“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)

The eternal light of Christ our Savior

guided you, blessed Father Herman,

on your evangelical journey to America

to proclaim the Gospel of peace.

Now you stand before the throne of glory;

intercede for your land and its people:

Peace for the world and salvation for our souls!

Kontakion (Tone 3)

Saint Herman, pray for us!

Read more about St. Herman of Alaska on Orthodox Wiki.


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