COVID-19 Response and Service Schedule
Welcome to Our Parish!

We extend a prayerful and sincere welcome to all visitors. St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church is a growing and vibrant community in the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). 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.

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Future Home of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church

On the Feast Day of the Victorious Cross, March 31, 2019, a cross was erected on our newly purchased land (1754 Courthouse Rd., Stafford, VA). The cross was built by one of our talented parishioners. We are currently working on developing a site plan for the new church.

Please prayerfully consider supporting our efforts to build this new temple for our growing church family. If you are able to contribute to the building fund, checks may be mailed to our church treasurer at P.O. Box 1295, Stafford, VA 22555 or by using the PayPal link at

Limits on Attending Services and Communion - 03/27/20

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Lord bless you!

At St Herman’s, we will continue to do the services.  However, we will have to limit the attendance at the service itself to ten people. The priest/bishop, deacon and reader, plus hopefully a singer or two, will serve the Liturgy with a couple of people present.

Those who wish to receive the Holy Mysteries are asked to come about the time of communion and must sign up in advance so that we do not violate the Governor of Virginia’s mandate that assemblies cannot be larger than ten people. We had someone call the police on us on Wednesday, but the officer understood that we are following the limits.  

You may sign up at this link ( ) to attend services or just receive communion.

7 People may attend the service and we can have 3 groups of eight that will come into the church hall at the appointed times (in the sign up). If you arrive before your timeslot, you must remain in your car until the reader calls your group into the hall.

For services:

Presanctified Liturgies begin at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Vespers begins at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Matins and Liturgy begins at 8:45 a.m.

For communion only:

For evening Liturgies of the Presanctified Gifts, the times to sign up for will be 7:20, 7:25 and 7:30 PM.

For Sunday Divine Liturgy, the times will be 11:10, 11:15, and 11:20. 

These times may be adjusted slightly in subsequent weeks as we adjust to this new paradigm.

At the appointed time, the Reader will come out and read Typica for the first group in the hall, and for each subsequent group after them.  Then each group will enter the temple, recite the prayers before Communion, and receive the Holy Mysteries. We need you to leave the temple after communion and zapivka.

While we are urging families with small children not to bring the whole crew to the service—and thereby exclude adults from participating—we encourage you to bring the kids to receive the Holy Mysteries before the services on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, or at the end of Liturgy using the signup sheet.

As a reminder, we bless those who wish pray at home, and have provided the Typica text.  We will send out the Vespers text as well for Wednesday and Friday nights. Additionally, St. John’s Cathedral is broadcasting their services on YouTube and Holy Cross Monastery is broadcasting their services on Facebook.  St John’s Cathedral has the services in both English and Slavonic; Holy Cross is all in English, and it is the full daily cycle. 

Again, I hate to have to do this, but we are in extraordinary times.  We are very sorry not to be able to open the Liturgy to all; however, all who wish to commune are able. 

For those high risk people who are remaining at home and for whom it is unwise to come out, Communion can be brought to you.  Please let us know and we will make an arrangement.  Also, you may come and commune at 5pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, before the services.

Please continue to pray for all those who are suffering from this horrific virus, all those ministering to them—the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals—and all who are in fear, grief or anxiety over this. 

With love in Christ,

+Metropolitan Jonah

PROSOPON ICONOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: Aug. 3-8, 2020 - 01/28/20

Master Iconographer, and Instructor for the Prosopon School of Iconology, Fr. Igumen Mefodii, from the Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor in Palmyra, VA, will return to lead our annual 6-day retreat from August 3-8, 2020.

Beginning and intermediate students will paint the sacred icon of the Holy Theotokos, Vladimir Virgin and Intermediate/Advanced students will do St. George and the Dragon. Both are in the Russian-Byzantine style of the 15-16c. using egg tempera, 23k gold leaf, on a wooden board with kovcheg.

Those of all levels of experience are welcome. Register now as space is limited to 15. Additional information can be found in the flyer at this link: 2020 Iconography Workshop Announcement



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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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Event and Services - This Week
Saturday, 24 May / 6 June
4:00 Catechumens Class
5:15 Confessions
6:00 Vigil for Pentecost (sign up in advance)
Sunday, 25 May / 7 June
9:30 Reading of the Hours
10:00 Divine Liturgy (sign up in advance)
Wednesday, 28 May / 10 June
6:30 Vespers (sign up in advance)
7:00 Adult Religious Education

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