Sunday of the Prodigal Son


Service Schedule


Adult Study

Wednesday, 24Feb

Starting at 700PM

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Saturday, 27Feb

Vespers 600PM

Live Streamed as well


Sunday, 28Feb

Divine Liturgy 1000AM

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Adult Study

Wednesday, 03Mar

Starting at 700PM

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Parish Update



To all:

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Having made it through the Nativity and Theophany seasons, we find ourselves rounding the next corner, that of approaching this year's Great Fast.

Most will note the cancellation of services over the past several weeks.  This has been necessitated by Father Basil and Popadia Patty both having contracted the COVID virus.  We're trying to take every precaution so  as NOT to put at risk any who would choose to attend services.  Our quarantine period should be over on the weekend of Sunday 07Feb.  But again, as a kind of "final precaution," we'll conduct one last "Reader's Typica" on that Sunday before resuming a regular schedule of services afterward.

With respect to the pandemic, we continue to follow guidelines issued by the State of Ohio and local authorities related to asking all to wear a mask, to use provided antibacterials to wash hands before entering the church, and to observe what we've come to term as "family distancing" while in the church.

Finding ourselves at the threshold of the Great Fast, most of our faithful would be coming to confession in this season.  We encourage our faithful to continue this pious practice, even through the constraints placed on us by the pnademic.  We've established procedures to hear confessions in the church which assure distancing as best we can.  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.

In short, 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.

We hope you will join us within the walls of the church.  If you are in a high risk group (by virtue of age or other health related conditions), we pray that you will be edified by our on-line offerings, and that you'll be with us in prayer virtually.

Glory forever!

All love in Christ,
Fr. Basil

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This Week's Liturgy's Readings

Epistle - Sunday of the Prodigal Son

[1Cor 6:12-20]  All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!  Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh."  But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.  Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

Gospel- Sunday of the Prodigal Son

[Luke 15:11-32] The Lord told this Parable:  "A certain man had two sons.  And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood.  And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.  But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.  Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.   But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,  and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." '  And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.  And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.'  But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry.  Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.  So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.  And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.'  But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.  So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.  But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.'  And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "


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.

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