In my last blog, I focused less on quotes from the fathers and more on the controversy itself surrounding the toll houses. Here, I want to present writings from the saints of the Orthodox Church that discuss the departure of the soul. If one includes commentary from scripture, patristic writings, and divine services, there are hundreds of these texts. For the sake of brevity (and because this is a blog and not a scholarly work), many quotes are partial. More details can be found in the book from which most of these quotes come: The Departure of the Soul.
St. Justin Martyr, †166
Deliver my soul from the sword, and my only-begotten from the hand of the dog; save me from the lion’s mouth (Psalm 21:20-21)…[This was written] so that, when we arrive at the end of life, we may ask the same petition from God, who is able to turn away every shameless evil angel from taking our souls. Continue reading Toll Houses and the Fathers of the Church