“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…)