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Words of Encouragement


Words of encouragement

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 1and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades” (Rev.1:17-18).

“With the closure of public gatherings across the country, including the closure of many churches, we now have been given the opportunity to turn from secular distractions, and focus on our inner life. We now have the opportunity of rekindling our personal prayer lives, joining other family members in using our prayer books, and building up the “domestic church”.

Let us see these trying times as allowed by God, for humanity’s sake. Let us see this pandemic as an opportunity to return our collective gaze upon the things that really matter, those things of an eternal nature. Let us repent, as a people who have long ceased to make faith central to our lives, and actively live as committed Christians.”

Abbot Tryphon

"In order to console a soul in its sufferings, point out to it all the good it can still do." 

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina


An opportunity to bless and be blessed

As most of you know, Claudine Johnson-Eaddy, one of our members, runs a catering business, Autumn's Custom Catering.  As one might expect, she has had all her business cancelled for the foreseeable future.  I spoke to her last night, and she would be ready and willing to deliver boxed meals in the Richmond area.  They could be prepared for immediate consumption or with refrigeration/freezing in mind.  So if you are at high risk and are reluctant to go out, or if you know a neighbor who is isolated and could use a boost to their spirits, please consider giving Claudine a call at 804-986-9344 or [email protected], for more information.

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