In Moscow completed the first training course for hospital assistants to the priests

After receiving the certificates in the hospital Church of the Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God took place on thanksgiving

22 December in the Central clinical hospital of St. Alexis the Metropolitan of Moscow ended the first course assistants hospital priests, which started in Moscow on 6 October. Successfully completed course 102, which will be distributed in medical institutions of Moscow as volunteers, according to Diakonia. Some students are already helping priests to celebrate prayer services in hospitals. After receiving the certificates in the hospital Church of the Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God held a thanksgiving service which was conducted by the President of the Commission on hospital service of the Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo Panteleimon and members of the Commission in the priesthood.

Course assistants hospital priests was organized by the Commission on hospital service, together with the Eastern Vicariate on the basis of CDB svyatitelya aleksiya. The course objective was to prepare volunteers who will help the sick priests to celebrate prayer services, to visit the sick, to answer their questions about the faith, the Sacraments and the meaning of disease. On the basis of seven interviews for the course were enrolled 114 people. Among them are people with experience in hospices, volunteers of different social agencies, psychologists, doctors.

Lectures in the framework of the course held on Saturdays at the hospital from 6 October to 15 December 2018. The courses are conducted by experienced priests, psychologists, doctors and social workers. Several sessions conducted by the Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo Panteleimon. On completion of the course the trainees passed the final interview, the results of which they were given certificates of completion of courses.

Have successfully completed course 102, which will be distributed in medical institutions of Moscow as volunteers

The peculiarity of the courses of the assistants of the hospital of the priests became involved as teachers of professional psychologists, who talked about the psychology of a sick man, about the work with the emotional state of patients and the rules of communicating with children in hospitals and their parents. Also, students learned about how to interact with hospital staff, doctors, nurses.

The course raised the topic of faith, the meaning of suffering and illness. The priests, many of whom are long serving in hospitals, talked about how man, far from the Church, to talk about the gospel and about Christ, about the Sacraments. Also on the course was dismantled especially the frequently asked patients questions, including the modern claim to the Church, and how to answer them.

With the trainees I met the author of the book “Separation will not be”, the psychologist, the doctor-reflexologist Frederick de Graaf, who worked for many years in hospices Russia and England, candidate of theology, Dean of the Theological Department of pstgu Archpriest Paul Hondzinsky, counselor, teacher of the center of additional education of the faculty of psychology of MPI St. John the Evangelist Arkady Kharkov, psychologist, expert of the Synodal Department for charity Elena Lutkovska and others.

During the training courses to care for patients in palliative care branch of St. Alexius CDB enrolled more than 80 students. Also, some students in the course helped Bishop Panteleimon and sick priests to celebrate vodosvjatnyj prayer services at the hospitals.

After completing the course, the students Bishop Panteleimon handed certificates of completion of classes, the book of the Archpriest George Breev “rejoice Always” and gifts. The participants of the course, on request, will be distributed in medical institutions of Moscow as volunteers to help in the Commission of prayers to the members of the Commission on hospital service. Some will be offered employment.

The Commission on hospital service of the Diocesan Council of Moscow was founded in 2018 with the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. It was created to organize the work of the diocese in health care facilities. The Commission is chaired by the Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo Panteleimon.

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