May I humbly ask for prayers for Father Joasaph? I first learned about him when I started attendng my church: he was, for a time, he was their choir leader and liturgics teacher who went into monasticism and became an Archmandirate (sp?)). He has travelled widely and done a lot of good work for the Lord, including Jerusalem. He is very highly-spoken of in my parish and very well-loved.
For a long while as I understand it, he's been battling a serious and incurable cancer (I wish I remembered what kind, don't think it matters though). Earlier this month, he fell ill with pnuemonia and while he recovered from that, he is now (from what I found out yesterday from Father) very close to repose (can't eat-can't drink-can't speak), and they think perhaps he doesn't have much time left. He is only 48 years old.
From the way everyone talks, I wish I could have met him and I have been keeping him constantly in prayers. Please remember him in your prayers please. Thank you so much.