St Demetrios Folk Dance Glendi! Seattle May 31, 2014


St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA (FB) presents:

Annual Spring Dinner Dance - Saturday, May 31

Everyone is invited to our Dance Groups’ annual Folk Dance Glendi on Saturday, May 31st at the St. Demetrios Community Center.

  • 5:30-6:30 Social hour
  • 6:30-7:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Performances by all dance groups
  • 8:30 Everyone dances

Donation: $20.00 per adult   Contact  Maria Barbas at 206-631-2500 for more information.

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Bite of Greece Seattle! At Assumption Parish May 30-June 1st, 2014


The Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Seattle will host:


Friday, May 30th   4 -10 pm
Saturday, May 31st 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, June 1st   Noon – 6 pm

 Join us for Authentic Greek Food and Music

Kafeneio * Pastries * WineTasting * Imports

Take-out Available

Church of the Assumption
1804 13th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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Archaeologogical Presentation About Philip the Second and a Female Warrior Presented by The Greek American Historical Museum of Washington State May 27th, 2014


The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State 

The University or Washington has the honor of a short visit by two members of a team of experts  Dr. Yannis Maniatis and Laura Wynn-Antikas who have been re-examining the remains in the Great Tumulus at Vergina since 2010. Their study is part of a broader scientific research program that is re-examining results of earlier surveys with medical and physical-chemical methods.  One result will be a database available to the international scientific community.

The findings were first presented at the Archaeological Conference of Archaeological Study in Macedonia and Thrace during 2013 held at the University of Thessaloniki in mid-March.  The press release of the team’s presentation began with the words “New evidence about the deceased of the royal tomb II at Vergina.  Everything points to Philip II and a female warrior.”  The identity of those buried with a great wealth of possessions has been debated since the opening of the tomb in 1977.

They will  participate in the International Symposium on Archaeometry at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and they will be in  Seattle following that symposium from May 25th to the morning of May 28th to share their findings.   Dr. Maniatis is Research Director of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” and head of the Centre’s Laboratory of Archaeometry as well as Coordinator of its Archaeometry Program of the Institute of Materials science.The formal presentation will be on Tuesday evening May 27th beginning at 7:00 in Smith Hall, Room 205, on the University of Washington campus.  Both team members  will be available for conversations following the presentation.
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All Saints Camp 2014 Register Now! (Volunteers Needed!)


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Click Here for Camper Registration Forms.  
Late Camper Registration Forms are being accepted.  
$50 Late Fee Applies.  
All Saints Camp 2014 - VOLUNTEER TODAY!

 Click Here for Staff, Counselor & Volunteer Applications

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Folklore Performances and Live Music Fundraiser For Balkan Flood Victims at St Michaels in Burnaby, BC May 24th, 2014






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Barvinok and Yevshan Serpanok Choir to Perform at the Seattles 43rd Annual Folk Life Festival !


Barvinok (FB) and Yevshan Serpanok “Серпанок” Choir (FB) to perform at the 43rd Folk Life Festival.





Thank you to the Ukrainian American Club for the info.

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Memorial Day Weekend Performances by Cappella Romana In Lincoln City and Portland May 24 and 25th!


Cappella Romana (FB) presents

Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 7:00pm
Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, Oregon



For the final performance of the Lincoln City World Music Series, José Solano presents the world-renowned Byzantine music ensemble Cappella Romana in a performance of Greek and Russian Orthodox Chant and Choral Works, including Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Bogoroditse Devo,” the Russian Orthodox “Ave Maria.”

Fittingly for the Memorial Day Weekend, in honor of all those fallen in all the wars, Cappella Romana will also perform the late Sir John Tavener’s “Funeral Canticle,” which can be heard in the feature film ‘The Tree of Life‘.

Artistic director of Cappella Romana, Dr. Alexander Lingas, founded the ensemble in 1991. He is a fellow at the University of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Center and a senior lecturer in Music at City University London.

This performance of Orthodox ancient and modern music will be led by singer, chorus master, conductor, and composer Adam Steele.  His composition on the Orthodox hymn “Axion estin” will also appear on the program.

Also: This Saturday: ArtBeat recital


FREE RECITAL on Saturday, May 24, 3014 at 6:00pmat the ArtBeat Exhibition, Pioneer Place, Fourth Floor Information here

This short recital will feature some works heard over the past season and a few favorites.  Cappella Romana has been featured twice on Oregon ArtBeat, most recently profiling its 20th anniversary and its concerts of the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil

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Karagioizis Performing in Portland June 7th!!!



 The Hellenic American Cultural Center and Museum (FB) Presents: The Metamorphasis of Karaghiozis!

Karagiozis -Who???- The indomitable Karagiozis will perform …..   Karagiozis is not quite as good looking as Superman, nor can he fly, he is not rich like Batman/Bruce Wayne.  And he has no superpowers.  But he does have an indomitable Greek Will, Cunning and a very loooonnng– arm.   He is the hero of the Shadow puppet theatre.  With his hunchback, extra long—arm and his conniving brain he sometimes thwarts the powers that try to keep a man down (usually the Turks), but alas often winds up beaten for his antics.


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Fr Sergei Sveshnikov Has 3 New Books On Prayer and Fasting Available as Kindle Editions!


Fr Sergei has two more books, these are available on Kindle.  Enjoy!  (Of course the titles are not as eye catching as his last book)

Prayer: A Personal Conversation with God?
What is prayer and why we pray

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Morning and Evening Prayer Rules in the Russian Orthodox Tradition (click title to get Kindle edition)



My interest in the history of the Morning and Evening Prayer Rules came from a somewhat unusual source: in more than seven years of serving as a parish priest, I have regularly heard it confessed by a large number of people that they fail to complete all of their daily prayers. What is meant by these confessions is that some penitents regularly cut short the Rules contained in the Orthodox Prayer Book. It must be noted, however, that there appear to be no standard rubrics for the composition or length of Morning and Evening Rules, nor is there a mention of the “sin of the shortening of the Prayer Rule” either in the daily confession of sins contained at the end of evening prayers, or in the Rite of Confession contained in the Book of Needs. To be sure, one of the prayers in the evening rule does mention being “neglectful of prayer,” but this likely refers to one’s general attitude toward prayer, rather than to a modification of the Prayer Rule, although there can certainly exist a causal relationship between the two. At least two issues immediately arise from this situation: 1) whether shortening the generally prescribed Prayer Rule should be viewed as a confessional issue; and 2) by whom and when the Prayer Rules were compiled.”  (From his website)

Available on Kindle.

Fasting for Non-Monastics [Kindle Edition]


Fr Sergei Svesnikov is the Parish Priest of Holy New Martyrs of Russia (FB) in Mulino, Oregon.   He has published 4 other books: There is no Sex in the Church!Break the Holy Bread, Master: A Theology of Communion Bread,  Imagine That…: Mental Imagery in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Private Devotion and The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysotom: Parallel Slavonic-English Text.  And just to fill up his free time he has a Russian and English Blog.

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Sunday Snapshot Holy Kayaks Batman! (Forgive me I Could Not Resist) The Blessing of Kayaks!


The blessing of Kayaks was conducted by Fr Nicholas Kime of  St Herman of Alaska in Port Townsend, Washington and was featured in an article in the  .  Click below to go to the short article and photo.  ( Hat tip for Cliff!)

Minister gives traditional kayaks multicultural blessing before Port Townsend spin

By Charlie Bermant 
Peninsula Daily News

Image from the Parish of St Justin in Florida.  Click image to go to website.

Image from the webpage History of the Parish of St Justin in Florida. Click image to go to website.

At least two Orthodox Saints used kayaks, one of which, (perhaps both?) traveled extensively in a Kayak can you name them?

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Sunday Snapshot: St Spiridon and St Nicholas Cathedrals Featured in Write Up of Historic Seattle Landmarks


St Nicholas Cathedral (FB)  and St Spiridon Cathedral Seattle (FB) were both included in an article on Seattle Landmark buildings:  Click below to go to the article.

What Seattle saved first

Four decades ago, Seattle’s first landmarks established
Published 11:45 pm, Monday, May 5, 2014
St Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral Orthodox Church in America, Seattle WA  (Picture Property of OrthodoxNorthwest-All Rights Reserved)

St Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral Orthodox Church in America, Seattle WA (Picture Property of OrthodoxNorthwest-All Rights Reserved)

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St Demetrios Twilight Auction, Seattle May 17, 2014


St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA (FB) presents its Twilight Auction!


Twilight in Seattle Auction - Saturday, May 17

Click HERE to purchase your tickets for the “10th Annual Twilight in Seattle Auction” which will be held Saturday, May 17th.   This important event is the 2nd largest fundraiser for our parish.  Funds from the auction will be used for our St. Demetrios Ministries, the Boyer Children’s Clinic and to update our deteriorating boiler.
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Ecumenical Patriarchate commends Alexander Lingas of Cappella Romana


A letter of commendation from His All-Holiness +BARTHOLOMEW Ecumenical Patriarch and of Constantinople and New Rome.
For the work “A Time for Life” by Robert Kyr in concert this May 2 and 3 to Alexander Lingas of Artistic Director 
Cappella Romana (FB):

Χρόνια Πολλά!


A Time for Life, the Environmental Oratorio by Robert Kyr
With Third Angle New Music



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Annual Marguerite Frances Sylvia Art Exhibit at HACCM in Portland Invitation for May 1-28, 2014



 The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum invites you to our annual Marguerite Frances Sylvia exhibit — “Sylvia’s World.” This year’s exhibit reflects the artist’s more mature paintings from her collection of over 90 works. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the works of an extraordinary artist. The exhibit will remain up through May 28th.  Here is the Pdf latest newsletter from the museum:  MuseLetterSpring2014 

“These extraordinary paintings depict every day life in the village of Molivos on the island of Lesbos.  The artist lived in the village for the last 10 years of her life and was much loved by her neighbors and friends.   She captured their stories with simple, strong brush strokes.

For more information about the paintings, the artist’s life, and Giclee reproductions of the paintings in the Sylvia collection, visit our website Hellenic American Cultural Center and Museum.“(from a past post)

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The 19th Annual BC Ukrainian Cultural Society Festival – May 3, 2014 with the NW’s Own Barvinok Dance Group!


Apologies about the late post I did not get an advanced notice.

Barvinok Ukrainian Dancers (FB) to perform at the 19th Annual BC Ukrainian Cultural Festival (FB)!


Beautiful! Barvinok Performing at the 2012 Cultural Festival. Photo from their Facebook Page, Click to go to their Page



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“A TIME FOR LIFE” the Environmental Oratorio by Robert Kyr Conducted by Alexander Lingas May 2nd Portland and May 3rd Seattle , 2014


Cappella Romana (FB) presents:

A Time for Life, the Environmental Oratorio by Robert Kyr
With Third Angle New Music

Portland - 8:00pm Fri., May 2, St. Mary’s Cathedral 
Seattle - 8:00pm, Sat., May 3, St. Joseph’s Parish, Seattle




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Dinner and Live Auction to Benefit Agia Sophia Academy- May 3rd, 2014 Portland, Oregon


Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed)  Presents:


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Sunday Snapshot: Christ is Risen! Holy Week and Pascha Photos 2014.


Second Sunday of Pascha: Antipascha, St. Thomas Sunday

Sunday Snapshot from Holy Week and Pascha at  St Nicholas Cathedral (FB)

Holy Thursday at St Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle courtesy of Sergei Kalfov.  More photos here.

12 Gospels Holy Thursday at St Nicholas Seattle. 2014

12 Gospels Holy Thursday at St Nicholas Seattle 2014. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov All Rights Reserved.

Holy Friday at St Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle courtesy of Sergei Kalfov.  More photos and a video available here.

Holy Friday at St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle 2014

Holy Friday at St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle 2014.  Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov All Rights Reserved.

Holy Saturday Liturgy at Holy Apostles in Shoreline, Washington (FB).

Holy Saturday Liturgy at St Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle courtesy of Sergei Kalfov.  More photos here.

Holy Saturday Liturgy the Tomb decorated St Nicholas Cathedral 2014.

Holy Saturday Liturgy the Tomb decorated St Nicholas Cathedral 2014.  Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov All Rights Reserved.

Pascha the Feast of Feasts at St Nicholas Seattle 2014.  Please note the Russian tradition of the clergy coming out with each announcement that Christ is Risen during Matins in different Vestments.  Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov.  More photos here!


Holy Pascha with Bishop Theodosy of Seattle St Nicholas Cathedral 2014. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov All Rights Reserved.


Holy Pascha St Nicholas Cathedral 2014. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov All Rights Reserved.

St Spiridon Cathedral Seattle (FB) shared a Paschal montage on their FB page please check out their page for more.


Holy Pascha at St Spiridon Cathedral in Seattle. 2014 All Rights reserved.

 A video of the Paschal Procession at St Silouan in Walla Walla, Washington is pending “hopefully” and possibly other photos will be added to this post…..

This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein.  Psalm 117:25  (Psalter According to the Seventy) 

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Doxacon Seattle – Where Faith and Truth meets Science Fiction and Fantasy Aug 2014, Plan Now!

Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!   !المسيح قام! حقا قام !  ქრისტე აღსდგაჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა!

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Where Faith & Truth Meet Science Fiction & Fantasy–In Seattle!
What is Doxacon (FB)?  Ask no more. A group of west coast “Geek Orthodox” were inspired by last year’s invent and have officially announced “Doxacon Seattle” for August 22-24.

“In the shadow of Mount Rainier, between the magnificent Cascades and the majestic Olympics, the Geek Orthodox of Seattle want you to join us for a weekend of services, presentations, and fellowship. Doxacon Seattle promises to be an amazing opportunity for learning and deepening our faith.

Hear talks about the spiritual dimensions of popular culture staples such as Star TrekHarry PotterBattlestar Galactica, or Firefly. Hear about the theological implications of Doctor WhoThe Lord of the Rings, or Babylon 5. Participate in some rousing and edifying discussion on topics such as children’s fantasy literature, gaming (tabletop and video), and the difference between Fantasy and fantasy. Won’t you please come to our shindig!

If you’re interested in attending or presenting, please contact us: at or call 805-689-2459.” (from Doxacon website)

For those on the east coast, the original Doxacon team, which will now be known as “Doxacon Prime”, are in the works for planning the next one in 2015 in the heart of Washington D.C. itself–yes, we will just walk, drive, or take Metro to Mordor! Plans are still in the beginning stages and once Doxacon Seattle has passed, we will release more information for Doxacon Prime 2015. For those who know they will attend Doxacon Prime 2015 and would like to be considered as a presenter, please email Doxacon Prime chair, Daniel Silver at with your topic of interest.
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The Wall Street Journal Reviews Passion Week as Performed by Capella Romana 2014

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη! Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе! Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat! Christus Resurrexit! Vere Resurrexit!  Bright Tuesday 2014

 Per the Capella Romana (FB) blog site:  (Hat tip to Cliff for first bringing this and many other items to my attention)

The Wall Street Journal Reviews Passion Week!

Wall Street Journal Reviews Cappella Romana Premiere of Maximilian Steinberg Passion WeekThe first review for the world premiere performance ofMaximilian Steinberg’sPassion Week comes fromThe Wall Street Journal:



“At St. Mary’s, the opening verses of the alleluia of ‘Passion Week,’ intoned in Church Slavonic by one of Cappella’s stentorian bass voices, seemed to portend another dose of the ensemble’s usual hieratic Byzantine and Russian austerity. But it was immediately and surprisingly soothed by soaring high harmonies from an all-star lineup of sopranos who also sing in choir-crazed Portland’s other top choruses and vocal ensembles. In fact, the entire ‘Passion Week,’ which lasted about an hour, proved unexpectedly gentle, sometimes even lush, occasionally delicate, graced by intermittent dissonances and touches of counterpoint. … Like Steinberg’s ‘Passion Week’ and the other neglected music it’s resurrected, Cappella Romana continues its ascent.” —Brett Campbell, The Wall Street Journal

Read the full review in The Wall Street Journal!


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