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Welcome to Our Parish!

We extend a prayerful and sincere welcome to all visitors. St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church (formerly Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission) is a growing and vibrant community. 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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Music Workshop

Music Workshop!

Metropolitan Jonah will be leading a workshop for those who want to learn more about our liturgical music.

The theme is "The Spirit of Music in the Orthodox Parish"; the two workshops (with lunch served between them) will focus on the spirituality and aesthetics of music in Orthodoxy and a practicum in the basic tones of the octoechos for congregational as well as choral singing.

It will be held Saturday, Sept. 24th, 2016 from 11:00-4:00 with a break for lunch. Great Vespers will follow at 4:15. The following day, he will celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with us, beginning at 10:00.

The flyer below has the registration form and all the necessary information about the music workshop.

Fall Retreat Flyer


2016 Iconography Class - 09/19/16

Our annual iconography workshop was held Sept. 12 - 17th, 2016. It was taught by Fr. Igumen Mefodii, of the Skete of St. Maximos the Confessor and master iconographer of the Prosopon School of Iconology. It was a blessed week of prayer, lessons, a few struggles, and spiritual growth, to create an icon on the board as well as to grow into the Icon (Image and Likeness) of Christ. (Two students not shown.) We are looking forward to our next workshop, Sept. 11-16, 2017.

Confession is good (even vital) for the body and the soul! - 03/29/15

The renowned Swiss psychiatrist Paul Tournier once wrote: “I could give very many examples, especially of patients who have come to visit me only once, . . . with the sole purpose of finding someone to whom they could confess a sin that has been weighing upon them for years. . . . The tremendous joy brought by forgiveness plays an important part in causing the medical effects [of healing]. . . In many cases I have seen a physical illness disappear overnight after the confession of a lie or an illicit love-affair.” Thus even a Reformed Protestant like Tournier recognized that confession is good for the body, as well as the soul.

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Miracle in Houston, Texas! - 10/30/14

By the grace of God the Holy Trinity a miracle occurred in Houston this week! 
A seven-member ecumenical delegation of the National Clergy Council (composed of traditional Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox clergy), including yours truly with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, met with Mayor Annise Parker of the City of Houston on Tuesday, October 28. 
Archpriest Alexander

“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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