O Master, Lord our God Almighty, who willest that all men should be saved and should come to a knowledge of the truth; who desirest not the death of a sinner, but that he should turn again and be saved: We pray thee and beseech thee, deliver thou the soul of thy handmaiden, Laura, from every bond, free it from every curse. For thou art he who delivereth them that are bound, and guideth aright them that are cast down, O Hope of the hopeless. Wherefore, O Master, command that the soul of thy handmaiden, Laura, may depart in peace, and may rest in thine everlasting mansions with all thy Saints; through thine Only-begotten Son, with whom thou art blessed, together with thine all-holy, and good, and life-giving Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Laurie Paffhausen, the kind, beloved younger sister of Metropolitan Jonah, reposed at 9:45 on Sunday morning, November 18 (Julian calendar November 5). Before her passing, she was received into the Orthodox Church by chrismation with the name Laura, in honor of St Laura the martyr at Cordoba (d. 864). Please pray for her soul and for the Lord and His Saints to comfort her grieving parents, Louise and Jim, and her brother. May her memory be eternal!