I wrote a blog post on Friday, 30 December 2016. I was just about to post it when I took a phone call from the rector of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. He had some bad news to tell me. Someone I knew had passed away. The prayer service was that evening and the funeral the next morning at the Cathedral. I put what I was doing on hold, made a phone call, took care of a few things, such as make supper for my wife, and got ready to go to the funeral home.
I’ve been to many prayer services and funerals, even for priests. A few were rather extraordinary, but this was unlike any I had been to before.