"Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing Life."
~ Paschal Troparion
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St Herman of Alaska Christian School
Homily on the Dormition of the Theotokos
By St. John of Kronsdadt
“Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven.” (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon)
Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on this eminent day out of all the days of the year with special solemnity. There exists on earth many societies and entire governments that do not consider the need nor the obligation to call upon and glorify the Queen of heaven and earth, the Mother of Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ, and other saints and angels; to submissively serve Her lovingly, as the true Mother of God. Sadly in Russia nowadays we have heretics (among us) who actively dishonor the Mother of God, the saints, their icons, their relics and their festivals. O, if only they also unanimously with us glorified the worthy Queen of heaven and earth!
Today the Holy Church solemnly glorifies the honorable Dormition or translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven. A wonderful translation - she died without serious illness, peacefully. Her soul is taken up in the divine hands of Her Son and carried up into the heavenly abode, accompanied by the sweet singing of angels. And then, her most pure body is transferred by the apostles to Gethsemane where it is honorably buried, and on the third day it is resurrected and taken up to heaven. [Read More >>]
Service Dates and Times
For service dates and times, please refer to the Calendar page.
Talks from the 2018 Women's Retreat
Fr. Maximos' talks from the 2018 Lenten Women's Retreat (along with a short biography) are now online. Listen to them or download them here.
~ Weekly Schedule ~
"Orthodox Faith and Life" Class (aka Orthodoxy 101): Saturdays at 4pm
Vigil: Saturdays at 5:30pm
Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 9:30am
Open Door Dinner: Mondays at 6pm
Tree of Life Bookstore: Sundays after Church and by appointment
St Herman's School: 8am–3pm Monday–Friday during the school year
Deaf Ministry: Amateur ASL interpreter at most church services
Please see the Monthly Calendar for Feast Days, other services, and events.
~ Clergy ~
Fr. Teodor Anastasoaie
Fr. Dcn. John Williamson
Fr. Dcn. Andrey Sukharev