Hierodeacon Herman (Majkrzak) is the Chapel Choir Director and Lecturer in Liturgical Music at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York, a position he has held since 2010. His childhood and youth were spent immersed in the Anglo-Catholic liturgical and musical traditions, which led him to the study of organ and choral music at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, New Jersey, where, in 1999, he was received into the Orthodox Church. After completing his undergraduate studies, Fr. Herman enrolled at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with an M.Div. in 2005. The following two years he spent as the choir director and instructor in Liturgical Music and Liturgical Theology at St. Herman’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. In 2007, Fr. Herman became a novice at the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco, in Manton, California. A year later, he was tonsured as a rassophore-monk and ordained to the Holy Diaconate. In the summer of 2009, Fr. Herman was transferred to New York and began to study and work at St. Vladimir’s. In addition to his teaching responsibilities there, he edits the liturgical publications of St. Tikhon’s Monastery Press. Father Herman took monastic vows and was tonsured by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah to the Lesser Schema in September, 2011, at Three Hierarchs’ Chapel at St. Vladimir’s.
WHAT IS THE MARCH FOR LIFE?
The March for Life is a peaceful, prayerful, and [massive] rally that takes place every year in Washington, D.C., on the sorrowful anniversary of the Supreme Court decision *Roe v. Wade* that legalized abortion in the United States over forty years ago. Participants process from the National Mall to the Supreme Court Building where, at the end of the route, Orthodox Christians gather together with our archpastors and clergy to offer memorial prayers in memory of the departed unborn.
The March unites us with hundreds of thousands of people of good will who come together to raise our voices for those, the least of Our Lord’s brethren, who have no voice of their own. As we remember those who have died, we also sorrow with those who have survived the tragedy of abortion in their own lives — mothers, fathers, and siblings — so that their suffering and pain not be repeated in future generations.
WHEN IS IT?
Thursday, January 22, beginning at 12 noon at the National Mall. More details, including route maps, can be found here.
WHY SHOULD I GO?
See for yourself and read on for details.
As we lament the ongoing violent persecution of Christians in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and many other places, it is appropriate for us to take stock of the value accorded human life in our own country.
In the March, we remember before God and humanity the millions of unborn innocents whose lives our laws have failed to protect and honor. While our Christian brethren in other lands have been stripped of so many of their liberties and human dignity, let’s be grateful stewards of the freedom of speech we still have in this country.
HOW CAN I GET THERE?
Many areas charter buses to the March. Catholic parishes and schools are especially good at this, and you might ask around to see if anyone from your area is going. Parishioners in smaller groups can car-pool. The New Jersey deanery of the Orthodox Church in America is sponsoring a bus (please contact Fr. John Diamantis for details). And for those in the New York City area, St. Ambrose Society at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Yonkers is chartering a bus that will depart the seminary campus at 5 AM and return roughly midnight. The Society asks for a small donation to defray the cost of the bus. Please email the Society for more information and to reserve your seat.
I’M ON THE WEST COAST
Then make arrangements to participate in the San Francisco Walk for Life, and surrounding Orthodox events. Check out this video for more details.
TELL ME MORE!
Check out this great documentary on the Pro-Life Movement and the March for Life in particular, putting our endeavors in the broader context of America’s great history of civil rights.
Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find the Orthodox Christian Network on Google+