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#387658 10/28/12 11:11 PM
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Dear all, here is an email I received from Bishop Robert recently.

Dear Rev Fathers, Deacons, Subdeacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters, fellow Board Members,

Christ is Risen! HE is Truly Risen!

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the sleeping unto the Lord of His Grace George Riachi, Bishop Emeritus of Australia & New Zealand. His Grace passed away today @ 4 am, Lebanon local time.

Bishop Riachi was the first Eparch of Australia & New Zealand. He served our Eparchy in the early 1990’s. While serving in Australia, His Grace touched many lives and laid the cornerstone for the Eparchy.

We will be sharing with you the news of his burial services as it reaches us from Lebanon. We will also inform you about the timing of the solemn prayers we will be offering here in Australia for the soul of the departed, as well as the timing of receiving condolences.

May the soul of His Grace be eternal, and please remember him in your prayers.

X Robert Rabbat


In your mercy, please pray for the repose of the soul of Bishop George.

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O God of spirits and all flesh, You Who trampled death and overthrew Satan, now, O Lord, give rest to the soul of Your servant, the High Priest George, in a place of light, a place of green pastures, where there is neither pain nor sighing, neither sorrow nor weeping. O God, as You are good and the Lover of Mankind, forgive every sin committed by him in word or thought or deed, for there is no man who has lived and not sinned, for You alone are without sin and You are the resurrection and life. For to You we give glory, together with Your Father and Your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

May his memory be eternal!


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