hades as it does while one is alive, what is the point of suffering and steadfastness? In Ezekiel 18, God says that the righteous lives, the one who sins dies. "The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them...But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them." This is all well and good when one is alive. But one who has died in sins does not have the benefit of annulling sins and returning to the place of living. That is why St Peter, speaking of the day of the Lord, says "Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position." Why forewarn someone that lawless people will be carried away and fall from a secure position if a posthumous sacrifice will annul that lawlessness and restore that person to his secure position? This is the problem with purgatory. It's one thing to believe in posthumous purification, it's another thing to believe that this purification has the ability to transfer you from an inescapable prison to paradise.
By the way, that article is filled with assumptions and erroneous logic.
In this framework, I think we can reconcile the patristic writings on prayers for the dead and recent changes in the Genuflection rite of the Coptic Church.