for His Eye is on the sparrow
Newly Reposed, Elena Petrovna Cox! A Life-Long Pious Dedicated Church Worker and Benefactress Of Many!
Please pray for the soul of the newly departed, Elena Petrovna, and also for Reader Leonard departed.
A Humble Remembrance of Two GOOD people – Elena and Leonard Cox – two precious diamonds that shone so brightly in this dark world...
Our Dear Sister in the Lord, ELENA, was called home to be with her Lord, Whom she had so devotedly served for most of her life, reposed quietly at home, yesterday evening, in Silver Springs, Maryland. The Canon for the Departure of The Soul having been read earlier in the day, at her bedside, with her gathered family, by a reader she had known for many years, in the ROCOR Washington DC Cathedral.
Elena in this recent year or so, had steadily declined health wise, with several major surgeries, and was in her early 80's.
Her beloved husband, Reader Leonard Cox, Jr. had preceded her in death, by many years.
Both of them had been devoted and pious church workers, and Elena had directed the choir and helped to read for many many years of services at the cathedral in Washington, and also she had been a volunteer cleaner of the church, the baker, for YEARS, of thousands of prosphoras regularly, secretary of the parish (Leonard Cox Jr. had been the Treasurer of the parish for many long years) ...and both of them, had quietly, been very generous! anonymous benefactors of MANY people and worthy church projects in need. GIVING ...was a central part of their lives. The label, selfless, fits them both.
I too, was one of those who received their Christian charity, and for which I have always been deeply grateful.
Elena brought her husband, Leonard, to Orthodoxy, many years ago, and he became a church reader.
Elena, in fact, has died, penniless, as she GAVE all that she had to her name, to others, just as had Leonard when he was alive.
And, it turns out, that some she gave her self-less charity to, misused her trust, and ran up debts, in her name, which now her family must cover.
Her very burial costs, there is not ANY of her own money to pay for, so ...the funeral director has agreed to reduce his charges by 50% and the Washington cathedral is paying the rest. Her funeral service will be there, tomorrow.
Only today have I learned of her passing.
When I sang today, in front of my icons, for her and her husband, Memory Eternal and With The Saints Give Rest, I was reminded of the words:
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!
...and, When you did it unto the least of these, my brethren, you did it unto ME!
And too, 'when we leave this world, all that we will have in the next world, is what we GAVE away here'.
Elena and Reader Leonard, ...remembered the poor,..... and now may the God Who cares for the poor and brokenhearted, reward them with their golden crowns and with LIFE EVERLASTING!
Rest with the saints in Heaven dear sister Elena and brother Reader Leonard.
Your earthly toils are over. May you now inherit the Kingdom prepared for you, the Mansions of the Righteous, and celebrate at the Marriage Feast of The Lamb!
In deepest mourning for dear friends, and a brother and sister in Christ, Elena and Leonard.
Rd. Daniel Everiss in Oregon