Update on Metropolitan Laurus
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THE FIRST HIERARCH HOSPITALIZED - UPDATED!
The First Hierarch in the Hospital
Tuesday, 3 December: The First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, was hospitalized.
Following the celebrations in San Francisco and the Autumnal Session of
the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia,
Vladyka Metropolitan returned to Holy Trinity Monastery. His advisors,
seeing his fatigue and weakness, insisted that the First Hierarch rest,
and a week and a half ago he departed for Florida for several days. In
Florida, Vladyka began to experience pains in his chest, and by Friday
they were sufficiently strong that he was obliged to go to the
hospital, where he spent three days. On Monday, 2 December,
Metropolitan Laurus returned to Jordanville, and a day later, his
temperature increased and he was once again hospitalized.
Physicians are in the process of diagnosing his problem. Vladyka
Metropolitan is very weak and regrets that he could not serve in
Syracuse, at the Church of the Entrance into the Temple of the
Most-Holy Mother of God, and will likely not fly to Seattle for the
feast day to St. Nicholas Cathedral.
The First Hierarch asks prayers of the faithful flock of the Church of
Friday, 6 December: Vladyka Metropolitan remains in the hospital. On
the day of the Entrance of the Most-Holy Mother of God into the Temple,
he was able to partake of the Holy Gifts. Doctors are still unable to
determine the cause of his pain and temperature. Churches of the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia are fervently praying for the
health of the First Hierarch.
Monday, 9 December:Vladyka Metropolitan is reportedly feeling better.
The chest pains have disappeared, as has his temperature. Doctors in
the local hospital (Cooperstown, NY), found no serious problems and
feel that Metropolitan Laurus' condition is a result of fatigue. This
morning, accompanied by Protodeacon Victor Lokhmatov, Vladyka
Metropolitan departed by car to Boston to see his own
physician-specialists. Vladyka Laurus arrived in Boston in the early
afternoon and he was admitted to the hospital for rest and further
examination. Vladyka Metropolitan thanks everyone who prayed for him
and asks for their continued prayers.