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Welcome to Our Parish!

We extend a prayerful and sincere welcome to all visitors. St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church (formerly Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission) is a growing and vibrant community. Our parishioners come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. All of our services are in English.

Our parish was founded in May 2004, and we have been at our current location at the historic Clifton Chapel since  2005.

Whether you are an Orthodox Christian looking for a parish home, someone interested in Orthodoxy or just visiting the area, we hope that you enjoy your time worshiping with our community.

You are cordially invited to join us for refreshments in our Fellowship Hall after Divine Liturgy.


Presentation of new St. Herman of Alaska icon - 07/20/14

Father brought out the new icon of St. Herman of Alaska, our parish's patron saint, which had been blessed today. Father and Deacon Alexander placed it into the kiot where it was venerated for the first time. The icon was written and donated by Mat. Joanna Laymon and embedded with the relic presented to us by the cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Read more about the iconography guild and workshops at St. Herman


Baseball on the Fourth of July - 07/04/14

A group of parishioners and a guest from Aquia Episcopal Church enjoyed the 11:05 a.m. game between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs in DC on July 4. Alas, the home team lost to the Cubs 7-2, but "a good time was had by all."

Middle row from right to left: altar boy Andrew Geracoulis & dad Steve, guest William Johnston, Alf Kentigern Siewers & son Nicholas (dual parishioners from Pennsylvania), Archpriest Alexander, altar boy Seraphim Rosado and dad Herman.

Holy Pascha - 05/06/14

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

After the joyful Paschal Liturgy the parishioners met in the parish hall breaking the fast by sharing Pascha baskets filled with traditional foods,

The next afternoon over thirty parishioners and guests met for Paschal Vespers at the home of Deacon Alexander and Matushka Joanna. The Gospel Lesson was read by parishioners in English, Greek, Latin, German, Russian, Bulgarian, Romanian, French and Spanish, which reflected our parish’s multi-ethnic diversity. The celebration of Christ’s resurrection then continued with an Agape Potluck Feast. The highlight of the day for the many children present was an opportunity to drive Deacon Alexander’s tractor.

- Deacon Alexander & Matushka Joanna Laymon

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“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners,
 but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
 Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”   - Eph. 2: 19-22

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