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

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When the holy Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was beset by boredom, and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, 'Lord, I want to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction? How can I be saved?'

A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray. It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him: 'Do this and you will be saved.' At these words, Anthony was filled with joy and courage. He did this, and he was saved.


The Desert Fathers