KLIROS Auditions, Sunday, July 6, 2014 at St Nicholas in Portland, OR

Hat tip to OrthodoxPortland!

KLIROS  (FB), Portland’s semi-professional mixed chorus specializing in Orthodox liturgical music, will host auditions for new singers Sunday, July 6 at 6pm, St. Nicholas Church, (FB) 2210 SW Dolph Court, Portland, Oregon.

Singers should be adept at music reading and experienced in choral singing. Interested singers can contact Tracey Edson (Rdr. John), Director, at tryedson@aol.com / 503-421-0488 for more information.

Singers are joined by members of Capella Romana, as well as other professional singers.

KLIROS will be singing Great Vespers for the holy martyrs Probus, Tarachus & Adronichus, Saturday, October 11, 6pm at St. Nicholas with music composed by Tchaikovsky.  Ordinary service parts in Slavonic, propers in English.

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NW Greek Open Golf Tourney-Seattle, July 18th, 2014

NW Greek Open Golf Tournament – July 18 



The 2014  St. Demetrios “NW Greek Open 2014″ golf tournament will be at Redmond Ridge Golf Course on Friday July 18, 2014.  greekopenflyer2014


The charities benefiting from this event will be:

  • The Boyer Children’s Clinic is a non-profit therapy and early childhood educational facility located in Seattle, serving children from birth to teen years who have neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy or delay in development.
  • The Philanthropia Foundation an Orthodox Christian non-profit  organization providing senior housing in the Seattle community.
  • St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery at Goldendale, Washington to provide funds for construction of a chapel.

Greek dinner follows golf. $150 Player Fee/$100 for players under 30 includes Golf, Cart, Range Balls, Raffle Prizes and Greek Dinner.

$500 Sponsor Fee which will entitle you, your family or firm to a Hole Sponsorship Sign prominently placed at one of the holes.
Please provide player list and full color logo as you would like it displayed on the sign in .eps or .jpeg no later than July 8 to nwgreekgolf@gmail.com or gtreperinas@karrtuttle.com

Payment options include

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“A Cold Age” A Reflection by Fr Farley of St Hermans in Surrey, BC

A Cold Age.” is a reflection recently ran on the OCA website written by the NW own Fr Farley of St Herman of Alaska Parish in Surrey, BC.  Fr Farley is a busy Priest here is an excerpt from the OCA website:


Fr Lawrence as pictured on the Parish website.

“Fr. Lawrence is the author of many books including the Bible Study Companion Series,  Let Us Attend: A Journey through the Orthodox Divine Liturgy, and A Daily Calendar of Saints. He has also written a series of Akathists published by Alexander Press, and his articles have appeared in numerous publications.

Fr. Lawrence has a podcast each weekday on Ancient Faith Radio called Coffee Cup Commentaries, and writes monthly forSounding, the blog of Orthodox Christian Network. He has given a number of parish retreats in the U.S. and Canada, as well as being a guest-lecturer yearly at Regent College in Vancouver. Father lives in Surrey with his wife Donna; he and Matushka Donna have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. He regularly updates his blog, “Straight From the Heart.”

“Comparing our own age to those of previous ones (and even our own North American culture to other contemporary cultures) reveals what is perhaps the defining characteristic of our society—its coldness.  Men and women in previous ages sang while they worked, and while they walked down the road.  They greeted strangers in the street, and asked God’s peace upon them.  They retired and rose with the sun—and awoke refreshed.  It was normal even to arise at midnight to pray.”  An excerpt from his reflection.  Just click and read the full item on the OCA website it is not long.

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Oregon Bach Festival-Sacred Music Performing June-July, 2014

Apostles Fast

Oregon Bach Festival presents Sacred Music:


(use coupon code “Sacred”)

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Two Icon Workshops with Deacon Matthew Garrett Coming Up in Montana: August 11-15th, and Sept 1-5 2014

Two Icon Workshops with the NW’s own  Deacon Matthew Garrett are coming up in Montana:

Eureka poster 2014

Eureka poster 2014

The August Workshop at St Nicholas of South Canaan, in Billings Montana. was posted earlier in the year so here is a reminder:  Billings-poster-2014

Billings poster 2014

From a Previous Post:  The Idaho Statesman had a front page article on Nov 5, 2011 about the Northwest’s own Boise Iconographer Deacon Matthew Garrett entitled; “Faces of faith: Orthodox Christian iconographer in Boise is part of an ancient tradition.”  More of his work can be seen by visiting his website Holy Icons, and his blog-Holy Icons an Iconographers blog.  He also just published a book “Sanctify those Who Love the Beauty of Thy House” image on the right.  “More than a Piece of Art” is another article on Mr. Garrett and his Iconography that was done for a Church in West Virginia by the  Register Herald in Beckley, WV.

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From Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage In Defense of Human Life Bringing a Copy of the “Black Madonna Icon to Kirkland Wa July 9-10th

AfterFeast of Pentecost St. Macrina, grandmother of St. Basil the Great (4th c.)

The From Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage In Defense of Human Life brings “a replica of the  world-famous “Black Madonna” icon (also known as Our Lady of Czestochowa) to Seattle’s Eastside in early July. The visit is one stop in a global pilgrimage that began in January 2012 and has encompassed 26 countries so far. The icon reached the U.S. in August 2013, and will continue to Central and South America after leaving the U.S. In Kirkland the icon will be displayed at St. Katherine Orthodox Church, 14216 132nd Ave, N.E., Kirkland, WA 98034, for two events – an Akathist (prayer service) on Wednesday evening, July 9 at 7 pm, and a Divine Liturgy Thursday morning, July 10 at 9 am.

This is part of a global tour of this magnificent replica icon, which is on a pilgrimage to visit Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches throughout the U.S., Europe, Russia, and Latin America. The purpose of the tour is to strengthen Orthodox and Catholic unity in defense of human life, and to increase awareness among the faithful for the urgency of the cause. Human Life International (HLI), a Catholic pro-life organization, is sponsoring the North American leg of the tour. Orthodox leaders, including Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America and Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church, have endorsed the pilgrimage…”Black Madonna-StKatherineOrthodoxChurch-Press Release,  St.Katherine Orth Church-Icon Visit flyer

An explanation of the reason for the Pilgrimage here.  The Didaches ( teaching of the 12 on of the oldest Christian documents) teaching on how a Christian should live here.


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St.Katherine Orth Church-Icon Visit flyer

This Video shows the arrival to the Russian Cathedral in London.  (Not very good video quality)

Links in support of the Right to Life:

“All the sins against humanity, abortion, euthanasia, war, violence, and victimization of all kinds, are the results of depersonalization.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message  Metropolitan Jonah 2009

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22 Week old during operation to repair Spina Bifida

Please note OrthodoxNorthwest holds to Church tradition and does not advocate Joint prayer services with non Orthodox Christians.  But honoring the Mother of God in an Icon revered in East and West and asking for her assistance in pricking our consciences and turning us from darkness to light, seems only right.  Indeed the Roman Catholics in their efforts in support of the unborn has put us to shame.  Editor

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St John the Forerunner Monastery will be Celebrating their Feast Day June 23 – 24th, 2014

Day of the Holy Spirit

St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, Washington is celebrating their Feast Day all are invited.  If you have never visited the Monastery, I recommend it.  The kindness, faith and prayerfulness of the Sisterhood never fails to impress and encourage one’s own dedication to Our Lord, and the wish to “fight the good fight.”   Feastday Invitation 2014.1docx

Feastday Invitation 2014.1docx


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Sunday Snapshot: Ordination to the Holy Priesthood at St Silouan’s Walla Walla WA, June 1st, 2014

Joyous Pentecost to All!

Deacon Silouan was ordained to the Priesthood at St Silouan Orthodox Church in Walla Walla, Washington by Abp. Kyrill on Sunday June 1, 2014 / May 19, 2014
Seventh Sunday of Pascha: The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.  (If more pictures become available they will be added)  Many Years!!!

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Abp Kyrill blessing with Fr Athanasius and the newly ordained Fr Silouan on abp left. Many Years Fr Silouan !!! Photo courtesy of John C. -many thanks and all rights reserved.


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Many Years Fr Silouan !!! Photo courtesy of John C. -many thanks and all rights reserved.

From a previous post:  Fr Silouan and St Silouan Parish were featured in a brief overview video by a student at Whitman College.  Commentary is provided by the parish Deacon Fr  Silouan.

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A Joyous Pentecost to All! 2014

A Joyous Pentecost and Spirit Week to All!


The Descent of the Holy  Spirit Icon.

The Descent of the Holy
Spirit Icon.  Image from Wikepedia.

Pentecost, Troparion, Tone VIII —
Blessed art Thou, Christ our God, Who didst make the fishermen wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. Lover of men, glory to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone VIII —
When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity. And with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.


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СРПСКИ ДАНИ/Serbian Days June 7-8, 2014 at St Michael in Burnaby, BC, Canada

The Parish of St Michael the Archangel/

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“Return to Nisyros” An Art Exhibit Sponsored by The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum in Portland June 6th, 2014


Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) (FB)

We are pleased to announce a new exhibit coming in June to the Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum. Native Oregonian artist Sharon McNeil, currently professor at the Savannah (Georgia) College of Art and Design has roots in Salem. She presents samples of her oil paintings influenced by her stay on the island of Nisyros. The opening reception for “Return to Nisyros” is Friday, June 6th at 7 pm. Her paintings will remain on display through September and will be available for sale. See attached flyer for more information.”
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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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