Homily of Bishop Panteleimon after the divine Liturgy in the Church of the great Martyr and healer Panteleimon the Moscow infectious hospital №2
December 24, Chairman of the Synodal Department for charity Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo Panteleimon visited the Moscow infectious clinical hospital №2. In the 5-year anniversary of the consecration of the hospital Church of the GreatMartyr and healer Panteleimon he celebrated the divine Liturgy, visited the new building of the maternity ward of the clinic, talked to the patients and medical staff and congratulated all with the upcoming Christmas, diakoniai.
“Temples are built for the man himself became a living temple of God, said the Bishop of Orekhovo-Zuevo Panteleimon. We live in a time when understanding that the person must be a temple of forgotten and erased many live for pleasure, try to provide yourself with comfort and not think about the meaning of life. Therefore, it is important that the Church was reminded of the meaning of human life, which is revealed to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Bishop Panteleimon said that the Church needs to help people to learn the joys of love. “The soul can be joyful always: when we are ill and when we are healthy, when rich or poor. To take care of the joy of the soul is a very important goal, because this joy is the beginning of Eternal Life.”
After the divine Liturgy, which was attended by hospital patients and nurses, Bishop Panteleimon visited the new building of the maternity ward open in July 2017. He visited the office, talked to patients, doctors and nurses and gave them gifts. He was accompanied by the rector of the Church of the resurrection of Christ in the former semyonovskoye cemetery in Moscow Archimandrite Augustine (Pimanov), the rector of the hospital Church of the GreatMartyr and healer Panteleimon Archpriest Sergiy Bogomolov, the chief physician of hospital Svetlana Krasnova, head of palliative care services to HIV-infected the Orthodox service of assistance “Mercy” Olga Egorova, doctors, nurses office, nurses.
Bishop Panteleimon talked to the staff of the maternity ward of the clinic
“The sisters of mercy of palliative care services for HIV-infected mainly help women and men who are being treated for infectious diseases, including HIV infection, – said the head of palliative care services for HIV-infected Olga Yegorova. In the hospital we are asked to come to the doctors when a woman is in a difficult situation and it needs to be calm and comforting when she had nowhere to go after giving birth and she needed help to get.”
Service care for HIV-infected Mercy is a sisters of mercy and volunteers who care for the sick in the Moscow Infectious hospital №2. The majority of patients with diagnoses of HIV and AIDS, cared for by sister dobrovolcy are young men, their average age is 30 years. The service works in three departments of the hospital that treated 140 people. About 10% of them are seriously ill people who need help even in simple hygiene procedures.