Sergius Bulgakov



Fr. Sergei Nikolaevich Bulgakov
(June 16, 1871, Livny - July 12, 1944, Paris)

"The greatest Orthodox theologian since Saint Gregory Palamas"
-- Constantin Andronikov (d. 1997), French translator and editor


Fr. Bulgakov's grave at
Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois
(Tomb 579, Plan I)
near Paris
Fr. Bulgakov's funeral
was held at Cathedrale
St. Alexandre Nevsky
12, rue Daru, Paris



Dear Father Sergius,

You were a Christian sage, a teacher of the Church in the purest and most lofty sense. You were enlightened by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Comforter to Whom you dedicated your scholarly work. He transformed the Saul in you into Paul. He guided you to your last breath. Twenty-six years ago you partook of His gracious gifts in the sacrament of ordination and you bore the cross of priesthood in the Holy Spirit. It is significant that you received this gift on the day of the Holy Spirit--when He descended upon the holy apostles in tongues of fire. Thus you had a share in them. You were an apostle in your life...It is significant too that you celebrated your last liturgy on earth on that very day of the Holy Spirit, the anniversary of your ordination as a priest...How bright your countenance that day! Your soul was conscious of its last triumph in this world. And it was on that day that the Lord called you to cease your priestly service on earth so as to continue it there, at the throne of God, in the choir of holy angels and apostles.

-- Excerpt from funeral homily by Metropolitan Evlogy


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Bulgakov Society Notes:

  • If you would like to join in occasional or periodic conversation in Memphis about the life and work of Fr. Bulgakov, please let us know.


  • Note to Researchers: Fr. Bulgakov's first name is variously spelled as Sergius, Sergii, Sergei, Sergey and Sergej in the literature. His last name is variously spelled as Bulgakov and Boulgakov.


  • The photograph of Fr. Sergius Bulgakov's gravesite, near the top of this webpage, has been made available to us courtesy of Roman Zaviyskyy, Oxford University.


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  • Please let us know of other resources that might be appropriately added to this web page.


  • Sergius Bulgakov Society was pleased to host a reception for Fr. Paul Christy of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church following his Chapel talk at Memphis Theological Seminary on November 10, 2004.


  • The background music you may be hearing at this web page is a sample (mid format) of Shen khar venakhi (Georgian), recorded 1999.





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