Remembering an anniversary

On 27 February, Abba Seraphim marked his sixty-seventh birthday by visiting and praying at the grave of his predecessor, the late Metropolitan Georgius of Glastonbury (1905-1979), it also being the eve of the thirty-sixth anniversary of his repose. Abba Seraphim recalled that three days before predecessor’s death he had celebrated the Liturgy in his presence, as after a minor stroke he was too frail to do so himself. It had been a very happy day for him as he had been surrounded by his flock but the next day he suffered a further fatal stroke and Abba Seraphim was with him when he reposed. He had served the church as Metropolitan for almost 35 years which, through the grace of God, Abba Seraphim had now exceeded.