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


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Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 7:26 AM
Reply-To: dutikow

From: Archimandrite Alexis [mailto:theshepherd@me.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2017 4:35 AM
To: Undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Prayer requested

Dear-in-Christ, Everyone, bless!

            Early this morning we heard from New York of the repose yesterday of the Monk Joseph, who was perhaps much better known as Brother Isaac.  For many years he had lived at the old Synodal Residence of the Russian Church Abroad in NYC, and served there as a chanter and reader.  He is perhaps best known in the wider Orthodox world as the composer of numerous services to the Saints, particularly the Saints of the pre-schism West, and it was undoubtedly for this reason that when he was tonsured a few weeks ago, as his end approached, he was named after St. Joseph the Hymnographer, having formerly been named for the Venerable Isaac the Syrian.  He visited England on numerous occasions, making pilgrimages to holy places, and was a tremendous help to our community specially in its early years and during the long-protracted dispute in the Courts regarding the Sacred Relics of St. Edward the Martyr.  For this reason we have always considered him one of our principal benefactors and founders.

            Please remember Father Joseph in your prayers that he be granted rest with the Saints and Memory Eternal.

                        With love in Christ,

                                    the sinful monk & unworthy priest,

                                                Fr Alexis,

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