CHRIST IS RISEN!
Please pray for the eternal rest among the Saints of our Father and
Brother, Protodeacon Photios.
After a long struggle with cancer, Fr. Photios received the Angelic
Great Schema last Friday and reposed yesterday, Mid-Pentecost. The
burial service will take place Friday morning at the "Pillars of
Orthodoxy Church" in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The chief celebrant
will be His Eminence Metropolitan Ephraim. The local clergy will be
joined by neighbouring clergy.
Father Photios fell asleep on the Feast of Mid-Pentecost which was
the Patronal Feast of the Church of Holy Wisdom (Agia Sophia)in
Constantinople. Father Photios had a great love for the Typikon of
the Church of Holy Wisdom and throughout his whole life was known for
his devotion to the proper execution of the Holy Services.
Father Photios was one of the students of "Holy Cross Theological
School" who in the late 1950's under the spiritual guidance of Elder
Panteleimon realized that the heretical course set by the Greek
Archdiocese would lead to the complete abandonment of the Holy
Faith. Metropolitan Ephraim, Fr. Haralambos, Fr. Neketas, Fr.
Arsenios and myself were among that small group.
I will never forget those formative years and the spiritual bond
which was forged at that time. The zeal for the Faith that Father
Photios exhibited at that time was never extinguished and I ask you
to pray that our Saviour will grant him Eternal Blessedness.