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Page 180 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1

Moir, Ethel, 1916, Document
Page 180 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 180 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 180 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
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Page 180 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
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Dr Inglis with admirable sympathy has divined the religious needs of the suffering men, and she sends a little account of the happiness she was able to give by her quick intuition and her grasp of the satisfaction that would follow on her efforts to provide for the spiritual desires of her patients. "Knowing how much their religion means to Russians, I asked Sister Kolesnikoff, the Russian Sister attached to us (as interpreter) whether the men would like to have ikons in the wards. She said at once that it would make a great deal of difference to them, but that the hospital would first have to be blessed. So we bought four ikons, one for each ward, and the priest came one morning about eleven o'clock and blessed the hospital and the ikons. He held a service in the ward where most of the patients were. He put on a green and gold stole over his ordinary great-coat, and the ikons were arranged on a table in a row before him. He placed three lighted candlesticks at the inner corners, and held a fourth lighted candle in his hand. He dipped a crucifix in a small bowl of water while he chanted some prayers, the patients giving the responses with great heartiness. He then sprinkled the ikons with holy water, and afterwards the patients and the sanitaires. We had to pay twenty roubles for the ikons, and ten roubles for the priest for his service, but when I tell the committee of our next adventure, I am sure they will think the money was well spent, for it is a great thing in a foreign country to show the people that one has sympathy with them. I have been very much touched at the way in which Russian officers have turned to me when they have seen the ikons, and have said: 'Indeed, madame, that was a kind thought.' Our Austrian orderlies were very much puzzled over the incident...'

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