St. Herman of Alaska
This icon was done by iconographer, Cheryl Pituch and is part of St. Lukes new set of Icons of the Saints of America.
Feast Day - August 9th.
The Icon shows St. Herman in his monastic habit with an iron cross held by iron chains. This is both a symbol and an ascetical practice of mortification of the flesh. Behind him you can see his small chapel and the trees of Spruce Island where he lived and labored as a missionary to the Aleut people. The white of the mountains and blue of the sea express the beauty of the Alaska that St. Herman loved and cared for. His graying beard, bent frame and cane express the rigors of his ascetical life. To the right of St. Herman is the hand of God blessing St. Herman for his devotion to the propagation of the Orthodox faith.
Spruce Island is not large, and is almost completely covered by a forest. Almost through its middle a small brook flows to the sea. Herman selected this picturesque island for the location of his hermitage. He dug a cave out of the ground with his own hands, and in it he lived his first full summer. For winter there was built for him a cell near the cave, in which he lived until his death. The cave was converted by him into a place for his burial. A wooden chapel, and a wooden house to be used as a schoolhouse and a guest house were built not too distant from his cell. A garden was laid out in front of his cell. For more than forty years Father Herman lived here. ( Taken from the acts of his life)
Troparion in tone 7
Joyful North Star of the Church of Christ,
Troparion in tone 4
O blessed Father Herman of Alaska,
Kontakion in tone 3
The eternal light of Christ our Savior
For information concerning the life of St. Herman of Alaska, please click here