Many people from around the world have kindly contributed to my parish of St. Herman of Alaska in Langley, B.C., helping us and saving us from financial catastrophe as we struggled to build a new church temple on our property, striving to overcome many unforeseen obstacles and problems. Recently we reached another architectural milestone, in that we finally, after many, many delays, crowned the building with a large cupola. The cupola weighed 6000 pounds, the maximum that the large crane could lift–actually, perhaps a bit more than the crane could lift, so that we all prayed hard for the final cupola installation and blessed it with Holy Water on the Sunday prior to the installation. When it finally sat atop the church (see inset), I felt a bit like Zerubbabel bringing the top stone of the Temple, and wanted to cry out with him, “Grace! Grace to it!” (Zechariah 4:7).
As a small token of gratitude I would like to share a video of ongoing construction project, a series of images accompanied by the singing of our church choir (and also that of another men’s Byzantine choir, singing the tropar and kontakion of St. Herman). The link to the video can be accessed here. Bless you and thank you for everything!
Glory to God. How Beautiful. Blessed be Saint Herman of Alaska.
It was a blessing to watch the drone footage during the placement of the cupola. Thank you and Lord have Mercy!!☦️
Congratulations on the glorious crowning of your new temple to St. Herman!
Huzzah! Don’t know if I’ll ever make it up that way, and so may never see it in person, so I’m very glad to see the video.
Thank you for sharing the pictures and video, it is great to see such progress.