Orthodox Thought for the Day


Saturday, October 4, 2014

A very special event in a parish community

When a parish community has a heartfelt desire to glorify God in a new or larger consecrated temple, they often undertake a building project.   


The parish community of Holy Transfiguration (Greek Orthodox) Church of Anchorage, Alaska, undertook such a project with faith and hope in the living God back in October of 2005.  For many years, the congregation had been worshiping in a converted living room of a large residence on the church property. 
There had been a longing in many hearts within the parish to build a proper Orthodox Christian temple on the existing site. It was on October 23 that the Parish General Assembly overwhelmingly decided to go forward with a new church building.   

On August 30, 2009, the ground was officially broken for the new church. 
And, on this day, October 4, 2014, the church is officially opened by His Eminence, Archbishop Gerasimos of San Francisco, to the joy of the parishioners and their presbyter, Fr. Vasili Hillhouse.  The Thyranoixia (Opening of the Doors) and Great Vespers take place at 4PM today, Anchorage time.  
See the beautiful photos of the new church, the only Greek Orthodox Church in Alaska, which has been raised for the glory of God:  http://transfiguration.ak.goarch.org/ 

May God see fit to further bless and enlarge the ministry of Orthodox Christian witness in the Anchorage area through this beautiful event. 

Your sister in Faith,
Presbytera Candace

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