There is a group that I chat with frequently. It consists of several priests and a layperson, three intellectuals and one wannabe (that would be me). We talk about topics far-ranging and fascinating, from patristics to theology to musical tastes to some of the best poetry known to man (I admit, they lose me there...). Last Friday, after the rest of the gang went off to bed, a discussion was continued between two of us about the need to revisit the Orthodox funeral service. I'm not going to get into details, but the main point was that there should be less emphasis on being food for worms and a greater emphasis on resurrection, and the new heaven and the new earth - the major points of emphasis found in the New Testament, but not so clear in the Orthodox funeral service. My partner in conversation was Fr. Matthew Baker. How sadly ironic that eight days after our discussion that service will be said for him. I had only known Fr. Matthew for half a year. He and I were introduced through mutual friends and through a mutual interest in … Continue Reading ››
The loss of Fr Matthew Baker to our small Fellowship is inestimable. He was for me, personally, one of the great hopes for articulating the theological vision that we try to articulate here at the Fellowship. He was also one of my closest friends. His scholarship, priesthood, and friendship will be missed by us. More importantly he will be missed by his wonderful widow and his incredible children. Our Church has suffered greatly in losing this incredible man. Please join us in mourning him and praying for the repose of his soul. Please if you can help his family with a monetary donation. Who Fr Matthew was has been captured very well in Fr. Andrew's post here, "We need more Spiritual Brothers" and by Heirodeacon Herman here, "The Life of Fr. Matthew Baker is a Triumph of Orthodoxy". We have an incredible inheritance to live up to in the work that Fr. Matthew left for us. Let us be found worthy of this calling.