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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.


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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Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday - 03/09/14

Our wonderful young people celebrated the Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday with a procession around the church with their icons, led by the clergy and altar servers. Thanks be to God the Holy Trinity for our youth, the future of the Church!

- Xenia (Gina) Van Weddingen, Education Coordinator

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National Gallery of Art's Byzantium Visit - 02/08/14

The Iconography Guild of Theodosia trekked off to the National Gallery of Art on Feb. 8th to visit the National Gallery of Art's Byzantium exhibit. Those of us who trudged from Union Station in the bitter cold were rewarded upon our arrival at NGA to a wonderful albeit short collection (about 170 pieces) of never-before seen art objects outside Greece.

- Dna. Monica Pappas

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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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