Sunday, May 14, 2006

Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan RIP

Just got this in the inbox from MM (aka Izzy).
Christ is risen!

It has just come to my attention that the eminent church historian Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, May 13, 2006.

His books have enriched contemporary Christian understanding of church history and the development of Christian theology. He will be greatly missed.

Give rest, O Christ, to Your servant Jaroslav with Your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.
You only are immortal,
the creator and maker of mankind,
and we are mortal, formed of the earth,
and unto earth shall we return.
For so You did ordain when You created me, saying:
"You are dust, and unto dust shall you return."
All we go down to the dust,
yet even at the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Give rest, O Christ, to Your servant Jaroslav with Your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting!

CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD!
BY DEATH HE TRAMPLED DEATH!
AND UPON THOSE IN THE TOMBS, HE GRANTED LIFE!

Prof. J. Michael Thompson
Byzantine Catholic Seminary
Pittsburgh, PA

If you want to read more about this great scholar and Christian:
http://www.byzantines.net/byzcathculture/unifier.html
Requiescat in pace. I missed hearing him when he gave the NT talk at USC a couple of years back. Tapes of the talk are available at the Religious Studies department.

Strangely, nothing on the newswires yet, but here's the link to the official announcement at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and Google's blog search results. An interesting anecdoate about his journey to the Orthodox Church over in the comments at Pontifications. Good links at Mike Aquilina's blog.

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