Message of Condolence on the Passing of Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco


Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Statement on the Passing of
Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco

December 28, 2004

His Eminence, The Most Reverend Archbishop DEMETRIOS
The Venerable Members of the Eparchial Synod
Esteemed Members of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Council
Reverend Clergy and Laity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

With much sadness, we received the news of the falling asleep in Christ of our beloved brother, His Eminence, Metropolitan Anthony of San Francisco.

Death in human experience has never been easy, whether it comes in youth or in old age, whether it comes suddenly or after a long illness, it always leaves in its wake sorrow, tears, loneliness and longing. But our Lord, who has conquered death by his own death, proved to us that beyond Calvary, there is the empty tomb and all of us, if we live the way Metropolitan Anthony lived, will be with Christ in His heavenly kingdom.

During the past twenty-five years of shepherding the Metropolis of San Francisco, he proved himself to be the “good shepherd.” Through his hard work and the many organizations which he created, he will always be remembered as one of the great Prelates of our Holy Orthodox Church.

On behalf of the hierarchs, the Board of Trustees, the clergy and laity of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, we convey to you, his immediate family and all the Greek Orthodox people in America our deepest sympathy.

May the soul of our beloved brother, Metropolitan Anthony, rest in peace and may his memory be eternal.

+ Metropolitan PHILIP

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America