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 WELCOME Fr Thaddeus and his wife, Sally, this morning.
CATECHUMENATE/INQUIRERS’ CLASS holds its last summer session on Saturday, July 28. The Reader, Peter will lead us through the rubrics for Vespers and Matins over the next two classes.
19th ALL AMERICAN COUNCIL of the Orthodox Church in St Louis, July 23 – 27. This year’s theme: “For the Life of the World.” Information and materials, including the Metropolitan’s, “Of What Life Do We Speak?”, and other documents, reports, etc. can be viewed and downloaded online. Go to oca.org and find the link (on the right-hand side of the home page) for the 19th All American Council. Fr Paul is, of course, the clergy delegate for St Herman’s; Tim is our lay delegate.
STUCCOING the rest of the Church, and other odds and ends, awaits the Stucco guys. We are now told to expect them tomorrow, July 16. We are given to expect the building repair and renovation to be competed on Aug 13. There’ s a chance that next Sunday the front doors will be blocked by scaffolding. The parish council will keep us posted.
PILGRIMAGE to Holy Dormition Monastery takes place the week of July 30. Each pilgrim is responsible for his or her own transportation and travel details. We meet at the monastery on Monday evening through Tuesday late morning. We leave the monastery on Thursday morning. Note, there will be no services on Saturday, Aug 4 since Fr Paul and Presbytera will be on their way back from the monastery.
ARCHPASTORAL VISIT to St Herman’s: His Grace, Bishop Paul, will be visiting us on the weekend of September 14 – 16.
FOCUS MN announces an August 16th Fundraiser. Come and hear all the news, what’s been going on this summer, and what our future plans are. Flyer with details is posted on the bulletin board downstairs.
SUMMER FASTS & FEASTS: Dormition Fast, Aug 1 – 15; Feast of Transfiguration (blessing of fruit) on Aug 6; Glorification of St Herman of Alaska on August 9, Feast of Holy Dormition (blessing of flowers) on Aug 15.
FESTAL NOTES: The Dormition Fast begins on Aug 1, which is a Wed this year. The Church therefore gives that day as a fast free day, since we will be fasting the next two weeks. Also, on the Eve of the Dormition (Aug 14), we begin the Vigil at 6 pm instead of the usual 630, to accommodate the procession of the burial shroud at that service.
ST GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN Orthodox Church announces its Mideastern Festival coming up next weekend, Jul 20-22. More information on mideastfest.com.
Blessed is he
For whom Paradise yearns.
Yes, Paradise yearns for the man whose goodness
Makes him beautiful.
It engulfs him at its gateway,
It embraces him in its bosom,
It caresses him in its very womb;
For it splits open and receives him
Into its inmost parts.
But, if there is someone it abhors,
It removes him and casts him out;
This is the gate of testing
That belongs to Him who loves mankind.
St Ephraim of Syria
Hymns on Paradise Hymn III.1