Announcements for June 21-27, 2009

Today:  Matins, Liturgy, Panikhida for our Fathers, Grandfathers & God-fathers; Coffee Hour, Church School Meeting

Tuesday:  6:00 pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy for the Nativity of the Forerunner

Thursday:  6:00 pm Vespers; “Naming the Child” presentation with Jenny Schroedel

Saturday:  6:00 pm Vespers; Five-Year Plan Forum #1

Sunday:  8:30 am Matins; 9:30 am Divine Liturgy & Brunch

Looking Ahead:
Monday – Saturday, July 6-11: Iconography Workshop with Heather MacKean

Friday / Saturday, July 10-11: Teen & Young Adult Mt. Hood Backpack Trip

Saturday, July 11: “The Language of Icons” with Heather MacKean

Thursday, July 30: Teen & Young Adult Rafting on the Sandy River

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All Saints of North America:

Through St. Herman, the Alaskan Mission was blessed by the traditional monastic example which SS. Cyril and Methodius provided to the Slavs, centuries earlier. By SS. Innocent and Jacob, the Alaskan Mission demonstrated the linguistic adaptability, cultural sensitivity, and educational outreach characteristic of Orthodox missions from Moravia to Kamchatka. Unfortunately, the heroic missionary work of the Siberian traders who married, converted, and raised their families in the Orthodox faith, and that of their children, the first Native American Orthodox evangelists, have received less attention. Nevertheless, through all their efforts the foundations of the Alaskan Mission had been firmly laid.

With the transfer to American rule in 1867, most ethnic Russians, including the vast majority of Orthodox priests, returned to Russia, leaving the 12,000 native Christians, 9 Orthodox parishes, 35 chapels, 17 schools, and 3 orphanages to fend largely for themselves. In 1872, the diocesan see was transferred from Sitka to San Francisco, and the bishop was able to supervise the mission only from afar. Over the next 100 years, the Alaskan mission received only sporadic assistance from the Orthodox community in the “lower 48.”

Nevertheless, the mission continued to grow, largely through the efforts of indigenous leaders. Despite the fact that the mission never had more than 15 priests, scores of new parishes and chapels, as well as schools and orphanages, were built. Lay leaders continued to conduct services, preach, and teach even in the absence of clergy. The Orthodox Church in Alaska was able to survive because, from its very beginning, it was envisioned, in the best tradition of Orthodox missionary spirituality, as an indigenous church, not as a “diaspora.”

from: Orthodox Christians in North America

Luminaries of the American Church:

Monk-martyr Juvenal Hovorukin (+ 1796)
(widower…wife’s name unknown: + 1791)

Martyr Peter of San Francisco (+ ca. 1815)

Monk Herman (+ 12/13/1837)

Priest Jacob Netsvetov  (+ 7/26/1864)
Anna = wife (+ 1836)

Metropolitan Innocent Veniaminov (+ 3/31/1879)
Catherine = wife (+ 1838)

Priest Alexis Toth (+ 5/7/1909)
Rosalie = wife (+ ca. 1880)

Bishop Raphael Hawaweeny (+ 2/27/1915)
Miriam = mother

Priest-martyr John Kochurov (+ 10/31/1917)
Anna = mother
Alexandra = wife

Patriarch-martyr Tikhon Belavin (+ 4/5/1925)

Priest-martyr Alexander Hotovitsky (+ ca. 1937)
Maria = wife

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich (+ 3/18/1956)
Katarina = mother

Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich (+ 5/14/1965)
Anna = wife (+1925)

Archbishop John Maximovich (+ 7/2/1966)

Matushka Olga Michael (+ 11/7/1979)
Priest Nikolai = husband