Prayers Requested for Father Victor Sokolov
- From: VRev. Victor Sokolov rector@...
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 17:42:50 -0800
Subject: Personal announcement
As many of you already know, lately I have experience some health
problems. Around Thanksgiving, I began feeling pain in my left side,
then shortness of breath and coughing... Eventually, a CT scan
a lump in my left lungs, but the right is also affected. Then,
through various scans and tests, the malignancy of this growth has
been established. The diagnose is, "non-small [squamous] cell
carcinoma." The cancer is in a rather advanced stage and already
metastasized into ribs, hip, and elsewhere. Now the fight starts.
As soon as the news began to spread, I was astonished at the
outpouring of loving support for me and my family. His Beatitude
Metropolitan HERMAN called to express his prayerful support. My
ruling hierarch, Bishop TIKHON of San Francisco offered some
extremely moving expressions of his loving care and paternal concern.
Bishop NIKOLAI of Sitka called to assure me in his prayers; and my
good old friend, Bishop BENJAMIN of Berkeley calls often, to see how
I am doing, and to offer his assistance and support. The Chancellor
of the Church, the Protopresbyter Robert Kondratick was among the
first to call and generously offered his support, and promised to
provide what ever help would be needed. My district dean, the
Archpriest Basil Rhodes tirelessly works the telephone and e-mail,
making sure that all my brother-priests know about my struggle and
pray for me. Together with Bishop BENJAMIN, they arranged the Holy
Unction service for me that will take place January 9th. And many,
many other priests and parishioners have showered me with assurances
of their loving, prayerful support. Frankly, I never knew how much
love is there. The darker the night the more stars shine in the sky...
Since I have breathing difficulties and have lost my voice, I cannot
presently offer Divine services. The last Divine Liturgy I was
granted to celebrate was on the feast day of the Glorification of St.
Herman of Alaska and the day of the blessed repose of the
ever-memorable Father Alexander Schmemann. Hopefully, by their
prayers, God will allow me to resume serving. Meanwhile, Bishop
BENJAMIN of Berkeley and Fr. David Lowell are taking care of my
beloved parish, seeing that its liturgical schedule is preserved in
Just as an expectant woman constantly attends to her inner self,
excitedly "listening" to the new life that is growing and maturing
within her, a sick person is tempted, with anxiety and alarm, to
monitor the growth and spread of illness within his body. Your love
and friendship are tremendously helpful in turning attention from the
last enemy - death - towards life. Love is life, for God is love.
Please keep my wife Barbara, our children, and me in your holy
I love you all and am grateful to God for every one of you.
In Christ the Giver of Life,
Cathedral Archpriest Victor Sokolov
- Dear Al,
�May God help Fr. Victor, his wife and his children in this trial! �
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�Father Victor Sokolov