A Vow to Ourselves

[On this day in 1837, Orthodox Saint Herman of Alaska was buried.  First, a few good words from this missionary to and defender of the Aleutians reminds us of a decision to be made at least once, if not daily. What follows are three prayers from the Orthodox Liturgy on his Feast Day.]

If we love someone, then
we always think of that one,
we strive to please that one;
day and night our heart is preoccupied…

Do you often turn to God,
do you always remember God,
do you always pray to God
and fulfill God’s commandments?

For our good, for our happiness,
at least let us give a vow to ourselves, that
from this day,
from this hour,
from this minute
we shall strive above all else
to love God and to fulfill God’s holy will.

St. Herman of Alaska (1756 or 1760- 1837)

Troparion (Tone 7)
Joyful North Star of the Church of Christ,
Guiding all people to the Heavenly Kingdom;
Teacher and apostle of the True Faith;
Intercessor and defender of the oppressed;
Adornment of the Orthodox Church in America:
Blessed Father Herman of Alaska,
Pray to our Lord Jesus Christ
For the salvation of our souls!

Troparion (Tone 4)
O blessed Father Herman of Alaska,
North star of Christ’s holy Church,
The light of your holy life and great deeds
Guides those who follow the Orthodox way.
Together we lift high the Holy Cross
You planted firmly in America.
Let all behold and glorify Jesus Christ,
Singing his holy Resurrection.

Kontakion (Tone 3)
The eternal light of Christ our Savior
guided you, blessed Father Herman,
on your evangelical journey to America
to proclaim the Gospel of peace.
Now you stand before the throne of glory;
intercede for your land and its people:
Peace for the world and salvation for our souls!

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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