“Herman of Alaska was a Russian Orthodox monk from Valaam Monastery in Russia who traveled with eight other monks in 1793 to bring the Gospel to the native Aleuts and Eskimos in the Aleutian Islands. As part of the Russian colonization of the Americas, Russians had been exploring and trading there since at least 1740. Thus, he marks the first arrival of Orthodox Christian missionaries in North America. He preached the love of Christ to the Aleutians and drew many to the Church through his charitable life, caring for their orphans, building a school, and frequently defending them from the injustices and exploitation of the Russian traders. He was known to them as Apa which means “Grandfather.” He lived most of his life as the sole resident of Spruce Island, a tiny wooded island near Kodiak Island.” (OrthodoxWiki)(more…)
“Let us put on the whole armor of God. Do you see how he banishes all fear? For if it be possible to do all, and to stand, his describing in detail the power of the enemy does not create cowardice and fear, but it shakes off indolence. That ye may be able, he says, to withstand in the evil day. And he further gives them encouragement too from the time; the time, he seems to say, is short; so that you must needs stand; faint not when the slaughter is achieved.(more…)
To the Alexandrians.
I have already heard of the persecution in Alexandria and the rest of Egypt, and, as might be expected, I am deeply affected. I have observed the ingenuity of the devil’s mode of warfare. When he saw that the Church increased under the persecution of enemies and flourished all the more, he changed his plan.
Missing regular inside Liturgy so much. 😔 Grateful that we have the ability (an extra altar) to be outdoors, but I really, really miss the scent of incense and hearing the heavenly voices of song and chant totally filling the air.(more…)
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for thou alone, O Lord, makest me dwell in safety.”
Death is not the catharsis of self, “death is the catharsis of sin”. Fr. Josiah Trenham in his message The Art of Dying.
Never before have so many people (particularly in middle-class America) been faced with the idea of death. While I had thought that Christians have a better grip on this ultimate reality, I have been proven oh, so wrong.(more…)
“Do you have an infant child? Allow sin no opportunity; rather, let the infant be sanctified from childhood. From his most tender age let him be consecrated by the Spirit. Do you fear the seal [of baptism] because of the weakness of nature? Oh, what a pusillanimous mother and of how little faith!” St. Gregory the Theologian – Oration on Holy Baptism 40:7 [A.D. 388](more…)
We were honored to be invited again this morning for a live interview with Kacey McKinnon @kusinews to share our story about @organicfabriccompany and how @gavinnewsom’s anti-small business policies have shut down our store-front for the foreseeable future.(more…)
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on.(more…)
This is what it’s been leading to. When we give an inch to Executive Orders that defy true government and true law, they take a mile. Governor Newsom has now forbidden singing and chanting in California churches. Continuing to “protest”, that’s fine—as long as your protests isn’t aimed at protesting the lock-downs or mandatory mask executive orders.(more…)