The internet has been down 1/2 the day here in Kodiak … and, when running, has provided ample frustration. After several attempts to put up the final pics, those that would be first here … and the method failing, I gave up. Anyway, here’s some more from the other day’s pilgrimage to Monk’s Lagoon.
Prior to being moved upstairs into the chapel, St Herman’s holy body had been buried under the chapel. In other words, the chapel was built over his grave (which, as mentioned in an earlier post, was the Saint’s second interment). Today, you can crawl under the building into the small crawl space and reverence the holy spot and, obviously, take a picture. As also mentioned in a previous posting, St Herman’s relics are currently enshrined at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Kodiak. Someday, when there’s a sufficient monastic presence and a secure structure, his body will return to Spruce Island and the Ss Sergius & Herman of Valaam Chapel.
This will be my last posting from Alaska. I return to the Lower 48 tomorrow. However, God willing, by week’s end, I’ll post pics of St Nilus Island and the women’s monastic community there.
Soon to come: a photo report on St Herman Seminary.
Thank you for your prayers.