Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Memory Eternal-- St. Herman's parish founder Vivian Hartley

The handmaiden of God Vivian Maria Hartley departed this life and went to be with the Lord at 12:15 this morning Tues. Nov. 19th 2013.
Vivian with her husband Dr. Edward Hartley laid the foundation of English-speaking Orthodoxy in British Columbia in the 1971, when they left Anglicanism and were received into the church by Archbishop Ioasaph. They were members of Holy Resurrection church in Vancouver until, wanting to raise their children in the faith in their own language,  they decided to found an English-speaking parish in their home chapel in Surrey BC.
In 1987 they were able to call a priest to serve them in the growing mission parish of St. Herman of Alaska, and Vivian’s first great service was that of hospitality for the after-liturgy meals and other parish events . Over the years she served the parish she founded in numerous capacities, including singing in the choir, teaching church school, baking prosphora, serving on parish council and minding the parish book store. She travelled across Canada to represent the parish at our Archdiocesan assembly.
As well as raising three children in the faith, Vivian stood sponsor for numerous godchildren, including some who later became clergy. A lover of the classics who completed her master’s degree, Vivian collaborated with Bishop Seraphim on a translation of the Psalms from the Septuagint. She and Ed always maintained their interest and ties with various Orthodox communities around the Lower Mainland, while still remaining dedicated to the fulness of Orthodoxy reaching out to the non-Orthodox from the parish they founded.
Today the parish founded by Vivian and Ed continues to grow, with members from many ethnic backgrounds worshipping together in English and raising their children in the Faith after the Hartleys’ example. Over the years members of the parish have gone on to help found other parishes in Victoria, Comox and Vancouver and to serve and live in other parishes across Canada and beyond. Several have gone to seminary and received ordination. Of all these Vivian is rightly honoured as a mother in Christ.
Vivian’s three children were with her at her home when she went peacefully from this life into the kingdom. All of them remain active members in the Orthodox church, and Vivian’s grandchildren too are being raised in the Faith. 
Vivian is survived by her husband Ed; children James, Andrea and Maria; grandchildren Christina, Alexandra, Herman, Katherine, Daniel, Anselm, and Adam.
It would be too little to say that the people of St. Herman's, among so many others, will miss Vivian greatly. She will always remain part of our parish, with the invisible choir that surrounds us in the Divine Liturgy. 

Funeral Services at St. Herman’s Langley BC will include:
Thurs. Nov. 21 7 pm Panikhida  and a vigil with readings through the night

Fri. Nov. 22 10 am funeral.  
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family's on-line obituary at: www.myalternatives.ca.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Remembrance Day Weekend

This Saturday evening  November 9th

after our usual 6:30 pm Vespers service,  

we will pray a short Memorial Trisagion 

in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall Back One Hour November 2nd

Daylight saving time ends at 

2 AM Sunday November 2nd. 

Remember to set your clocks back ONE HOUR 
when you go to bed on


so you can get that extra hour of sleep before Sunday liturgy! 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

St. Herman's October 2013 Special Events

SAT. OCT. 19TH  NOON--  Prosphora baking workshop in the hall.

Choir rehearsal will continue as usual in the church at the same time.

SAT. OCT. 26TH   Event at church for dads and kids-- details TBA


FR. LAWRENCE will be on VACATION Tues Oct. 22nd to Sat. Nov. 2nd. 

During his absence, Fr. Richard Rene will serve liturgy & be available for emergency needs ONLY that require a priest.

Wed. & Sat. Vespers will continue as usual, either served by Fr. Richard, Dn. Gregory, or readers of the parish.

Fr. Richard Rene 604-385-4188

Dn. Gregory Wright 604-534-3994

Monday, July 29, 2013


UPDATED Sept. 27th 2013


regular service times: 

Wed & Sat Vespers: 6:30 pm

Sun. Matins/Church school 9:30 am

Sun. Liturgy 10 am

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Great and Holy Friday at St. Herman's

Great and Holy Friday at St. Herman's:  the reading of the Holy Gospel.
(Thank you, Victoria, for the photo.)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lazarus Saturday Cleaning Bee and Children's Day

This coming Saturday is our Annual Cleaning Bee to get the church in top shape for Holy Week and Pascha. This year there will also be a special time for children. Hopefully this will allow some parents to participate in the cleaning while their children are looked after.
The day starts sharply at 10AM.

If your interested in helping with the children's side of the day, please message or contact Zane. If your interested in the cleaning side of the day, just show up with work clothes, rain coats, and any tools you may want to bring.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Mid-Lent and beyond!

Just a note that the Baptismal Liturgy originally scheduled for this Sunday Apr. 14th has been moved to Sunday Apr. 21st.  Services begin at the usual time.

Also, next week the Wednesday and Friday services will NOT be PreSanctified Liturgy.

Wednesday Apr. 17th will be the Canon of St. Andrew & Life of Mary of Egypt

Friday Apr. 19th will be the Akathist service to the Theotokos.

There will therefore be -no- meal after these two services, and of course no need for the pre-Eucharistic fast.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday of Orthodox Icon Procession

This Sunday of Orthodoxy March 24, the congregation processed around the church for the Third Antiphon of the Liturgy, singing the tropar "We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One", carrying icons to honour their restoration to the Church.  Photos of the event reveal the great joy of the day.  (Thank you Julia G. for the photos.)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weekday Services in Great Lent

Great Lent is coming, and with it, a wealth of the prescribed evening services.  This Lent all our weekday evening services will begin at 6.00 p.m. (rather than our previous 7.00 p.m. starting time) to facilitate families with young children attending these important services.  (The Saturday Great Vespers will continue for the time being with its previous starting time of 6.30 p.m.)  These services begin with the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, on Monday March 18.

A note about the Presanctified

Dear St. Hermanites,

A couple of items about parts of the Presanctified Liturgy served Wednesday and Friday in Lent.

Much of our liturgy takes the form of dialogue. For instance, in litanies, the priest and/or deacon chant their parts, while the whole church responds 'Lord have mercy.'

Antiphons are another form of dialogue, in which lines are sung alternately between two different groups. In the Presanctified we do this with men singing one line, women singing the next. Which group begins will depend on the mix of choir singers we have on a given night, so listen for the choir to begin. Then all men please sing along with the men's choir, and all women with the women's choir.

Another form of dialogue is verse with refrain. "Let my Prayer Arise" is sung in this fashion. The very beautiful Bortniansky trio is an old favourite in our parish as in many others. In this piece three voices (a trio of singers, as available on a given night) sing the verses while the congregation  and clergy are  kneeling in contemplation. Everyone sings the refrain between the verses.

Don't forget that services begin at SIX pm this year. Please fast from mid-day, and bring some Lenten food to share if you are staying to break your fast afterward.

Monday, February 11, 2013

More February events

Sunday Feb. 17th  is Zaccheus Sunday-- Lent is fast approaching!

The FAST-FREE week is February 25th- March 2nd. 


Please note that on Wednesday, February 27th at 7 pm, we will be having  a Healing Service instead of the regular Daily Vespers.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Feast of the Meeting & Blessing of Candles

There will be a 9 AM Liturgy 

on Saturday February 1st 

to celebrate the Feast of the Meeting of Our Lord. 

Please bring along easy breakfast items such as muffins and fruit to share afterward. 

At this feast we bless CANDLES, along with lamp oil and incense for use in your home icon corner, so please remember to bring these items along.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

House Blessings!

Please contact Fr. Lawrence asap to schedule the Theophany season blessing of your home.