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.
AT OUR SPECIAL PARISH COUNCIL meeting last Sunday, there was a quorum, and we voted to authorize the parish council to raise the cap for capital expenditures on the repair and renovation of our building from $225k to $250k, to cover additional repair work that has come to light. Once the workers return to complete the work on the building, we expect the work to be concluded within two more weeks.
WE EXTEND TO OUR FATHERS, grandfathers and godfathers prayers for a most blessed Father’s Day. Fr Paul says: make your father happy by doing something very nice for your mother!
METROPOLITAN TIKHON will be serving the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St Mary’s Cathedral, as the climax to the international Orthodox Music Symposium held there, on Sunday, June 24. Details of the symposium are posted on the bulletin board downstairs. Please note that we hold services as usual at St Herman’s on that weekend.
NOTE THAT WE SERVE Daily Vespers this Wednesday at 7 pm
PLEASE NOTE that there will be NO Inquirers/Catechumens Class next Saturday (June 23), and no Vigil service that afternoon. Rather, we will serve Vigil with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, at St Mary’s Cathedral next Saturday at 5 pm, in conjunction with the Class next Saturday (June 23), and no Vigil service that afternoon. Rather, we will serve Vigil with His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, at St Mary’s Cathedral next Saturday at 5 pm, in conjunction with the International Music Symposium taking place this coming week. Note that we will hold Sunday morning services as usual here at St Herman’s next Sunday, June 24.
(DIOCESE OF THE MIDWEST CENTRE FOR FAMILY LIFE announces an interactive live stream with Bishop Paul. His Grace invites you to meet for conversation with him on an interactive online meeting, June 17 at 7 pm, (that’s this evening!) to discuss “Orthodox Living for Busy Families.” This is an “exciting opportunity” for parents, grandparents, godparents, and teachers to pose their questions to His Grace, Bishop Paul. Flyer with details is posted on the bulletin board downstairs.
FEAST OF STS PETER AND PAUL is on Friday, June 29. This marks the end of the Apostles’ Fast (which began the week after Pentecost). We’ll serve the Feast following our usual order: Vigil on Thurs, June 28, at 630 pm, and Divine Liturgy on Fri at 6 am.
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.
The body cannot be persuaded to live in privation so long as it is surrounded by the causes of pleasure and slackness. And the mind cannot restrain it from these until it estranges the body from everything that produces slackness. For when the body beholds the sight of luxury and worldly things and nearly every hour sees the causes of laxity, a burning desire for them is enkindled in it. Therefore, the LORD Redeemer very rightly commanded whomever would follow Him to deny himself and leave the world; for a man ought first to cast off from himself the causes of slackness, and then approach the work. When the LORD Himself began to wage war with the devil, He fought him in the arid desert. Paul also exhorts those who take up the cross of Christ to go out from the city, saying “Let us go out to Him outside the city and take up His reproach, for He suffered outside the city” (Heb 13:12). For by setting himself apart from the world and what pertains to it, a man speedily forgets his former habits and his mode of life and he will not struggle long with these. But, if he should draw near to the world and its possessions, he will speedily enfeeble the strength of his mind. Wherefore one must know that separation from the world greatly aids a man and guides him on the way of progress in the fierce and saving struggle.
St Isaac of Syria, Homily 37