Funeral for Elder Ephraim to be served on Wednesday (+ VIDEOS)

Florence, Arizona, December 9, 2019


The funeral service and burial for the newly-reposed Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona is expected to be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 1:00 PM, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency.

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Monks and nuns from the many monasteries he founded throughout America and Canada and many of his spiritual children have already begun visiting St. Anthony’s to pay their respects and bid farewell to their elder.

Mystagogy reports about his repose:

December 7th 2019, the much-beloved Elder Ephraim of Arizona reposed in the Lord after being ill for many years. According to reports, Elder Ephraim was aware of his impending death some days before, and despite this he would still daily go out and give his blessing to the people. His personal doctor told him to not go out Saturday evening, the day of his repose, to bless the people. Elder Ephraim was lucid on the day of his repose and partook of the Immaculate Mysteries. Then at 9:00pm (Mountain Standard Time), as he was upright occupied with something, he suddenly tilted slightly to the side and died. Nurses found him practically upright, having delivered his spirit to the Lord.

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Hear Elder Ephraim chanting in the video below:

The video below includes many wonderful pictures of the Elder and audio of him speaking:

For more on Elder Ephraim, see our article, “Catch a Fire: An Athonite Missionary to America.”

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Antonios shinas12/19/2019 11:08 pm
Father efraim was holy man and he will be all ways holy man god will be forever with him. 9
Elias Merianos 12/14/2019 8:17 am
Thank you
Pavel12/12/2019 10:32 pm
I pray for this kind and saint monk Ephraim. Let God bless him and make his soul live with saints and holy father Joseph! Never met father Ephraim in person but I feel like he did so much good to me. Pavel. Kiev, Ukraine.
Joseph decicco12/11/2019 7:41 am
I am not orthodox Christian yet,I wanted badly to go to Arizona and be blessed by just being able to see Father Ephraim. Now I will go to be baptized Orthodox, in the presence of his Blessed Spirit at the monestary. God God you in His merciful and loving arms dear Elder, you are with your Lord for eternity. Bless your gentle soul
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