Pilgrimage to Spruce Island - 08/09/10

Early Monday morning, August 9th, boats carried around 250 pilgrims through thick fog to Monks Lagoon, Spruce Island, the holy habitation of St. Herman for the culmination of the 40th anniversary celebration. At Sts. Sergius and Herman of Valaam Church, which is built over the original grave of St. Herman, hierarchs, priests, deacons, monastics, and laity gathered for Divine Liturgy. The church became the sanctuary for the clergy and Spruce forest became the nave for the faithful. During Liturgy, Hierodeacon Andrew was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop MAXIM  Fr. Andrew will be serving the monastic community of St. Michael Skete on Spruce Island. By the time the faithful were receiving Holy Communion, the sun broke through the fog and the day turned sunny. A festal picnic was provided by the Sisterhoods of Holy Resurrection Cathedral and Nativity of Our Lord Church in Ouzinkie, Spruce Island.