St. George Orthodox Church
Albanian Archdiocese of the OCA
Trumbull, Connecticut
Commemorating All Saints of America - 2024

On Sunday, July 7th, we commemorated All Saints of America.  We were blessed that Fr Sergei shared an icon of Saint Herman containing his relics, which was located on the center table of the church. Saint Herman’s relics are enshrined in a small reliquary at the bottom of the icon (below his feet). Below are a few photos and additional information about the St. Herman icon and St. George's icon of Albanian and American saints. 
 

Icon of St. Herman located on the center table
Icon of St. Herman located on the center table
Icon of St. Herman located on the center table
The center table with the icon of St. Herman
The center table with the icon of St. Herman
The center table with the icon of St. Herman
The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance
The Great Entrance
St. George's icon on the north wall with Albanian saints on the left side of the cross, and American saints on the right side of the cross.
St. George's icon on the north wall with Albanian saints on the left side of the cross, and American saints on the right side of the cross.
St. George's icon on the north wall with Albanian saints on the left side of the cross, and American saints on the right side of the cross.
Close-up of the icon of St. Herman
Close-up of the icon of St. Herman
Close-up of the icon of St. Herman
Some background history

 

The St. Herman Icon: 

Saint Herman on Spruce Island. In his hands, a scroll which contains his well-known quote:  From this day, from this hour, from this moment, let us strive to love God above all and seek to accomplish His Holy Will. Saint Herman’s relics are enshrined in a small reliquary at his feet.

 

Notes on the history of this icon:

Fr. Sergei served as a missionary in Alaska (based in Sitka Alaska) from 1969 to 1970, and returned to Alaska in 1971 to serve as a missionary on the Pribiloff Islands.  He was invited and participated in the canonization services of Saint Herman in August 1970. The relics came as a gift by then Bishop Theodosius of Sitka (he later became Metropolitan Theodosius). The icon was commissioned by Fr. Sergei’s family to enshrine the relics.

 

Additional information on the Icon of Saints of the Albanian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church in America:

To learn more about this icon, click onto the following link:  https://www.stgeorgetrumbull.org/iconography  and scroll down to the section titled: Icons on the left side wall

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