And I, a sinner, have been trying to love God for more than forty years – Saint Herman of Alaska (+1836)

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And I, a sinner, have been trying to love God for more than forty years

Saint Herman of Alaska (+1836)

Saint Herman of Alaska:

“And I, a sinner, have been trying to love God for more than forty years, and cannot say that I perfectly love Him. If we love someone we always remember him and try to please him; day and night our heart is occupied with that object.

Is that how you, gentlemen, love God? Do you often turn to Him, do you always remember Him, do you always pray to Him and fulfill His holy commandments? ‘For our good, for our happiness at least let us make a vow that from this day, from this hour, from this minute we shall strive to love God above all else and to fulfill His holy will.’”

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A terrible accident has a power to awaken us – Saint Herman of Alaska (+1836)

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A terrible accident has a power to awaken us

Saint Herman of Alaska (+1836)

Saint Herman of Alaska:

“A terrible accident has a power to awaken us to the realization of the existence of various calamities and dangers surrounding us, from which the Providence of God preserves us. At the same time it convincingly persuades us to acknowledge our own infirmity and weakness and to seek the Father’s protection and His most powerful defense, which affirms us in the Wisdom and the Word of God, which came down from above by the will of the Heavenly Father under a curtain of flesh like ours, woven by the Divine Might from the Immaculate Virgin, for our salvation. He became man and taught us to pray that we be not led into temptation. This reminds us from what Father we have our existence, and this in turn should make us seek our heavenly Fatherland and our eternal inheritance.”

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Saint John Karastamatis of Alaska & Santa Cruz, California, USA, from Greece ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A novel figure of Orthodox Christianity – Martyred by the Satanists in 1985

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Saint John Karastamatis of Alaska

& Santa Cruz, California, USA, from Greece

╰⊰¸¸.•¨*

A novel figure of Orthodox Christianity

Martyred by the Satanists in 1985

Feast Day, May 19

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ORTHODOX WORD

The Holy Martyr, Father John of Santa Cruz, was born in 1937 in the Greek village of Karastamatis from the Island of Andros. At the age of 20 years he leaves for America and later started a family. He is ordained priest and for 10 years he ministers with apostolic zeal many churches in Alaska.

In 1981, father John came to the Church of Prophet Elijah in Santa Cruz,CA which he restored and renewed. Under his ministry, this church is soon to become the center of Orthodox catechesis throughout this region where many people were alienated from God and the Church.

Father John was simple in conduct, loved his parishioners and his door was always open for everyone, even atmidnightif he was called. He preached with great fervor. Fr. John loved God and desired for everyone to love Him. He would go to parks and public streets to talk to young people who knew nothing about Christ or were Jews.

In his native village from theIslandofAndros, a miracle occurred involving the white lilies: considered to be the flowers of the Virgin Mary. When the lilies bloom, they get uprooted and are placed in the Church before the miraculous icon of the Mother of God. Later of course, the leaves and flowers wither and fall, leaving only a dry stem. The dry stalks, however, are left like this near the icon of the Virgin and during the Dormition fast, the lilies begin to sprout and flourish thus at the feast of the Dormition, the lilies are already blossomed. This phenomena is repeated each year.

Father John, when he was growing up on the island of Andros knew about this miracle. So he went to the Monastery of St Nicholas from the island and asked Abbot Dorotheos for few dried lilies. He took few dried stalks with him toAmericaand placed them in the Continue reading “Saint John Karastamatis of Alaska & Santa Cruz, California, USA, from Greece ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A novel figure of Orthodox Christianity – Martyred by the Satanists in 1985”

St. Herman’s Spiritual Daughters: St. Nilus Skete, Alaska

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St. Herman’s Spiritual Daughters:

St. Nilus Skete, Alaska

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

Living in solitude, I occupy myself with searching the spiritual writings: above all I search the Lord’s commandments and their commentaries, and the Apostolic traditions; then the Lives and Instructions of the Holy Fathers. I reflect on all this, and whatever I find after reflection to be God-pleasing and useful for my soul, I copy out for myself. In this is my life and breath.

St. Nilus of Sora

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Nestled between Kodiak Island and St. Herman’s Spruce Island, amidst cold Alaskan waters, lies an emerald islet, forested by towering spruce trees, buffeted by powerful winds. A myriad of birds—eagles, swallows, warblers, seagulls—find refuge here, and colorful tufted puffins nest each summer in its craggy black cliffs. A large Orthodox cross stands above the main shore as one approaches the island by boat. Behind the trees is a wooden church modeled after the fifteenth-century Russian church of St. Nilus of Sora. On this tiny island live women who have dedicated their lives to God and seek to have a living communion with Him apart from distractions. Nearby is Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island where St. Herman of Alaska lived at the beginning of the nineteenth century. This beloved saint brought Holy Orthodox Christianity and monasticism to America in 1794 from Valaam Monastery in Northern Russia. Surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation and often cut off completely from the world by violent winter storms, conditions here are ideal for solitude. One is able to free oneself from the distractions of modern life and to cast the heart’s gaze inward, striving to seek God alone and to love Him above all.

The Monastic Way of Life

With St. Nilus as guide and patron, the nuns seek to emulate the monastic ideals of poverty, asceticism and interior prayer. Known for his extreme simplicity and voluntary poverty, St. Nilus emphasized the inner life of the monastic—the inward self-trial and practice of the Jesus Prayer. St. Nilus’ rule of life consists of two to twelve monastics living in cells clustered around the church—the skete form of monastic life. Called the royal path, it avoids both the trials of the large coenobitic monastery and the dangers inherent in the Continue reading “St. Herman’s Spiritual Daughters: St. Nilus Skete, Alaska”

Anernerem Tanqilriim Akqutkumallra – Acts 1:1-8 ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Yup’ik Alaskan

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Anernerem Tanqilriim Akqutkumallra – Acts 1:1-8

Holy Bible in Yupik (Native Alaskan)

1 Ciuqliit kalikautekellrenka elpenun Theophilus-aaq, qaneryarangqertut Jesus-aam calillranek, ayuqucirtuutekellranek-llu ayagniqarraallranek, 2 qilagmun mayullra engelkarrluku, Anernerkun Tanqilriakun alerquumariamiki elitnaurani cucukellni. 3Nangteqellmi-llu kinguani tangercet’lartuq ellaitnun yuucimitun, nallunaitqapiggluni; yuinaagnek-llu malrugnek ernengqerluni qavcirqunek alairvik’larai, Agayutem-llu Angayuqauvia qalarutekluku. 4Quyungqallratni-llu inerqurai Jerusalem-aamek ayaasqevkenaki, tau͡gaam utaqasqelluku Aatam akqutii, tauna-gguq, “Niitellerci wangnek. 5Wani-wa John-aaq ilumun angllurcecilartuq merkun. Tau͡gaam elpeci ak’anivkenaci anglluumaciquci Anernerkun Tanqilriakun.”
6Quyurrvikellratni aptaat qanerluteng, “Ataneq, uum-qaa nalliini Israel-aam angayuqauvia ataam piurteqataran?” 7Kiugai-llu, “Elpeci nallunrilkaunritarci picirkaq ciunerkaq-llu, Aatam kiimi pisqutkarkaungaku. 8Tau͡gaam elpeci Anernermek Tanqilriamek pingumarikuvci pinimek cikiumaciquci; nallunairistekciqamci-llu Jerusalem-aami, Judea-mi-llu, Samaria-mi-llu, nunani-llu tamaitni.”

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Glorification of the Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America

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Glorification of the Venerable Herman of Alaska,

Wonderworker of All America

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OCA – ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA

Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America. A spiritual mission was organized in 1793, made up of monks of the Valaam Monastery. They were sent to preach the Word of God to the native inhabitants of northwestern America, who only ten years before had come under the sovereignty of Russia. St Herman was among the members of this Mission.

St Herman came from a family of merchants of Serpukhov, a city of the Moscow Diocese. His name before he was tonsured, and his family name are not known. (The monastic name is given when a monk takes his vows). He had a great zeal for piety from youth, and at sixteen he entered monastic life. (This was in 1772, if we assume that Herman was born in 1756, although sometimes 1760 is given as the date of his birth.) First he entered the Trinity-Sergius Hermitage which was located near the Gulf of Finland on the Peterhof Road, about 15 versts (about 10 miles) from St Petersburg.

MIRACULOUS HEALING OF HERMAN

At the St Sergius Hermitage there occurred the following incident to Father Herman. On the right side of his throat under his chin there appeared an abscess. The swelling grew rapidly, disfiguring his face. It became difficult for him to swallow, and the odor was unbearable. In this critical condition Father Herman awaited death. He did not appeal to a physician of this world, but locking his cell he fell before an icon of the Queen of Heaven. With fervent tears he prayed, asking of Her that he might be healed. He prayed the whole night. Then he took a wet towel and with it wiped the face of the Most Holy Mother, and with this towel he covered the swelling. He continued to pray with tears until he fell asleep from sheer exhaustion on the floor. In a dream he saw the Virgin Mary healing him.

When Herman awoke in the morning, he found to his great surprise that he was fully healed. The swelling had disappeared, even though the abscess had not broken through, leaving behind but a small mark as though a reminder of the miracle. Physicians to whom this healing was described did not believe it, arguing that it was necessary for the abscess to have either broken through of its own accord or to have been cut open. But the words of the physicians were the words of human experience, for where the grace of God operates there the order of nature is overcome. Such occurrences humble human reason under the strong hand of God’s Mercy.

HERMAN’S LIFE AT VALAAM

For five or six years Father Herman continued to live in the St Sergius Hermitage, and then he transferred to the Valaam Monastery, which was widely scattered on the large islands in the waters of the great Lake Ladoga. He came to love the Valaam haven with all his soul, as he came to love its unforgettable Superior, the pious Elder Nazarius, and all the brethren. He Continue reading “Glorification of the Venerable Herman of Alaska, Wonderworker of All America”

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