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 PENTECOST is June 20. Mid-Pentecost is May 26. The Feast of the LORD’s Ascension is on Thursday, June 10. On both Mid-Pentecost and Ascension, we’ll serve a Vigil the evening before at 6 pm, and the Divine Liturgy the morning of at 630 am.
WE ARE IN A ‘transition’ period. Things are loosening up everywhere, but they are loosening up unevenly. Our governor has lifted all restrictions, including the mask mandate; but the mayor of our city has not lifted his mask mandate. Occupancy limits on Churches have been lifted; yet our numbers and spacing have been reasonable. Several priests in our deanery, including Fr Paul have stopped posting rotation lists or sign-up sheets for Sunday morning attendance. We hope protocols to change, but how soon is not yet known.
MEOCCA VIRTUAL WOMEN’S TEA will be held on Zoom, next Sunday, May 16, from 5 to 6 pm. Fr Perry and Presbytera Cassie Kallis are the guest speakers. They will speak to the joys and challenges of raising children with special needs. To receive the Zoom invite, email Minda Pearson: email@example.com.
CATECHUMENS AND INQUIRERS desiring to be enrolled into the catechumenate, talk with Fr Paul at coffee hour to determine how and when we can put together a catechetical class that will fit everyone’s schedules.
PARISH COUNCIL holds its monthly meeting this Tuesday, May 18, at 7 pm.
SUMMER CHURCH CAMP is back in 2021! But it will be different due to Covid. It is at a new location, Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN, about 1 hour NW of Mpls. The camp will be split into two four day/three night sessions. Price per camper is $310. Session 1 for younger campers is July 3-6. Session 2 for older campers is July 7-10. For complete details, visit stmaryscamp.com
ANNUAL PARISH PILGRIMAGE to Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI, awaits the green light from Mother Gabriella. If you wish to go, you might pencil it into your calendar. Our dates would be Tues-Thurs, July 27-29.
the first man was created according to the image and likeness of God.’ He had the possibility to fall or to say: ‘I will not eat from that tree.’ After the transgression, however, his will was weakened and he lost his inner stability, and now he stumbles about this way and that. What he wants to do, he does not do, and what he hates is the very thing he does. He wants one thing but does another. I want to stop smoking, but I smoke anyway. I want to stop drinking but I continue to drink. I don’t want to go to that bad place, or associate with those people, but I’m on my way there right now. This is the deep contradiction that has entered human life.
Now that man finds himself in this kind of condition, is God going to allow him to utterly destroy himself? Of course not. He must do something to strengthen man’s will but without intervening in his life [for this would violate his power of self-determination, which is an essential part of being created in the image of God]. So He provides him with absolute strength and support, giving him the possibility to become one with God and to rely exclusively on His grace. This is how man will regain the divine image and grow in the likeness of God. This is how he will be divinized, this is how he will partake of divinity and receive divine power. But in order for this to happen, he himself has to desire this and say: ‘God, I want to return to You.’
Man stands midway between earth and heaven, considering and reconsidering his options. This being the situation, and not wishing to intervene directly in his life, what does God do in order to protect him? Since God knows the time will come when we will fall to the earth, to the flesh, to sin, to the world, and to hell, He hedges us about with threats. But, He doesn’t say: ‘I will punish you,’ or ‘I will send you to hell,’ but rather: ‘If you do this or that you will be lost, you will fall into evil, you will fall into the hands of demons, you will die, you will enter hell.’ This is how God threatens him. Why? Because God does not want man to fall into evil, but He wants what is best for him. Yet, man is weak, lost, does not know which way to go, and so God warns him about the consequences of his choices in the hope that he might place himself on the right path, and do the very thing that he wants to do.
Elder Aimilianos, The Mystical Marriage, p. 133