Memory Eternal

dscf0018A personal note:

I received news this evening (September 14) of the falling asleep of my mother, Nancy Freeman, in her home in South Carolina. Her passing was peaceful and marked with words of love.

My heart is very full. Earlier today I had given thanks for this 5th anniversary of my parents’ reception into the Orthodox faith. It seems significant to me that on this date my mother is now received into the heart’s true home. May her memory be eternal!

I am grateful for the many kind words that readers have shared with me over the past couple of years. I would ask that you remember my mother in your prayers. I would take it as a great kindness, indeed.

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present and the Glory to God podcast series.





127 responses to “Memory Eternal”

  1. Andrew Avatar

    I am sorry for your loss, Father. May her memory be eternal!

  2. Deacon Woodcutter Avatar
    Deacon Woodcutter

    May God bless your Mom. Deacon Woodcutter

  3. james Avatar

    Father, I offer my condolences to you and your family, with my sincere prayers ….may her memory be eternal † Glory to God for All Things

    peace be with you and your family, keith

  4. Fr. Athanasios Avatar

    May God’s light shine upon her soul and may the righteous be in everlasting remembrance: Psalm 110:6, with prayers for her and your family.

  5. fatherstephen Avatar

    I am deeply grateful for the many kind words – and most especially the prayers. Services for my mother are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday in South Carolina. My “blog” presence will likely be quite limited. May God give me a deeply grateful heart for the kindness of friends.

  6. Kh. Anastasia Morris Avatar
    Kh. Anastasia Morris

    May her memory be eternal!
    Your mother and all your dear family will be in our prayers.

  7. (another) Elizabeth Avatar
    (another) Elizabeth

    Memory eternal, and may God’s blessed peace fall upon you and your family as you commend your dear mother to the care of our Saviour and his blessed mother.

  8. Maria Avatar

    Memory eternal!

    I am very touched by the photograph.

  9. Despina Avatar

    Αιωνία της η μνήμη. May her memory be eternal, Father Stephen. We will remember your mother in our prayers, and we also pray that you and your entire family be comforted and blessed during this time, and always.

  10. George Avatar

    Αιωνία η μνήμη αυτής!

  11. George and Judith Avatar
    George and Judith

    Memory Eternal!

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of your dear mother, Father. We remember Nancy well when she attended St. John of the Ladder with us together with Jim. We both know how it feels to say goodbye to a loved one but what a comfort to know she passed into eternity as an Orthodox Christian. Our hearts go out to you and your family in your loss.

    We will keep you all in our prayers.

    With much love in Christ.

  12. Nancy Magnon Avatar
    Nancy Magnon

    Memory Eternal…May God be with you and your family at this time of loss….you are all in our prayers

  13. Victor Avatar

    Memory Eternal

  14. Dianne Avatar

    Memory eternal!

    How proud she must be of you. Having given you life, she lived to see you fashion your life into something so lovely, and to see you lead her grandchildren into their lives of Christian faith. And you got to see her and your father enter the Orthodox Church. What extraordinary blessings all around.

  15. Gene B Avatar
    Gene B

    Memory Eternal!

    Thank you for your example.

  16. Fr. James Coles Avatar
    Fr. James Coles

    May her memory be eternal. Remembering her in the services this weekend.

  17. Elizabeth in Alaska Avatar

    Memory Eternal, Father.

  18. Albion Avatar

    My prayers are with you.

  19. Nathaniel Woon Avatar
    Nathaniel Woon

    May her memory be eternal!

  20. Sharon Avatar

    Father Stephen,

    I got to know your mother a little in 2005-2006 at St. John of the Ladder. She was often telling me how beautiful the view of the sky was from their house, and how I must come out with my family to see it. We didn’t make it out there before she and your dad moved to Columbia, but whenever her name is mentioned, it is the “beautiful sky” that I think of.

  21. marciazenaida Avatar

    Fr. Stephen,
    Memory eternal! Much love to you and your family at this time.
    Marcia Zenaida Partin
    St. Athanasius Church

  22. Wordsmyth Avatar

    Memory eternal. You and your family are in my prayers.

  23. Reid Avatar

    Fr. Stephen,

    I had no Internet during the summer, and so I am still catching up on your blog. I just came across this post, and so, belatedly, let me say that I will pray for your mother and for the Lord’s comfort to you and all your family.

  24. Karen Shepherd Avatar
    Karen Shepherd

    Father Stephen,

    It has been nearly 30 years since we have been in touch. I had an irrepressible urge to search for you and Beth tonight. I knew this was your blog immediately upon reading a little of it. I will read more. You seemed to know all along that the Orthodox Church was where you belonged.

    My deepest condolences to you for your earthly loss and greatest joy for your Mother who has passed on to greater things.

    Please give Beth my very best wishes and both of you know that you have always remained very fondly in my thoughts and heart.

    Santa Fe

  25. fatherstephen Avatar

    It is a very great joy to hear from you. You have always been in our thoughts and prayers. I’ll send along some contact information. We’d like to catch up with you. Deep blessings!

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