HUDSON — The Eastern Orthodox congregation of St. Herman of Alaska Eastern Orthodox Church has completed the purchase of a building at 5107 Darrow Road in Hudson to become the new permanent home for worship for the community. 

Over the coming months, the congregation will renovate, repair and upgrade the building in preparation for its first worship service, scheduled for Oct. 28, at which time His Eminence Joseph will come to Hudson to consecrate the building to be used as a temple for orthodox worship for Orthodox Christians and those who may be seeking a parish home in the faith of our fathers.

The Orthodox Church is the original Christian Church, the church founded by the Lord Jesus Christ and described in the pages of the New Testament. Its history can be traced in unbroken continuity back to Christ and the 12 apostles. Incredible as it seems, for more than 20 centuries the church has continued in undiminished and unaltered faith and practice. Today, apostolic doctrine, worship and structure remain intact.

The community in Hudson was established in January 2005, where worship began at the Barlow Community Center, then progressed to occupying the small chapel inside Markilee/St. Mary’s Cemetery until October 2015, when the community moved to its current location at 86 Owen Brown Street.

The purchase of the building at 5107 Darrow Road is a major commitment of the St. Herman worshipping community to the current group of members, but also to the community of Hudson as well as the surrounding communities. The church’s mott of being "An Orthodox Presence in Northeastern Summit County" is reinforced by this commitment.

The members welcome all to the church, led by the Rev. Father Basil Rusen.