Tuesday, August 31, 2010


As some of you may be aware, last week a young girl (15) from the Lower Mainland was reported to have jumped out of her mother's moving vehicle after an argument with her and died from a head injury caused on impact of her fall.

A friend at work knows the family well and has given me their names that our church and wider community might remember them in prayer. The family's name is Delesalle, and the mother (who is likely particularly distressed at this time) is named Patricia. They have two other children.

The funeral for the young girl was today.

Thank you,

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Reminder-- fast day on Sunday August 29th Beheading of John the Baptist

The Beheading of St John the Baptist, a Feast day established by the Church, is also a strict fast day because of the grief of Christians at the violent death of the saint. In some Orthodox cultures pious people will not eat food from a flat plate, use a knife, or eat food that is round in shape on this day. 

Please remember to bring only strictly lenten food to church this Sunday-- no meat, fish, eggs or dairy. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Orthodox Church magazine online

The spring/summer issue 2010 includes an article by Fr. Richard Rene, formerly of our parish and now rector of St. Aidan's Cranbrook.

Monday, August 16, 2010

(see full resolution photos HERE)

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Christopher update, and thanks

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Dear brothers and sisters;
Macrina Lewis has passed on her deepest gratitude to all of you at St Herman's, for the card and generousity her family received.
Her husband Christopher is done with his three (!) surgeries on his leg and is mending- he's nearing the end of a very fragile 10-day resting time following the final surgery.

From one of Macrina's emails:
"...But I did get loud and clear that this was a VERY complex break, with bits and pieces 2.5" away from where they should have been. And [the doctor's] impression on opening it all up was that he's rarely seen an injury like that. The upshot of his brief report was that the knee is now "mechanically sound" and that his part went smoothly. He also reiterated that it will be 12 weeks of non-weight-bearing, with some exercising of the knee after about 3-4 weeks."

Please keep them in your prayers, and thanks for your love.

-Mark Basil
(PS given it's after sunset... Blessed Feast Day to you all!)

Friday, August 06, 2010

August 9th Our Patron Saint's Day!

Edit 2015. St. Herman's Day falls on a Sunday this year. Here is some material about St. Herman:

Read the Life of Saint Herman

Listen to Alaskan singing in Yup'ik

-- the Tropar of Saint Herman of Alaska! 

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Transfiguration Vesperal Liturgy & blessing of grapes tonight!

....with the Blessing of Grapes and other summer fruit harvest, so please remember to bring these with you! 

Fast from noon in preparation for receiving communion tonight.

Also fish will be permitted at the festal meal afterward, as we celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord tonight on the eve of the Feast.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Painters needed

reposting to bring this to the top-- not sure if anyone has volunteered yet? MatD

Painters Needed

I am looking for painters to help paint the church's exterior this saturday and the next friday+saturday.

We will start at 8am on saturday. Please contact me if you are available (604-727-1014).


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Hey look, I'm on Spruce Island!

This is neat. Hi folks! I know this sounds a little sad, but I figured it can't really hurt. I'm hoping to move back to Langley from Burnaby this September, so I thought I'd send out a shout: if there's anybody who happens to know of a two-bedroom home for rent at a fairly low price in Langley or east Surrey, or of a good job opening in town, please let me know! My lovely roommate-to-be and I are on the prowl. (Well, only I am on the prowl for a job. She has a job. We're on the prowl for a home.)

Many thanks!

Painters Needed

I am looking for painters to help paint the church's exterior this saturday and the next friday+saturday.

We will start at 8am on saturday. Please contact me if you are available (604-727-1014).


Monday, August 02, 2010

AUGUST EVENTS at St. Herman's

Apologies for not having the bulletin printed in time for Sunday. What with the assembly (and having to wait for Fr. Lawrence's report to go in the bulletin), the bulletin was completed but not printed. It will be available at Wednesday vespers. Meanwhile, here is a reminder that the next special event is the Vesperal Liturgy on the Eve of Transfiguration  7 pm this Thursday Aug 5th. FISH permitted at the meal afterward. Here are the upcoming August special events & fasting rules:   

Thurs. August 5  7 pm.  Eve of Transfiguration
                         Vesperal Liturgy,  Blessing of Grapes
                           Fish allowed at meal after

Sun. August 15    Dormition Liturgy w Blessing of Flowers

Sun. August 22    Bingham Farewell after Liturgy                             

Fasting this month

Dormition fast runs August 1– August 14.
 NO meat, fish, dairy or eggs except that
fish is permitted for:

Aug. 6th   Transfiguration
Aug. 9th   St. Herman
Aug 13th   St. Tikhon
No fast on Dormition Sunday Aug. 15th, after which 
regular Wed/Fri fasting applies again.

**Special note on Feast of Beheading of John the Baptist:
Sunday August 29th Like Holy Cross Day, this feast is also a strictly Lenten fast. As it falls on a Sunday, please remember to bring NO meat, fish, dairy or eggs to the post-liturgy meal that Sunday.
Finally, a big thank-you to the Lerches for hosting another wonderful BBQ. Rumour has it that next year we may hold vespers right there on the mountain!
See you at church, and may your fast be blessed.