Feast Day: December 13th & August 9th
The Life of Saint Herman of Alaska: So the Elder worked, and everything that he acquired as a result of his immeasurable labours was used to feed and clothe orphans, and also for books for his students…
Apolytikion: Blessed Ascetic of the northern wilds and gracious intercessor for the whole world, teacher of the Orthodox Faith, good instructor of piety, adornment of Alaska and joy of all America, Holy Father Herman, Pray to Christ God that He save our Souls.
Kontakion: Monk of Valaam, who through Ascetic labours didst become an emulator of the desert-dwelling Saints of old, O beloved of the Mother of God and Virgin, having taken Prayer as sword and shield, thou wast revealed as the scourge of pagan darkness and the demons’ hosts. Hence we cry to thee: O Saint Herman, pray that we be saved.
Saint Herman cared very much for children. He helped nourish their bodies with food, clothing and education, and most importantly nourished their Souls by teaching them about Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“A true Christian is made by faith and love toward Christ. Our sins do not in the least hinder our Christianity, according to the word of the Saviour Himself. He deigned to say: not the righteous have I come to call, but sinners to Salvation; there is more joy in Heaven over one who repents than over ninety righteous ones. Likewise concerning the sinful woman who touched His feet, He deigned to say to the Pharisee Simon: to one who has love, a great debt is forgiven, but from one who has no love, even a small debt will be demanded. From these judgments a Christian should bring himself to hope and joy, and not in the least accept an inflicted despair. Here one needs the shield of faith.”
Saint Herman was a great Ascetic, he pushed his body to the limit in order to hold onto the Holy Spirit dwelling in his heart. He wore an iron Cross and chains as part of his Asceticism.
“And I, a sinner, have been trying to love God for more than forty years, and cannot say that I perfectly love Him. If we love someone we always remember him and try to please him; day and night our heart is occupied with that object. Is that how you, gentlemen, love God? Do you often turn to Him, do you always remember Him, do you always Pray to Him and fulfill His Holy Commandments?”
“From this day forth from this very hour and this very minute, let us love God above all and seek to accomplish His Holy Will.”
“The true Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the invisible enemy to his Heavenly homeland.”
“Sin, to the one who loves God, is nothing other than an arrow from the enemy in battle.”