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.
WITHOUT CORRUPTION: following the lead of the All American Council in St Louis last July, we’ll begin changing our prayer to the Theotokos from “without defilement” to “without corruption, you gave birth to God the WORD.” This is primarily because the original Greek is adiaphthoras – without corruption. It means that the conception of God in her womb was the beginning of the LORD destroying death by His death; that the mortality of the Virgin, and so of human nature, has received the Seed of Him Who Is Himself the Resurrection and the Life, so that even though one dies, if he believes and loses his life for the sake of Christ and the Gospel’s, yet shall he live. It also evokes the image of the bush that burned and was not consumed.
OUR CHARITY OUTREACH for October through December is FOCUS MN – Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve.
OCCIF – Orthodox Church Capital Investment Fund is a new investment instrument put together by Orthodox Christians for the work of the Orthodox Church. Churches and faithful invest their moneys into this fund, and the money is used to fund the capital needs of churches, monasteries, seminaries and other recognized institutions of the Church. Flyers describing this new instrument are in the narthex and on the bulletin board downstairs. You can also visit: occif.org.
IOCC ANNUAL FUND-RAISING dinner is on Thursday, Nov 8, at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 6 pm.
ANNUAL MIDWEST DIOCESAN LOCK-IN FOR YOUTH 6TH – 12TH graders retreat with His Grace, Bishop Paul, Nov 16-17, 7 pm – 9 am. Our Life in Christ is the theme. The Lock-in is at St Mary’s Cathedral (1701 5th St NE). Youth will have a chance to chat with His Grace, Bishop Paul by way of teleconference. Flyer with details and registration link is on the bulletin board downstairs.
THE 57th DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY of the Midwest was held last week Tues-Wed, Oct 8-10, at Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Lansing, IL. Our lay delegate was Daniel Philips. The highlight of the assembly was the unanimous vote of the delegates to move from “assessments” (in which each individual is “taxed” a certain amount) to “proportional” giving, or a percentage of a parish’s net income. as the instrument for funding the operations of the Church. The percentage adopted by the delegates is 13% of the parish’s net income.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME SPOETZEL & GOULASH? St Herman’s Annual MITTEL-EUROPEAN DINNER is on Saturday evening November 3. Vespers at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm. This is NOT your mother’s Goulash! This is Gene’s famous Czechoslovakian Goulash with marinated beef and spoetzel and other delicious sides and desserts – not to mention the wine and beer that will also be available (with purchase), and some raffle prizes! To volunteer for various tasks, go to our online sign-up sheet by typing in your browser (from memory!): signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4CA4A72FA4F94-mittel. What fun! Mark your calendars! Spread the word! Bring your friends and neighbors! But, there’s more! While marveling at our new tech-savvy protocols, you can make a monetary donation to the dinner fund for purchasing dinnerware, flowers and decorations. Contact Miriam (920-841-0427) or go to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also pre-selling tickets. For tickets of this nature, see Joe or Helen. For more detailed information in a regressing sort of way – go physically to the bulletin board downstairs!
It is by the ascesis of faith that a man conquers egotism, steps beyond the bounds of self, and enters into a new, transcendent realty which also transcends subjectivity. In this new reality new laws rule; what is old has passed away and all is made new. Plunged into the unknown depths of this new reality, the ascetic of faith is led and guided by prayer; he feels, thinks, and lives by prayer.
Tracing this path of faith in the intellect of man, St Isaac of Nineveh (7th Cent) notes that the intellect is guarded and guided by prayer, every good thought being transformed by prayer into a pondering on God. But prayer is also a hard struggle, calling the whole person into action. Man crucifies himself in prayer, crucifying the passions and sinful thoughts that cling to his soul. “Prayer is the slaying of the carnal thoughts of man’s fleshly life” (St Isaac).
Patient perseverance in prayer is for man a very hard ascesis, that of the denial of self. This is fundamental to the work of salvation. Prayer is the fount of salvation, and it is by prayer that all the other virtues – and all good things – are acquired. This is why a man of prayer is assailed by monstrous temptations from which he is protected and saved only by prayer.
Fr Justin Popovich, “The Theory of Knowledge of Saint Isaac the Syrian,” in Orthodox Faith and Life in Christ, pp. 127-128.