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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

On the Repose of Juliana Schmemann

More than 33 years after the death of the great Orthodox liturgical theologian Alexander Schmemann, his wife Juliana has also departed this life.

Herself a published author of two short works, one reflecting on her marriage to the great man, My Journey with Father Alexander, she would also author The Joy to Serve.

Additionally, her role in selectively editing the The Journals of Father Alexander Schmemann, 1973-1983 has been noted by Orthodox scholars such as Michael Plekon who, several years ago in reviewing the longer, fuller, and more "controversial" French edition of the journals pleaded for a fuller translation into English so that we could get a better picture of Schmemann without worrying about whether some of his acerbic comments and sharp asides would somehow diminish the man.

But now is not the time for those questions, as we pray for the repose of her soul, pray for consolation for her family and many friends, and pray the Lord to make her memory eternal.

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