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, November 23, 2011

The Things Which Are Impossible With Men...

What things are impossible for men?

Today, we have scientists who preach to us that they understand the very moment of creation, although they deny that "creation" exists, that we're all just a strange and wonderful "accident".

We have scholars who preach that we are descended from single cell living entities that are billions of years old, and yet they fail to be able to explain the path to the complexity that is human life, and more importantly, they deny the gifting to this one particular life form of a soul - that which causes humanity to truly share in the image of God.

We have genetic experts who claim to know how to modify plant life so that it will survive in any climate.  We have nations that produce far in excess of their own needs in terms of food crops.  And yet the world remains held in the grasp of famine.

We have politicians and ambassadors who know that war and conflict solve no problem, and yet today there are 56 countries currently involved in wars or skirmishes with over 200 countries or insurgent groups.

We have doctors who tells us that they can heal the most complex diseases, and we are indeed blessed to have such magnificent talents in the world.  But these same doctors can't cure the common cold, and cancer still runs rampant in our world, as does AIDS, and also many other fatal diseases.

We have bankers that preach to us how we need to provide for our security by entering various markets, telling us that we're too inept to know how best to manage our own God-given resources, and that we need to trust them to do this for us, and yet it is these same people who have been bailed out by a government on the verge of failing itself.

What things are impossible for men?

It is impossible for us to live without sin.  And yet one Man managed to do this.

It is impossible for us to achieve salvation based on our own merits.

It is impossible for us to love others to the depth that our Creator loves us.

It is impossible for us to live and maintain any semblance of true joy in our lives without having the Cross, the Tomb, and the Resurrection as our focal points.

It is impossible to offer sufficient thanks to God for the blessings we have received from Him.

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