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After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY






Memory Eternal!

Precious in the sight of the Lord...

from: St. Edward's
Dearly Beloved Brethren, bless!

 Today, Mother Evfrosinia of the Lesna Icon Convent in Normandy, France, phoned us to say that Mother Pelagia died this afternoon, the Great Feast of the Holy Cross and the day of the Appearance of the Lesna Icon itself.  Mother Pelagia was, after the hierarchs (St Philaret of New York and Bishop Gregory of Washington), the chief benefactress of our community at Brookwood, and, for all that she has done for us and contributed over the past thirty years, we have always counted her and prayed for her as a foundress.  May God now grant her an abundant reward.  And may her rest be with the Saints and her Memory Eternal.  Please remember her, especially in her forty days, in your prayers, and have her commemorated at the Divine Liturgy.

 With love in Christ Jesus,

  Fr Alexis

P.S.   Mother Pelagia's funeral will be at the Lesna icon Convent, in Normandy, at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday 4th October, n.s.



from: Lesna
Dear friends,

Our beloved Mother Pelagia passed away today at 7:15 PM onthe feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and the day of the Arrearance of the Lesna Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God.  She was able to receive Holy Communion this morning. After lunch we saw that she was fading rapidly, and not long before Vespers Fr. Evfimy came to read the Canon for the Departure of the Soul. A group of sisters, lead by Matushka Abbess Macrina, gathered around m. Pelagia's bedside and chanted the Canon. We were able to say goodbye to her. Shortly after, during the reading of the 9th hour, she passed away very quietly. M. Pelagia, Hilda Winifred Allen in the world, was 94 years old and had struggled in the monastic life here at Lesna for 32 years. We ask your prayers for the repose of her soul.

with much love, in Christ, sinful m. Evfrosinia