St Herman's Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America (OCA)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sunday Bulletin

The Holy Fire from the Lord's Tomb in Jerusalem was brought to St Herman's and burns on our altar and on our
The Holy Fire from the Lord's Tomb in Jerusalem was brought to St Herman's and burns on our altar and on our "Golgotha" Table.
The Holy Fire from the Lord's Tomb in Jerusalem was brought to St Herman's and burns on our altar and on our "Golgotha" Table.
September 17, 2017

MEMORY ETERNAL to Oiva (Ike) Pesonen, father and father-in-law of John and Michelle Pesonen. He was 98. He passed this last week. May his memory be eternal!

PANIKHIDA (Memorial Service) for Mary Tkach is next Saturday, Sept 23, following Great Vespers.

WE ARE PLEASED TO LEARN that Hope is returning to the Twin Cities! While she looks for housing, she will need a place to stay. If you have a spare bedroom you’d be willing to let her stay in while she looks for housing, please call her at 763-301-1996, or talk to Barb.

LIGHTING AND BLOWING OUT OF CANDLES. Fr Paul will be assigning select persons to blow out the candles at the conclusion of all services. All candles should remain lit until after Fr Paul has entered the sanctuary, closed the doors and the curtains, and let down the lampada in front of the Royal Doors.

DECORUM DURING HOLY COMMUNION. Everyone should remain standing quietly and prayerfully throughout the whole time the faithful are coming forward to receive from the Chalice. I.e., after you have received, refrain from talking, and remain standing prayerfully. If you need to sit, please do so, but refrain from talking. Parents, teach your children to be reverent throughout the service, but especially so at certain times, such as the different entrances, the Reading of the Gospel, and during the whole time of Holy Communion. In this way, we help shape them and ourselves in the ethos of the Church’s inner life.

NEW SECURITY MEASURES announced by the Parish Council. During the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, and all services during the week, the south door will be locked. Entry may be gained only through the front doors. After the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings, the front doors will be locked and only the south door will be unlocked. Please do not leave valuables unattended at any time.

CHURCH SCHOOL, AND ADULT ED Bible Study with Fr Paul begin this Sunday, Sept 17. Church School opening is at 850 am. The Adult Bible Study will contemplate the OT or the history of Israel as the template for the inner life of the Christian. This will lead us to reflect more deeply on the ancestral sin and the biblical teaching concerning the heart, or the inner man.

OUR CHARITY for the months of Sept and Oct is dedicated to ZOE, an Orthodox Christian Ministry for unwed mothers. Nov and Dec will be dedicated to FOCUS MN. For Holy Dormition Monastery, our charity for July and August, we donated $865. Thank you for your generosity!


  • An inventory of all the items in our storage rooms is posted on the bulletin board. Please let us know what items you do not want thrown out!
  • Ushers are wanted! You will take turns Sunday to Sunday monitoring traffic in and out of the Church, but also to assist anyone needing assistance.

MITTEL EUROPEAN DINNER is Nov 4. Mark your calendars!

THOSE WHO GET IT will understand how it is that we have a Facebook page, even though we intentionally did not sign up for one. Talk to Emanuel or Christina about accessing our Facebook page in order to play the self-promoting game of “liking” it, especially so that news of our upcoming Mittel-European Dinner (Nov 4) will get widespread and free publicity!

MEOCCA FAMILY CAMP is Friday through Sunday, October 6-8, at Camp Courage in Annandale, MN. Dr Philip Mamalakis, author of “Parenting Toward the Kingdom”, will be the retreat master, speaking on that topic. Registration is now open for Family Camp at

MEOCCA CATECHISM for the Fall. Intro to Orthodoxy: a 12-week class on the basics of Eastern Orthodox Christianity will be held this Fall on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm beginning September 12th. The class is open to everyone, especially inquirers and those interested in converting to Orthodoxy. Classes are held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Saint Paul, MN. Register online at


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Portaitissa Miracle-Working Icon, Iveron Monastery, Mt Athos
Portaitissa Miracle-Working Icon, Iveron Monastery, Mt Athos
Portaitissa Miracle-Working Icon, Iveron Monastery, Mt Athos

There once was a man who found himself out on a very cold, very dark plain.  Well, actually, it wasn’t just a man, it was many, many, many men – and women, and children and teens.  In fact, it was probably most men and women, children and teens. And, it wasn’t just once upon a time. It actually was yesterday and the day before that, and the day before that. It was just today, in fact; and no doubt it will be tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, too.

Anyway, as I started to say, there was once a man who found himself on a very cold, very dark plain. Looking up, he saw far away the warm light of a campfire burning in the distance (never mind; I guess I already said it was far away). He turned to someone next to him (as I said in my qualifying qualification, there were, in fact, lots and lots of people besides him) and said, “Y’know, I believe there’s a fire over there. I believe it’s warm, and that it gives off light.”

The fellow he had turned to looked at him and said, “Y’know, I believe you!’

These two men went around and told everyone about the campfire burning far away in the distance. Soon, a large number of “believers” formed. They grew and grew. They formed clubs and associations to talk about the campfire burning away off in the distance. Soon, K-12 schools, colleges and universities dedicated to promoting belief in the campfire sprang up. A pyrotechnical profession was born and those who talked about the campfire were called pyro-thinkers! They wrote books on the campfire. Good thing for them, other believers read their books; and so, a thriving, economically profitable literary industry was born! Book stores popped up. Wow! The campfire was really good for business! The believers formed book clubs and discussed the different properties and characteristics they were really convinced belonged to the campfire that were discussed in the books they read written by the pyros. Every now and then, once a week or so, but in some places two, maybe three times a week, a lot of these believers came together to sing “campfire” songs, and then listen to someone specially trained (or not) give a heart-warming talk extolling the campfire. And then, everyone went home for barbecue on the grill (or was it grilled barbecue; or is that a ox and a moron?)

Funny thing, though, in all of this, no one took the trouble actually to draw (note the not-split infinitive!!) near the campfire. But, most were so busy writing and talking and singing and making money that they didn’t notice that they were still in the cold and the dark. But, in the cold and dark, not near the campfire, is where the money was, anyways, don’cha know. Some of the more complaining type would complain that they were cold and dark, that the campfire was probably just a dark mirage in the cold.  But that’s all they did. They didn’t take the trouble to draw near the campfire, either. That was okay, though, because it gave them the desired space to blame everyone around them for the fact that they were still cold and dark. Yet again, even though it was okay, they were still in the cold and dark.

…Yes, well, ahem; St Simeon the New Theologian is reported to have said something like this: “If you don’t draw near the campfire, you won’t ever get warm. You won’t ever come into the light.” The LORD in the Gospel this morning says: “If you don’t deny yourself and take up your cross to follow Me into the fire (My death and Resurrection), you’ll never find your life.” Simply to believe doesn’t make you warm and light. Truly to believe (note the not-split infinitive again!) means to get off the couch and draw near the campfire! It means to center your life on the Church, the Body of Christ. That sorta means, you’d think, that you gotta come to Church cuz, well, that’s where the campfire burns!

Quoting from the Nike (which is a Greek word that means “victory”, btw, and is the word you’ll find on icons of Christ – really? You mean Christians can wear tennis shoes?) commercial used to say: “Just do it!”

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5355 38th Ave So; Minneapolis, MN 55417
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Upcoming Services

Friday, September 22nd
7 pm Daily Vespers
Saturday, September 23rd
730 am Daily Matins
430 pm Confessions
5 pm Great Vespers
545 pm Panikhida (Memorial) for Mary Tkach
Sunday, September 24th
850 am Church School opening
9 am Church School & Adult Bible Study (with Fr Paul)
945 am Hours
10 am Divine Liturgy of St JhnChrys
12 NOON Coffee Hour
Saturday, September 30th
NO Services (Fr & Presbytera returning from family visit in Boise)
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