Today is Memorial Day in the US, a commemoration of those killed and missing in action while in military service, which goes back to the Civil War.
THE souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them.
In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery: and their going away from us, for utter destruction: but they are in peace.
And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality.
Wisdom 3:1-4 (Douay-Rhiems)
EVERY country of the Orthodox, rejoice, for you are protected by the Protecting Veil of the all-praised Mother of God.
For invisibly she, the Mother of the unsetting Light, unfolding it like a cloud of light, wraps you around, protects you from every side and turns back the regiments of enemies both perceptible and immaterial.
Therefore with triumphant voice proclaim the grace you have been given, and resoundingly praise the Virgin who protects you, crying aloud, ‘Hail, Full of grace, the Lord is with you, he who through you grants the world his great mercy!’
At the Liti, Great Vespers for the Feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God.
LORD, now lettest thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word;
for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people,
a light to lighten the Gentiles,
and the glory of Thy people Israel.
The Song of Simeon.