Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

Note from hospital bed

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My dear brothers and sisters,

members of St. Vladimir's family,

I wish to thank you, from the very bottom of my heart for your love, prayers, care. No words can express the joy which I experienced as I feel that warm wave to overwhelm me, to take me into the very heart of my faith, love, hope, of all that which we call life in Christ, the Church… I miss you and in spirit I am with you all the time. There is a bright light in these days of expectation. And much of that light I owe it to you.

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks.”

Fr. Alexander Schmemann

P. S. To Don Shadid and all those who helped produce the Masterpiece of the Year — special thanks. It was indeed imperative for me as Dean to know how Seminary looks without me… As to how I look without the Seminary…..

N. Y. Hospital. Sept. 30, ‘82