November 12, 2017
FAST OF ST PHILIP, the Season of Advent, begins this Wednesday, November 15. The Fast of St Philip is a rich liturgical season. We prepare for the white beauty and joy of the Winter Pascha: Christmas, Theophany, the Meeting of the LORD in the Temple. The Feast of the Theotokos’ Entrance into the Temple is Tues, Nov 21, St Nicholas on Wed, Dec 6, and the repose of our patron, St Herman on Wed, Dec 13. For each of these feasts, we will follow the normal liturgical cycle: Vigil on the Eve of the Feast, Divine Liturgy (6 am) on the morning of the Feast. Mark your calendars and resolve now to keep the Feasts, even if it means rearranging your schedules! The Fire of God burns on the altar of the Church. It is especially brilliant on the Feasts. Come to the Feasts, come to the Light and get warm. Put on Christ! Clothe yourselves in the WORD of God who is the Light and Resurrection, and in whom is the Life of men!
Note that we begin next Saturday (Nov 18) serving Vigil (Vespers & Matins) on Saturday evenings to prepare for receiving the Body and Blood of Christ on Sunday morning.
Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent – ad-venit: Christ cometh! Or, should it be, advenimus: “We come” in spirit to Bethlehem by means of the Fast to behold the Virgin giving birth to Christ in the Cave? We begin lighting the candles on the “Advent Wreath” at the end of the Divine Liturgy to mark the days to Christmas!
OUR ST NICHOLAS CELEBRATION for the children and those young in heart who love St Nicholas will be on Sunday, Dec 10. But we need someone to organize it! Talk to Fr Paul! TOTAL DONATIONS received at our MITTEL EUROPEAN DINNER last Saturday (Nov 4) were: $3778.
OUR CHARITY for the months of Nov and Dec is FOCUS MN.
FOCUS ANNOUNCES PRESSING NEED for volunteers for clothes closet on Fridays in Nov and Dec. With colder weather here now, there will be people looking for coats and winter-wear. Clothes closet operates 11 am – 2 pm. Volunteers can choose to come at 1030 and stay until 12 or come and 1 and stay until 230. If you can help for even an hour or so, even this would help. Please share this need with people in your networks.
FOCUS MINNESOTA SERVES THANKSGIVING DINNER this afternoon (Sunday, Nov 19). Volunteers are needed to prepare food and to serve. Talk to our FOCUS liaison, Nicole, to find out how you can volunteer.
MEOCCA THANKSGIVING DIVINE LITURGY at St George Greek on Wednesday, Nov 22, at 6 pm.
WANTING TO PAINT THE TOWN but got no paint? Igor to the rescue! He has brought to the Church lots of paint he no longer needs. It’s for anyone who wants it. You can paint your town lots of different colors!
SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS do not, of course, include scaffolding – but they do at St Herman’s for this year only! To save time and cost, WCB has erected the scaffolding in anticipation for repair of the bell tower, which will commence in the Spring. The scaffolding will be with us till then! Enjoy it while it lasts! A great land-mark to note to first-time visitors to help them find us! No point in climbing it; best view of the Divine Liturgy is still had inside!
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Suppose there were a coin, bearing the image of the king, and it were stamped afresh with a wrong stamp; the gold is lost, and the image is of no value. Such was the disaster which befell Adam. Great riches and a great inheritance had been prepared for him. Suppose there were a great estate, and it had many sources of revenue I it; here a nourishing vineyard, there fruitful fields, there flocks and herds, there gold and silver; so valuable was the estate before the disobedience, the estate consisting in Adam’s own vessel (his own body). But when he entertained evil intentions and thoughts, he was lost from God.
… It behooves thee to be crucified with the Crucified, to suffer with Him that suffered, that so thou mayest be glorified with Him that is glorified. The bride must needs suffer with the Bridegroom, and so become partner and fellow-heir with Christ. It is not feasible, without sufferings, and without the rough, straight, narrow way, to enter into the city of the saints and be at rest, and reign with the King to ages without end.
St Macarius the Egyptian, Homily XII.1&5
The suffering the holy fathers speak of is what every faithful Christian must accept. This suffering is not chiefly the physical suffering of martyrdom, for example; for, we may or may not be called to suffer the physical sufferings of the holy martyrs. This suffering the holy fathers speak of is chiefly the internal suffering that follows upon denying oneself the pleasure of indulging in the passions: gluttony, lust, greed, sloth, anger, vanity, pride - especially the passions which have become habitual to us from one cause or another. This is the internal agony of putting to death the old man that we may be raised in Christ, the New Man. If we are not engaged in this suffering, we are no longer making our way through the wilderness on Exodus to the Promised Land. We have turned around and returned to Egypt. (Fr Paul)
St Herman's Orthodox Church
5355 38th Ave So; Minneapolis, MN 55417
|Saturday, November 18th|
730 am Matins
430 pm Confessions
5 pm Vigil (Vespers & Matins)
|Sunday, November 19th|
850 am Church School Opening
9 am Church School & Bible Study (with Fr Paul)
940 am First and Third Hours
10 am Divine Liturgy
12 NOON Coffee Hour
|Monday, November 20th|
6 pm Vigil with Litiya for the Feast
|Tuesday, November 21st|
ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS
6 am Divine Liturgy
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