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.
DORMITION of our Most Blessed Lady Theotokos this Wednesday, Aug 15. We serve Vigil with Litya and procession of the Shroud of the Most Holy Mother on Tues evening, beginning at 6 pm. We serve the Divine Liturgy on Wed morning at 6 am. We bless flowers at this feast. Bring flowers and place them around the tomb of the Theotokos to be blessed at the Vigil on Tues evening.
NO POWER in the Church on Monday and Tuesday, so that the workers can work on our building. Perhaps they will be finished this week?!
WE LOOK FORWARD to receiving into the catechumenate, Howard Crawford, next Saturday before the vigil.
MEOCCA CATECHISM is offered this Fall for anyone interested. The classes are offered at St George GOC on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 pm, from mid-September through early December.
AT ST HERMAN’S, we will plan to receive catechumens into the Church on or around Lazarus Saturday (April 20, 2019 at the end of Great Lent and the beginning of Holy Week). To prepare for baptism and/or chrismation at St Herman’s on this date, you must attend the class for catechumens offered at St Herman’s beginning in September. Please see Fr Paul if you would like to be enrolled into the catechumenate and the class for catechumens.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Yuliya who gave birth to her and Igor’s third child: a boy, Anthony, on Thursday, Aug 2.
ARCHPASTORAL VISIT to St Herman’s: His Grace, Bishop Paul, will be visiting us on the weekend of September 14 – 16.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS we can incorporate our homes into the “village” of the Church, to raise our children in the life of the Church: 1) Parents, be serious in working out your own salvation in fear and trembling; 2) make Saturday night Vigil and Sunday morning Divine Liturgy the anchor of your weekly routine; 3) observe the feasts: come to the vigils and stay for as long as you can. Teach your children about the feasts. If you are not able to attend the services for the Feast, read at home as a family from the Festal Menaion and the Bible to honor and learn about the Feast; 4) observing the fasting seasons of the Church according to your circumstances and strength; 5) pray the meal blessings of the Church before (and after) meals; 6) learn the life of your patron saints, and encourage your children to talk to them; 7) participate in our religious education and spiritual formation classes offered for both adults/parents and children on Sunday mornings at 850 am; 8) plan to come with us on pilgrimage to Holy Dormition 9) talk to Fr Paul about how you might participate in the preparation for divine services, cleaning the church, or for serving and/or cleaning up for the coffee hour. Might you also have ideas? Share them with Fr Paul.
FOCUS MN announces an August 16th Fundraiser. Come and hear all the news, what’s been going on this summer, and what our future plans are. Flyer with details is posted on the bulletin board downstairs.
PARISH COUNCIL meets next on Tuesday, August 21, at 7 pm.
FR PAUL & PRESBYTERA will be away on vacation on Sunday, Aug 26 and Sept 2. Fr Thaddeus Nielsen will serve us on the 26th, Fr John Schroedel on the 2nd.
The love of God created us in His image and likeness. He embraced us within the Church in spite of the fact that He knew of our apostasy. He gave us everything to make us gods, too, through the free gift of grace. For all that, we made poor use of our freedom and lost our original beauty, our original righteousness and cut ourselves off from the Church. Outside the Church, far from the Holy Trinity, we lost Paradise, everything. But outside the Church there is no salvation, there is no life. And so, the compassionate heart of God the Father did not leave us exiled from His love. He opened again for us the gates of Paradise in the last of times and appeared in flesh.
With the divine incarnation of the only-begotten Son of God, God’s pre-eternal plan for the salvation of mankind was revealed again to men. God, in His infinite love, united us again with His Church in the Person of Christ. On entering the uncreated Church, we come to Christ, we enter into the realm of the uncreated. We the faithful are called to become uncreated by grace, to become participants in the divine energies of God, to enter into the mystery of divinity, to surpass our worldly frame of mind, to die to the ‘old man’ and to become immersed in God. When we live in the Church, we live in Christ. This is a very fine-drawn matter, we cannot understand it. Only the Holy Spirit can teach us it.
Elder Porphyrios, Wounded by Love, pp. 87-88