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Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Our Lord Jesus Christ alone is the one High Priest "according to the order of Melchizedek";  the ever-present head of the Church, the pastor (i.e., shepherd) of our souls.  Every pastor, from Patriarch to village priest to each member of the whole "priestly people" of God acts only as His instrument.  He has promised never to leave us orphans, never to abandon His Church.  He continues to be present in the lowliest country church as well as the greatest cathedral, especially through the sharing of His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, which we continue to do at His command, until He comes again in glory. Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!
His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill (Gundaiev), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
Patriarch Kyrill is commemorated with love at every service celebrated at St .Herman's.  .His Holiness the Patriarch is the father of the world-wide Russian Orthodox Church, the largest of the Orthodox churches worldwide.  .Through his episcopal fatherhood, the Russian Church relates on an equal basis of honor and love with all the Orthodox sister churches.  The source and the result of this unity is the sharing in the one saving Chalice when the patriarchs serve the Divine Liturgy together.  .  
The Most Reverend Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of the ROCA
75 E. 93rd Str
New York, New York,
Metropolitan Hilarion is the senior ranking bishop of our Russian Church Abroad, which preserves and shares the spiritual heritage of Russian Orthodoxy internationally. The ROCA (sometimes called ROCOR) is a small but active member of the Orthodox world, with parishes from Indonesia and Australia to South America and Europe.  It is an integral, self-governing part of the one Russian Orthodox Church headed by Patriarch Kyrill.. 
Right Reverend Bishop Peter (Lukianov), Archbishop of Chicago and Mid-America
P.O. Box 1367
Des Plaines, IL

Like all Orthodox bishops, Bishop Peter's episcopal service can be traced back without interruption directly to the apostles, and his teaching would be recognized by them as identical in essence to the Gospel they preached. He is the ruling bishop of our Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America, and so is our own father in Christ and the head of this local church.  Vladika Peter is a member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCA); through him, St. Herman's is in communion with the Orthodox Church world-wide and through time...  

Priest Michael and Matushka Darya Carney
126 Reese St.
Lake Odessa/Woodbury,, Michigan 48849
(616) 374-8596 (phone)

Fr. Michael is the priest of St. Herman's,
serving in obedience to Archbishop Peter
(Lukianov), the spiritual father of our local Orthodox diocese. 

Matushka Darya is the choir director at St. Herman's.  Her icons adorn the temple.


Deacon Elias and Diaconissa Rachel Reeves

Fr. Elias was ordained to the holy diaconate on August 3/16, 2015 by (then) Bishop Peter.  He and his wife Rachel have three children.

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