Memory Eternal, Metropolitan Laurus!

Orthodox Cross with ilima and tuberose leisHis Grace, Metropolitan Laurus, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), fell asleep in the Lord this morning. The Russian Orthodox parishes across the country are feeling this loss very deeply. Orthodox blogger, Felix Culpa, shares a nice post with more detailed information than I have been privy to and for that I am sincerely grateful! Thank you, Mr. Culpa.

After Liturgy today, the Russian Orthodox Community of Hawaii, the Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church, served a pannikhida (memorial service) for the Metropolitan. From Honolulu, Hawaii to Jordanville, New York, the Orthodox share in this loss. For the monks in Jordanville, my heartfelt prayers go out to you for your continued strength and fortitude during this confusing time.

There is some peace to be found in knowing that Metropolitan Laurus was able to see the lines of communication opened between ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate. He was able both to witness and to participate in the healing of that division.

Give rest, oh Lord, to the soul of Thy departed servant! May his memory be eternal!

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  • 1 Rod // Mar 17, 2008 at 3:47 am

    The world has lost a great man! But when you mentioned in your article Evelyn that he fell asleep in the Lord; he truly did. For all the info that I’ve gathered, aparently he went to bed and just passed on. He did not suffer! Now, he is with Our Saviour, Our Most Holy Mother of God and his long time friend, Father Averky. So go with the Lord Metropolitan Laurus and have a great time in Heaven. You well deserve it!! And thank you also for always being there for us. Memory Eternal!

  • 2 Evelyn // Mar 21, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Yes, Rod, we have lost a great man. Perhaps he will be canonized some day and we can ask him to pray to God for us. Then, his heavenly prayers will protect all of us and the Synod of Bishops, and continue to guide them in their decision making.

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