Throwing Fishhooks into Hell (Pencils & Prayer Ropes)


Hello, my siblings in Christ. I’m Bojan and welcome to hell. I will be your guide. If you think this doesn’t look like hell, well, I suppose you never checked out the YouTube comment section. You must never go there. The subject of today’s video is a specific aspect of prayer for the departed, that being their salvation. Christians have always prayed for their dead. And we’ve considered some of the dead so holy that we needed their prayers much more than they needed ours. We call these people Saints. The others require our prayer, for they can do nothing on their own to help themselves. Say someone you really loved met a sorry, sinful end. Is there a way to help such a person? There is a glimmer of hope even for such people. As Poe said, “Even in the grave, all is not lost.” And don’t think for a second that our Lord is less merciful than Edgar Allen Poe. First of all, can we truly know who has repented and who has not? There is a story about the great parish priest of Ars, John Vianney. He was serving a requiem mass for a man who had ended his life by jumping off a bridge. His wife, devastated, was crying throughout the service. After the mass he approached her, and receiving enlightenment from up high, he uttered that he is saved. She inquires, “How can that be as he has ended his life by suicide?” And he says, “Between the parapet of the bridge and the water he uttered an act of contrition.” Okay, let us assume the worst – your loved one ends up in a bad place. I’ll share a famous story from the life of St. Macarius, the great Egyptian ascetic. He happened to stumble upon a skull in a desert. He poked it with his stick because that is what you do when you find a skull. And the skull spoke, saying that it belonged to a pagan high priest The high priest was consigned to hell, engulfed by flames. The people there, he said, can see each other as their backs face one another. However, when Christians pray for the dead, they can see each other’s faces and feel some comfort. St. Macarius prayed for the dead man and buried the skull. That story was a bit dark, but I’ll save the two best stories for last. First is the story of St. Gregory the Great. He heard how Roman Emperor Trajan punished some loan sharks that dragged a certain widow into debt. Moved by this story, he started praying fervently for him during the liturgy. The Lord Himself appeared to the Pope saying that He saved Trajan from the torments. In the Middle Ages in the west, Thomas Aquinas claimed that salvation is completely impossible without baptism and the story was changed. In that version, St. Gregory resurrects Trajan, baptizes him, and then Trajan dies, finally saved. Some um…some impeccable logic there, Thomas. The story of St. Cleopatra is even more fascinating. St. Cleopatra lived between the third and fourth century. She witnessed the martyrdom of St. Varus. She took his body and buried him. Later on her son, a pagan centurion, died suddenly. She went to the relic of the saint and begged him to return her son. That night she dreamt St. Varus accompanied by her child. The son asked her mother not to pray for his resurrection as he was accompanied by the holy martyr to the heavenly kingdom. This is a powerful story. In fact, after the Church was restored in Russia after Soviet repression, – – there arose a custom for the priests to serve the supplicatory canon of St. Varus for the repose of the departed who weren’t baptized. The church hierarchy saw this as serving a memorial service for the unbaptized, which is prohibited. But there is nothing wrong in praying the canon on your own. *wink* You can find the link to the canon in the description What is the point of all these stories? It is simple. Love is salvific. The Lord wants us to participate in the salvation of one another. During our life we are surrounded by people, angels, and saints praying for us and that does not change once we are gone. I’d even make a bold statement: If you feel an urge to pray for someone whose end wasn’t exactly exemplary, it is the Holy Spirit Himself sighing for the soul of that person. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, Abraham tells the rich man that the damned cannot pass the chasm separating paradise from Hades. That is true – the dead cannot help themselves. However, we may still aid them by our own prayers. After all, we serve the Lord who ascended into air, who passed through the sepulchral stone, and who walked over the waters as if it were dry land. He is almighty and passing the chasm to hell isn’t an obstacle. Remember to pray for the dead. It can be as simple as “Lord, have mercy on all of Your departed servants.” If you want a longer prayer you can read the akathist for the repose of all the departed, – – which is one of my favorite prayers and possibly one of the most beautiful prayers ever written. As with the canon, you can find the link to the akathist in the description. And once you die, try not to be surprised at all the souls of the dead who will thank you for your aid.

55 thoughts on “Throwing Fishhooks into Hell (Pencils & Prayer Ropes)

  1. Sorry for the late clip! This one took quite some time; Jude 1 will breach the deadline but I hope to deliver it real soon! Stay tuned!

  2. I am Roman Catholic, and this brought a tear to my eye, because it is in contrast to "Hell is Eternal" and "Those in Hell chose Hell because they always rejected God unto death" and "Only Heroes go to Heaven, Cowards go to Hell"- but what you describe is such a loving God that even those who presumably rejected Him, He still wants to comfort, like the father to the prodigal son.

  3. God bless you brother Bojan, I have a queation concerning that part where you told the story when a priest was praying for the soul of s/o who did suicide… If I understood you right, he regreted his suicide right before he died… so therefore the priest could pray for him? But as we know in our church it's forbidden to pray for those who do suicide, so how can we know if they truly regreted it and said a prayer right before they died? It's kind of a complicate question, I hope you could follow 🙂 Thanks for your response and God bless you all. Also thanks for your incredible work!

  4. 30 Day Challange : hooking souls out of purgatory. Pray, fast, give each day for 30 days to assist siffering souls !

  5. jesus once said let the dead bury the dead. (speaking of the ones who dont know him)
    i feel its more biblical to pray for everyone saying forgive us, we don't fully understand what we do.

  6. Are you saying that the damned can be brought out of hell through prayer? Do you think that one day Judas will be saved, or even Satan?

    I guess my question is this: can the damned be saved and if so, what criteria must be met??

  7. Saint Thomas Aquinas: Salvation is impossible without baptism.
    You: Saint Gregory resurrected a man and baptised him, so that he could be saved. Check mate, papists.

  8. Im a Catholic and i will like to thankyou for sharing about St.John Vianney, cure of ars. Also nice depiction of a Latin mass

  9. I recently found this channel and I’m in love. I grew up in a Protestant background—I was baptized in the Methodist Church as a baby, but as a little kid my family moved us to a new church, which I am still a part of. It is considered nondenominational but it would not be wrong to call it evangelical. So that’s my background but there’s an inkling in me that I need to search more, perhaps into Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. One of the things that hinder me, though, is this sort of shaky idea of who is in heaven and hell. I grew up believing hey you accepted Jesus into your heart as your savior? You’re going to Heaven! But with Catholicism and orthodoxy, what I gather is this sort of understanding that you don’t know where you’ll end up, which is terrifying to me. So here’s my question: if Christ died for our sins and we accept his gift of salvation, (under catholic/orthodox understanding) why would someone who has done this go to hell? Also, for people who have not accepted Christ but do end up going to heaven, how in the world would that work? Just because they did something “good”? But wouldn’t both situations suggest we can save ourselves with good works, which would mean Christ’s sacrifice wasn’t enough to save us? I’m sorry if this is jumbled and doesn’t make sense but in my pursuit of truth I have found this channel and it would mean a lot to me if someone could enlighten me and give me encouragement on my journey ❤️

  10. Christ, on the cross, saved humanity. Purifying fire destroys the adversaries in order to save humans. It is done.

    Much love everyone ♥️.

  11. Now hold on, don't go straw-manning the Angelic Doctor. I'm pretty sure he still believed that the physically unbaptized could still be saved, but that those who are saved are always baptized mysteriously through the Grace of God.

  12. I want to believe this message, but what about the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in the gospel of Luke? (Luke 16) Doesn’t that claim people can’t between heaven/hell after death?

  13. I was given the Book of Akathists, Vol. 1, which contains the Akathist for the Departed. I was inclined to read this Akathist because I remembered a sibling that died before birth, that I had forgotten for nearly 30 years. That Akathist is very awesome. I cried the whole time and had to stop a few times. On another occasion, that book fell out of my truck into the snow. Since it is a gift and I want it to be cosmetically perfect, I brought it inside to wipe it off and make sure there is no snow in it. I began reading that Akathist again. I was not able to finish it.

  14. St Ambrose of Optina taught his spiritual children to pray for the repose of non-Orthodox departed thus: “Seek out, O Lord, the soul of Thy departed servant (Name), departed this life in separation from Thy Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. May not this my prayer be counted as sin, but may Thy holy will be done.”
    As you mentioned, the holy Martyr Varus (Уар, Οὔαρος) is invoked very often because he has received special grace to pray for the unbaptized or the heterodox. Shrines to him have popped up all over Russia now that the Soviet yoke has been removed.

  15. The story of the Holy Martyr Varus, mother, and centurion made me tear up. I still have them swelling as I type. So many stories of the Holy Glorious Saints and Martyrs do this to me. I ask them to intercede through our beloved King and God to bless, heal, and protect us.

  16. 1:21 Jean Vianney looks great btw I saw his incorruptible heart in exposition one day but I was at that time very prideful so I never even grasped what virtue there was in seeing it 😔 sin sucks

  17. i found this deeply moving and comforting, as well as encouraging me to be more rigorous in intercessory prayers for the departed. thank you

  18. Bravo, I will always pray to the dead and the sick ones for all that I went through….. And I'll pray for YOU Bible illustrated……..

  19. This was very facsinating. The idea of the living praying and improving the condition of the dead, as well as the story of the ascetics. I especially like how you describe unique prayers and how beautiful they are, I wasn’t raised like that in a baptist church. We had our father and after that you just asked for things(not that they couldn’t be selfless like praying for a loved one.) then I eventually learned of things like the hail mary’s and others. I’ll definitely check these prayers out. The ending with souls thanking you while dying was also nice.

  20. Umm hmm (prays for my nun grandma sister crysilde)
    Satanists:(throws Satan at me)
    Me:AAAAAAAH IT BURNS GET ME HOLY WATER!!!!!!!

  21. I'm a random person that came to this old video by youtube recommendations.
    To be honest with you, you are a good man who comes in good times of need. Thanks.

  22. What???? Our prayers save souls???? Like us?? We have the power??? You are teaching some dangerous stuff there man. I would listen to God more than the traditions of men. I know I don’t know all the answers but it clearly says otherwise in the Text. I still enjoy your channel very much though. There’s many things I can get behind that you say, but others obviously I can not.

  23. It seems to me to be a little incongrouous for a young man like you to be concerned about the dead sir but in any case may you be bountifully blessed and have much peace in a long and productive life Amen

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