Eastern Church: December 2009 Archives
Last week the Lord called to Himself Orthodox Church of America's Archbishop Job. After a serious of religious services in Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where he was buried. Since hearing of the archbishop's sudden death of pulmonary embolism, I've kept +Job in prayer, and I urge you to do the same.
Archbishop Job was a talented, spiritual and a man of great humanity. His spiritual sons all testify to the beauty of his person. Born of a bi-Church family (Catholic & Orthodox), young Richard John was baptized Catholic and later, for serious reasons, was received into the Orthodox Church. The Archbishop's father rejected his son for many years but reconciled. Through the years he developed the skills of writing liturgical music and icons and was an acclaimed pastor of souls. Before returning to his home city of Chicago as bishop in 1992, Job served the Orthodox faithful of New England beginning in 1983 when he was ordained a bishop at 37 years old.
I was struck by the person and ministry of +Job a number of years ago and was saddened by his death. The Archbishop's bio can be read here and his obit here.
Let us pray.
O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who has trampled down death; You have overthrown the devil and have given Life to Your world: now give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your departed servant Archbishop Job, in a place of light, a place of refreshment and a place of repose, where there is no sickness, sighing nor sorrow. As You are a Good God, Who loves mankind, pardon every sin, which he has committed, whether by word or by deed or by thought, for there is no man who lives and has not sinned. You alone are sinless, Your Righteousness is Eternal and Your Word is Truth. For You are the Resurrection, the Life and the Repose of your newly presented servant, Archbishop Job, Christ our God and we give glory, together with Your Father, Who is Eternal and Your All-Holy, Good and Life-Creating Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen!
May his memory be eternal!
Those interested the roots of Christianity ought to watch the 60 Minutes story on Patriarch Bartholomew. Don't neglect watching the 3 extra video pieces located to the right on the 60 Minutes' page.
Saint Andrew, pray for us.