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 Fr. Mark



We have the sorrowful duty to announce the repose our dedicated and beloved Presbyter, Mark Gilstrap, rector of the Church of St. James the Apostle Church. Father Mark reposed suddenly but peacefully in his home yesterday morning, 22 August/4 September.

A pannykida, vespers, and matins will be served for Father Mark by Father Steven Allen, in our chapel, on Wednesday evening, September 6th. The funeral and burial will be served on the following Thursday morning, September 7th at 10 AM following liturgy at 8 AM. Father Mark’s body will also be in the chapel overnight Wednesday for those who cannot make it to the services. Feel free to come at anytime to light a candle and say a prayer.

The timing of Wednesday services is not yet set, as details are still being sorted out. If you would like to be here for services please call the church line, 918-274-9612, for further details.

His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius has requested the immediate commencement of heartfelt prayers and liturgical commemoration on the part of our clergy, monastics, and faithful, the entire fullness of the Body of the Church, for the repose of the Servant of God Presbyter Mark, and for the consolation of Matushka Tatiana and Fr. Mark’s pious children and grandchildren.

May his Memory be Eternal

1 comment:

Joanna said...

I just learned of this sad news today. Another good priest gone from among us. Thank God for the good priests He gives us. Fr. Mark was fiercely opposed to the ROCOR-MP union and worked hard (Indiana List) to keep us informed of the truth of what was going on.

May God grant that we all greet Fr. Mark in heaven.

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