“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…)
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.
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…)
Those who do not know our rights cannot treasure them. We have cast the bill of rights away. As rights are stripped, it’s always for the “greater good” of the people…(more…)
With the exception of a few major holidays, my husband and I are not much into celebrating holidays. Valentine’s Day fits into those holidays that we don’t generally celebrate. Usually, we will go out to eat together a few days before or after the day, but gift exchanges are not part of our tradition. With that stated, I’ve been trying to do a better job at employing fun traditions that my children can enjoy and remember as they grow.(more…)