25th Sunday

Day 13 of the Advent Fast


Service Schedule


Saturday, 28Nov

Vigil at 600PM

Live Streamed as well

Sunday, 29Nov

Divine Liturgy at 1000AM

Live Streamed as well

Wednesday, 02Dec

Adult Study, 700PM

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Parish Update



To all:

Glory to Jesus Christ!

As part of a somewhat 'regular' Corona update, many/most of us had hoped that we'd have passed through the pandemic by now.  As God's plans show, He gives us more time to turn to Him for mercy, seeking His intervention to return our lives to "normal", if that is His will.

We continue to follow guidelines issued by the State of Ohio and local authorities related to the pandemic.  This includes 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.

Being in the Advent 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 - https://www.oca.org/reflections/fr.-john-breck/disease-and-holy-communion).  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.


In this Advent Season, we're publishing daily messages related to the coming of our Lord in the Flesh.  To date, they've been taken from the work, "On the Incarnation" by St. Athanasius.  You can visit our blog via the link on this page.  The same material has been published on our Facebook page, which you can find embedded into this page - near the bottom.  

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 - 25th Sunday

[Eph 4:1-6]  I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 

Gospel - 10th Luke

[Luke 13:10-17]  Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.  But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity."  And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.  But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, "There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day." The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound--think of it--for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?"  And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by 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.

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