Get holy water from the spring. There was no fresh water at the hermitage. St Herman prayed and a spring came up.
The pilgrims bring jugs, and take holy water home.
It is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a saint.
After the services the sisterhood of Ouzinkie provide the pilgrims to Monk's Lagoon with a repast.
Favorite Dish: The local specialty is called Pirak, a salmon and cabbage pie. It does not last long, so you are not guaranteed a piece, but there is also smoked salmon, salmon sandwiches, and home made cookies. You won't go hungry.
For the pilgrimage, meet at Holy Resurrection Church to get a life vest, then proceed to the docks where local fisherman donate the use of their boats to get to and from Spruce Island.
Once at Monk's lagoon there are footpaths to explore.
Luggage and bags:
If you are a cleric or monk, bring your green robes and fancy headdress, along with your shepherd staff.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rubber Boots are a very good idea. The fishing boats anchor in the lagoon, then we skiff in and your feet may get wet.
Miscellaneous: Bring a jug to get your holy water.
This hermitage is no longer used, there are footpaths to other monk's cells and smaller chapels. Take the time to explore.
Attend divine services at the chapel built over the grave of St Herman. St Herman's remains have been moved to the cathedral. Pilgrims have in the past removed some of the consecrated earth under the chapel, but are discouraged from this practice.
Fondest memory: Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop of Washington, Mettropolitan of All America and Canada, concelebrated with Bishop Nikoli of Sitka and all Alaska the divine services. Metropolitan Herman is in the forground, and Bishop Nikoli is behind.