Monday, April 30, 2012

Cranbrook Bound!

Hi All,

So, I got a job in cranbrook, and we have to leave today. So...we need a bit of help with the lawn while we are gone. we intend to come back in two months but we can't cut the grass from afar. If anyone is willing to help, that would be great.

I won't post the details here, but contact me via email or facebook if you can help.

The posting is full time music, band/choir/recording, so its perfect. But it's only til the end of June.

Also, if anyone wants to take care of our garden, we have a number of strawberry plants that will need tending, as well as tomatoes, among other things. You are welcome to take it over completely and interpret it as you will. Everything in the backyard can be yours while we are gone, and when we get back, we can figure everything out. Perhaps we would share the bounty. I am open to negotiations.

If no one wants to tend it, fair enough, we will see what it looks like when we get back.

But, we do need a lawn mowing volunteer.

We have arranged to have some folks swing by the place regularly to check on it to make sure all is well, so that is taken care of.

We will miss you, but we'll be back soon.

I'll be working at Mt Baker Secondary School, google it for info. They have a huge music program. I'm excited!

more on the yard sale

So much is going on in our parish-- I hate to post over top things in case they get missed, so first of all, don't miss the post on the Healing Service directly below this one.

Click here for  YARD SALE DETAILS 

Finally, at said yard sale I have volunteered to do a used book table. Any old paperbacks, kids books, pretty much anything though I don't think old school text books ever sell so maybe skip those. . If you can bring them Wednesday evening to the healing service, so much the better, I'll have a box or bin. You won't have to take these home if they don't sell-- I will see that they get taken to a thrift store or something after.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

HEALING SERVICE Wednesday May 2nd at 7pm


A while ago, Bishop Irenee encouraged the parishes of the diocese to begin holding healing services on a regular basis. Our parish has not been able to arrange this till now, but we will now hold our first healing service on

Wednesday May 2nd at 7pm

instead of our usual Daily Vespers service.

The Healing Service (or the Sacrament of Oil as it is sometimes called) has its roots deep in the apostolic Church.  In James 5, the sick are encouraged to call for the presbyters of the church in order to receive anointing and prayer for their healing. 

All those who are ailing with physical or spiritual maladies are encouraged to seek divine help at this service, offering their lives to Christ afresh and trusting in His healing power.


also please don't forget the 
next Saturday May 5th.  

See Lora-Lynne Hanley to volunteer. Details in post below. 

Friday, April 20, 2012


(Sorry to post above Seraphim & Erin's wedding info, but this event is coming up fast. Wedding info in the next post down-- MatD)

Loralynne sends this info (and unless I am mistaken, the purpose is to benefit the building fund?) : 

 Saturday, May 5th 

 9:00am - 2:00pm. 

Set up starting at 8:30am.

-Set up: I'm hoping to have about ten tables of stuff. That would be good. I would like to set them up on one side of the parking lot so we would still have some parking available. Also, I'm working on getting hotdogs going on the BBQ. I'm hoping Tony will run that but I have not heard back from him as of yet. If people come with kids, the field area should be free for them to run around. So the amount of people I'm looking for to help would be... one person per table (10 people, some need to be big strong guys) two people on food (Tony and someone) and it would be good to have two or three people to watch the kids. So that's about 15 volunteers... I would be one

- Stuff: I am bringing a bunch of plants and some stuff. I need people to bring as much stuff as they can. I would like it if people could bring their stuff that morning, but if they can't we are going to have to figure out where we can store it. I'm hoping someone who lives close to the church and has a garage can do this (maybe two people)

- Food: Hotdogs (with buns, ketchup, mustard, relish), chips, pop/water and donuts

- Advertising: I need people to make signs for on the road, maybe about ten or so. Langley times gives a discount for adds to charities so a three line add is $23.50 + tax and a 1" add is $30.76 ,  tax. So I'm not sure if we want to do that. It would run the Thursday before the sale. I would like to. Also I'm putting together a Craig's list add. I think that should be enough.

- Take down: We can't have anything left at the church at the end of the day. People need to take their stuff home. On the off chance that there is stuff left, I will either put together grab boxes and advertise them on Craig's list or just take it down to the Salvation Army. I have a small car so I can't take much. I might be able to borrow a truck. If there is left over food I figure we can have it the next day (Sunday) for lunch!

I think that is it for now. If I think of anything else I will let you know. If you have any ideas or concerns, please let me know. Thank you so much! I will be making a big announcement at church on Sunday. Have a great day!


Thursday, April 19, 2012


In case you haven't heard, Erin is doing me the honour of becoming my wife at 11am right here at St Herman's on Saturday, April 28th. The service will be a eucharistic service so if you wish to receive communion come fasting. The service will follow with a potluck. Erin's father is generously providing us with some large platters of Filipino food, but we are begging the kindness and mercy of our church family to indeed do your miracle of love that you do at every liturgy when we all go home with happy bellies. We are only expecting about 6-7 additional families so attendance should be up like on a baptism day. Uncle Sid (Ketel) has graciously arranged for a liquor license for the church. The "bar" will be selling $3 drinks. No BYOB. Sorry.

We do hope you all will come. It is very important to us to share this with our community and even more than that, to receive our community's blessing and prayers as we move toward Christ together in this next adventure of our lives. We wouldn't be who we are and, indeed, we wouldn't have a prayer without you. Thank you for saving us. You truly are our family.

Some of you have been asking about gifts. Gifts are certainly not expected, but for those of you who have been wondering, we have set up a wishlist at Lehman's. That can be found here. If you think our list is lame, we also will be headed to Portland shortly and we are huge fans of Powell's Books.

Thank you all and I look forward to sharing this day with you!

Your servant,
Andrew Seraphim Friesen

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pascha 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Let's Celebrate!

Bachelor Party! Secrets! Adventure!


I am hosting a bachelor party for Andrew Friesen, it involves two parts, one here in langley, and a second one at a secret location. I have details for you if you are a Man and want to join us. If you want information, please contact me through this blog, or through email or on facebook.

The main thing is to meet at St. Hermans this coming friday the 20th at 6pm ish. The first half will include a primer, some special clothes for the Bachelor, and a short langley event. If you can't join us for the overnight, this first half should prove entertaining, please plan to attend. The first half will require a loonie, a beer or two, and bring a camera to capture the glory.

If you are coming to the second half too, bring sleeping gear, a few more barley sandwiches for the evening and to share with Andrew. We want to provide a large selection of quality malt for the bachelor to sample during the evening.

All of the information is on facebook, as far as the specific details which I will be happy to share.

Again, if you need to contact me, use the code:   (spell it right, it's pasivirta)

Kristus nousi kuolleista!

Friday, April 13, 2012

PASCHAL GREETINGS draft list-- please chime in!

We want to use multiple languages for the Paschal Greeting after Paschal vespers on Sunday.  There are many lists available online, but we want to stick to those that are going to get a strong response in our own congregation.

 If you don't see your ancestral language here, please  let me know the form of the greeting you know or are able to find, and be prepared to chime in strongly with the response when Fr. Lawrence reads the exclamation. If yours is a less common language, you might want to recruit a few other members to study up ahead of time and shout out along with you. 

I've put in the most common ones for our community here to start with:

English:   Christ is risen!  Indeed He is risen!

Greek:  Christos anesti! Alithos anesti!

Russian/Slavonic:  Khristos voskrese!  Voistinu voskrese!

Ukrainian: Khristos voskres! Voistinu voskres! (note Ukrainian is only slightly different from Russian/Slavonic but it's important in Canada & our parish to acknowledge both!  :-)  

Romanian:  Hristos a inviat!   Adeverat a inviat!

French:   Le Christ est ressuscite!  En verite il est ressuscite! 

German:  Christus ist auferstanden! Wahrlich ist er auferstanden! Kai & Theresia is this the version you know? 

Spanish:  Cristo ha resucitado! En verdad ha resucitado! Sava, is that correct? 

Arabic: Al Masiah Qam! Hakkan Qam! I don't think we have any Arabic speakers?  but they constitute a large group we have connections with in North America. It's easy, I know many of us know this one already. 

Aleut:   Khristus anahgrecum!  Alhecum anahgrecum!
 in honour of St. Herman, but there are several versions online and they are all 'Greek' to me :-)

Mandarin: Jidu fuhuo le!  ta queshi fuhuo le! (thanks Desmond,shout it out loud and the rest of us will do our best not to massacre it! 

Cambodian: Tanya, what Father gave me is only one part, do you have the rest and does it match this one:    Preah Christ mean preah choan rous leong vinh ; trung mean preah choan rous leong vinh men (and BTW, what about Aaron's ancestral language?)

F/Pilipino: Si Kristo ay nabuhay ; totoo ngang nabuhay!  Erin, Graham, is this what you would want to say? 

Haida: Victoria, did you find this one out?

Finnish:  Kristus nousi kuolleista! Totistesti nousi! (David P we're counting on you!)

Gaelic: All you Scots/Irish descended folks, are you prepared to belt this one out? Or are you going to insist on separate Scots and Irish versions? 
Taw creest ereen!  Taw shay ereen guhdyne! 

Welsh: ditto Welsh-descended?  I am one of those, but I will have to keep the paper in front of me
Atgyfododd Crist!  Atgyfododd yn wir! 

Anglo-Saxon, properly called Old English: due to my St. Cuthbert obsession, I am up for this one and  it is actually very easy:  Christ aras! Sothlice He aras!

Ethiopian or ? Asmaite G will you be with us, and what is your ancestral tongue? 

For those who are interested,  here's a site which gives about 250 versions, with sound files and more: 

(and NO we will not be using Klingon, Quenya or Sindarin!)

Monday, April 09, 2012

palm sunday 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

Holy Week & Pascha services

our last PreSanctified before Holy Week (there is also one on Holy Wednesday) is tonight at 7 pm. Fast in preparation for communion, and please bring some food to share.

tomorrow morning, LAZARUS SATURDAY April 7th

10 am Lazarus Matins

followed by Indoor & Outdoor Cleaning bee until the place sparkles! Feel free to drop in and help out for any portion of the day, short or long. BURRITOS are promised for lunch, any other food to share is appreciated too.

6:30 pm Vespers & Litya, followed by confessions

Sunday Apr. 8th-- 9:30 Palm Sunday Matins, procession & liturgy

Mon. Apr. 9th   7 pm Bridegroom Matins
Tues. Apr. 10th 7 pm Bridegroom Matins
Wed. Apr. 11th 7 pm PreSanctified Liturgy. Fast in preparation for communion, and please bring some food to share.

Thurs. Apr. 12th  5:00 pm Holy Thursday liturgy & light meal
                            7 pm service of 12 Gospels

Fri. Apr. 13th   7 pm Shroud veneration followed by overnight vigil at the tomb

Sat. Apr. 14th  9 am St. Basil Liturgy

                       10 pm Baptisms
                                  followed by Paschal services & midnight liturgy w. blessing of baskets


                       4 pm Paschal vespers & BBQ