- Services marking the 20th anniversary of the repose of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann will be held at Three Hierarchs Chapel at Saint Vladimir Seminary here on Saturday, December 13, 2003, the Feast of Saint Herman of Alaska.
The festal Liturgy will begin at 9:00 a.m., after which the Memorial will be celebrated. Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus, will deliver the homily.
Dean of the seminary from 1962 until his death in 1983, Father Schmemann worked tirelessly for the good of his students, the seminary, and Orthodoxy in America. During his tenure, the seminary achieved wide recognition as a center for Orthodox theological studies. In addition to teaching at the seminary, Father Schmemann held adjunct positions at Columbia University, New York University, and Union and General theological seminaries in New York.
Father Schmemann’s published works, including For the Life of the World, Introduction to Liturgical Theology, and Church, World, Mission, still attract a broad readership. Saint Vladimir Seminary Press has published several of his works posthumously, including The Eucharist, The Journals of Father Alexander Schmemann 1973-1983, and his short exposition on the Lord’s Prayer, titled Our Father. He also was well known internationally for his weekly broadcasts to the Soviet Union over Radio Liberty, a ministry which he pursued for over 30 years.