V. Rev. George Shaheen brother of Archbishop MICHAEL (Shaheen)


February 11, 2007

Beloved Hierarchs, Rt. Rev. Frs., V. Rev. Frs., Rev. Frs., Rev. Dns. and faithful,

Christ is in our midst! He is and ever shall be! It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the falling asleep of our beloved brother in Christ, the V. Rev. George Shaheen brother of Archbishop MICHAEL (Shaheen) on Saturday February 10, 2007. Every effort has been made to accommodate the family. The funeral arrangements are as follows:

The V. Rev. George Shaheen will be brought into the Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday February 15. Trisagion Prayers of Mercy will be offered by the clergy followed by the continuous reading of the Holy Gospels. The reading is interrupted only during Divine Services from this time until the departure of the departed from the church temple for burial.[1]

Visitation on Thursday afternoon from 2-5 is limited to clergy and family members. Evening visitation is from 7 -8 p.m., with Trisagion Prayers at 8 p.m. Visitation Friday on is from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. followed by the Rite of Burial for a Clergyman at 8 p.m. Saturday morning we will have Orthros at 9 a.m., a Hierarchical Liturgy at 10 a.m. followed immediately by the Funeral Service.

All clergy are encouraged to attend prepared to serve, bringing with them their Jibbi, Gold Vestments and a copy of The Funeral Service Book[2] Any clergy wishing to assist in serving the daily offices, i.e., Daily Vespers, Small Compline, Orthros, and Hours, may contact the Rev. Fr. Basil Koory at deanpastor@totalink.net or at St. George Cathedral (419) 475-7054. We will also need assistance in maintaining vigil with the continuous reading of the Holy Gospels. Fr. Basil and I will work coordinate all eulogies as we will have Fr. George’s two sons, Fr. Fred Shaheen, Fr. Michael Shaheen and his son-in-law the V. Rev. John Reimann all in attendance, as well as His Grace Bp. THOMAS of Charleston and Oakland.

Once again, please keep Kh. Marguerite and the Shaheen family in your God-pleasing prayers.

Yours in Christ,
+ MARK, Bishop of Toledo and the Diocese of the Midwest

 


 

1.  The Funeral Service Book: According to the Usage of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, 2001, Compiled by the V. Rev. John Winfrey, p. 111

2.  ibid