Today, We Bury a Friend

The Raising of Lazarus, by Duccio (ca. 1308-11)
The Raising of Lazarus, by Duccio (ca. 1308-11)

The Lord said to those Jews which had come to him: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, and has given him the authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 5:24-30)

Memory eternal to Fr. Matthew Baker!


  1. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth. Blessed indeed, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.” Memory eternal, until that Day.

  2. May his memory be eternal. I served a Trisagion for him Monday evening before Great Compline and will serve on today as well. I barely knew him and feel a great loss for not having taken the time to get to know him better at St Tikhon’s. Intercede for us sinners, Fr Matthew.

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