St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
161 N. Murphy Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Weekly Announcements

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

            Glory to our God, the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… One in Essence and Undivided!

Today we celebrated the great feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was sent down upon the holy disciples and Apostles of our Lord. This is an important day in the life of mankind… for now the fulness of all that God bestows upon us has been given. Christ our Lord has completed His earthly ministry and has taken upon Himself the sins of mankind, bearing that burden unto death. And, because He is God, death could not hold Him… He triumphantly rose on the third day! For forty days He remained with His disciples, showing them His resurrected Body, further teaching them, and preparing them for His ascension back to the right hand of God the Father and promising them the coming of the Comforter, Who would lead them into all Truth. On the fortieth day Christ ascended and now, on this fiftieth day since His resurrection, the promise is fulfilled… the Holy Spirit, the Comforter has come down and enlightened and enlivened the Apostles. This is the birthday of the fulness of the Christian Church – wherein all the grace-filled Mysteries of God are offered to mankind. May God bless you on this beautiful day and may the Comforter enlighten and enliven your life as well!

Monday morning at 7am we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Monday is the ‘Day of the Holy Spirit’… the Liturgy is another festal celebration of the joy of Pentecost.

Wednesday evening we will continue our study of the Divine Liturgy. We are taking as our text the wonderful book: ‘Experiences During the Divine Liturgy’ by Archpriest Stephanos Anagnostopoulos. We meet Wednesday evenings at 7pm and the Zoom link is:  

On Thursday evening at 6pm, Fr Andrew will hold our Catechism class for inquirers and catechumens (although several baptized Orthodox also enjoy participating as well). These classes are especially recommended for those wishing to learn about the Orthodox faith. Father makes time for general questions and answers as well. The Zoom link is:

Friday evening at 5pm we will have the Vigil service at St Herman’s for our father among the saints, the wonderworker John, archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco. Please note the earlier start time of 5pm.

On Saturday, June 29th, a festive hierarchical Liturgy will be celebrated at the Cathedral in San Francisco for St John. This year marks the 30th anniversary of his canonization as a saint. Our Metropolitan Nicholas will preside along with nine other bishops and a host of priests and deacons. I strongly encourage all to come to this special celebration of our local saint! Note: due to the events in San Francisco, the usual 2pm class and the 4pm Vigil will not be held at St Herman’s next Saturday.

Liturgy on Sunday the 30th will be held at St Herman’s as usual at 9am. Fr Martin will be serving alone as Fr Andrew and Fr Deacon Paul will be serving with the Metropolitan in San Francisco. If you wish to commune on Sunday, please come for confession Friday evening – Fr Martin will have very limited time for any confessions that Sunday morning.

I would like to thank all of those who came to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God and to hear and support Nun Ilaria last Thursday. The event was well attended and made for a beautiful evening of prayer and of learning about all the good work done by the St Elizabeth Convent in Minsk. Nun Ilaria was very pleased to have met us and appreciated your interest and support!

May God bless you and grant you a wonderful week!

Fr Martin

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