|Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church|
1106 Mission Ave.
Kenai, AK 99611
Orthodox Church in America
Diocese of Alaska
Kenai / Prince William Sound Deanery
V. Rev. Peter Tobias
V. Rev. Thomas Andrew
|Ecclesiatical Calendar:||Old Calendar (Julian)|
From the Spur Highway downtown Kenai
Founded in 1846
Schedule of Services
6:00 PM Great Vespers followed by Confessions.
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy followed by Church School and a meal at Fr. Kenay across the street
Alaska was purchased by the United States.
Our Church Building
Built between 1894-96, the Holy Assumption Orthodox Church is the principal and most enduring example of Russian culture in south central Alaska. For the Kenaitze Indians, who comprise a significant portion of the population, this church constituted a major link to western culture.
A simple, wood-frame structure with clapboard siding, Holy Assumption Church features a square two-story bell tower and a distinctive crown-shaped cupola, both with the three-bar Orthodox Cross. Of particular interest to historians is the interior. The icons, religious artifacts, and historic objects are important not only for their connection to the specific structure, but for the larger symbolic association with the Russian Orthodox faith. It is an excellent example of Pskov (ship or vessel) design. For its exceptional value in our Nation’s history, the Secretary of the Interior designated Holy Assumption Church a National Historic Landmark in 1970.