Sunday, April 13, 2014

Schedule for Holy Week and Pascha

The schedule of services for Holy Week and Pascha is as follows:

Sunday, April 13
  • 6:30 PM: Bridegroom Matins
Monday, April 14
  • 6:30 PM: Bridegroom Matins
Tuesday, April 15:
  • 6:30 PM: Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, April 16:
  • 9:00 AM: Presanctified Liturgy
  • 6:00 PM: Holy Unction (at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo)
Thursday, April 17:
  • 9:00 AM: Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
  • 6:30 PM: The Twelve Gospels
Friday, April 18:
  • 9:00 AM: The Royal Hours
  • 3:00 PM: Vespers of Holy Friday
  • 6:30 PM: Praises/Lamentations
Saturday, April 19:
  • 9:00 AM: Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil with the 15 Old Testament Prophecies
  • 9:00 PM: Reading of the Acts of the Holy Apostles
  • 11:30 PM: Midnight Office and Procession for Holy Pascha
Sunday, April 20:
  • 12:30 PM: Paschal Vespers
    • After the Paschal Vespers, everyone is invited to Chris and Mary Waian's house for the Agape Feast.
For further information, please contact Father Paul.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

This year's Lenten charity

It has been decided by the parish council to dedicate our Lenten charity efforts to church door charities in March,and to Project Mexico in April. In addition to cash donations, it is requested that you bring easily opened canned goods (i.e., those which do not require a can opener) or other shelf-stable (i.e., non-refrigerated and non-perishable) items for donation.

For further information, please contact Father Paul.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Services for the first week of Lent

Great Lent begins on Monday, March 3. Here is the schedule for this week's Lenten services:
  • Monday: The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (6:30 PM)
  • Tuesday: The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (6:30 PM)
  • Wednesday: Presanctified Liturgy (6:30 PM)
  • Thursday: The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
  • Friday:
    • Presanctified Liturgy (9:00 AM)
    • Salutations (6:30 PM at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Camarillo)
Also, the Sunday of Orthodoxy services will be held on Sunday, March 9, at St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church, 300 Sumida Gardens Lane, Goleta CA. For map and directions, click here.  

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Visit by Archbishop Benjamin [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Please note that Saturday Vespers will be at 5:00 PM instead of at 3:30 PM as originally scheduled. 

Archbishop Benjamin, Bishop of San Francisco and the West, will be visiting St. Herman's next weekend for the feast day of St. Herman. His Eminence will be present for Vespers on Saturday evening at 5:00 PM, followed by refreshments and a talk, and on Sunday for Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.

We hope that all members and friends of St. Herman's can join us in welcoming His Eminence to Ventura County!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Father Paul's sermons now available in MP3 format

Father Paul's sermons are now available for download in MP3 format, which should be playable on almost any portable device or computer. Simply click the links in the sidebar on the right to be taken to the Dropbox page where they are available.

I hope to continue posting them on YouTube, time permitting, but as the file conversion and uploading requires a time commitment which I can't always make, hopefully this will enable them to be available at least in audio format on a more timely and regular basis.

Thank you for your understanding...

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Falling-asleep of Robert Ignatius Peterson

The newly-illuminated Robert Ignatius Peterson has fallen asleep in Christ. The close friend and attorney of our beloved Charles Morse, who himself fell asleep in the Lord almost two years ago, he was received into the Holy Orthodox Church two weeks ago on September 8, by Holy Baptism, Chrismation, and partaking of the Holy Mysteries.

The funeral of the servant of God Ignatius will take place at St. Barbara Monastery at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 27.

For more information, please contact Father Paul.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Email from Archbishop Benjamin

From: Archbishop Benjamin
Date: September 3, 2013, 10:42:36 AM PDT
Subject: FW: Will the world fast and pray on 7 Sept. ?

Dear Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of the West:

Below is an email sent me by a friend who works in the area of Orthodox-Roman Catholic relations.  It is an announcement of a day of prayer and fasting, this coming Saturday, concerning the steadily worsening situation in the Middle East.  As all of you know, Syria was once a place where Christians of the Middle East were the most protected.  The present drama threatens everyone in Syria, but especially the Christians.  I would ask you to consider joining in this appeal to the only One who can solve the problem of the Middle East, God Himself.  This is one thing all Christians can do together, Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants.


Pope Francis has taken a big risk.  Will his dramatic call for a day of fasting and prayer be largely ignored by the world?  There was not even a mention of the appeal in the major Seattle newspaper today.  The local press seems more interested in Tomahawk missiles.  What percentage of Catholics will really fast next Saturday?  Will the Orthodox Churches really join in the fasting and prayer on Saturday or will they consider this simply a “Catholic thing” ?  What will the Muslim response be?  With only six days between the announcement and the actual day of fasting and prayer, it is very easy to say that there is too little time to plan or organize anything.  However, if this is delayed a month, what will happen in the meantime?  To what extent will the heads of major denominations and primates of
Local Churches join in the call for fasting and prayer on Saturday?  Will I actually fast next Saturday?  Will you actually fast next Saturday?  There are many questions that will be answered as this week continues.
Of course, it is too early to say what the response of the world will be.  So far, there are some glimmers of hope.  Here are a few:
“Yesterday, the Maronite Patriarch in Beirut, Cardinal Bechara Rai, visited the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Youhanna Yazigi, and the two leaders said they were ‘deeply comforted by the Pope’s appeal’, pledging to raise awareness in their communities for common prayer.”
The Grand Mufti of Syria desires to be in St. Peter's with the Pope to pray for peace in Syria: Muslims and other groups join in the appeal.
Melkite Patriarch --  In Syria we will keep our churches open until midnight to allow everyone (Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims) to pray. Vigils will be held wherever possible, even if there are fewer than 10 people participating.   There will be special prayers at the famous Orthodox Marian shrine of Saidnaya.
So far, I have seen the appeal of Pope Francis on few Orthodox websites.  Here are some that have reported it:;;
Peter Anderson, Seattle USA