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I express my sorrow at Metropolitan Christopher’s death. He was a very good person. May his memory be eternal!
Dearest Friends, Our deepest and most sincere condolences to all of you on the passing if your Dad and Djedo. His love and caring for all of his family never waivered and was so evident whenever he talked of you and saw you. My childhood and formative years were very much shaoed by his guidance and teachings and I am forewver indebted to him for so much of what I believe and who I am, today. May all of your wonderful, happy memories of him bring you some comfort and know that we outside your family circle. are reliving our memories of him and the positive impact he had on our lives. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Love, Ljubi
Dearest Valerie, Peter, Paul and Vel, Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your father. He was a remarkable man in so many ways and touched the lives of countless Serbian Orthodox youths. The first time I ever saw him, he was wearing a sweatshirt with a whistle hanging from his neck and driving the train around Camp Coloma. I remember thinking “what an awesome priest!” Not only did he lead our many informative religious education classes, but I smile when I remember his skill at playing the piano and roller skating. I was fortunate to be in Belgrade with all of you when he was elevated to the rank of Bishop and also again when he became the Metropolitan. He led our church well through some difficult times but never forgot the importance of our youth. This was so evident whenever I saw him at St.Sava camp and we would laugh about the “old days.” He impacted so many lives and we will all miss him. Vjecnaja Pamjat.
Our prayers for the repose of the soul of the servant of God, Metropolitan Christopher. It was (the then) Father Velimir, who chrismated me upon my conversion to Orthodoxy at St. Archangel Michael church in 1968. We will always fondly remember him and his wise counsel. Our heartfelt prayers, also, for his family and loved ones. VYECHNAYA PAMYAT
To the family of +The Most Reverend Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER we extend our sincerest condolences on the loss of your Father,Brother,Djedo. Vjecnaja Pamjat. Rest in Peace and watch over us from above.
To the Family: I would like to express my very deepest sympathies on behalf of my family to all of you. The loss of this great man and spiritual leader can only be imagined. He touched so many lives, on so many levels, across so many lands. On a personal level he touched the hearts and souls of my family and we were better for it. Vjecnaja Pamjat.
Dearest Friends, Your father, our Father Vel, played such a huge role in the lives of the youth of the South Chicago parish during his many years as our priest. His attention to making sure we had a superior religious education and also on Wednesday afternoons at Serbian School, endeared him to us all and made growing up in our parish a treasure we all hold to this very day. His door was never closed and the love and counseling he gave us when we needed it was an example of his love for us all. It was a joy singing with him in Sloboda and responding to his mellow, distinctive voice on Sundays. Even as a Bishop and Metropolitan, his voice always took me back to a comfort zone from my childhood. His laugh was infectious and he loved to laugh with us. Camp Coloma, his religious classes, ghost stories, and THE TRAIN are memories that all brought smiles to my face the past there weeks as I said goodbye to him in my memories and in my heart. I was lucky that he was also the father of my friend and my family and that gave me the extra opportunity to get to know him. We will miss him but most of all, we know the love and care he gave to you all, and the pride that he had with each of you and your wonderful spouses and his treasured grandchildren. We are all better adults, parents and people because we were fortunate to be able to call him OUR Fr.Vel. Vjecnaja Pamjat!
Please accept our condolences. As well as an Ideal Spiritual Leader, he was a dear friend.
Dearest Family, Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your beloved father/Djedo. We feel blessed to have witnessed the love he had for his church and, also, the love he gave so freely and generously to his family. May his memory be eternal. Vjecnaja Pamjat. Gig & Rande
To my cousins and their families, my deepest sympathies. I will miss my drives from Houston to Galveston in his company along with the history lessons. Memory Eternal.
It was always a delight to travel far and near and spy Bishop/then Metropolitan Christopher at a Serbian religious, heritage or cultural affair. I could always expect the warmest smile with twinkling eyes and lips that uttered, “And how are you, SW?” As a pre-teen, I had an autograph book wherein he wrote as my parish priest, “May you grow to be the joy of your father and the glory of your mother.” How many times I used that same message in signing similar notes to students. He was an inspiration to all with his wonderful memories of Shadeland, his leadership in developing great Sunday School materials for us, and always valuing the sounds of a good church choir. I was proud to say I was with him at Vracar and at Kosovo, 1989. Vjecnaja Pamjat.