It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of the Reverend Father Archimandrite Seraphim Graham Turland following a long battle with cancer. He entered into repose on the evening of December 25th, or early morning of December 26th, 2016. Seraphim was a kind soul, and a man of great consideration for all of creation. A man who would do anything for anyone and not think twice.
His final funerary liturgy was held Tuesday (12/27) at Saint John’s Orthodox Church, 20043 Highway 36, Covington, LA. Services took place at 11:00 AM.
Burial took place at 2:00 PM at Memorial Gardens Cemetery located at 2618 MS 43, Picayune, MS. May his memory be eternal!
Below is his Funerary Liturgy Service Booklet:
Last week in extremely hot temperatures I removed the black plastic and stored it as it had done it’s job and killed the grass. I then took the Skete’s newly acquired rear tine tiller and made two complete passes in the garden. Once I got the depth setting correct, I was most impressed with the job it did, and the ease with which it did it compared to the old front tine tiller I used many years ago. Now I will let it sit for a couple of weeks and hope for a good balance of rain and sun so the dry grass will start to decompose and work in on the next series of passes with the tiller. Once that happens I will make my rows. I am starting with three 25′ rows 18″ wide with 3′ between them (lessons learned from earlier gardens). After that I will see what I can grow and how much maintenance it requires. Then I will decide if I should add more rows the next time
The beginning of the new vegetable garden for the Skete!
While my chapel is far from totally finished, it is now quite functional:
I was recently asked by a dear Facebook friend to mount this icon and keep it on hand for someone who might one day need it.
After 7 days of solid work, cutting/fabricating/sanding and painting all the trim, painting the walls and hanging the mini blinds, the renovation stage of my chapel was completed this morning. My next project is to do quite a bit of cosmetic repair on two very large and heavy cabinets (with shelves) and enlist enough help (muscle) to get them from my shop, through the house and into
the chapel. When that is accomplished I will be able to start unpacking boxes and putting my icons on the walls, my books on the shelves and my supplies in the cabinets. Then basically get everything properly arranged and functional.
Today I start cutting and fabricating base board and door/window trim for the chapel. Given the extortionate prices for pre-made trim, I have no option but to fabricate my own from cheap 1×4 lumber. This will be an all day endeavor!
Well the grass is cut before I leave town for a week thanks to my new mower (and accompanying 4 year note) and what a fast and beautiful job she
does! And yes Theophilus (the kind and talented author of my beautiful website) this post is for you my dear friend!!!!!!
Starting last Thursday I started feeling really I’ll and this continued until Saturday evening when I spent five hours in the Emergency Room only to be told that I had a serious intestinal virus. I was given a prescription for anti nausea medication (six pills, $30) and told it would eventually work it’s way out of my system. I was forced to miss Liturgy Sunday and I was supposed to be the Celebrant. By Monday afternoon I had enough and decided I would help it leave with eight tablespoons of good old Milk of Magnesia. By Tuesday evening I was starting to feel better. Today, through the Grace of God and His healing, I was able to bake a batch of prosphora for church. I am currently the only one who can, or will, do this. While I am still far from 100% God enabled me to accomplish this task. To Him be the glory!
I will post progress notes and pictures here as they occur.
This is my future outdoor prayer corner. It is located in the rear of the property in the Southwest corner. Totally secluded and tranquil.