It is with great sadness that we announce the repose of our beloved priest and member of the OTRF Conference Planning Committee, Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne, Fr Ephrem Lash. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday 15th March 2016 having gone home from the Church services for the beginning of Lent and spending a lovely afternoon with the parishioners.
Fr Ephrem served at the Greek Orthodox Parish of Ss Anthony the Great and John the Baptish, Holloway, North London. He was parish priest of this Church since 2006. He was a renowned scholar, an Athonite monk of the Monastery of Dochiariou, a learned man of Oxford, a member of a number of societies, including the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, the Orthodox Theological Research Forum and many more.
He often used to speak at conferences, where he spoke about his experiences, the ‘old ladies’ from his parish, and of course the main theme of most of his talks was translating the texts from the original languages of Scripture into English. Fr Ephrem brought much light, love and laughter to the community and to the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, in general. He will be remembered for his wit, his kind care and concern for all, regardless of who they were or where they came from and his cheerful character. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Thursday 31 March 2016
Greek Orthodox Church of Ss Anthony the Great and John the Baptist (1, Sussex Way, Holloway, Islignton, London N7 6RT)
9.30 – 11.15: 9th hour, Vespers and Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
12 noon: Funeral Service by His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain.
These will be open casket services to allow mourners to pay their final respects.
14.30: The Burial will take place immediately after the funeral service at St Pancras and Islington Cemetery in East Finchley, North London (278 High Rd, London, N2 9AG).
Following a wake that will take place at Grafton Primary School, Eburne Rd, Holloway, Islington London, N7 6AR.
Instead of flowers there will be a donation box in loving memory of Fr Ephrem, towards the many needs of his small parish of Ss Anthony the Great and John the Baptist.
May his memory be eternal!