A Russian Orthodox priest was shot dead outside his home near Moscow after challenging a group of rowdy drunks, Russian media report.
Father Alexander Filippov, 39, died from a pistol shot in Satino-Russkoye, a village in Podolsk district.
His widow Yelena, quoted by Interfax news agency, said some of the drunks had been urinating in the hallway.
It is deeply disturbing to me when anyone is killed, especially a man of the cloth. I am moved to pray for the two different priests who are cited in this story and their families. I hope others will join me.
Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord.
And Let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.
For the family:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
For Souls in Purgatory:
O God, whose goodness and mercy are unbounded, listen to the prayers we offer Thee in behalf of suffering brethren in purgatory. O bountiful Jesus, who didst shed the last drop of Thy blood for the redemption of mankind, look with compassion upon the sufferings of these dear souls. Let some drops of that precious blood flow upon them, and purify their lest stains, and extinguish the devouring flames in which they are plunged. Deliver them O merciful Jesus, from that place of darkness and tortures and receive them immediately into Thy paternal bosom, there to behold, and praise, and love Thee for all eternity. Amen.