Welcome to Saint Herman's, Hudson, Ohio

This blog is a partial compilation of the messages, texts, readings, and prayers from our small 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! We are open, and we welcome inside the Church all visitors. See our Parish web page:

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wednesday Before Pentecost

 From the book, 'Thoughts for Each Day of the Year,' St. Theophan the Recluse, Wednesday of the week before Pentecost.

The Lord said to the Holy Apostles before His sufferings: A little while, and you shall not see Me: and again, a little while, and you shall see Me. (John 16:16)  

The Lord's sufferings and death so struck the Holy Apostles that the eyes of their minds became dim, and they no longer saw the Lord as the Lord.  The light was hidden, and they sat in a bitter and wearisome darkness.  The light of Christ's Resurrection dispersed this darkness, and they again saw the Lord.

The Lord Himself explained His words thus: You shall weep, He said, and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. (John 16:20)

It is said that every soul experiences a similar defeat on the way to perfection.  Universal darkness covers it, and it does not know where to go; but the Lord comes, and changes its sorrow into joy.  This is truly as necessary as it is for a woman to suffer before a child is born of her into the world.  Can we not conclude from this that he who has not experienced this has not yet given birth to a real Christian within himself?

Friday, June 11, 2021

Ascension

 Our Lord’s Ascension is an absolutely essential component of His total dispensation in working our salvation.  The Incarnation (His Nativity), even His Resurrection are not “complete” without and until our Lord returns “to the place where He was before.” (hymnology of the Feast from Vespers)

The Holy Fathers write about this day and relate exactly these ideas as they teach that the angelic powers were amazed at the Lord’s Nativity in seeing God become man, but on this day those same powers are again amazed at seeing a Man return to heaven as God.

Within that hymnology we hear amazing words.  “The Father receives into His bosom He Who is eternally with Him.”  It continues with concepts difficult for us to comprehend.  “O Lord, Who humbled Yourself for the sake of mankind, and ascended to the place from which You could not be parted, send down the Most Holy Spirit to illumine our souls!”  Finally these words:  “It is not possible to separate You from the bosom of the Father, O Lord, yet You walked with us as a man.  Today You ascended in glory from the Mount of Olives, and in Your compassion raised fallen mankind, seating it with the Father.  The bodiless hosts were overcome with awe.  Trembling, they glorified Your love for mankind.  With them we on earth glorify Your condescension to us, and Your ascension from us.”

In the Old Testament readings for the Feast is the Prophecy of Zechariah, which also needs to be studied and embraced by us:

“Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst.  And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east.  And the Mount of Olives will be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south.  And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur.  And the Lord shall be King over all the earth….”

This is a prophecy of the Lord’s return.  We heard of this, too, in the Epistle for the day, which taught us from the mouths of the angels present at His Ascension:

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven. In short, the Lord’s return will be to that same spot from which He left on this Feast!

An interesting side note for those who say that Scripture cannot be taken as truth nor as historically accurate.

Years ago (in 1964), the Sheraton Hotel Corporation was researching a potential site for a hotel near the Mount of Olives.  They needed to do an environmental impact study to enable construction to begin.  When the study was done, they found a major fault running through the Mount of Olives, and had to stop their plans for a hotel at the site.

 Christ is Ascended!  In Glory!!!!