Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

Recent recognitions given to Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

July 30, 1983 — Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Convention

"I do not know of any modern Orthodox theologian who has made more impact on our theology, spiritual lives and thoughts than the Rt. Rev. Alexander Schmemann. Both in France and in the United States, he has educated scores of bishops and hundreds of priests. Alexander Schmemann has popularized Orthodox theology and brought it down from its ivory tower to the people’s level. He has lectured to academicians as well as to the smallest congregation in North America. Father Schmemann is a pioneer in the field of liturgical theology, and is often quoted by Orthodox and non-Orthodox theologians, alike. His reaffirmation of the eucharistic theology created a spiritual renaissance in thousands of parishes throughout the Orthodox world . . . Without Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox theology in this hemisphere would have been much poorer. On behalf of the Archdiocese, I present to him, as an expression of our love and gratitude, the Antonian Gold Medal, the highest award of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America."

Metropolitan PHILIP

August 25, 1983 — Seventh All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, Banquet Address

". . . We all owe a personal debt of gratitude to Father Alexander Schmemann. The contribution made by Father Alexander to the organic transformation and eucharistic renewal in our Church cannot be measured. The only true measure of what he means to us is our love for him, a love which itself cannot be measured. I want him to know, and I am sure that he does know, that we are in deep communion with him . . . through love, through prayer, through the eucharist."

Metropolitan THEODOSIUS

October 18, 1983 — Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

"Our school receives you with warmth and love and takes special pride in the fact that we bestow upon you today an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity as an expression of gratitude for all you have labored as an Orthodox clergyman, theologian, author and teacher. Yours has been a monumental contribution to Orthodox letters and theology as well as to the projection of our liturgical theology and mysticism. Together with all Orthodox Christians in the land, we congratulate you while we thank God for blessing us with your spirit and presence for so many blessed and glorious years. May God Almighty whom you have glorified and served so faithfully in your body and your spirit, keep you and our sister school of theology honored with the name of St. Vladimir in His loving care and saving grace. My paternal blessings,"

Archbishop IAKOVOS

October 19, 1983 — Meeting of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America

(Excerpts from the Minutes) "In keeping with the instructions of the Holy Apostle Paul to ‘outdo one another in showing honor’ (Romans 12:10), the members of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America, recognizing Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann’s dedicated service to our Church, express their high regard for him as Pastor, Educator, Motivator and Friend by bestowing upon him the right of wearing a second jeweled Pectoral Cross."

Orthodox Church in America

This high honor was to be bestowed upon Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann at St. Vladimir’s Seminary on January 30, 1984, on the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, Patronal Feast of the Seminary Chapel.

The Word, Vol. 28, No. 2, February, 1984, pp. 4-5