Riassaphore-monk Seraphim (22 July 1935—18 March 2018)
Dear friends and parishioners,
It is with great sorrow that we, the Brotherhood of Resurrection if Christ Church and Skete, inform you of the passing of the oldest member of our monastic community, RIASOFOR-MONK SERAPHIM (BASILSON, aged 82) on Sunday, March 18th.
Because Fr. Seraphim had no will and no property, the County has to determine a guardian. Fr. Seraphim always wanted to be independent and never wanted a guardian appointed.
The office of Jordanville monastery, where we plan to have Fr. Seraphim buried, has informed us that, because of the snow and frozen ground, they expect his arrival at the monastery to be toward the end of next week.
Tentatively, his funeral is planned to be on Monday or Tuesday at 4 pm at the Resurrection of Christ church, 1201 Hathaway Ln NE in Fridley. Exact date to be announced.
There will be a panykhida for Fr. Seraphim on Sunday, March 25th, at 12 Noon at the the Resurrection of Christ church, 1201 Hathaway Ln N in Fridley.
More information about exact date and time of the funeral is upcoming...
Ryasofor-monk Seraphim (Basilson) was born on July 22nd, 1935, in Harbin, in the Russian colony there. He went to a Russian school. During the occupation of the Japanese/Communists, the Russians left China and went to the island of Tubabao. Then some went to Australia, as did Fr. Seraphim. After some time in Australia, Fr. Seraphim immigrated into the United States to study in Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville. He learned Church singing and ustav during his studies at the seminary. Having a good voice, he was invited to be the psalomshchik at the Synodal Cathedral in New York City. He performed this service every day except Tuesdays. He was very successful in his position as cantor, knowing the music and the ustav.
Unfortunately, Fr. Seraphim was not destined to remain at the Synodal Cathedral. His life became one of wandering, and he ended up living in several places, none of them to his satisfaction. When Fr. John invited Fr. Seraphim to come to Minneapolis, he at first stayed only one month, but later requested permission to return, which Fr. John granted. In the long trip to Minneapolis, all of Fr. Seraphim’s belongings, which included some money and clothes, were lost and never recovered. When he was picked up at the bus station in Minneapolis, he had nothing with him. He was received and given the opportunity to read and sing at the kliros, which he did for over 20 years.
On Sunday, March 18th, Fr. Seraphim was not feeling well and stayed in bed, but was gotten up to have something to eat and drink in the afternoon. He was aware of his surroundings, talking but very irritable. He complained of pain in his right ankle. We were preparing to take him to urgent care because of this ankle, but he became weaker and would roar out exclamations. He was not confused but had such trouble walking that we had to help him fall into the front seat of the car. His condition did not seem extreme. We drove him to Unity Hospital, and during the drive he became flaccid and stopped breathing. We drove into the ambulance entrance of Unity Hospital, where Fr. Seraphim was put on a stretcher and wheeled into an emergency room. CPR started immediately, lasting approximately 30 minutes, but was unsuccessful. The doctor noted the death to be at 5:20 pm on Sunday, March 18th.
Fr. Seraphim is at the Kozlak-Radulovich funeral home. The funeral is scheduled for 4 pm on Monday or Tuesday because the Jordanville cemetery was unable to get his grave prepared sooner because of the ice and snow. During his time at our Skete, Fr. Seraphim was the main reader, reading the services of Matins, Vespers, and Compline every day. He leaves a big void in our community, and we wish him Memory Eternal.
22 March 2018
Beautifying the Iconostasis
We ask all of you who wish to donate for this beautifying of the iconostasis. If you are able to help cover the cost ($2,500), you can give your donation to Br. James, the Treasurer, or Victor Durnev, the Assistant Starosta.
Wednesday, of the fith week of Great Lent
On Wednesday evening in Orthodox Churches the service called the “Standing of St. Mary” is served. This is the only service during the year in which the entire Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete is read; this canon was read in four parts during the first week of Great Lent. Along with the canon is read the Life of St. Mary of Egypt. For this reason the Matins service for Thursday (served Wednesday evening) is called the St. Andrew Standing and the Standing of St. Mary of Egypt. In the canon are gathered and set forth all motivations for fasting and repentance, and the Holy Church repeats it now in its entirety in order to inspire us with new strength for our successful completion of the fast. The Life of St. Mary of Egypt is read with the same aim—to encourage those repenting and to give them strength.
Sunday of the Cross ./ Крестопоклонная
~Friday March 16
Akathist before the Kursk Icon
Акафист пред Иконой Курско- Коренной
Liturgy in presence of the Kursk Icon
5:30 pm Vigil
~Sunday March 18
St John of the Ladder
Преп. Иоанна Лествичника
8:15 am Nocturns, Hours, Confessions
9:00 am Divine Liturgy / Литургия
*Please see our most current schedule found in the latest bulletin
*Обновления к расписания служб могут быть найдены в последнем церковном листке