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.
ST HERMAN’S “THEATRE” presents: “The Life of St Mary of Egypt”, from the Synaxarion, this Thursday, Mar 22, at 730 pm.
FEAST OF ANNUNCIATION is next Sunday. We serve the pre-Feast with the Divine Liturgy on Saturday, Mar 24, at 9 am, and then Vigil with Litya on Saturday, Mar 24 at 5 pm, and the Divine Liturgy of St Basil on Sunday, Mar 25.
ST HERMAN OF ALASKA SEMINARY is our charity for March and April.
THESE NAMES Fr Paul has received from John as of Mar 17 of those in whose memory donations for PASCHA FLOWERS for the Tomb of Our LORD have been made. Donations “in memoriam” may be given to our treasurer. Those names will be added to this list and displayed at the entrance of the Church from Holy Friday to Pascha Night (Please note any errors to Fr Paul):
- William Gay
- Mary Gay
- Lawrence F. Gregory
- Howard Hecht
- Robert B. Johnson
- Florence Joseph
- Evyenia Licakes
- Oiva Pesonen
- Fay Sams
- Verleen Sams
- Charles Sidlo
- Esther Sidlo
- Alice Schleicher
- Areta Thomas
- Louis Thomas
- William Thomas
- Niki Thomas
- Nicholas Thomas
- Efrosini Thomas
- Jan Wesche
- David Wesche
- Paul Wesche
HELPERS TO ADORN the Tomb on Great and Holy Friday are welcome. Talk to Maureen.
DEAR PARISHIONERS of St. Herman’s: Thank you for your generous gift to IOCC (of $2,125)! Your charity will help many in need around the world and U.S. May your Lenten season be blessed by God with many fruits…Nick Kasemeotes, IOCC.
CONFESSIONS. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board downstairs for reserving a time for confession. If all the openings are filled, we will look to expand the openings. The Sacrament of Holy Unction on Great and Holy Wednesday evening presupposes the sacrament of confession. It is the healing given for soul and body in forgiveness of sins so that we are prepared to follow Christ to His Holy Pascha. Let’s endeavor to give our confession before then.
CLASS FOR CATECHUMENS AND INQUIRERS continues on Saturdays at 330 pm through next Saturday, March 24 (so, one more session). We will take a Pascha break and resume on Saturday, April 28).
MEOCCA Lenten Vespers Schedule:
Today 4 pm: St George AOC
Mar 25 4 pm: St Panteleimon
Apr 1 (PALM SUNDAY): MEOCCA Bridegroom Matins is served at 4 pm here at St Herman’s. We serve our guests a delicious fish dinner afterwards, prepared by our own culinary artist, Jonathan Peasley.
MIRIAM & PRESBYTERA will co-ordinate the fish dinner for Bridegroom Matins. Thank you!
ST GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN’S ANNUAL FALAFEL DINNER, today from Noon – 130 pm. $10 adults, $5 children 12 & under. For tickets, call George Khoury, 651-208-3954.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Lazarus Sunday, March 31, the end of Great Lent and the transition into Holy Week, is the day we all come together to perform our annual thorough Spring Cleaning of the Church. It follows the Divine Liturgy that morning and a pancake breakfast. Many hands make light work; and, it is a fun time of fellowship.
WE PLAN TO RECEIVE Fredric Joseph into the Orthodox Church through Confession of Faith and Chrismation on Holy Saturday.
ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL is seeking an Office Admnistrator. Details are posted on the bulletin board downstairs.
PAN-ORTHODOX WOMEN’S TEA is hosted by St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, April 28, from 2 – 5 pm.
Even after being washed clean in water mingled with Spirit in holy baptism, we still carry within ourselves the inclination and habit to return to our former condition. If we do not preserve, guard and cultivate the seed of Grace given to us, we will be deprived of its vivifying power. Then, as Christ warned us, we will be worse off than we were before. In order to preserve the Grace not to return to our former delusions, we must continuously, day by day, minute by minute, unite ourselves with the Way (Christ) in repentance.
Repentance – realigning ourselves to the Way, calling on Him, yearning to be cleansed in spirit, being forgiven by Him and then forgiving everyone and everything – this is the very essence and foundation of the life of His followers but repentance is more than just an act. It is first and foremost a state or condition.
As long as we remain in the condition of repentance, ever deeper levels of our corruption will be revealed to us, and we will be continually purified and re-created by the wordless WORD in our hearts. The end of this is total illumination. As Archimandrite Sophrony explains: “Whoever tries to follow Christ wherever He goes (Rev 14:4) will inevitably be rent again and again – at every rise from a lesser to a wider cognition, from a small measure of love to a greater.”
In our fast-paced society based on instant gratification, people want spirituality instantly. Caught in a morass of refined sensuality, they seek spirituality in a sensual way. Hypnotized in their false identities, they seek spirituality which only gets them deeper into hypnosis – now with a spiritual veneer. They expect to be comforted in their filth. They cannot go deeper, because they will do anything except face their filth.
For us to advance in the spiritual life, we must realize that we are among these people, that we too have been conditioned to seek instant gratification. Facing this is the first step in rising above our environment. We must understand that, contrary to what our conditioning leads us to expect, inward purification is a lifelong process. Continuous repentance is the only way. “A miracle,” says Fr Sophrony, “the more I see God, the more ardent does my repentance become, since I the more clearly recognize my unworthiness in His sight.”
Hieromonk Damascene, Christ, the Eternal Tao, pp. 299-300