Eagle River, Alaska

Antiochian Archdiocese

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 is a parish in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.
We invite you to join us in our journey to know God and to serve our neighbors within the tradition of Orthodox Christianity.

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  • Coffee Hour Info and Schedule

    Coffee Hour after Sunday Liturgy is an important time of fellowship. Please check the schedule in the link below to see when your group is assigned to bring snacks and also when you are to host. Thank you!
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Community Highlight

Dr. Bradley Nassif at the ERI
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This year's Eagle River Institute addressed the theme of 'Experiencing God in Worship' from several perspectives. Dr. Nassif reminded us to keep the Gospel central in everything the Church does. 'Keep the main thing the main thing,' he said. Dr. Teva Regule talked about the development of Liturgy in the Church the movement of renewal that has taken place in the last 70 years, the fruit of which has benefitted our own parish. Fr. Calinic Berger spoke about meeting Christ in the Psalms.Recordings from the lectures will be available next week on the ERI website at eagleriverinstitute.org.

Sunday's Homily Excerpt -August 7, 2022

On the Feeding of the 5000 - When Jesus went out, He saw the great multitude and He was moved with compassion …. And when the disciples said; ‘we have only five loaves and two fish Jesus said ‘Bring them to Me.’ And ‘He took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke, and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes,’ and thus with the disciples our Lord did indeed perform His miracle of feeding the five thousand families! And as the Orthodox Study Bible Commentary note teaches on this Gospel, the miracle of feeding of the five thousand, reported in all four Gospels, shows Jesus feeding His people, as God fed the Israelites in the desert. The Church Fathers see in this the Image of the Eucharist, an idea expressed in John chapter 6, where our Lord said, ‘I am the bread of life.’ and ‘I am the living Bread which comes down from heaven.’ And St. John Chrysostom teaches that the we must understand the Eucharist spiritually, perceiving a true mystical presence of Christ in the Eucharist..- Dn. Kevin Dougherty

"One Accord"

Excerpts from Christian writers Past and Present

I became a traveler in the world of chronic illness, a pilgrimage route far more trafficked than the roads to Canterbury, Santiago de Compostela or Jerusalem…. The essence of pilgrimage is becoming more aware of the presence of God no matter where you are. This could happen in the most ordinary and familiar location – at the kitchen sink, in a bus, in a supermarket or in a parking lot. It could happen in a hospital dialysis ward. Pilgrimage is a way of living daily life wherever daily life requires you to be. For those on a quest for the Kingdom of God, no passport is required. If you happen to be sick the best place to meet God is here and now in that sickness. What a laugh! I had been writing about pilgrimage without being aware that the situation I so desperately wanted to avoid and whose demands on me I so deeply resented and resisted could do more for me than walking 1000 miles in prayer to the place of Jesus’ resurrection in Jerusalem. - Jim Forest, Reflecting on Beginning Dialysis in 2006, † January 13, 2022