Yesterday, on this same day during the Great Fast in each year, that we celebrate "the Sunday of Orthodoxy," also called "the Triumph of Orthodoxy." It commemorates the final victory of the Church over the iconoclasts, those who would have declared the use of icons to be counter to the law and/or the will of God, to be a form of idol worship.
While the Holy Church won that victory (in the eighth century), those who hold to such a position never truly "went away." They remain around us to this very day.
Within the Stichera on Lord I Call from Vespers for this day, one of the hymns we sing (and this is where great teaching from the Church emanates), "The Grace of Truth has shown on us. The mysteries darkly prefigured in times of old have now been openly fulfilled. Behold, the Church is clothed in beauty beyond all earthly measure, through the Icon of the Incarnate Christ that was foreshadowed by the Ark of Testimony. This is the safeguard of the Orthodox Faith, for if we hold fast to the Icon of the Savior, Whom we worship, we shall not go astray. Let all who do not share this faith be covered in shame. But we shall glory in the Icon of the Word made flesh, which we venerate, but do not worship as an idol. So let us kiss His precious Icon, and with all the faithful cry aloud, 'O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance.' "
Listen carefully to these words. "Let all who do not share this faith be covered in shame." It refers to those who venerate icons in spirit and truth in the Orthodox manner, yes. But it speaks also to those who revere the Holy Sacraments, and those who abide by the doctrines handed down by the Holy Fathers, and those who know that salvation comes through Christ within this very Church that He established. Therefore, let us accept not only icons, but the fullness of the faith - including (and especially in this season) the Church's prescription for aiding us in our ascetic efforts through the increase in Divine services, in prescriptions for reading Scripture, in fasting and almsgiving.
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: