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.
WE REMEMBER in our prayers, His Eminence, the Right Rev. David (Mahaffey), Archbishop of Alaska and Sitka. He has been diagnosed with ‘renal’ cancer. He is now in Indiana with his son and family while he undergoes more testing and treatment there.
AT THE REQUEST of Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in America, to our OCA Holy Synod of Bishops, we remember also the suffering faithful under enemy attack in the Armenian republic of Artsakh.
WITH JOY, we enroll Michael Thompson into the catechumenate next Saturday, Oct 24, before Great Vespers.
FR CHRISTOPHER serves St Peter the Aleut in Minot, ND next weekend. We therefore do not serve the Divine Liturgy next Saturday morning.
THANK YOU to our volunteers who served the meal at FOCUS MN last Sunday afternoon. Remember, we have two funds for FOCUS. One is for the meals we host; the other goes directly to FOCUS MN as unrestricted donations. FOCUS will continue to need donations of new or gently used winter clothing. Bring donations to St Herman’s and place them on the designated table downstairs.
THE SATURDAY MORNING Class for everyone has resumed, and continues with the third session of this second series next Saturday, Oct 24 before another break on Oct 31. The classes are open to all. They are recorded; they can be viewed on our St Herman’s YouTube channel.
REVIEW OF NAMES DRAWN for this morning, Oct 18:
Stuart & McKenna
Escobars (& guest?)
Nick Kelly, Mom & daughter
Brad K Emily P
Corinne & Paul
NAMES DRAWN for next Sunday, Oct 25:
Doug & Maureen
Haley & Eva
Barb T Michael T
ST HERMAN’S BOOK CLUB meets again on Saturday, October 31st at 10:30 following Liturgy. Our current book is The Universe as Symbols & Signs by Nikolai Velimirovich. Please bring suggestions for our next title. All are welcome.
HIS EMINENCE, Archbishop Paul, plans (still) to visit us on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, Nov 21 & 22. His Eminence will award Fr Christopher Maciolek with the gold cross at that time.
WE ARE MOST PROUD of Alessa Rother, one of our parish’s many ‘favorite daughters’! This weekend marks her completion of Boot Camp for the National Guard. Did she make it through successfully? Well, she was among the top three in the category of physical endurance! Way to go, Alessa! We look forward to seeing her again when she is granted a brief furlough to come home in early January!
MEANWHILE, today is Nicholas Rother’s last Sunday with us before he leaves for Boot Camp with the marines. Adieu, Nick! Go ‘with God’! We are most proud of you!
St. Mary's Cathedral’s annual Spaghetti Dinner! This will be a Grab-and-Go Dinner. Pre-order and pay for your meal online. Orders due by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4. Order pick-up will be on Sunday, November 8, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Parish Hall (1701 5th St. NE, Minneapolis). To place your order visit: https://stmarysoclub.square.site/s/order.
ANNUAL IOCC Fund-raising dinner will be a virtual event this year on Thurs, Nov 12, at 7 pm. Speakers yet to be announced. Choose your own meal and cook it, all at home, and watch the event online! Sign-up for this event is free. Type this link in your browser: iocc.org/minneapolis.
ST GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN Orthodox Church, 1250 Oakdale Ave, West St Paul, holds a ‘take-out’ Bake Sale on October 31. Drive through and pick up from 9 am – 6 pm. Shop and pay online at: mideastfest.com/shop.
In the Church, the past is forever contemporaneous; the present in the Church is forever the present by means of the living past, for the God-man Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever ceaselessly lives in His divine-human body by means of the same truth, the same good, and the same life forever making the entire past and present. Consequently, through vivid Orthodox sensation and knowledge, all the members oof the Church, beginning with the holy Apostles and continuing up to those who passed away yesterday, are forever contemporary, for they are forever alive in Christ. Even today, ll the holy apostles, martyrs, and holy fathers are contemporary for every man who is truly Orthodox. Moreover, for him they are more real than many of his contemporaries in the flesh.
This sense of complete unity of faith, life and knowledge makes up the essence of Orthodox ecclesiology. This sense makes the truth clear as day: the God-man is the unceasing, wonderworking power that ceaselessly shows through in the divine-human life of the Church through oneness, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity of faith, life and truth. For what does it mean to be Orthodox? It means to be constantly struggling away from man toward the God-man, to be constantly making oneself divine-human through struggles. In this man is never alone: his every feeling and deed and thought is personal-universal; never just personal, never just universal.
When an Orthodox Christian thinks a thought, he thinks it with fear and prayerful trembling, for he knows that participating in this in a mysterious way is the entire assembly of the saints, the entire image of all the members of the Church. He is never his own, never dos he belong to himself, but rather to all the saints, and through them to the most holy LORD Jesus. When he examines his spirit, the Orthodox n says to himself: m spirit is nothing unless I fill it and perfect it with the Holy Spirit. In the Orthodox Christian nothing occurs through man, but everything through the God-man. They constantly have this sense of divine-human catholicity, warming it and guarding it with prayer and serenity.
Archimandrite Justin Popovic (his icon is in the back of the nave on the Theotokos side), The Supreme Value and Infallible Criterion.