May every sin of your Priest Servant, Fr. Serge, be forgiven him, those committed in thought, word or deed, knowingly or unknowingly. May he find perfect rest in the arms of his Creator, Savior, and Friend.
Thanks for all you have given to the world in this life Fr. Serge!
I just spoke to St James' Hospital - Fr Serge is on Private Ward 1, and is comfortable. The nurse told me that he is drifting in and out of consciousness - he is hanging on, but the end, sadly, does not seem to be far off.
Psalm 142 With my voice I cried to the Lord; with my voice I besought the Lord and poured out my prayer before him; I showed him my affliction, when my spirit was troubled, but you know my path. In the way of my walking they have laid a snare for me; I look to my right and see none that knows me: the way of escape has gone from me and there is none who care for my soul. I cried to you, Lord, and said: you are my hope and my portion in the land of the living. Hear my petition because I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors because they are too strong for me. Lead me forth from prison that I may give thanks to your name: your just ones shall have hope when you shall reward me. Psalm 119: 105-112 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path; I have sworn and am resolved to keep the judgments of your justice. I am greatly brought low, Lord, give me life according to your word; be pleased with the words of my mouth, Lord, and teach me your judgments. My soul is ever in my hands, and I have not forgotten your law; sinners have laid snares for me and I have not strayed from your commands. I shall inherit your testimony for ever because it is dear to my heart. I have turned my heart to do your commands for ever in truth. Psalm 117 Praise the Lord all you nations; praise him all you peoples; for his grace it strong over us, truly the Lord is forever.
It is time for Compline. I will remember Fr. Serge through this service which for Lutherans begins "the Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last" and closes with the song of St. Simeon, the Nunc Dimittis surrounded by this lovely antiphon:
"Guide us waking O lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace."
Last edited by Thomas the Seeker; 11/09/1104:29 AM.
here's an update from David, a former student of mine from Singapore, whom Fr S has met on his last trip here in 2007, and is now a first-year Med student at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, in Dublin.
I just visited Father. He's doing much better than since I've last saw him. He's much more lucid and his breathing's improved and he's able to swallow a little bit of icecream and icelolly. But they won't feed him orally yet.
He can move his arms now, and paul tells me he was conversing in english, russian, and ukrainian over the weekend. Though, the last few days, he didn't say much. he concelebrated liturgy on sunday and received communion.
Also, they've moved him into a shared ward, he's off the antibiotics and his kidneys are recovering. They've going to put a central line in tmr so they can feed him, since he pulled out the IV. the doctor expects that should give him more energy.
I promised to bring him some chicken soup on saturday and he seemed receptive. Pray my soup turns out well! Shall keep you updated. He was hallucinating a little, kept drinking from an imaginary cup, but it should pass i think.
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