Father Thomas Hopko on the Death of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmeman

This weekend, I’m going to a workshop at St. Nicholas led by Father Thomas Hopko, the Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY. The title of the workshop is “Death and After Death.”

When Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann went to sleep in the Lord twenty-some years ago, Father Hopko said “Father Alexander’s death has been called ‘untimely,’ and in a human sense it was. As Archbishop lakovos said on the CBS television tribute, ‘He was taken from us much earlier than we thought.’ Yet he was taken from us by God, and in this sense his death was certainly ‘timely.’ With God there are no accidents, and every moment is the right one for everything, including one’s death.”

What a hard thing to remember sometimes!

Additional article on a completely different subject: Fr. Thomas Hopko discusses the Orthodox Christian understanding of homosexuality. He has a new book on this topic, too: Christian Faith And Same Sex Attraction: Eastern Orthodox Reflections.


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