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Some family concerns and responsibilities kept me pretty much away from the net and the forum in particular for about the last month, causing me to not acknowledge the anniversaries of repose of a few of our brethren. Rather than generate a raft of prayer posts, I'll catch up with a couple of posts for those whose anniversaries were in November and December. Father Serge has already been remembered in another thread. The anniversaries of these other forum members were also in November:

November 18 was the 17th anniversary of repose of our brother forumite, Gerard Bugge, self-styled as a 'web servant' in his pioneering internet evangelization and site creations, and who briefly posted here as Gerard Seraphin

November 23 was the 10th anniversary of repose of our brother forumite, Tim Cuprisin, award-winning journalist, proud of his native Chicago, his adopted Milwaukee, and his Easterm European heritage, and founder of the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. Tim posted here under his own name.

November 27 was the 4th anniversary of repose of our brother forumite, John Schweich, who served his country in the military and later in the intelligence services, and served the American and Canadian Eastern Christian communities through his efforts to preserve their legacy by amassing a vast collection of parish histories, from which we here regularly benefited, as they served as a regular source to answer myriad questions posed by forumites about individual parishes, Eastern Catholic and Orthodox of most every flavor. John also posted here under his own name.

O God of all spiritual and corporeal beings, You Who trampled death, broke the power of Satan and granted life to the whole world, now, O Lord, grant rest to the soul of Your departed servants, Gerard, Tim, and John, in a place of light, freshness, and peace, where there is neither pain, nor sorrow, nor mourning, but only life everlasting.

As You are a gracious God and the Lover of mankind, forgive them every transgression committed by them in word, thought, or deed, since there is no man alive who has not sinned, for You alone are without sin and You are the Resurrection and the Life, O Christ our God, and we render glory to You, together with Your Eternal Father, and Your most Holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and always and forever.

May their memories be eternal and may all of their loved ones be comforted in the prayerful expectation of being reunited with them in Heaven


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
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