On Tuesday, April 8/21, 2015, we celebrated Radonitsa, “the Day of Rejoicing.” On this day, which always falls on the Tuesday of St. Thomas Week, the dead are commemorated, and the joy of the recent Feast of Pascha, the Resurrection of Christ, is shared between the living and the reposed. On this day we were […]
On Bright Thursday, April 16, 2015, our monastery was visited by His Grace Bishop Iov of Kashira, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canada. Vladika visited with his deacon, Fr. Andrew, and Russian pilgrims from San Francisco. At trapeza, Vladika told of how he had wanted to visit the monastery […]
Below are photos of icons painted in our monastery icon studio. Three of these icons have been placed in kiots at the grave of Fr. Seraphim (Rose).
Christ is Risen! Greetings with the radiant Feast of our Lord’s Resurrection! Below we have posted photos of Holy Friday, Holy Saturday, Pascha, and Bright Monday at the St. Herman Monastery. Photos of a Baptism service on Holy Saturday can be found in another post.
On Holy Saturday, March 29/April 11, 2015, Andrew Zhang was baptized in the Beegum Gorge Creek below the St. Herman Monastery by Abbot Damascene. The Divine Liturgy was held the same day, at which Andrew was chrismated and received Holy Communion.
During the first four days of Passion Week, the Orthodox Church begins to commemorate the sufferings of Christ with special, penitential Matins services, known as the Bridegroom Matins. In many places these are held in the late night/early morning hours, and begin with the Bridegroom troparion, which sets the tone for those services: “Behold, the […]
On November 15/28, 2014, we celebrated the Repose Day of St. Herman of Alaska (+1836), one of three Feasts of St. Herman that we celebrate each year (the others being the Glorification of St. Herman on July 27/August 9, and the Feast of St. Herman on December 12/25). This year, Archpriest Paul Volmensky, Deacon Nikolai […]
We have recently completed a redwood arbor (pergola) over Fr. Seraphim’s grave, as well as landscaping around the grave. Wisteria has been planted on three sides of the arbor, and is being trained to grow onto the top of the structure, so that purple wisteria flowers will hang over the grave in the warmer months. […]
On August 14/27, 2014, the Forefeast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Grace Bishop Maxim visited the St. Herman Monastery in Platina, California, together with the Western American Diocese’s special guests Abbot Archimandrite Metodije and Monk Damaskin of the Holy Monastery of Hilandar on Mount Athos, and Milivoj Randjic, Director of the […]