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.
THE FEAST OF ASCENSION is this Thursday, May 17. We serve the Vigil (with Litya) for the Feast on Wednesday, May 16, at 630 pm, and Divine Liturgy on Thursday at 6 am. Pentecost is on Sunday, May 27. On Saturday, we serve the Vigil for the Feast at 5 pm. On Pentecost Sunday, we will say the Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.
A BLESSED MOTHER’S DAY to all our mothers, our grandmothers and godmothers!
MEOCCA (Minnesota Eastern Orthodox Christian Clergy Association) hosts the Pentecost Vespers service on Pentecost Sunday, May 27, at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, at 4 pm, singing the service according to the Byzantine musical tradition. Featured speaker is Dan Christopulos, US Field Office Director for IOCC. He will be speaking on the work of IOCC in the US and overseas. A Greek meal will be offered to all following the Vespers service in the St Mary’s Greek “Great Hall”.
ST HERMAN’S 13th ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY DORMITION Monastery in Rives Junction, MI will be from Tuesday, July 30 through Thursday, Aug 2. That is to say, we will be at the monastery on those days. A signup sheet will be appearing on the bulletin board downstairs soon. Those who plan to go are asked to sign their name so that we can let Mother Abbess Gabriella know how many to prepare for.
Our Church School holds its last session before summer break next Sunday, May 20. Adult Ed will take a two-week break, and then begin its summer sessions on Sunday, June 10, at 9 am.
LOOKING FOR A ROOM to rent for Chris Chatfield’s mother, who is moving to the Twin Cities this summer. She would like to rent a room in the northern twin cities to be close to Chris and extended family. She has a small dog and would appreciate living somewhere that doesn't require climbing lots of stairs. Please talk to Chris if you could help him find something for her.
WOMEN’S CLUB of St Mary’s Cathedral hosts its annual Salad Luncheon on Thurs, May 24, from 11 am – 1 pm. Take out is available. Tickets are $12 each. They may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Cindy at 651-644-3195 or the Church Office at 612-781-7667.
A YOUNG ADULT retreat Friday-Sunday, May 18-20th, open to Orthodox Christians of the Twin Cites area ages 18-35, at the Karos cabin in northern MN. The speaker will be Fr. Jonathan Proctor. Go to stmarysgoc.org or contact Jamie Zaine at jamiezaine @gmail.com for more information. $15 registration.
19TH ALL AMERICAN COUNCIL takes place this July 23-27. Fr Paul will be attending with our lay delegate, Tim.
FR PAUL AND PRESBYTERA will be on a too short road trip and will be away on Saturday and Sunday, June 2&3. We will be served by Fr Thaddeus Nielsen that Sunday morning. Since Fr Thaddeus has to come in from a distance (Wisconsin), there will be no service on that Saturday.
NOT ON ST HERMAN’S EMAIL list and wanna be? Tell Fr Paul!
Throughout the biblical revelation it is not possible to approach the truth of God as individuals: He cannot be known through individual intellectual ability, through syllogistic reductions or sentimental uplift. Truth is imparted organically, together with the transmission of life and immediate personal experience. God is not the Supreme Bing envisaged as an intellectual concept, the “first cause” or the authoritative “first principle” of logical necessity. He is “the God of our fathers, of Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob, the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ” – the God of our fathers’ personal experience, with whom they had a personal relationship. Knowledge of God begins when we live our faith, our trust in the experience of our fathers. It means becoming an organic part of this relationship. The Liturgy of the Church is not simply an expression of religious worship, but the core and sum of her life and truth, of her faith and ethics. The life and truth of the Church, her faith and her ethos are a liturgy, an organic function of a unified body which receives man in order to save him, to make him whole and restore him to the fulness of his existential possibilities as a person. “What shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (Rom 11:15).
Christos Yannaros, The Freedom of Morality, pp. 84-85
A terrible truth: impenitent sinners after their death lose every possibility of changing for good, and therefore remain unalterably given up to everlasting torments. How is this proved? It is plainly proved by the actual state of some sinners and by the nature of sin itself – to keep the man its prisoner and to close every outlet to him. Who does not know how difficult it is, without God’s special grace, for a sinner to turn from the way of sin that is so dear to him into the path of virtue? How deeply sin takes root in the heart of the sinner and in all his being! How it gives the sinner its own way of looking at things by mans of which he sees them quite differently from the way they are in reality, and shows him everything in a kind of alluring light? It is for this reason that we see that sinners very often do not even think of their conversion, and do not consider themselves to be great sinners, because their eyes are blinded by their self-love and pride. And, if they do consider themselves to be great sinners, then they give themselves up to the most terrible despair which overwhelms their mind with thick darkness and greatly hardens their heart. but for the grace of God, what sinner would have returned to God? For it is the nature of sin to darken our souls, to bind us hand and foot.
St John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, p. 32