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St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood


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Spruce Island, Alaska: A Pilgrim's Guide

Since the first centuries of Christianity, pilgrims have traversed land and sea to pray at the holy sites associated with the life of our Lord Jesus Christ and His saints. Every Orthodox land has its own places of pilgrimage, to which the faithful come to supplicate the saints for salvation, health and peace.

North America has not been left without the consolation of its own pilgrimage sites— Spruce Island, Alaska being the first. In the early nineteenth century, St. Herman, America’s first saint, made Spruce Island his home. There, he lived the ascetic life while serving as a father to the local native population. Through his prayers and miracles, St. Herman sanctified the island, leaving his grace-filled legacy for future generations.

Hundreds of pilgrims come to Spruce Island each year to visit the saint’s grave, drink from his holy spring, and ask his intercession before the Lord. Spruce Island, Alaska: A Pilgrim’s Guide is the first full-color guide to St. Herman’s beloved isle. It includes pictures and descriptions of all the holy sites on Spruce Island, a brief history of the Russian Mission to Alaska, and a brief Life of St. Herman. It is an indispensable guide for those planning a trip to Spruce Island or for those who just want to know more about America’s first saint.

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