I just finshed a biography about Alexander Schmemann wriiten by his wife, Juliana, titled My Life with Father Alexander. It was a an interesting story about a great Orthodox theologian. I loved that you quoted him in your book! I thought what he said in his last sermon before his death on December 13, 1983 (Memory Eternal!) would interest you. He was diagnosed with brain tumors and had gone through radiation and chemo treatments and was well aware that his time on the earth was coming to an end.
” Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.
Thank you, O Lord, for having accepted this Eucharist, which is offered to the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and which filled our hearts with “The joy, peace and righteousness in the Holy Spirit.”
Thank you, O Lord, for having revealed Yourself unto us and for giving us the foretaste of Your Kingdom.
Thank you, O Lord, for having united us to one another, in serving You and Your Holy Church.
Thank you, O Lord, for having helped us to overcome all difficulties, tensions, passions and temptations and for having restored peace, mutal love and joy in sharing the communion of the Holy Spirit.
Thank you, O Lord, for the sufferings you bestowed upon us, for they are purifying us from selfishness and remind us of the “one thing needed:Your eternal Kingdom.”
Thank you, O Lord, for having given us this country where we are free to worship You.
Thank you, O Lord, for this school (St. Vladimir’s Seminary), where the name of God is proclaimed.
Thank you, O Lord, for our families, husbands, wives,and , especially, children, who teach us how to celebrate Your holy Name in joy, movement and holy noise.
Thank you, O Lord, for everyone and everything. Great are You, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and there is no word sufficient to celebrate Your miracles.
Lord, it is good to be here! Amen.”
Father Alexander Schmemann
By: Lisa Tereshko