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Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« on: January 31, 2008, 12:22:57 PM »
Our parish recently had an abbot visit us from a nearby monastery.  He co-celebrated the Liturgy with our priest.  Afterward, the abbot read a letter to the congregation that was written by our priest.  It stated that our priest loved us, his parishioners, and that he found no greater joy than being our priest... but he, most unfortunately, has developed Parkinson's disease and will soon no longer be able to serve as priest.  He will not fully retire until a replacement is found (there was already mention of an anonymous candidate). 

This all came as such a shock... most people were openly weeping.  Our priest has been the spiritual father of many in the parish for over 20 years.  Anyway, please pray for the health of our priest and parish, and that in God's perfect timing a new priest will be found.  Thank you so much.  God bless
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2008, 01:10:38 PM »
May the Lord have mercy on all of His Servants, and may your Hierarch be guided by Him in deciding who to next place in your parish!
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2008, 01:12:20 PM »
Lord, have mercy on your servant, and on your community.
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2008, 05:07:23 PM »
Thank you both.  Our parish knows that God is in control... there is no anxiety as to who will replace him, just much sorrow and concern for our spiritual father.  He has been on a new diet for about a year now and it seems to be at least keeping his symptoms stabilized.  Thanks again for your prayers.
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2008, 05:17:43 PM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2008, 07:19:30 PM »
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2008, 09:18:41 PM »
May God help your pastor and all your community.

As a matter of fact, I know someone with this illness, who also keeps symptoms controlled for several years now.

Bishop Maxim is a great Hierarch, and he deserved to be trusted in finding the optimal solution in this  situation.

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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2008, 09:29:32 PM »
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008, 09:50:52 PM »
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2008, 10:05:05 PM »
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2008, 10:09:26 PM »
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2008, 06:58:03 AM »
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2008, 11:00:46 AM »
May God bless the health of your priest and continue to shepard your parish.
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2008, 11:01:25 AM »
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2008, 12:05:32 PM »
Thank you all for your prayers... they are a great comfort.
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2008, 08:41:23 PM »
Lord have Mercy and strengthen your servants..
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2008, 12:38:32 AM »
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« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2008, 02:41:32 AM »
Seraphim, Would you tell us the first name of you ailing parish priest, for purposes of our prayers?
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2008, 02:52:14 PM »
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2008, 04:48:04 PM »
Seraphim, Would you tell us the first name of you ailing parish priest, for purposes of our prayers?

Father David (he is a Jewish convert)

Thank you so much for your prayers
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2008, 10:33:34 PM »
Father David (he is a Jewish convert)

Thank you so much for your prayers

God bless Father David with good health and heal him speedily for the work of your Church....Amen.
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2008, 05:52:08 PM »
God bless Father David with good health and heal him speedily for the work of your Church....Amen.


GLORY TO GOD! 

Today, as our priest was giving the final blessing at the end of the Liturgy, he said:

"Many of you know that a few months ago I announced that, due to my Parkinson's, I am retiring from the priesthood.  Well....... [dramatic pause]...... it seems that announcement was premature.  By the grace of God my health is being renewed and I am increasing in strength every day!" 

At this point the entire congregation began crossing themselves as we cried tears of joy.  Then the bells began ringing as the choir sang the triumphant song of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead.  What grace, what consolation, what unconceivable joy filled our hearts as we gave thanks to God.

Thank you all so much for your prayers!  May the Lord's will be done in all things!
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2008, 06:10:19 PM »
May God be magnified.
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2008, 06:12:27 PM »

GLORY TO GOD! 

Today, as our priest was giving the final blessing at the end of the Liturgy, he said:

"Many of you know that a few months ago I announced that, due to my Parkinson's, I am retiring from the priesthood.  Well....... [dramatic pause]...... it seems that announcement was premature.  By the grace of God my health is being renewed and I am increasing in strength every day!" 

Glory to God!  May God grant Fr. David many, many blessed years.
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Thanks so much for appraising us.  I've been praying for Fr. David; and I'll keep him in my prayers.  Glory to our God.  What a wonderful story.
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« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2008, 08:48:02 PM »
Beyond miracles! Glory to God! May our Saviour keep helping Fr. David.

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« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2008, 10:37:39 PM »
Glory to God! Dear Heavenly Father, please continue to heal and strengthen your faithful servant, Fr. David, and thank You for all he has done for the spiritual health of his parish!
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Re: Please pray for my parish as we find a new priest
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