MOUNT VERNON, MO. -- Religious leaders urged prayers for Nancy Cruzan and her family and called on euthanasia opponents to stop trying to force the state to resume feeding the woman, who is in a vegetative state, but a Florida minister ignored the suggestion and appealed to have her feeding tube reconnected.

She remained officially listed as in deteriorating condition yesterday, eight days after a judge authorized her parents to have a feeding tube removed.

Euthanasia opponents were stymied last week in asking various courts to force the state to resume feeding Cruzan. Yesterday, the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney of Boca Raton, Fla., appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis to order the tube reconnected until it can determine whether Cruzan's civil rights were violated.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations joined in urging "those who are attempting to disrupt the ruling of the court and the wishes of Nancy Cruzan and her family {to} end their activities and join us in respecting the judgments of the courts, which have thoroughly examined the questions involved in the Cruzan case and have concurred in the Cruzan family's decision."