I am flying to Toronto very early this morning to say a formal goodbye to my Gary. Though not family by birth he was a close to me as only family by choice could be. And like family he was loving, aggravating, giving, caring, selfish, argumentative, comforting, a whole mess of contradictions, and I loved him with all my heart.
One thing that most people did not know about him was that he was a Christian believer with a strong faith. In that spirit in his memory I’m posting the comforting assurances of the Kontakion of the Departed.
Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing but life everlasting.
Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of man:
and we are mortal formed from the dust of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return:
for so thou didst ordain,
when thou created me saying:
“Dust thou art und unto dust shalt thou return.”
All we go down to the dust;
and weeping o’er the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Give him rest where sorrow and pain are no more, and there is neither sighing but life everlasting. Alleluia.
On this day in 1642: England’s Parliament bans public stage-plays.