REV. FR. VITO PERNIOLA SJ
CALLED TO ETERNAL REST IN THE LORD

REV. FR. VITO PERNIOLA SJ
CALLED TO ETERNAL REST IN THE LORD

[ Fr.Sunil De Silva - 08.01.2016 ]
Rev. Fr. Vito Perniola SJ was called to Eternal Rest in the Lord, at the age of 102 years, on Thursday 07th January 2016 at the Jesuits' House, Akkarapanaha, Negombo.

His mortal remains lie at the Chapel of Jesuits' Chapel at Akkarapanaha, Negombo. Holy Mass will be celebrated on Saturday 09th January 2016 at 9.00 am, and thereafter his moratl remains will be transferred to Lewella Jesuits' Chapel, for the funeral Mass at 4.00 pm, followed by burial.
Rev. Fr. Vito Perniola S.J celebrated his 100th birthday on 10th April 2013 and presided at the Eucharistic celebration at St. Mary's Church, Bambalapitiya, Colombo 04.

His Excellency Archbishop Joseph Spiteri the Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka, His Grace the Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Marcus Fernando, His Lordship Bishop Vianney Fernando, Mons. Renato Kucic, Charge d'Affaires, Apostolic Nunciature in Sri Lanka, Rev. Fr. Jeyaraj SJ Provincial Superior of the Jesuits, Rev. Fr. Tyronne sj, and sevearl other priests concelebrated at the Eucharistic celebration. Several religious Sisters and a large number of faithful participated in the Thanksgiving Mass.

Fr Perniola was born in the city of Bari in Italy on 10th of April 1913. He is the 5th of nine blessed children of Michelle Perniola (father) and Lucia De G Regoris (mother) of which two of them are priests and two others are nuns. His parents were landowners and owned a town house in which they resided during their school days.

Fr Perniola's devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and mother Mary has changed his life entirely. At the young age of nine he attended the church daily until a firm calling to be a Jesuit Priest. He says, on 3rd of December 1924, on the feast of St. Francis Xavier, his vocation to commit himself to the divine calling came into limelight and prayed before Mother Mary with joy of tears.

He excelled in studies during his school days. On 4th of October 1925, he joined the Apostolic School in Lecce. On 10th of April 1928 he entered the Novitiate at Villa Melecrinis in Nepales to start his religious training as a Jesuit Priest. He finished his preliminary training at the Novitiate and was sent to South India on 30th of December 1932 where he had his deep study in philosophy in Shembaganur. On 2nd of June 1936 he sat for the London Matriculation examination focusing on English Language, Mathematics, Italian, Latin and Greek. Thereafter, he was sent to Elpitiya to be in charge of the boys where he also taught English Language and Religious Knowledge. In October 1936, he started studying Pali and Sanskrit. Soon, he sat for the University of London Intermediate Examination where he chose Pali, Sanskrit, Italian and Latin as the relevant subjects. In 1940, Fr Perniola graduated from the University of London with a BA (Hons) on Oriental Languages: Pali and Buddhism as main subjects and Sanskrit and Hinduism as subsidiary subjects of the degree. Thereafter, he joined the Papal Seminary in Kandy, and ordained as a priest on 21st of November 1943. In 1946, he was sent to the Deniyaya Church as an assistant parish priest.

From 1948 to 1955 Fr Perniola worked as a teacher at St. Aloysious College, Galle where he taught Ceylon history to the senior classes and Pali for those students studying for the HSC examination. In the year 1949 April, he became the Rector at St Aloysious College where he remained to fulfil his duties until the year 1952. In 1952 he was selected to continue the deep study on the history of Ceylon of the Catholic Church which was initiated by Rev Fr. S. J. Perera.

His first mission was printing of the new edition of the history of Ceylon Catholic Church which focused on the life of Rev. Fr. Joseph Vaas. On 27th of January 1955, Fr. Perniola joined as a lecturer at Aquinas College in Colombo where he lectured Pali for the intermediate and final year students of BA (Hons) degree of the University of London.

He was awarded a PhD in linguistics by the University of Poona in 1964. He contributed articles of short meditations every month to the 'Messenger of the Sacred Heart' for years. Later, these meditations were published as a booklet named 'Light and Love'.in 1963, he lectured theology at Aquinas College for the young religious and became one of the main lecturers. During his stay there, he prepared more advanced editions of Pali grammar. However, since the London exams were no more in act his grammar was translated into Sinhalese and published. He preached the word of god and delivered religious speeches for over 4 years to the Rev Sisters of Good Shepherd Congregation and Holy Family Congregation. In the same year, Fr. Perniola was appointed as the chaplain to St Luke's Guild of 'Catholic Doctors Association' in Sri Lanka.

He was also appointed as a member of the Senate of Priests in Colombo and actively involved himself in preparing the National Synod of 1968. In the year 1972, he was appointed as the provincial whereas in the year 1974 he was elected to take part in the 32nd General Congregation. During the years 1982-89 Fr. Perniola served at St. Mary's Church, Dehiwala together with Fr. Chianese sj and Fr, Kuriakose sj and In 1989 he was sent to the Kandy retreat house as the Bursar.
Rev. Fr. Perniola sj celebrates 100 years in life........F
FR PERNIOLA SJ HONOURED BY THE Christian Affairs Ministry on Christian Cultural Day
The award was presend by then Archbishop of Colombo,Archbishop Oswald Gomis on 06th October 2008

Rev. Fr. Vito Perniola S. J. – one of the best Catholic writers

by Godfrey Cooray

Rev. Fr. Vito Perniola S.J celebrates his 100th birthday on 10th April 2013. Without any exaggeration, one could see him as a legend and a living saint. His devotion and uncompromising loyalty to the catholic faith and religion has never been in doubt. To my humble opinion, he has demonstrated as the best catholic writer of this century on documenting the history of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. He always believed that he has come to this world to fulfil a special mission of God. Countless memories of Fr. Perniola comes back to my mind. His deep sense of knowledge and humble attitude of touching the pulse of the people changed thousands of lives towards the positive path of the Christian way. The famous quotations he often cited are entrenched in my memory.

"Prayer is a dialogue with God, leading to a deeper experience of God" "Any path to knowledge is a path to God".

Fr Perniola was born in the city of Bari in Italy on 10th of April 1913. He is the 5th of nine blessed children of Michelle Perniola (father) and Lucia De G Regoris (mother) of which two of them are priests and two others are nuns. His parents were landowners and owned a town house in which they resided during their school days.

Fr Perniola's devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and mother Mary has changed his life entirely. At the young age of nine he attended the church daily until a firm calling to be a Jesuit Priest. He says, on 3rd of December 1924, on the feast of St. Francis Xavier, his vocation to commit himself to the divine calling came into limelight and prayed before Mother Mary with joy of tears.

He excelled in studies during his school days. On 4th of October 1925, he joined the Apostolic School in Lecce. On 10th of April 1928 he entered the Novitiate at Villa Melecrinis in Nepales to start his religious training as a Jesuit Priest. He finished his preliminary training at the Novitiate and was sent to South India on 30th of December 1932 where he had his deep study in philosophy in Shembaganur. On 2nd of June 1936 he sat for the London Matriculation examination focusing on English Language, Mathematics, Italian, Latin and Greek. Thereafter, he was sent to Elpitiya to be in charge of the boys where he also taught English Language and Religious Knowledge. In October 1936, he started studying Pali and Sanskrit. Soon, he sat for the University of London Intermediate Examination where he chose Pali, Sanskrit, Italian and Latin as the relevant subjects. In 1940, Fr Perniola graduated from the University of London with a BA (Hons) on Oriental Languages: Pali and Buddhism as main subjects and Sanskrit and Hinduism as subsidiary subjects of the degree. Thereafter, he joined the Papal Seminary in Kandy, and ordained as a priest on 21st of November 1943. In 1946, he was sent to the Deniyaya Church as an assistant parish priest.

From 1948 to 1955 Fr Perniola worked as a teacher at St. Aloysious College, Galle where he taught Ceylon history to the senior classes and Pali for those students studying for the HSC examination. In the year 1949 April, he became the Rector at St Aloysious College where he remained to fulfil his duties until the year 1952. In 1952 he was selected to continue the deep study on the history of Ceylon of the Catholic Church which was initiated by Rev Fr. S. J. Perera.

His first mission was printing of the new edition of the history of Ceylon Catholic Church which focused on the life of Rev. Fr. Joseph Vaas. On 27th of January 1955, Fr. Perniola joined as a lecturer at Aquinas College in Colombo where he lectured Pali for the intermediate and final year students of BA (Hons) degree of the University of London.

He was awarded a PhD in linguistics by the University of Poona in 1964. He contributed articles of short meditations every month to the 'Messenger of the Sacred Heart' for years. Later, these meditations were published as a booklet named 'Light and Love'.in 1963, he lectured theology at Aquinas College for the young religious and became one of the main lecturers. During his stay there, he prepared more advanced editions of Pali grammar. However, since the London exams were no more in act his grammar was translated into Sinhalese and published. He preached the word of god and delivered religious speeches for over 4 years to the Rev Sisters of Good Shepherd Congregation and Holy Family Congregation. In the same year, Fr. Perniola was appointed as the chaplain to St Luke's Guild of 'Catholic Doctors Association' in Sri Lanka.

He was also appointed as a member of the Senate of Priests in Colombo and actively involved himself in preparing the National Synod of 1968. In the year 1972, he was appointed as the provincial whereas in the year 1974 he was elected to take part in the 32nd General Congregation. During the years 1982-89 Fr. Perniola was sent to the Dehiwala Church as the parish priest. In 1989 he was sent to the Kandy retreat house as the Bursar.

The most significant and remarkable publications were 'Praying with Scripture' written in 1978, 'Touching the Divine' in 1979 and 'Abiding in Love' in 1984.

They were also printed in Bombay by St. Paul's Society which was later on translated into Tamil and Sinhalese. In 1998, he was requested to look into unfinished work of Rev Fr. S G Perera of translating and publishing the documents of the oratorians who had faith in Sri Lanka. Fr Perniola's greatest work was documenting the history of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka about the Portugese period as volumes 1-505-1565 printed in 1989, Volume 2-1566-1619 printed in 1991 and Volume 3-1620-1658 printed in 1991. Further, about the Dutch period Vol. 1-1658-1711 printed in 1983, Vol 2-1712-1746 printed, in 1983 and Vol 3-1747-1795 published in 1985. He also wrote the following of the British Period about the history of the Catholic Church.

Vol 1-1795-1844 (Colombo Vicariate) printed in 1992; Vol 2-1845-1849 (Vicariates of Colombo and Jaffna) printed in 1995; Vol 3-1850-1855 (Vicariates of Colombo and Jaffna) printed in 1995: Vol 4-1856-1863 (Vicariates of Colombo and Jaffna) printed in 2001; Vol 5-1864-1878 (Vicariates of Colombo and Jaffna) printed in 2001; Vol 6-1879-1882 (Vicariates of Colombo and Jaffna) printed in 2001; Vol 7-1883-1886 (Vicariates of Colombo, Jaffna and Kandy) printed in 2003; Vol 8-1887-1899 (Archdiocese of Colombo) printed in 2004; Vol 9-1893-1923 (Diocese of Galle) printed in 2004; Vol 10-1893-1923 (Diocese of Trincomalee and Batticaloa) printed in 2006; Vol 11-1887-1923 (Diocese of Kandy) printed in 2007; Vol 12-1887-1923 (Diocese of Jaffna) printed in 2009; Vol 13-1900-1923 (Archdiocese of Colombo) printed in 2010. Fr. Vito Perniola's work, the result of many years of research is the most comprehensive collection of original documents on Catholic Church history yet published. The history of the church is recorded through documents from the archives and libraries of Rome, Lisbon, Goa, Brussels, Paris, The Hague, Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna of which some were also from many other institutions in Europe and Asia. They were translated and presented in English.

Fr. Perniola is particularly suited for this task. He's an Italian who has been in the island of Sri Lanka for 37 years. He is well versed in Latin, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, Italian, Sinhala, Pali and Sanskrit. He took the Masters Degree in Ecclesiastical Studies both in Philosophy and Divinity and secured an Honours Degree from the University of London in 'Indi Aryuan' languages and obtained a Doctorate from the University of Poona. In the year 1949, for the work he has rendered he was made an Honorary Citizen of Sri Lanka where he still continues to serve. He is a true legend of this century and his masterpieces will undoubtedly be read by the religious from years to come. ‘Ad Multos Annos'.

Father Vito Perniola S.J. - 100th Birthday Appreciation

by Hemal Peiris

Fr Vito Perniola S.J. celebrated his 100th birthday on 10th April 2013. Except for brief visits overseas largely for purposes of research study, Fr Perniola has been living continuously in Sri Lanka, for 76 years having first arrived in 1936. He was granted Honorary Citizenship of Ceylon in 1949, -in recognition of his services.

Fr Perniola was born at Santeramo [Bari] in Italy on April 10th 1913. Fr P ‘s parents were land owners and owned a ‘town- house’, in which they resided during the school term , retiring to their ‘country house’ during the school vacations. Fr V P was the fifth of nine children. As theirs was a small town, and there was no suitable school for his secondary education, he was sent to a neighbouring town, and was boarded there, with a "simple God-fearing family".

The young Perniola frequented the church close to his boarding –house, and attended mass on every Sunday and feast day. In Dec 1924, during the feast of S. Francis Xavier, celebrated over three days, he attended church services daily, listened to the sermons, prayed and reflected on what he heard. Fr Perniola says he became convinced at that time – at the tender age of 11+ years, that he had a "firm calling, to be a Jesuit Priest and Missionary" - and decided to commit himself to that divine calling.

When the young Perniola visited home that Christmas, he confided his thoughts in his father, and he states he remembers his father’s words very clearly -"If that is your decision, go ahead. If necessary we will make any sacrifice to help you achieve your goal. But woe to you if any shame were to come to our family on account of you".

From his school days he showed scholastic brilliance, coming first in class and receiving double promotions. In 1925, he joined the "Jesuit College Argento of Lecce". At the age of 15 he went to the Provinciate in Naples to start his religious training as a Jesuit. During the second year of his Novitiate, the Superior had taken a pile of Catalogues, and given to each student a copy selected at random, to study and to set out his observations in an essay. The catalogue which came to him related to a training course in Philosophy in Shembaganur, in S. India. He decided then that he will ask to be sent to Shembaganur to study philosophy, and then on to Sri Lanka, to join the existing Galle Mission of the Jesuits of SL. He felt convinced, "that is the place I have to go". He finished his Novitiate training on Easter Sunday 1930, and commenced studies in Latin, Greek, Italian and such subjects.

About that time he fell sick and had to have a tonsil removed, when, in a drawer in the sick room, he came upon a missionary review which he perused, and found an article about the same College in S. India, referred to earlier, and again felt the calling to go there. He feels these were not mere coincidences, but clear instances of Divine Guidance, which he experienced "again and again" throughout his life, influencing important decisions he had to make. Such divine guidance he feels, continues in his life – even today.

He left Naples, Italy for India on December 30, 1932, having visited his home for the last time, to attend the first mass of his brother. This moment of impending permanent separation from his family was tinged with pain for the young Perniola. He sailed by boat to Bombay, and then onward by train to Madras, and on to Shembaganur. He left for Colombo and sat for the Matriculation exam there, in 1936. In Sri Lanka he was initially attached to a missionary parish church and school in Elpitiya. He also started learning Sinhala, and he began "changing my attitudes from a western mentality to an Eastern mentality". While in Elpitiya, he learned that he had been successful in his Matriculation exam, and it was decided he will proceed to study for a degree. He decided to read for a BA [Hons] degree with Pali and Budhism, as the main subjects - and with Sanskrit and Hinduism as subsidiary subjects. This involved studying "two new languages from scratch." As there was no one available to direct his studies or to guide him, he needed to undertake a lot of research and self-study, but was successful in completing his BA [Hons] degree in July 1940.

Father Perniola observes that at first the Pali language was a dialect of Sanskrit, and the dialect spoken at the time, by the Buddha. As a result of this connection between Buddhism and Pali, Pali later developed into a literary language. FR. P observes that the relationship of Pali to Sankrit is very much akin to the relationship of Italian and Latin. No Pali grammar can be considered without reference to Sanskrit. While there was no good Pali grammar available at the time, he had access to an "excellent grammar in Sanskrit", which he observes was considered a ‘sister language of Greek’, both of which fall into the category of ‘Indo-European languages, referred to in Philology.’

FR Perniola began his theological training at the Papal seminary in Kandy in 1941, during World War 2. He states that during the war, Italians in India were interned in concentration camps, but in Ceylon, they were placed under civilian control, mainly due to the intervention of the "Saintly Benedictine Bishop of Kandy - Mgr Bernado Regno"- for whom the governor had great respect and regard. In 1943, FR Perniola was ordained a priest, and in Dec 1947, he was posted to the Jesuit College, St. Aloysius College, Galle, as a teacher. However as there was no Pali or Sanskrit taught at the school, it was decided that he would teach the subject, ‘History of Ceylon’. After study, he updated the available text book on this subject written by Fr. S.J. Perera, the first Sri Lankan Jesuit. He later served as Rector of the College, and also taught Pali at the school.

In 1954, a Catholic University College, Aquinas, was founded in Colombo. He was invited to lecture on Pali and Buddhism, commencing Jan 1953. For teaching the Pali language at the degree level, a good grammar was essential and so he set to work, and published the first edition of the Pali grammar, authored by him. He had to teach for the A-Level exam, the BA [General] and BA [Hons] University of London exams. He takes justifiable pride that all his students were successful.

He observes that students for the Arts degree at that time had to study a classical language. While the Sinhala students preferred to take Pali, the Tamil students preferred Sanskrit. By studying available literature, Fr P improved further the Pali grammar authored by him, and it is now the accepted standard grammar and has been printed by the Pali Text Society of Oxford. Amongst his students has been the Jesuit Fr Aloysius Peiris, who took a First Class [Hons] degree, and went on to become a respected theologian and scholar in Buddhist Studies. When the government stopped holding London University Examinations, in SL, Fr P took to teaching theology to nuns following the Vatican Council.

Later Fr P entered a new and very challenging phase in his life’s work- that of authoring books on the Catholic Church in SL. This was brought about by a dire need felt by many at the time to continue with and complete the good work commenced by Fr. S.G. Perera. The latter had taken advantage of his stay in Europe to visit archives in Rome and in Lisbon, and to collect documents relating to missionary work in Ceylon by the Oratorian priests of Goa who helped save the Catholic faith in SL during the Dutch period, one of whom was Fr Joseph Vaz. However his work was curtailed when a stroke left him paralysed in 1940, and although Fr S.G. Perera lived until 1950, he was unable to finish his work, of which 55 documents had already been translated and published. Since many were convinced of the need to translate all the Oratorian documents, and as it was expected that Fr. Joseph Vaz was to be Beatified, Fr. P. undertook the formidable task of finishing the work commenced by Fr. Perera. At the commencement, he was helped in this task by publications authored by several others – [Refer Preface to Vol. 1 – Catholic Church in SL –The Dutch Period - authored by Fr P.]. This volume can be considered the First Volume of Fr. Perniola’s "Magnum Opus" – titled the "Catholic Church in Sri Lanka" published in a total of 19 volumes, comprising the following,

A] Three volumes on the Portuguese Period 1505 -1658

B] Three Volumes on the Dutch Period 1658 -1795

C] 13 Volumes on the British Period 1795 -1922

The First editions of each of these 19 Volumes were published during the period between 1983 and 2010.

In order to collect material for these books, Fr. P. undertook visits to Archives in Goa, Rome, and Lisbon and also researched the National Archives in SL as also the Catholic Church Archives. He needed to translate into English all the original documents collected from Latin, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch. For this he had to learn these languages [but received valuable assistance in the Dutch language from a gentleman in the national archives]. He completed this work and the last volume No. 19 - was published in 2010. By God’s grace, Fr. Perniola has been granted long life and good health over a span of 99 years, to be able to complete this task in his life-time, which only a man of his unique linguistic skills and scholarship, would have been able to achieve, -a monumental unstinting labour of love.

Fr. Perniola has authored three valuable booklets of meditation titled a] Praying with Scripture [1978], b] Abiding in Love [1979], and Touching the Divine [1979]. There have been several reprints and revised editions of these booklets since then. Prior to these he also published a booklet titled "Light and Love". All these booklets have been translated into Sinhala. He has also contributed learned articles and reviews, and written to the newspapers, - on religious subjects, on historical events, on linguistics, and on literature.

This writer has had the honour of knowing Fr Perniola for over 15 years having first been introduced to him by a relative, who arranged for me to be Blessed by him, following a serious heart complaint, in 1996. Since that day Fr. Perniola has become a close family friend. I have found him to have an incisive mind, and a man who is able and willing to express his views candidly on any important matter – be it connected with Christian doctrine and Theology, or on Inter-Faith relations, or on National and International Affairs. As a practicing Anglican, I have gained much, both spiritually and in other respects from my conversations and my association with him. I have always found him to have well balanced and un-biased views, on any subject –and a heart overflowing with love. He is an embodiment in real life, of the essence of the Christian Faith, based on Gods Two Great Commandments, as taught by Jesus Christ , - "to Love God,- and to Love one’s Neighbour, -as oneself."

His mind remains clear, though he says he is becoming a bit forgetful, and despite a bit of a stoop, and failing eyesight, remains physically active – moving nimbly and speedily, on his feet. Although he is in good health, he has had his medical setbacks. An accident while traveling in a 3-wheeler a few years ago, and again when he was very seriously ill, about an year ago, - and had to be kept on saline for weeks by his doctor, a GP, [on whom he places great confidence]; - he recovered on both occasions by the grace of God, and the love and care of those who looked after him. He declined to enter hospital. Before his recent serious illness, while living in Kandy, -he traveled regularly to Colombo by bus –to visit the Archives and to get about his essential work. Fr P is a man of great faith in his Creator, and a man of simple needs, and a simple life-style.

We were honoured to be invited to attend Fr. Perniola’s 99th Birthday celebration at Jesuit House - a simple event. Mass was celebrated, with him as celebrant. The service was dignified and meaningful. Fr Joe de Mel, a senior RC priest, who delivered the homily, aptly described Fr Perniola as a "National Treasure" which he indeed, truly is. His services to Sri Lanka and particularly to the youth of this country have been immense, -as also to the Church. Above all he is a very saintly man living a life of contemplation and meditation, but finding time to continue working at his computer, and being accessible to those seeking his advice, and guidance. Even now, he is busy writing another book on an important historical subject. Some years ago, I took a fellow-Engineer, a Buddhist and a student of Pali, -to meet him in his sparsely furnished room; and when leaving, my friend told me in all sincerity, " I thank you very much. Today I have met a Saint". Such is the impact on any one who meets him or gets to know him.

Fr. Perniola has a an abiding faith in the all encompassing love of God , and firmly believes that God loves all human beings – irrespective of their differing creeds or beliefs or identity. We pray that God will continue to Bless , Guide and Protect Fr. Perniola, and we join with him in saying - "May Thy will be done".

The above biographical note and appreciation has been based on information gathered in conversations with Fr P, and the writer’s personal observations.

Rev. Fr. Perniola sj honoured for his scholarly work

Reverend Fr. Dr. Vito Perniola was awarded on 28th March 2013, the prestigious Royal Asiatic Society medal scholarship, given once in several years. The event will take place on March 28.

Rev Perniola who holds degrees in Pali, Sanskrit and in Buddhist Studies has contributed immensely to academic activities in Sri Lanka through his contribution to historical studies in the 19 volumes on the history of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka.
The volumes are English translations of original documents in Portuguese, Dutch, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and French. Containing over 10,000 pages, the volumes are based on documents sourced from archives in Goa, Rome, Lisbon, Sri Lanka, the archives of the Catholic Church and other sources. These volumes also contain several glossaries including names of places and foreign words.

In paradisum

In paradisum deducant te Angeli ;
in tuo adventu
suscipiant te Martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem
sanctam Jerusalem.
Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere
aeternam habeas requiem.

Celebrant :
Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine.

All : Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Celebrant : Requiescant in pace.
All : Amen.

"Come, you who are blessed by my Father ;
take your inheritance, the kingdom
prepared for you since the creation of the world."
The Archdiocese of Colombo, offer deep condolences to the Congregation of Jesuit Fathers, on the demise Rev. Fr. Vito Perniola SJ.
We offer fervent prayers that God, the Father of mercies, will grant eternal rest to him and every spiritual consolation to those who mourn his passing.We shall pray for his eternal reward and he shall pray for us to prepare ourselves for the same.
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