Eagle River, Alaska

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Saint John Orthodox Cathedral

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Saint John’s community sits at the base of the Chugach mountains in Eagle River, Alaska. It began as a ministry for young adults and eventually became part of the Orthodox Church.
We invite you to join us in our journey to know God and to serve our neighbors. Discover the difference in Orthodox Christianity.

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Water Success Story

Here is photo of us with our new well. We have been hauling water for nearly 14 years and had our old well deepened and 'fracked' about 5 years ago, but it only produced about 50 gallons a day. This week we dug a new well and struck water! We are thankful and thrilled, .75 gal per minute- we can definitely live with that! God is good! — Dn. Joseph & Denise RayDn. Joseph and Denise live on Darby Road near the Cathedral. Drilling a well that produces adequate water is a big problem in this neighborhood.'

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Sunday's Homily Excerpt -April 4, 2021

Our Divine Liturgy certainly puts the Cross of Our Lord at the very center of our Worship. And I hope we all have the eyes to see and ears to hear the central focus of our Liturgy on the Cross. Today, of course, the Cross is literally placed in the center of the Nave; the Cross is always at the Altar; and we know that - deepest of all- the Eucharist is truly the center of our Worship in liturgy! Let us remember that when we accept the Eucharist - the Body and Blood of Christ - that in Faith, we accept both His Crucifixion and His Resurrection as we become in Communion with Our Lord. As we become 'members of His Body' we do also share in the mystery of His Cross. And so absolutely, the Cross and Our Lord Crucified is indeed central in our Liturgy and worship.- Dn. Kevin Dougherty

"One Accord"

Excerpts from Christian writers Past and Present

We are like those following a long and cruel path, who become tired, see a beautiful tree and many leaves, sit in its shadow and rest for a while and then, as if rejuvenated, continue their journey; likewise today, in the time of fasting and difficult journey and effort, the Life–Giving Cross was planted in our midst by the holy fathers to give us rest and refreshment, to make us light and courageous for the remaining task… Or, to give another example: when a king is coming, at first his banner and symbols appear, then he himself comes glad and rejoicing about his victory and filling with joy those under him; likewise, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is about to show us His victory over death, and appear to us in the glory of the Resurrection Day, is sending to us in advance His scepter, the royal symbol the Lif–Giving Cross, and it fills us with joy and makes us ready to meet, inasmuch as it is possible for us, the King himself, and to render glory to His victory? . - Fr. Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent,