For the prayers of parents make firm the foundations of houses.Wedding Service of the Holy Orthodox Christian Church
This prayer best describes my feeling towards a man who gave me not only his daughter to wed but a firm foundation of prayer and life in the Church. This picture from our wedding contains my father, my father-in-law (that most antiseptic of English terms for relations), and me embracing in a “cord of three strands that cannot easily be broken.” And now that one of us lives on the other side of this vale of tears, I proclaim with the Divine Apostle that the cord remains unbroken.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
Our father and grandfather has passed on to eternity and we his children, grandchildren and friends will never be the same as a result of his love and care for us. The prayer at the end of the Divine Liturgy says, “Sanctify those who love the beauty of Thy house.” Dyeda (Russian for little grandfather) was a builder and contractor not merely satisfied with caring for his own. When he came into faith in the Lord Jesus, he took this prayer as a command. He loved the beauty of the Lord’s house and bent all of his energies and resources towards the restoration of that house in post-Communist Russia. By God’s grace, he helped restore no less than two monasteries and eight churches to their pre-Revolutionary glory making a place again for believers to turn and converse with their Creator.
And now we pray with those believers memory eternal on the soul of our Dyedushka. And may the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of Christ our Savior rest in peace! Вечная Память (Vechnaya Pamyat)