Wishing all on the Gregorian Calendar a Joyous Christmas and Nativity Season! And a “Merry St Hermanmass” to all on the traditional Calendar. (Merry St Hermanmass is a phrase I have heard in jest at our Parish and yet it fits wonderfully well in a jolly way with a Salmon BBQ for the Feast!)
“…let us make a vow to ourselves, that from this day, from this hour, from this very moment, we shall strive above all else to love God and to fulfill His Holy Will!” St Herman of Alaska
St. Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska, Troparion, Tone IV —
O venerable Herman, ascetic of the northern wilderness/ and gracious advocate for all the world,/teacher of the Orthodox Faith and good, instructor of piety,/ adornment of Alaska and joy of all America;// Entreat Christ God, that He save our souls.
Kontakion for St. Herman, Tone VIII —
O beloved of the Mother of God, who received the tonsure at Valaam,/ new zealot of the struggles of the desert-dwellers of old:/ wielding prayer as a spear and shield, thou didst show thyself to beterrible to demons and pagan darkness.// Wherefore, we cry out to thee: O venerable Herman,entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved!
A life of St Herman can be found here. One may ask why we celebrate St Herman on Dec 25’th? In succinct form via Wikepedia:
- “December 13/25—Repose: Due to an error in record keeping, this was originally thought to be the day of Saint Herman’s death, and because of the long-established tradition of celebrating his memory on this day, it has remained a feast day. It is more likely that this is the day he was buried. For those Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian Calendar, this day falls on December 25 of the Gregorian Calendar…”
The Sermon of Bishop Dimitri of Berkeley on the Canonization. It is even more pertinent today than then.