Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt


Service Schedule


Wednesday 21Apr

Presanctified Liturgy 600PM

Live Streamed as well

Friday 23Apr

Presanctified Liturgy 600PM

Live Streamed as well

Saturday 24Apr

Divine Liturgy 1000AM, Lazarus Saturday

Live Streamed as well

Vespers 600PM

Live Streamed as well

Sunday 25Apr

Divine Liturgy 1000AM, Palm Sunday

Live Streamed as well

Bridegroom Matins 600PM

Live Streamed as well

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5107 Darrow Road, Hudson, OH 44236

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Adult Study is SUSPENDED throughout the course of the Great Fast.

Parish Update



To all:

Glory to Jesus Christ!

The State of Ohio statistics show that Summit County remains RED, with "High Incidence" of exposure to the virus.

As such, we remain under the instructions that we've placed in this column for some time now, specifically:

1) Limits on numbers do not apply to places of worship

2) Order instructions regarding social distancing and wearing of masks do apply

Even though a large percentage of our membership now has received one or both injections of the vaccine, St. Herman's continues to comply with the state mandates, and continue to do so, with the addition of the concept of "family distancing" inside the church such that those who live in the same house with one another may "break the six foot rule" with people from their own homes.

We are now very near to entering Holy Week.  Our fervent prayer is that our people (given the above 'rules' combined with the our community's vaccination status) will feel comfortable "coming home to the church."  As your spiritual father here in Hudson, we're asking that you search out your hearts and find those places where re-engaging the church can begin, so that we allow this current Holy Week and Pascha to break the imposed "tradition" of the empty pews we had in 2020.  In short, let's all begin to come home!


An important component of the Great Fast centers around repentance.  For those needing to come to confession, we have changed the means of hearing a confession to promote conformance with the distancing requirements.  So again, we pray you'll feel comfortable to engage the Church for this spiritual medicine in this season. 


Having come for the sacrament of repentance, we further encourage our faithful to recognize that there is no reason to fear coming to the chalice.  The following is taken from a web page from the Orthodox Church in America (you can read the whole article here -  The article goes back in time to the same arguments that were raging in the era of H1N1 (Swine Flu).

Orthodox life and faith are essentially “Eucharistic,” and we commune in the very Body and Blood of the glorified Son of God, the true Physician of our souls and bodies. Metropolitan Nikolaos stressed the point that today’s society is militantly anti-Christian and, throughout Europe and in the United States, is using the H1N1 scare to further undermine the faith and traditional liturgical practices of the Church. Do not let 2000 years of experience, he urged, be put into question by “the rationalism and superficiality” of the present times. For there is no evidence at all that illness has ever been transmitted through Eucharistic communion. (Were that the case, we might add, there would have been throughout history a much higher death-rate among clergy, who consume the chalice after all the people have had communion, than there has been among the general populace or among Christian faithful. Empirically, this is simply not the case.)

The Metropolitan concluded with a pertinent observation: the real problem is not the virus H1N1, nor is it world-wide panic; it is rather “the virus of impiety and a lack of faith,” for which the best remedy is precisely frequent communion.

So we encourage you to COME TO THE CHALICE WITHOUT FEAR.  Conversely, if you lack the faith to believe that the Eucharist will not transmit illness to a communicant, then STAY AWAY.  A lack of faith in the power of the Eucharist is a danger more insidious than the disease being feared.


Services being conducted in the church on the published schedule are being livestreamed to YouTube at the following address:

You can find the most recent service livestream upload in the video link you'll find below.

Having stated that you CAN watch services remotely, we sincerely pray that you will be moved to join us within the walls of the church.

Glory forever!

All love in Christ,
Fr. Basil

Most Recent LiveStream

Upcoming Liturgy Readings

Epistle - Lazarus Saturday

[Heb 12:28-13:8]  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.  For our God is a consuming fire.  Let brotherly love continue.  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.  Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.  Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”   So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?”  Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Gospel- Lazarus Saturday

[John 11:1-45]   Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.  It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.  Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”  When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.  Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”  The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”  Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.   But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”   These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”  Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”   However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.  Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.   And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”  Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”    So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.  And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.  Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.  Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”  And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.”   As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.   Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him.   Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”  Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”  Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.   And He said, “Where have you laid him?”  They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus wept.  Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”  And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”  Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.   Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”   Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.   And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”   Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”   And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”  Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.


About St. Herman's

Welcome to the website of St. Herman of Alaska Eastern Orthodox Church.

We are an Orthodox Christian Church located in Hudson, OH. We are continuing the mission of the Orthodox Church which was established in 1794 by our patron Saint Herman.

We would love for you to join us and discover the ancient faith that is relevent to all of us today.

Fr. Basil Rusen:

(330) 608-8896

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