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.
This Saturday, Fr Paul blesses these homes:
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PARISH COUNCIL meets this Wed, Jan 17, at 745 pm, following Daily Vespers (at 7 pm).
ZACCHEUS is next Sunday! Great Lent draws near!
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING is on Sunday, January 28, following a brief coffee hour. An item on the agenda is the nomination and election of the 2018 parish council. Please give any nominations for parish council (you can nominate yourself!) to Joe or Rachel. At our annual meeting, we’ll get updates on our capital campaign, and on the progress of the renovation and repair of our building. We’ll look at the parish council’s proposed budget for 2018; we’ll hear reports from Fr Paul, our Parish Council president, our treasurer. We’ll not talk about the Vikings or the Wolves.
An Inquirers and Catechumens Class begins here at St Herman’s on Saturday, Jan 27, from 330 pm – 430 pm.
MEETING OF OUR LORD in the Temple is on Friday, Feb 2. We’ll serve Vigil with Litya on Thursday, Feb 1, and Divine Liturgy on Friday at 6 am.
CHILI COOK-OFF is around the corner. Why? Because Great Lent is around the corner! Fine-tune those chili recipes. Cook-off will be held on Sunday, Feb 4.
OUR DONATIONS FOR FOCUS in November and December were $1655. Thank you! Our charity for January and February is IOCC.
PUBLICAN AND PHARISEE, the beginning of the Lenten Triodion, is Sunday, Jan 28. Great Lent begins on Sunday evening, Feb 18. Pascha is on April 8; Ascension is on May 17 and Holy Pentecost is on May 27.
ORTHODOX FAITHFUL of the Twin Cities are participating in the Jan 22 March for Life from St Paul Cathedral to the State Capitol. Meet at St Mary’s Greek at 915 am, or at St George Greek around 945 am to be taken to St Paul Cathedral by chartered bus. Service at St Paul Cathedral begins at 1030 am. For more information, contact Sandra Anderson at 612-825-9595.
N.B. The online monthly calendar is subject to change. Good idea to check before an upcoming service to make sure it has not been changed.
The Pan-Orthodox Twin Cities Young Adult League (ages 18-35) will meet on February 25th 2 to 6 PM at St. Mary’s OCA Cathedral Parish Center (1701 5th St. NE, Minneapolis) Join us for ice breakers, a discussion on Lent, social time, Pan-Orthodox Vespers, and a Lenten dinner. Please RSVP email@example.com
2:00-2:15 ice breakers
2:15-3:30 discussion on how we observe Lent.
4:00-5:15 pan Orthodox vespers for the Sunday of Orthodoxy
5:15—6:15 Lenten dinner at St. Mary’s OCA Cathedral
When a man wishes to know himself, to seek God, and to repent of what he has done in the time when he was heedless, g by His grace gives him sorrow over his former deeds….But, though God delights him with these things, He also puts him once more to the test, whether he will abstain from his own wishes and will stand up against things that make war with his heart, the same which formerly defeated him.
[The demons will seek to seduce him away from God by causing] men to give him empty honor. They [the demons] advise him to undertake works that surpass his strength to bear, sowing in his heart thoughts of asceticism, vigil, and of many other things that are outside due order, and they present to hi that they are easily accomplished. This they do hoping to be able by these things to turn him aside, as it is said in the Proverbs, “Turn not aside, neither to the right hand nor to the left.”
St Makarios of Alexandria (4th Century)