UNIONTOWN, PA. - Early in the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Sister Rita (Florence) Keshock fell asleep in the Lord at Mt. Macrina Manor. While the community was praying Matins on Sunday, commemorating the Resurrection, she surely met her Risen Lord with joy and gladness.

Sister Rita, the daughter of the late Michael and Sophia (Backus) Keshock, was born in Campbell. She entered the Sisters of St. Basil the Great from St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown on June 12, 1947, and made her final profession of vows on Aug. 28, 1953.

Sister Rita spent half of her religious life in the ministry of education, for which she was well prepared, having earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education. The remainder of her years in ministry were spent in the world of art as a painter, a calligrapher, a crafter and an etcher. She became known for her ornate eggs etched with icons which were exhibited throughout the country.

Sister Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Mary Louise and Alice (Kuzmack); and her brother, Edward.

She is survived by her brothers, John (Katherine), Robert (Kathryn) and Charles (Joann); her sister-in-law, Mary Jo; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will be received at the Monastery Chapel in Uniontown on Friday, Nov. 24, from 3:30 to the time of the Parastas Service which will be sung at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Monastery Chapel by Archbishop William C. Skurla.

Interment will follow in the Dormition Section of Mount Macrina Cemetery.

Eternal Memory!

Link: http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2017/nov/23/sister-rita-florence-keshock-osb/


Teachings of Christ

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Abbot Macarius was asked: "How should I pray?" The staretz answered: "There is no need to waste time with words; it is enough to hold out your hands and say: 'Lord, have mercy.'  If you are hard pressed in the struggle, say: 'Lord, save me!' He knows what is best for you, and he will have mercy on you."

Abbot Macarius, quoted in St. Gregory Palamas and Orthodox Spirituality, Meyendorff, 1974, SVS Press