This is written after penning an article for this week's bulletin, having read 'shallow' responses to on-the-street queries asking, "What are you thankful for?"
The balance of the bulletin was taken up by a plea from His Grace Bishop Daniil, asking for free-will, from the heart donations to be given to His Holiness, Patriarch John X as he comes to America to enthrone Metropolitan Joseph as Primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese.
All one need do is go to the Orthodox news pages on this very day to find how very lucky we remain here in our God-protected (for now) land. Read the articles here:
and many others like them, and see what other Christians are enduring in the world around us.
And what has been our response as a people? We can't speak for other parishes, but locally we've added petitions in the litanies to ask for our Lord's intervention to shelter those who are being persecuted for their faith in Iraq, in Syria, in Saudi Arabia, in Gaza, in Jerusalem, and even here in the US. There are also those who are suffering from the ravages of war in Ukraine. See the article here:
of Archpriest Vladimir Kreslyansky, who died praying for God's deliverance of his people!
It is right and proper for us to give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. But it is even more right and proper for us to offer prayers of intercession for those who are not as fortunate as we are, whose very lives are hanging in the balance in a world seemingly gone mad.
And so this year, let us mingle our sincere thanksgiving to the Lord with an even more sincere plea for His mercy to be poured out in abundance, to stop the terrible attacks against Christians in general, but against Orthodox Christians who by choice or by necessity remain in regions where they live under the threat of warring factions who seek their removal or destruction.
May God have mercy on us all!
Welcome to Saint Herman's, Hudson, Ohio
This blog is a partial compilation of the messages, texts, readings, and prayers from our small mission community. We pray that it will be used by our own people, to their edification. And if you happen by and are inclined to read, give the glory to God!
The blog title, "Will He Find Faith on the Earth?" is from Luke 18:8, the "Parable of the Persistent Widow." It overlays the icon of the Last Judgment, an historical event detailed in Matthew Chapter 25, for which we wait as we pray in the Nicean Creed.
We serve the Holy Orthodox cycle of services in contemporary English. Under the omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Bulgarian Patriarchal Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia, we worship at 5107 Darrow Road in Hudson, Ohio (44236). If you are in the area, please join us for worship!
Regular services include:
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10AM (Sept 1 - May 31)
930AM (June 1 - Aug 31)
Vespers each Saturday 6PM
We pray that you might join us for as many of these services as possible!