At 12:20 a.m. on Sunday, October 17th, word was received that the eldest brother in the Diocese of Wichita, Father Donald David Wallace Lloyd, D.D., reposed at the age of ninety-seven.
The casket with Father Donald David will arrive at St. Mark Church in Denver, CO on Thursday, October 21st at 5:00 p.m., where he will lie in state until after the Requiem Mass which will be served at 7:00 p.m. He will then be taken to the St. Laurence Center in Tallahassee Creek, CO where, upon arrival, a brief low Mass of Requiem will be served followed by interment in the specially-prepared sepulchre just west of the Basilica of St Laurence. Then, this Saturday, October 23rd, the final Requiem Mass will be served at the Center at 11:00 a.m.. Condolences may be sent c/o Father John Connely (firstname.lastname@example.org ) of St. Mark Church in Denver.
Fr. John Connelly writes:
Following his Chrismation and Ordination, Father Donald David Wallace Lloyd, D.D. told me very sincerely that never in his life had he felt so uplifted, blessed, (he used a vocabulary to explain this that I cannot entirely remember), and that his joy was beyond anything of merely earthly happiness. He was delivered from all the sorrow of 93 years (the age at which he received into Holy Orthodoxy) and then continued his earthly life as the most powerful intercessor that I have ever known. If your retired Priests want to see Paradise, let them follow this example. Father Donald was given names for prayer in restaurants and everywhere we traveled. He normally rose at 5.00 o'clock so to complete his Morning Prayers by 8:00 o'clock given his lists of living and departed souls.
Bishop Basil writes:
Dear to Christ:
Grace and peace to you from our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I was indeed very saddened to learn of the repose of Father Donald David early this past Lord's Day. With great fondness I cherish memories of the happy tears he shed at the time of his Chrismation at the Chancery's Chapel of Ss Raphael and at his ordinations at the Cathedral's Chapel of the Holy Unmercenary Healers at the age of 93 in February 2006. Until recent circumstances of failing health required his leaving his own apartment, Father would delight me with a weekly telephone call made, as he would say, "merely to thank Your Grace for my ordination and to tell you how happy - how very happy I am to be an Orthodox Christian." When I would beg him to give Holy Orthodoxy 68 years of priesthood (as he did to his former denomination) he would humbly and quietly say, "Your Grace, I will do my best to do so." May his soul now depart to be with our Saviour, the Great High Priest in Whose One Priesthood Father Donald David was deemed worthy to share.
On behalf of myself and all his fellows of the St Raphael Clergy Brotherhood of our Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, I convey to you and to all who mourn his passing sentiments of most sincere sympathy. May this pious and devout Priest of our Most High and Triune God be granted rest in the bosom of Abraham and eternal delight in the Kingdom. Be assured of our fervent prayers for the repose of the soul of our brother and concelebrant - The Priest Donald David - and for the consolation of all who mourn. May Father Donald David be granted Paradise, and may you be granted long life.
In Christ Who is our Resurrection and our Life,
+ Bishop Basil
Bishop of Wichita and the Diocese of Mid-America
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Update, October 26: MAY HE BE GRANTED PARADISE! The eldest member of our St. Raphael Clergy Brotherhood, ninety-seven year old Fr. Donald David Wallace Lloyd, D.D., who reposed on Sunday, October 17th, was buried this past Thursday in one of the specially prepared priestly tombs located to the west of the basilica at St Laurence Center in Tallahassee Creek, CO. May his memory be eternal!