Blessing of cross to mark the second anniversary of Archbishop Job’s repose

CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — Sunday, December 18, 2011, marks the second anniversary of the repose of His Grace, Bishop Job of Chicago and the Midwest.

Blessing of cross to mark the second anniversary of Archbishop Job's reposeHis Grace, Bishop Matthias, has asked that Memorials be celebrated the weekend of December 17-18 in all parishes of the Diocese of the Midwest.

Services will also be celebrated at Saint John the Baptist Church, Black Lick, PA, where Archbishop Job was laid to rest behind the church’s altar. On Sunday, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., after which the beautiful monument recently erected on the grave site will be blessed. John Suchernick carved the magnificent, solid wood cross that forms the monument’s centerpiece. Incorporated into the design are the words of John 13:34 — “A New Commandment” — a passage that Archbishop Job had set to music and that for years had been sung — and continues to be sung — in many parish churches.

A video recounting the experiences of the 150-plus individuals who participated in a mission trip in Archbishop Job’s memory to Project Mexico’s Saint Innocent Orphanage July 12-18, 2011 is now available for viewing and downloading at Led by Bishop Matthias, trip participants built several homes during their mission. Further information may be found at

In related news, copies of Archbishop Job’s booklet on “Holy Supper” are still available and may be ordered by writing to

May Archbishop Job’s memory be eternal!

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