Saturday, September 10, 2016


Helen Delich Bentley
Photo: U.S. Congress
Please join us for a Parastos (Panakhyda-Orthodox Christian Memorial Service) for former U.S. Congresswoman, +Helen Delich Bentley. This will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Orthodox Church of St. Matthew, 7271 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.

This will be followed by a dinner at the home of Michael Kosmas, 7309 Shady Glen Drive, Columbia, Maryland, 21046.

Phone: (410) 925-1150

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You are invited to join us in raising funds to help in the restoration of the ancient Serbian Orthodox Monastery HILANDAR on Mount Athos, Greece, which is still recovering from a devastating fire in 2004. 100% of your donation will be used for the restoration of the ancient CELL OF THE TRANSFIGURATION, a short walk from Hilandar, dating back to at least the 13th Century...

 Hilandar, Serbian Orthodox Monastery on Mt. Athos in Greece
It was hard for me to believe that many of you haven't heard of the 40 day Parastos being organized in Maryland for our beloved former U.S. Congresswoman, Helen Delich Bentley. Please share with your relatives, friends, clergy, fellow parishioners, etc. this valuable information.

Very important...from Michael Kosmas:

Dear friends: I hope this finds each of you well. Apologies that it took me a bit of time to finalize and send this information to you, but I wanted to have the precise details for our memorial project for Helen included in the attached invitation.

As you may already know, we are having a Memorial Service (Parastos/Panakhyda) for Helen at the Orthodox Church of Saint Matthew in Columbia, Maryland on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 3 pm. All of the details are in the attached invitation. Everyone is invited to my home afterwards for dinner. I would be most appreciative if each of you would help me get this information to everyone in the Serbian-American community who would like to be with us for this special day, everyone is welcome and I would very much like to give Helen the farewell that she so richly deserves from all of us who loved her so dearly.

I also wanted to find a significant and lasting memorial project to honor Helen. Although it is hard to compete with the Governor of Maryland and the “Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore” I believe that I have found a project that is also very significant. After many consultations with Abbot Methodios of Hilandar, Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia and the representatives of the Serbian people on the Holy Mountain, in Helen’s memory we are going to restore the ancient Cell of the Transfiguration, a short walk from Hilandar. This Cell dates back to at least the 13th century and was the home of the Serbian monk Domentijan when he wrote his famous hagiography of Saint Sava in the middle of the 13th century. In modern times it has fallen into disrepair and is not habitable, but the fathers of Hilandar would like to restore this ancient site for prayer and habitation by Serbian Orthodox monks.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me with any questions and again please feel free to share this with all of the Serbian-American people who may be able to join us and/or help with our memorial project for Helen.

Best regards,

Michael Kosmas

Phone: (410) 925-1150


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