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 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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Independence Mine Field Trip

The 4th-6th Grade students from Saint John's School took a field trip last Friday to Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass. In the morning they explored the old mining buildings. Afterward they drove to the summit of Hatcher Pass and hiked up a snowy trail to April Bowl. The day was capped off with a reading of the 'The Spell of the Yukon' by Robert Service.

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Sunday's Homily Excerpt -September 19, 2021

Peter is not the only one who has to face this temptation—to put the things of man ahead of the things of God. This will be the temptation of every single person who has ever lived on the face of the earth. Jesus, therefore, summons not just His disciples (it says), but the crowd. “When He had called the people to Him” (that’s you and me), He said to them: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore is ashamed of Me and of My words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Whoever desires to follow Jesus, must set aside the things of man—what he thinks, what he wants, how he thinks the world should be saved. God’s way is through the death of His only-begotten Son on the precious and life-giving tree of the Cross… for our salvation was won by the Cross. The Kingdom comes by the Cross. Our King was coronated with thorns. Our enemy, Death, was overcome by the King Himself dying. Our enemy, Satan, was destroyed in midst of darkness and the mockery of the Lord’s own falling. To see the battle, you’d never have guessed who the winner was. And Christ’s Victory was a victory that hid itself under an apparent defeat. And it still is. It still hides itself under crosses.- Fr. Thomas Frizelle

"One Accord"

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Today the Cross is exalted and the world is sanctified. For You Who are enthroned with the Father and the Spirit have spread your arms upon it, and drawn the world to the knowledge of You, O Christ. Make worthy of divine glory those who put their trust in You. The Cross is the guardian of the whole Church. The Cross is the beauty of the Church. The Cross is the strength of kings. The Cross is the support of the faithful. The Cross is the glory of angels, and the wounder of demons. -- Exapostilarion of the Feast of the Cross