Adam was in Paradise, and Paradise was within him – Saint Innocent of Alaska (+1879)


Adam was in Paradise, and Paradise was within him

Saint Innocent of Alaska (+1879)

Saint Innocent of Alaska:

“As the book of Genesis states, Adam lived in the most beautiful garden (named Eden or Paradise), planted by God, and there he enjoyed all the blessings of life. He knew no sickness nor suffering. He feared nothing, and all beasts submitted to him as their master. Adam suffered neither cold nor heat. Although he toiled by caring for the garden of Eden, he did so with pleasure. His soul was filled with awareness of the Divine presence, and he loved his Creator with his whole heart. Adam was always calm and happy and knew no unpleasantness, sorrow, or concern. All his desires were pure, righteous, and orderly; his memory, intellect, and all other faculties were in harmony and were constantly being perfected. Being pure and innocent, he was always with God and conversed with Him as with his Father, and in return God loved him as His own beloved son. In brief, Adam was in Paradise, and Paradise was within him.”




Yup’ik Orthodox Language Texts ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Yup’ik Alaskan




Yup’ik Orthodox Language Texts

Sacred History
From the Creation of the World to the Entry into the Promised Land
by St. Jacob (Netsvetov) – manuscript 1862 (0.2 MB)

Apostol (Epistle) Reading at the Divine Liturgy of Christmas
Galatians 4:4-7
by Fr. Zachary Bel’kov – manuscript 1880 (0.1 MB)

Word-Lists of Church-Related Terms
by Fr. Zachary Bel’kov – manuscript 1880-1890 (0.2 MB)

Hymns of Holy Week & Pascha
by Fr. Zachary Bel’kov and John Orlov – manuscript 1881 (0.2 MB)

Three Liturgical Gospel Readings
St. Mark 1:9-11, St. Matthew 4:23-5:13, St. Mark 16:1-8
by Dcn. John Orlov – manuscript 1887 (0.1 MB)

Prayers & Hymns in the Kwikpagmiut-Kuskokwim dialect
Selections from the Weekly, Festal, and Paschal cycle of services
by St. Jacob (Netsvetov) and Fr. Zachary Bel’kov – published 1896 (0.6 MB)

Prayers & Hymns in the Aglemiut-Kuskokwim dialect
Pre-Communion Prayers, Beatitudes, Selections from Matins
by St. Jacob (Netsvetov), Fr. Zachary Bel’kov and Fr. John Orlov – published 1896 (0.5 MB)

Liturgy of the Faithful
Prayers from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
by Fr. Nikifor Amkan and Fr. Matthew Bereskin – manuscript 1909 (0.4 MB)

Liturgy of the Catechumens with Holy Gospel Reading
Prayers from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Holy Gospel Reading: St. Mark 6:14-30
by Fr. Nikifor Amkan – manuscript 1911 (0.2 MB)

Four Liturgical Gospel Readings
St. Matthew 9:1-8, St. Matthew 16:13-20, St. Luke 10:38-42 & 11:27-28, St. Matthew 5:13-20
unknown translator – manuscript 1930 (0.1 MB)

Father John Veniaminov & Father Jacob Netsvetov
by Fr. Michael Oleksa, tr. Marie Blanchett, il. B. George Smart – published 1975 (2.2 MB)

Lenten & Paschal Handbook
Hymns of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha
by Fr. Martin Nicolai and Fr. Hieromonk Yakov (Nicolai) – published 1995 (0.3 MB)

Orthodox Choir’s Handbook
Hymns of Vespers, Matins, Divine Liturgy and Resurrection Tones
with Select Hymns and Selections from the Panakhida, Funeral and Marriage Services
revised by Fr. Martin Nicolai (original edition published 1974) – published 2002 (0.4 MB)

Thrice-Holy Hymn (Holy God)
by the Orthodox Diocese of Alaska – published 2003 (0.02 MB)

To deny oneself means – Saint Innocent of Alaska (+1879)


To deny oneself means

Saint Innocent of Alaska (+1879)

Saint Innocent of Alaska:

“To deny oneself means to give up one’s bad habits; to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad thoughts or desires; to suppress every evil thought; not to desire to do anything out of self love, but to do everything out of love for God”.



And I, a sinner, have been trying to love God for more than forty years – Saint Herman of Alaska (+1836)


And I, a sinner, have been trying to love God for more than forty years

Saint Herman of Alaska (+1836)

Saint Herman of Alaska:

“And I, a sinner, have been trying to love God for more than forty years, and cannot say that I perfectly love Him. If we love someone we always remember him and try to please him; day and night our heart is occupied with that object.

Is that how you, gentlemen, love God? Do you often turn to Him, do you always remember Him, do you always pray to Him and fulfill His holy commandments? ‘For our good, for our happiness at least let us make a vow that from this day, from this hour, from this minute we shall strive to love God above all else and to fulfill His holy will.’”



A terrible accident has a power to awaken us – Saint Herman of Alaska (+1836)


A terrible accident has a power to awaken us

Saint Herman of Alaska (+1836)

Saint Herman of Alaska:

“A terrible accident has a power to awaken us to the realization of the existence of various calamities and dangers surrounding us, from which the Providence of God preserves us. At the same time it convincingly persuades us to acknowledge our own infirmity and weakness and to seek the Father’s protection and His most powerful defense, which affirms us in the Wisdom and the Word of God, which came down from above by the will of the Heavenly Father under a curtain of flesh like ours, woven by the Divine Might from the Immaculate Virgin, for our salvation. He became man and taught us to pray that we be not led into temptation. This reminds us from what Father we have our existence, and this in turn should make us seek our heavenly Fatherland and our eternal inheritance.”



Saint John Karastamatis of Alaska & Santa Cruz, California, USA, from Greece ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A novel figure of Orthodox Christianity – Martyred by the Satanists in 1985


Saint John Karastamatis of Alaska

& Santa Cruz, California, USA, from Greece


A novel figure of Orthodox Christianity

Martyred by the Satanists in 1985

Feast Day, May 19



The Holy Martyr, Father John of Santa Cruz, was born in 1937 in the Greek village of Karastamatis from the Island of Andros. At the age of 20 years he leaves for America and later started a family. He is ordained priest and for 10 years he ministers with apostolic zeal many churches in Alaska.

In 1981, father John came to the Church of Prophet Elijah in Santa Cruz,CA which he restored and renewed. Under his ministry, this church is soon to become the center of Orthodox catechesis throughout this region where many people were alienated from God and the Church.

Father John was simple in conduct, loved his parishioners and his door was always open for everyone, even atmidnightif he was called. He preached with great fervor. Fr. John loved God and desired for everyone to love Him. He would go to parks and public streets to talk to young people who knew nothing about Christ or were Jews.

In his native village from theIslandofAndros, a miracle occurred involving the white lilies: considered to be the flowers of the Virgin Mary. When the lilies bloom, they get uprooted and are placed in the Church before the miraculous icon of the Mother of God. Later of course, the leaves and flowers wither and fall, leaving only a dry stem. The dry stalks, however, are left like this near the icon of the Virgin and during the Dormition fast, the lilies begin to sprout and flourish thus at the feast of the Dormition, the lilies are already blossomed. This phenomena is repeated each year.

Father John, when he was growing up on the island of Andros knew about this miracle. So he went to the Monastery of St Nicholas from the island and asked Abbot Dorotheos for few dried lilies. He took few dried stalks with him toAmericaand placed them in the Continue reading “Saint John Karastamatis of Alaska & Santa Cruz, California, USA, from Greece ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A novel figure of Orthodox Christianity – Martyred by the Satanists in 1985”

St. Herman’s Spiritual Daughters: St. Nilus Skete, Alaska


St. Herman’s Spiritual Daughters:

St. Nilus Skete, Alaska



Living in solitude, I occupy myself with searching the spiritual writings: above all I search the Lord’s commandments and their commentaries, and the Apostolic traditions; then the Lives and Instructions of the Holy Fathers. I reflect on all this, and whatever I find after reflection to be God-pleasing and useful for my soul, I copy out for myself. In this is my life and breath.

St. Nilus of Sora

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Nestled between Kodiak Island and St. Herman’s Spruce Island, amidst cold Alaskan waters, lies an emerald islet, forested by towering spruce trees, buffeted by powerful winds. A myriad of birds—eagles, swallows, warblers, seagulls—find refuge here, and colorful tufted puffins nest each summer in its craggy black cliffs. A large Orthodox cross stands above the main shore as one approaches the island by boat. Behind the trees is a wooden church modeled after the fifteenth-century Russian church of St. Nilus of Sora. On this tiny island live women who have dedicated their lives to God and seek to have a living communion with Him apart from distractions. Nearby is Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island where St. Herman of Alaska lived at the beginning of the nineteenth century. This beloved saint brought Holy Orthodox Christianity and monasticism to America in 1794 from Valaam Monastery in Northern Russia. Surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation and often cut off completely from the world by violent winter storms, conditions here are ideal for solitude. One is able to free oneself from the distractions of modern life and to cast the heart’s gaze inward, striving to seek God alone and to love Him above all.

The Monastic Way of Life

With St. Nilus as guide and patron, the nuns seek to emulate the monastic ideals of poverty, asceticism and interior prayer. Known for his extreme simplicity and voluntary poverty, St. Nilus emphasized the inner life of the monastic—the inward self-trial and practice of the Jesus Prayer. St. Nilus’ rule of life consists of two to twelve monastics living in cells clustered around the church—the skete form of monastic life. Called the royal path, it avoids both the trials of the large coenobitic monastery and the dangers inherent in the Continue reading “St. Herman’s Spiritual Daughters: St. Nilus Skete, Alaska”