St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church - News http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/ 60 November 25th - Time Change for Confessions http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171121_1.html Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>On Saturday, November 25th, confessions will be heard beginning at 4 p.m. prior to Great Vespers at 6 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; Confessions will not be heard following Great Vespers on November 25th.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171121_1.html Wednesday Night Adult Education Class - November 22nd, 2017 http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171117_1.html Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p>Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the adult education classes scheduled for Wednesday, November 22nd are cancelled. Class will resume on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171117_1.html Metropolitan Jonah - "The Significance of the New Martyrs for the 21st Century" http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171114_1.html Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Palatino, 'Palatino Linotype', 'Palatino LT STD', 'Book Antiqua', Georgia, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.85098); display: inline !important; float: none;">During the Pastoral Conference of the Eastern American Diocese at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, Metropolitan Jonah delivered the attached remarks entitled "The Significance of the New Martyrs for the 21st Century."</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Palatino, 'Palatino Linotype', 'Palatino LT STD', 'Book Antiqua', Georgia, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.85098); display: inline !important; float: none;"><a href="/files/The-Significance-of-the-New-Martyrs-.pdf">"The Significance of the New Martyrs for the 21st Century"</a></span></p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171114_1.html Fall Cleanup Day will be November 18 http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171104_1.html Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>It is that time of year again and we will need the help of everyone who is available (especially our teenagers). In addition to cleaning inside the Church and fellowship hall, we will be raking leaves, pulling weeds, and preparing for the coming Winter. There will be a 2:00PM start time with a cookout dinner to follow at 5:00PM. Come join us for a fun day of helping out around the Church and one of the last opportunities to eat a hot dog before the Nativity Fast.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171104_1.html Nov 4, 2017 - Great Vespers and Confessions Cancelled http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171015_1.html Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Due to Metropolitan Jonah's travel schedule, Great Vespers and Confessions scheduled for November 4th, 2017 are cancelled.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171015_1.html Wednesday Night Adult Education Class Changes http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171004_1.html Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Due to Metropolitan Jonah's travel schedule, the adult education classes scheduled for October 11th and 25th are cancelled.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_171004_1.html Sept 30, 2017 Vespers Cancelled http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170926_1.html Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Vespers and Confessions scheduled for Saturday, September 30th, 2017 have been cancelled. Vespers and Confessions will resume as scheduled on Saturday, October 7th, 2017.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170926_1.html Adult Religious Education on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 is Cancelled http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170924_2.html Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>Metropolitan Jonah's class on the Acts of the Apostles is cancelled this week, Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 due to the celebration of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross earlier in the day. Classes will resume on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170924_2.html Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170924_1.html Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>The Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017. The reading of the Hours will begin at 9:30 a.m.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170924_1.html Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170917_1.html Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p>The Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 21st, 2017. The reading of the Hours will begin at 9:30 a.m.</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170917_1.html Reminder: New Wednesday Bible Study Starts September 13th http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170912_1.html Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: 'SF Optimized', system-ui, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, '.SFNSText-Regular', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: -0.11999999731779099px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">Starting on Wednesday evening, September 13 at 7:00 p.m., we will begin a new Bible Study class on the Book of Acts. We will focus on the life of the early Church, and augment the text with readings from contemporary writers and early Church Fathers, as well as historical work from modern scholarship. Everyone is welcome! No prerequisites! This should be a great way both to study the Scriptures, as well as build community. Catechumens and inquirers are very welcome.</span></p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170912_1.html Welcome Metropolitan Jonah http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170909_1.html Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/Met-Jonah.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=67&percent=100"><div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT CAPTION_TEXT" style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;"><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: 'SF Optimized', system-ui, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, '.SFNSText-Regular', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: -0.11999999731779099px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">Following the departure of our rector, Fr. Alexander Webster, we are pleased to welcome Metropolitan Jonah as our new rector. We are looking forward to benefiting from his spiritual leadership and direction.</span></span></p> <p><span class="PARAGRAPH_TEXT CAPTION_TEXT" style="font-size: 11px; font-family: Verdana;"><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: 'SF Optimized', system-ui, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, '.SFNSText-Regular', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: -0.11999999731779099px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">Eis polla eti despota!</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170909_1.html New Wednesday Evening Bible Study http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170907_2.html Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0400 <p><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: 'SF Optimized', system-ui, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, '.SFNSText-Regular', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: -0.11999999731779099px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; display: inline !important; float: none;">Starting on Wednesday evening, September 13, we will begin a new Bible Study class on the Book of Acts. We will focus on the life of the early Church, and augment the text with readings from contemporary writers and early Church Fathers, as well as historical work from modern scholarship. Everyone is welcome! No prerequisites! This should be a great way both to study the Scriptures, as well as build community. Catechumens and inquirers are very welcome.</span></p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_170907_2.html 2016 Iconography Class http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_160919_1.html Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2016/Iconogrpahy-Class/2016wkshpmissing2c.jpg&archive=0&final_h=63&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>Our annual iconography workshop was held Sept. 12 - 17th, 2016. It was taught by Fr. Igumen Mefodii, of the Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor and master iconographer of the Prosopon School of Iconology. It was a blessed week of prayer, lessons, a few struggles, and spiritual growth, to create an icon on the board as well as to grow into the Icon (Image and Likeness) of Christ. (Two students not shown.) We are looking forward to our next workshop, Sept. 11-16, 2017.</p></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_160919_1.html Confession is good (even vital) for the body and the soul! http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_150405_7.html Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 <p>The renowned Swiss psychiatrist Paul Tournier once wrote: &ldquo;I could give very many examples, especially of patients who have come to visit me only once, . . . with the sole purpose of finding someone to whom they could confess a sin that has been weighing upon them for years. . . . The tremendous joy brought by forgiveness plays an important part in causing the medical effects [of healing]. . . In many cases I have seen a physical illness disappear overnight after the confession of a lie or an illicit love-affair.&rdquo; Thus even a Reformed Protestant like Tournier recognized that confession is good for the body, as well as the soul.</p> <p><a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_150405_7.html">Read the full article &gt;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_150405_7.html Miracle in Houston, Texas! http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_141101_1.html Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2014/National-Clergy-Council-delegation-with-Mayor-Parker-of-Houston-TX-October-28-2014.jpg&archive=0&final_h=67&final_w=90&percent=100"><div>By the grace of God the Holy Trinity a miracle occurred in Houston this week!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A seven-member ecumenical delegation of the National Clergy Council (composed of traditional Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox clergy), including yours truly with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, met&nbsp;with Mayor Annise Parker of the City of Houston on Tuesday, October 28.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Archpriest Alexander</strong></div> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <script>// <![CDATA[ (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&appId=554869467929889&version=v2.0"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); // ]]></script> <div class="fb-like" data-href="http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_141101_1.html" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-show-faces="true" data-share="true">&nbsp;</div></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_141101_1.html Baseball on the Fourth of July http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140730_1.html Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2014/July/SHAOC-group-photo-Washington-Nationals-MLB-game-in-DC-4July2014.jpg&archive=0&final_h=113&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>A group of parishioners and a guest from Aquia Episcopal Church enjoyed the&nbsp;<span class="aBn" tabindex="0" data-term="goog_353161646"><span class="aQJ">11:05 a.m.</span></span>&nbsp;game between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs in DC on July 4.&nbsp;Alas, the home team lost to the Cubs 7-2, but "a good time was had by all." </p> <p>Middle row from right to left: altar boy Andrew Geracoulis &amp; dad Steve, guest William Johnston, Alf Kentigern Siewers &amp; son Nicholas (dual parishioners from Pennsylvania), Archpriest Alexander, altar boy Seraphim Rosado and dad Herman.</p></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140730_1.html Presentation of new St. Herman of Alaska icon http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140725_4.html Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2014/July/St.-Herman-icon-with-relic.jpg&archive=0&final_h=107&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>Father brought out the new icon of St. Herman of Alaska, our parish's patron saint, which had been blessed today. Father and Deacon Alexander placed it into the kiot where it was venerated for the first time. The icon was written and donated by Mat. Joanna Laymon and embedded with the relic presented to us by the cathedral of St. John the Baptist.</p> <p>Read more about the <a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/iconographyguild.html">iconography guild</a> and <a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/iconographyworkshop.html">workshops</a> at St. Herman</p> <div class="fb-like" data-href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_140725_4.html" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-show-faces="true" data-share="true">&nbsp;</div></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140725_4.html Holy Pascha http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140503_3.html Tue, 06 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2014/Pascha/01_Bridegroom.jpg&archive=0&final_h=258&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!</p> <p>After the joyful Paschal Liturgy the parishioners met in the parish hall breaking the fast by sharing Pascha baskets filled with traditional foods,</p> <p>The next afternoon over thirty parishioners and guests met for Paschal Vespers at the home of Deacon Alexander and Matushka Joanna. The Gospel Lesson was read by parishioners in English, Greek, Latin, German, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian, French and Spanish, which reflected our parish&rsquo;s multi-ethnic diversity. The celebration of Christ&rsquo;s resurrection then continued with an Agape Potluck Feast. The highlight of the day for the many children present was an opportunity to drive Deacon Alexander&rsquo;s tractor.</p> <p>- Deacon Alexander &amp; Matushka Joanna Laymon</p> <p><a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_140503_3.html">View the photo album (36 photos)</a></p> <div class="fb-like" data-href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_140503_3.html" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-show-faces="true" data-share="true">&nbsp;</div></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140503_3.html Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140310_1.html Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="1" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=png&relativeimage=images/2014/March/allchildren.png&archive=0&final_h=133&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>Our wonderful young people celebrated the Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday with a procession around the church with their icons, led by the clergy and altar servers. Thanks be to God the Holy Trinity for our youth, the future of the Church!</p> <p>- <strong>Xenia (Gina) Van Weddingen, Education Coordinator</strong></p> <p><a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/ministries.html">Read about other ministries</a>, <a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_140310_1.html">Read Full Story</a></p> <div class="fb-like" data-share="true" data-show-faces="true" data-action="like" data-layout="standard" data-href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_140310_1.html">&nbsp;</div></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140310_1.html National Gallery of Art's Byzantium Visit http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140213_1.html Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=JPG&relativeimage=images/2014/Byzantium%20Tour/photo-2.JPG&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=60&percent=100"><p>The Iconography Guild of Theodosia trekked off to the National Gallery of Art on Feb. 8th to visit the National Gallery of Art's Byzantium exhibit. Those of us who trudged from Union Station in the bitter cold were rewarded upon our arrival at NGA to a wonderful albeit short collection (about 170 pieces) of never-before seen art objects outside Greece.</p> <p><strong>- Dna. Monica Pappas</strong></p> <p><a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/iconographyguild.html">Read about the Icon Guild</a>, <a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_140213_1.html">Read Full Story</a></p> <div class="fb-like" data-href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_140213_1.html" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-show-faces="true" data-share="true">&nbsp;</div> <div id="fb-root">&nbsp;</div> <p> <script>// <![CDATA[ (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1&appId=554869467929889"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); // ]]></script> </p></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_140213_1.html Baptism of Evana Nicole Velesaris http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_131206_4.html Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013/velesarisbaptism/eva.jpg&archive=0&final_h=158&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>Evana Nicole Velesaris was baptized and chrismated at birth on October 27, 2013.</p><p><a title="Evana Nicole Velesaris Baptism" href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=3">View Photo Journal</a></p><p><a title="Holy Baptism" href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/article.php?id=36">Read about Holy Baptism</a>, <a title="Holy Chrismation" href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/article.php?id=37">Read about Holy Chrismation</a></p><div class="fb-like" data-href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/news_131206_4.html" data-layout="standard" data-action="like" data-show-faces="true" data-share="true">&nbsp;</div></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_131206_4.html Baptism of Noah James Heitke http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_131206_3.html Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:00:00 -0400 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013/September/NoahJamesBaptism/Photo-73001D55-6D3E-426B-9A98-EAA162E29ADB-20130922-193009-2048.jpg&archive=0&final_h=133&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>Noah James Heitke was baptized and chrismated at birth on September 22.</p><p><a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/public/sv/gallery.php?ssid=2" target="_blank">View Photo Journal</a></p><p><a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/article.php?id=36">Read about Holy Baptism</a>, <a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/article.php?id=37">Read about Holy Chrismation</a></p></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_131206_3.html Visit of Bishop George http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_131206_2.html Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://www.sthermanorthodox.org/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/2013/bishopgeorge.jpg&archive=0&final_h=131&final_w=200&percent=100"><p>On Sunday, November 10, His Grace George, Bishop of Mayfield conducted the first hierarchical visit to St. Herman of Alaska Church in Stafford, VA. &nbsp;Reader's Steven, Jason, and Moses were tonsured on this day by Bishop George.</p><p><a href="http://eadiocese.org/News/2013/nov/stafford/index.html" target="_blank">View Photo Journal</a>, <a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/visitofbishopgeorge.html">Read Full Article</a></p><p><a href="http://sthermanorthodox.org/article.php?id=63">Read About the holy orders of Bishop and Reader</a></p></div> St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church http://www.sthermanorthodox.org/news_131206_2.html