During the Great Fast, we watch for the day known as "mid-Fast." We wait for the Sunday of the Cross to indicate to us that the fasting season is half way through. It is simultaneously a comfort and an admonition. It comforts those who have labored to fast, knowing that they need only struggle yet a little while longer. It admonishes those who have not attempted to enter the Fast in the knowledge that the time grows short, and if any spiritual gain is to be made, the time is now.
We are entering that mid-point in this Advent Fast at the beginning of the coming week. And so, it's good to take inventory.
How has the time been going for you personally? Are you more spiritually connected than 20 days ago? Has your reading of scripture increased, or have you attended more of the Divine services at your church? Have you increased your almsgiving? Have you taken on additional service projects to those in need?
In three short weeks the Creator of all is coming to be born in the flesh. He will assume all of our human conditions except for sin. His very life will be threatened from the day of His birth. Tens of thousands of innocents around Him will be slain by evil men because they know of His coming. How do we live a daily life in partying ignoring these things knowing of them in advance?
The time grows short to the Day of our Lord's Nativity. But our time in this life grows short at the same time. Are we diligently preparing for our eternity, or are we living today as we lived yesterday, without care for tomorrow?
The Advent Fast still gives us time, but the sand is running to the bottom of the hourglass. Don't wait, for once the end comes, it is too late....
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: