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Metropolitan Antony on the Mend

Earlier this afternoon His Eminence Metropolitan Antony was released from the hospital and transferred to a local NJ Rehabilitation Center.

Archbishop Daniel visited Metropolitan Antony and during the visit, the two hierarchs were able to discuss Metropolitan’s health condition and prayed that the Heavenly Physician of our souls and bodies, Who sent His Only-Begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Benefactor, would extend His healing touch upon Metropolitan Antony, raising him from his bed of temporary illness and suffering, that his weakness may be banished and his strength may be returned, thus enabling him to praise and glorify God and bless His Holy Name.

The Metropolitan was admitted to the hospital following a tragic car accident on the eve of the Centennial Celebration of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.  His Eminence Metropolitan Antony underwent a surgery on his ankle and has been receiving treatments over the past five days.  His physicians are pleased with the success of the treatments thus far and look forward to confirmation of this success in the months ahead. 

We ask that all the faithful and clergy of our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Diaspora as well as those of other Orthodox jurisdictions of the USA, where Metropolitan Antony is well known through his archpastoral activities, to keep him in their daily prayers.  The Apostle James says it concisely: “…the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up” (5:15).

The Metropolitan needs his rest and to rebuild his strength.  Therefore, we ask for privacy throughout this process.  Cards of support and prayer are most certainly appreciated. Please, forward your "Get Well" wishes to the following address:

His Eminence Metropolitan Antony

PO Box 495

South Bound Brook, NJ 08880


We are thankful to Almighty God for His wonderful goodness in turning our heavy hearts into joy by this beginning of restoration of health for Metropolitan Antony; that He did not forsake him, but did visit him with comfort from above; that He supported him in patience and submission to His will. 

 

May His Eminence soon return to his place before the Holy Altar and Throne of God, leading the faithful in a great offering of thanksgiving for God’s Goodness.

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Update on Metropolitan's Health

Earlier this morning Archbishop Daniel received the following note from His Eminence Metropolitan Antony:

Hello Vladyko... As I await the time for surgery on my broken ankle, I wanted to send a note of gratitude to you and to all our staff for a job not only well done, but beyond superbly done for the glory of God throughout our Centennial Celebration. From the hundreds of messages, voicemails and emails I have received I know that everyone present absolutely enjoyed their experience.

I also want to express my deep gratitude to all who have sent me get well messages and are still praying for my recovery. I can feel the three broken ribs healing and will be off my left foot until the ankle heals after surgery - they say for two months. I beg of all who may read this:  DO NOT DRIVE WHEN YOU ARE TIRED - NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU MAY HAVE DONE IT BEFORE AND BEEN OK. That was my situation. Now, however, I suffer for not making the right decision with my own injuries and even more so because my beloved dog and great friend - Lacey - has died from her injuries. Don’t let this happen to any of you and your families!

I love you all dearly and I want you to know that your thoughts and prayers have been such support for me - more than you can imagine!  Prayer is a powerful weapon against the enemies of Christ and even more powerful when concentrated on beseeching His healing touch.  I pray for blessing abundantIy each of your lives and embrace you all in His Love.

May the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

+ Antony


Цього ранку Архієпископ Даниїл отримав повідомлення від митрополита Антонія:

Владико, так як я чекаю на операцію на мою зломану щиколотку, я хочу подякувати Вам та всім нашим працівникам за, не тільки добру роботу, але за прекрасно зроблену роботу на славу Божу під час нашого святкування Століття. Від сотень повідомлень, голосових повідомлень та е-пошти які я отримав, я бачу що вони були дуже задоволені тим святом.

Хочу також висловити щиру подяку всім за теплі слова підтримки та молитви за моє одуження. Я відчуваю три зломані ребра та незможу ходити ще два місяці поки не загоїться щиколотка на лівій нозі. Хочу поділитися досвідом: НІКОЛИ НЕ СІДАЙТЕ ЗА РУЛЬ КОЛИ ВИ ЗМУЧЕНІ — НЕ ЗВАЖАЮЧИ НА ПОПЕРЕДНІ УСПІШНІ СПРОБИ. Це, що сталося зі мною. Тепер, я страждаю не тільки від наслідків аварії, а навіть більше - бо вже нема улюбленої собаки Лейсі, яка була моїм другом. Нехай це не трапляється з вами чи вашими близькими!

Люблю вас всіх, і хочу щоб ви знали, що ваші думки і молитви про мене — то велика підримка для мене, і навіть більше ніж ви собі уявляєте! Молитва є сильна зброя проти ворогів Христових, а навіть більш сильніша сила коли благаємо Його за одуження. Нехай благословить вас Господь.

Нехай милість Господа Спаса нашого Ісуса Христа, любов Бога Отця та причастя Святого Духа буде зі всіма вами.

+Антоній

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South Bound Brook, NJ 08880

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