Dear friends, if you have time, please pray for these members of the Southern family on the day they reposed. Many thanks.
But one may ask: ‘What good does it do to pray for the departed?’ An answer is offered here: https://orthochristian.com/130608.html
Along with prayers and hymns for the departed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6je5axPodI
William Grant Still, born in Mississippi, raised in Arkansas, and a well-respected musical composer.
Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, he had the difficult task of leading the South during the War, and was unjustly tortured by his Yankee captors for two years after the ordeal had ended. Interestingly, his death occurred on the feast day of one of the Church’s most beloved saints, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker (the same St Nicholas associated with the Christmas season). There have been a number of times when St Nicholas has miraculously interceded on behalf of those wrongfully accused; perhaps we will find in the Eternal Day that there was some connection between St Nicholas and Pres Davis during his imprisonment.
Gov Francisco Hector, an active governor of Spanish Louisiana (1791-7), some of whose more far-seeing plans went unfulfilled because of geopolitical events outside his control.
Andrew Lytle of Tennessee, one of the great men of the South of any age.
General George Washington, probably Virginia’s and Dixie’s most famous son.
Maggie Lena Walker, an enterprising black business woman whose talents allowed her to found, among other things, the St Luke Penny Savings Bank and build it up into an organization with 1,500 branches.
John Stewart, a free black man from Virginia who became a great preacher amongst the Wyandott Indians in Ohio.
Antoine Dubuclet, one of the most successful free black plantation owners in Louisiana and the whole South. He would later serve as Louisiana’s State Treasurer.
Thomas Holley Chivers of Georgia, a talented poet, a doctor, and an acquaintance of Poe.
Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Moon, the self-sacrificing Virginia missionary to China.
Also, to celebrate some of the saints of December from the South’s Christian inheritance of various lands, follow these links on over:
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!