|Orthodox Calendar 2021|
St. Anthusa the Confessor, abbess, of Mantinea (Asia Minor) (700- 775). St. Clement of Ochrid, bishop of Greater Macedonia (916), and Sts. Angelarius, Gorazd, Nahum, and Sabbas (9th c.-10th c.), of Ochrid, disciples of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Blessed Nicholas Kochanov, fool-for-Christ, of Novgorod (1392). St. Ioasaph, metropolitan of Moscow (1555).
New Hieromartyr Ambrose (Gudko), bishop of Sarapul (1918).
St. Symeon Stylites (the Younger) of Sicily (6th c.). Martyrs Aurelius, his wife Sabigotha (Natalia), Felix, and his wife Liliosa, and Hieromartyr George the Sabbaite, hierodeacon, at Cordoba (852). New Martyr Christodulus of Cassandra, at Thessalonica (1777). The blind man who confessed Christ and was healed by St. Panteleimon (4th c.).
Repose of Abbess Pulcheria of Viatka Nativity Convent (1890).
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
|Sirach says: "Honor a physician with the honor due unto him for the uses which you may have of him, for the Lord has created him. For of the Most High comes healing, and he shall receive the honor of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and in the sight of great men he shall be in admiration. The Lord has created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them" (38:1-4).|
|I wish I had the courage and zeal to tell you about this saint who rescued me from suffering and uncertainty.|
|The Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon was born in the city of Nicomedia into the family of the illustrious pagan Eustorgius, and he was named Pantoleon. His mother St Euboula (March 30) was a Christian. She wanted to raise her son in the Christian Faith, but she died when the future martyr was just a young child. His father sent Pantoleon to a pagan school, after which the young man studied medicine at Nicomedia under the renowned physician Euphrosynus.|
Edited by Archimandrite Alexander (Mileant)The Elder was asked "How do you, Father Herman, manage to live alone in the forest, don't you get bored?" He answered "No, I'm not alone there! There is God, and God is everywhere! There are holy angels! How can one be bored with them? With whom is it more pleasant and better to converse, angels or people? Angels, of course!"
|From the Service to our Holy and God-Bearing Father, Saint Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska.|
|When they finally started their exciting, but extremely difficult, ascent, everything went just fine for a few days. But at the end of one day, on a narrow path, they met an old, strange-looking man in a long dark robe. He was walking in the opposite direction, down the mountain. In a friendly manner he greeted them and advised them to turn around and return to the base camp as quickly as possible because the weather was changing into a severe storm.|
|“I clearly remember,” he says, “all the features of the Elder’s face, which shone with grace: his pleasant smile, meek and attractive gaze, his humble, quiet manner, and his amiable words. He was not tall, he had a pale face, covered with wrinkles, his eyes were gray-blue and full of brightness, and on his head he had a few gray hairs. His speech was not loud, but very pleasant.”|
|A new book on St. Herman of Alaska entitled, Herman A Wilderness Saint From Sarov, Russia to Kodiak, Alaska was released in November 2013 by the Printshop of St. Job of Pochaev.|
|St. Herman's years of solitude on Spruce Island caused no little wonder among those unfamiliar with the mysteries of spiritual life. A man once asked, "Fr, Herman, do you live alone in the forest? Do you never become lonely? .... No, I am not alone ," he replied, "God is there as He is everywhere. His angels are there. Is it possible to be lonely in their company? Is it not better to be in their company than in that of people?"|
Vera JohnstonA Russian missionary to America! Yes, indeed, a servant of God, lowly and simple of heart, who attained to such perfection of spirit that in our day and generation there are many in Alaska and throughout the Orthodox parishes in the United States who think that Herman, the humble monk, should be and will be canonized—a saint of the Church.
|The story of Saint Herman of Alaska. 2007.|
|Spruce Island is considered by many Orthodox Christians to be one of the holiest sites in North America. The island was home to the hermitage of Herman of Alaska during the early 1800’s. Every year, in early August, the Orthodox Church in America celebrates the canonization of Saint Herman with a Liturgy, pilgrimage, and banquet.|
|Seeing the glorious life of podvig of Father Herman, seeing his miracles, seeing the fulfillment of his prophecies and finally his blessed falling asleep, "generally all the local inhabitants have an awesome respect for him as a holy ascetic, and are entirely convinced of his having pleased God," witnessed Bishop Peter.|
Fr. Herman (Podmoshensky)And here, in the midst of this pre-Christmas joy so filled with impressions, there enters into the American consciousness a Russian monk from Valaam who was also connected with children, coziness, spice-cake, pretzels, covered by the Alaskan snow—St. Herman the Wonderworker of America.
|Special attention will be devoted to the person of one of the first Orthodox missionaries of North America – St. Herman of Alaska (c.1757-1837; feast: July 27/August 9), a native of Russia’s Ryazan region.|