Out of concern for the safety of the faithful and visitors to our parishes, and in support of civil strategies to check the spread of COVID-19, our Hierarch, His Grace Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest (Orthodox Church in America), has ordered the suspension of all public services. The faithful are asked to pray and perform their ascesis at home and to 'redeem the time' by working to make their home into a 'little church.' As for our visitors, well, we love visitors and dearly wish to welcome them; but until we can be sure that the 'coast is clear,' we ask that those who wish to visit our parishes satisfy themselves for now by touring our websites and Facebook pages.
Please do visit our St Herman's Facebook page (Link is found at the bottom right hand corner of our Home Page). You don't need a Facebook account to gain access to it and view its contents. Our Facebook administrator is posting many good resources to edify and encourage us during this time.
An audio recording of the Great Litany, which begins our services, can be heard here
Fr Paul and Presbytera ("Mother" Nancy) and the parishioners of St Herman's welcome you. Most of our parishioners are converts to Orthodoxy themselves - including Fr Paul and Nancy.
The faithful of St Herman's Orthodox Church are known for their hospitality, especially to visitors who are coming to see what Orthodoxy is all about.
Those of us who come from the "old country" and whose family roots were baptized into the Orthodox Christian Faith generations ago believe Providence has called us to transfigure the circumstances of our family's immigration to the US one or more generations ago into an occasion to become "apostles" of Christ's Holy Church: those "sent out" by the Church to bring the spiritual riches and heavenly beauty of the Orthodox Faith to America. That means teaching us who are converts the spiritual wisdom of the "startsi", the "wise old men", of the "old country" and guiding us in the Orthodox way.
The photo of the Alaskan Rockies merging with the Minneapolis Skyline, which forms the background image on our website's home page, tells the story of our parish. When our parish was founded as a mission back in 1976, we placed ourselves under the patronage of St Herman of Alaska because we, too, wanted to be part of the original Mission sent from Valaam Monastery near St Petersburg to Alaska in 1793. That original Mission, which included Father Herman, was commissioned to bring the Gospel of Christ and the teachings of His Holy Church to America. Our part in that original Mission is to bring the Gospel of Christ and the teachings of His Holy Church to the people of Minneapolis.
On the Feast of Pentecost, the faith was proclaimed in all languages and so the biblical worship in Spirit and in Truth was made accessible to all. Apostleship to America, therefore, means proclaiming and serving the faith in the language of the American people, English. In the Spirit of Pentecost, the faithful of St Herman's invite you to:
Come and see! (Jn 1:46)
St Herman's Orthodox Church is located in the Lake Nokomis neighborhood of South Minneapolis. We are on the corner of 38th Ave south and 54th street.