Back in June, when Becky and I learned of the vandalism and desecration of Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Kodiak, Alaska, our hearts broke. Although neither of us have ever been to Kodiak, the church appears in Catherine’s Pascha.

We feel attached to the parish through their beautiful building. We wanted to do something that might bring some comfort the children, whose parish home had been violated.

We thought that, perhaps, seeing their church in a beautiful book would reassure them. They would see that their parish home is truly loved and honored. So we kicked off the Holy Resurrection Book Project. With help from many of you (especially the people who organized and attended Doxacon Seattle), we were able to send copies of Catherine’s Pascha to the children of the parish.

Father Innocent chose to distribute the books after the trial of the vandal was over. The trial finally ended last week — you can read the press release or the bishop’s statement if you want more details.

Father Innocent presented the books to the children yesterday morning during church school. He sent us the photo of the younger children with their new books. Aren’t they beautiful?

Books were also distributed to a second class yesterday. Over the next couple of weeks, the rest of the books will be given to children who happened not to be in attendance yesterday.

Father Innocent said, “Please express our gratitude to everyone involved in making copies of your beautiful book available to the children of Holy Resurrection Cathedral. … May God bless you all for this loving gift!”

Becky and I are grateful, too, that you joined us in making this gift possible. Thank you!

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Charlotte Riggle, author of Catherine's Pascha and The Saint Nicholas Day Snow
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