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In 2003 our parish began to solemnly observe the day of repose of our founding rector, the ever-memorable Archpriest John Lupish, who departed this life in 1977 after 25 years' service in this parish and 39 years in priestly rank.  On 22 November each year - unless it falls on a Sunday - Divine Liturgy for the departed is now served, with a panikhida afterwards at his grave in Sandgate Cemetery. A parastas, or Great Panikhida, is generally served on the preceding evening.  In accordance with this practice, a number of parishioners gathered again this year on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 November.  As it was raining when Divine Liturgy ended on Friday, the panikhida was served in church rather than in the cemetery, and those present gathered in the hall afterwards for tea.  Photographs and reminiscences of Father John - whose memory is dear to the parish - were shared, and it is expected that they will be published on this website soon.  Later in the day, the weather having cleared, a small group travelled to Sandgate Cemtery for a graveside litia.

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