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For Fr. Thomas Hopko
« on: January 13, 2015, 01:07:52 PM »
This was going around facebook via Frederica this morning:

 <<Dear Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics, Family and Friends,

Christ is in our Midst! Blessed Theophany season!

Thank you, to each and every one of you, for your ongoing love, prayers, and concern for our father Fr. Thomas Hopko. As many of you know, he has had several serious health concerns during recent years. The most serious medical issue by far is his diagnosis with congestive heart failure (CHF) due to the fact that he has senile systemic amyloidosis. Simply put, the deposits of a protein-like material called amyloid in the heart cause stiffening of the heart muscle. Therefore it cannot work as efficiently as usual, and heart failure ensues.

On Theophany (January 6), my mother took my father to the ER as the list of symptoms he was experiencing was an indication of heart failure issues. The result of his blood test showed hyponatremia (a potentially very serious condition that occurs when the level of sodium in your blood is abnormally low). Indeed, he was in serious condition, and it was extremely timely that he was brought to the hospital. On the Sunday after Theophany, he was released back home, having been told that although his vital signs were all good (blood pressure, oxygen level, kidney function, plus now his sodium level), and he himself looked rather well considering everything, he had a heart that was decidedly affected by amyloidosis, and in critical condition, with markedly reduced function. The team of doctors reviewed Dad’s case, and in addition to continuing his medication with some adjustments, they prescribed the use of a 24-hour defibrillator vest which Dad started wearing immediately. He will also have home health care and monitoring, which we are very grateful for.

So, as you can see, although the decline of Fr. Thomas' heart function has been gradual, it is now at a stage that is definitely more critical and will require more rest and a quiet daily routine that supports his well-being in the best way possible. This naturally will result in a more reclusive existence, which for someone who has been as involved and busy as he has, will definitely be a change. He and my mother know that all of you dear ones are praying, supporting, and loving both of them. They are immensely grateful and touched. While my father will be unable to talk on the phone, have visitors or respond to emails much, please know that you are in his thoughts and prayers.

I will be sending out periodic updates. Please feel free to forward this email and share this information with anyone who might like to receive it. Also, you may contact me via email any time! Thank you!

Of course you can always send a card or note to my parents at:

Fr Thomas and Anne Hopko
3042 Creek Lane
Ellwood City PA 16117

On behalf of our whole family, most especially my siblings Fr. John Hopko, Katya Mandell, Masha Solak, and Alexandra Sedor, thank you all for your love and support, as well as your understanding and continued prayers. God bless you and yours!

With love in Christ,

Juliana Hopko Thetford
Quote from: Fr. Thomas Hopko, dystopian parable of the prodigal son
...you can imagine so-called healing services of the pigpen. The books that could be written, you know: Life in the Pigpen. How to Cope in the Pigpen. Being Happy in the Pigpen. Surviving in the Pigpen. And then there could be counselling, for people who feel unhappy in the pigpen, to try to get them to come to terms with the pigpen, and to accept the pigpen.

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Re: For Fr. Thomas Hopko
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2015, 01:22:10 PM »
Lord have mercy and strengthen Your servant.
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Re: For Fr. Thomas Hopko
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2015, 01:38:10 PM »
Lord have mercy!
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Re: For Fr. Thomas Hopko
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2015, 01:43:30 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2015, 02:19:33 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2015, 02:25:17 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2015, 03:04:27 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2015, 03:14:57 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2015, 03:46:39 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2015, 04:11:49 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2015, 07:39:02 PM »
Lord, have mercy on Your servant, Father Thomas.

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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2015, 08:09:09 PM »
Lord have mercy on your faithful servant.
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2015, 09:24:16 PM »
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Re: For Fr. Thomas Hopko
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2015, 12:03:36 AM »
Lord, have mercy!
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2015, 12:54:43 AM »
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Re: For Fr. Thomas Hopko
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2015, 01:03:24 AM »
Lord, have mercy.  I learned a lot from his podcasts and I have great respect for him.
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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2015, 01:18:16 AM »
Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2015, 01:44:37 AM »
Lord, have mercy on your servant Father Thomas.
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2015, 03:34:31 AM »
Lord, have mercy on your faithful servant, Father Thomas. Renew his health so he may glorify you increasingly, going from strength to strength in Your service, discerning and teaching ever more clearly and truthfully Your good and perfect will -- the salvation of all human beings in whom Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ is being formed and revealed -- and also all those in whom He might yet be formed, so they too may become members of Your Mystical Body.

Heal Father Thomas, Lord, so he can teach ever more truly and powerfully the goodness and beauty of Your holiness, Your judgment and Your mercy. So he can go on teaching us to commit ourselves and one another more and more to You and to Your Kingdom, and to cooperate in renewing Your likeness in us, in Your Holy Spirit. The likeness that even we sinners can manifest in a true and fervent and sincere brotherly love as we struggle to trust and follow You, our risen Lord. Give us the power, wisdom and understanding to dynamically share Your Love and healing with those perishing in this dying world.

For blessed is Your Kingdom, O God our Father, and of Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life. One God, blessed both now and forever, to the ages of ages. Amen!

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us, and save us.

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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2015, 01:35:06 PM »
Lord have mercy. A wonderful priest and friend of the family for as long as I remember. He has done so much for the propagation of Orthodoxy and for better relations among all of the faithful, both Orthodox and non-Orthodox. Hospodi pomiluj.

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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2015, 10:24:39 PM »
Lord, have mercy!

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« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2015, 11:57:21 PM »
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« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2015, 04:13:58 PM »
Lord have mercy!!

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« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2015, 12:29:04 AM »
Father Hopko's family is requesting prayers during his final earthly hours...

http://frthomashopko.webs.com/apps/blog/show/43175635-late-sunday-evening

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« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2015, 12:30:51 AM »
Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2015, 12:32:00 AM »
Kyrie eleison
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« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2015, 01:11:19 AM »
Lord of Mercy on your servant.
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« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2015, 02:18:22 AM »
Lord have mercy.

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« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2015, 03:12:07 AM »
Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2015, 03:13:59 AM »
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« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2015, 05:04:54 AM »
Lord have mercy.
Christ my God, set my heart on fire with love in You, that in its flame I may love You with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all my soul and with all my strength, and my neighbor as myself, so that by keeping Your commandments I may glorify You the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.

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« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2015, 06:39:46 AM »
Lord have mercy!  :'(
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« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2015, 08:21:08 AM »
Lord have mercy.

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« Reply #33 on: March 16, 2015, 08:43:05 AM »
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« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2015, 09:28:30 AM »
Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2015, 09:47:32 AM »
Lord, grant Father Thomas a peaceful passage from this life.
May he have a good account before the awesome judgment-seat of Christ.

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« Reply #36 on: March 16, 2015, 10:22:14 AM »
There has been a brief update at the blog. Father Hopko's time draws near.

http://frthomashopko.webs.com/apps/blog/show/43176423-monday-morning

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« Reply #37 on: March 16, 2015, 10:36:41 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
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« Reply #38 on: March 16, 2015, 10:37:57 AM »
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« Reply #39 on: March 16, 2015, 11:07:42 AM »
Continued prayers. Lord, have mercy.
Psalm 37:23 The Lord guides a man safely in the way he should go.

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« Reply #40 on: March 16, 2015, 03:10:29 PM »
Another update at the site. Again, the time is near. 

Lord have mercy.

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« Reply #41 on: March 16, 2015, 03:27:06 PM »
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #42 on: March 16, 2015, 05:03:22 PM »
I'm glad he seems to be going painlessly.
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« Reply #43 on: March 16, 2015, 07:32:01 PM »
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« Reply #44 on: March 16, 2015, 07:33:39 PM »
Lord, have mercy!