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Obituary: The Rev. Leon H. Matthias

Brother Leon H. Matthias died at Silver Spring, Maryland, September 23, 2013, at the age of 66 years.

Born December 8, 1946 in Antigua he was the son of George and Ethel Matthias. Brother Matthias received degrees from United Theological College of the West Indies, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and Catholic University of America. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry August 24, 1975 and consecrated a Presbyter August 18, 1981.

He was united in marriage to Mabel Yvonne Hall August 28, 1976 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They served in the Eastern West Indies Province from 1975-2002. In the Northern Province they served congregations in New York – Grace Queens (2002-2006) and Tremont Terrace (2006-2011). He entered into retirement January 1, 2012.

His wife, Mabel; sons, Lennox, Leon and Lucien; and four grandchildren survive Brother Matthias.

A memorial service was held October 5, 2013 at United Moravian Church in New York City with the Rev. Dr. Errol Connor officiating.


From the November 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, November 20 — Psalm 129
Daniel 6:19–7:22; 3 John

You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 4:2

Jesus said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” Luke 8:21

Lord, it is so easy to interpret your holy word with our own biases and miss the point you were trying to make. Guide our hearts and minds to understand your calling for us and to act on that calling. Amen.

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