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
M. E. Bradford, one of the South’s best defenders in the latter half of the 20th hundredyear:
Jean-Baptiste de Bienville
‘Canadian naval officer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, served as three-time governor of the French colony of Louisiana intermittently from 1702 to 1743. Bienville and his older brother, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, traveled on an expedition that arrived in Louisiana in 1699. Together they explored the lower Mississippi River valley and established a permanent French settlement in Louisiana, Fort Maurepas. Bienville proved particularly talented, though not always successful, as a negotiator with local Native Americans. In 1718, he chose the site where New Orleans, named for the French Duc d’Orléans, was built.’
Elizabeth Madox Roberts, a gem of a writer from Kentucky:
Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
‘French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, is perhaps best known for giving the region and ultimately the state its name: Louisiana. In 1682, while searching for a water route to the Gulf of Mexico, La Salle—accompanied by a small group of European and Native American explorers—arrived at the point where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. There, he planted a post and claimed the river and its basin for France, naming the territory La Louisiane in honor of King Louis XIV. In so doing, La Salle helped set the stage for the next eighty years of French rule in the new colony.’
Lewis Grizzard, one of the many good comedians Southern culture has produced:
Philip Ludwell III. ‘He was born in 1716 in Virginia. After completing his education at the College of William & Mary and marrying, he sailed to London in 1738 in order to be received into the Orthodox Church. One of the largest landowners in the colonies, he remained true to the ancient Christian faith till the end of his days and earned the esteem of his peers, including many of the Founding Fathers of the future United States of America.’ Interestingly, he reposed on the Feast Day of the Holy Annunciation.
General Richard Gano, a good example of the kind of Christian soldier who fought for Dixie in the War with the Yanks:
Margaret Junkin Preston, sister-in-law to Stonewall Jackson and a great poetess and novelist:
Earl Scruggs. ‘Earl Scruggs, once compared to violinist Niccolo Paganini, not only pioneered the three-finger banjo but played it to standards of taste and technique unmatched by thousands of disciples over seven decades. He was an important figure in the birth of the bluegrass genre, and also brought his artistry to the fields of country, folk, and rock, to college campuses, and to television and the movies.’
Also, to celebrate some of the saints of March from the South’s Christian inheritance of various lands, follow these links on over if you’d like:
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!