“Taste of Old Russia” Oct 11-12th 2014, at St Nicholas in Seattle, WA

St Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle (FB) is having its annual Taste of Russia Bazaar.  Will your intrepid editor make it over to Seattle for the event?  If you see him, no doubt he will be having a Russian salad, cabbage roll and some Vodka На здоровье!  The  Seattle Times wrote an article on the 2010 Festival. 


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St Anne’s 11th Annual Greek Fest Oct 11-12th, 2014 in Corvallis Oregon

As seen first at our Friends at OrthodoxPortland

St Anne’s Orthodox Church in Corvallis, Oregon presents its Greek Fest.

Eat a day the Greek way! On Saturday, October 11 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, October 12 from 12pm-6pm St. Anne Orthodox Church will host the Mid-Valley’s eleventh annual Greek Food Fest at historic Lewisburg Hall, 6000 NE Elliott Circle, Corvallis. The St. Anne Greek Fest has become a popular, family- friendly, mid-valley tradition and is one of only two Greek festivals in the state. Proceeds from the event help pay for the renovation and maintenance of the historic Lewisburg Grange Hall. This year a special diaper drive will also be held during the festival to assist needy families in Linn and Benton counties served by Family Tree Relief Nursery.

The St. Anne Greek Fest offers authentic Greek dinners, desserts, wine & spirits, crafts and live Greek music and dancing. “The Athenians”, a Portland-based Greek band featuring Maria George and Brett Pitner will perform both days. The menu includes pork souvlaki, braised lamb with carrots and potatoes, pasticcio, kifta kebabs, spanakopita, stuffed grape-leaves (dolmas) and Moroccan chicken. Complete dinners served with Greek salad, rice pilaf and pita bread will be offered for $12.00 for two entrees or $14 for three entrees. A la carte, to-go items and Greek desserts will also be available, and there will be a “taverna” in the tent serving appetizers, Greek red wine, beer, ouzo and retsina. Desserts will include baklava, kourambiethes (butter cookies), galatoboureko (custard-filled filo drizzled with honey syrup) and melamakorona (honey cakes).

Visitors are invited to tour the Grange Hall and the Orthodox Christian chapel located on the second floor. Tours will be held every hour on the half hour and will include an explanation of Orthodox iconography. There is no admission fee for any part of the festival and free event parking is available along Elliott Circle and at Mountain View Elementary School.

More info including pictures from past festivals, can be found on their Festival webpage.



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St Spiridon’s Annual Ethnic Bazaar Oct 4-5th 2014 Seattle, WA

St Spiridon’s Cathedral (FB) in Seattle, Washington is having its Annual Bazaar.  It features food from several different nationalities that attend this active, multiethnic, Cathedral.


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St. John the Forerunner Monastery Benefit Dinner & Auction – Sunday, October 12th, 2014 in the Dalles, OR

Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
Martyrs Sophia and her three daughters: Faith (Vera), Hope(Nadezhda), and Love (Lyubov), at Rome (137).

St. John the Forerunner Monastery  Benefit Dinner – Sunday, October 12th  

An evening of inspiration and fine dining prepared by the Sisters of St. John’s.  Sunday evening, October 12, 2012, 5:30 pm at the Civic Auditorium Ballroon, The Dalles, Oregon.
 Enjoy an Evening of Fine Dining and Inspiration in support of the completion of the Church Temple of St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery. The evening will feature authentic Greek cuisine prepared by the nuns of St. John’s.   Come enjoy a silent auction, raffle, wonderful food, and a surprise video presentation.
For Questions please call 509-773-9944
Click here or on top for Reservation Page.
Please pray for the Persecuted Christians of the Middle East and throughout the world.
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Universal Exaltation of the Cross and the Rise of Islam 2014

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.  



This sites focus is limited to events in the NW that may be of interest to Orthodox Christians.  However world events of late cannot be ignored.  Our fellow Christians both Orthodox and Heretodox are being eliminated from the Middle East.  Islam is once again demanding renunciation of the faith or martyrdom.  On this the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross I offer these 2 websites to help you learn more.

JihadWatch:  Probably the best known of sites exposing Islam and its bloody history.

Facing Islam Blog:  This site is run by an Orthodox Christian and is well worth a visit.

The famous Regensburg Address of Pope Benedict the 16th that caused such outrage in the Islamic world.  Here is a brief excerpt with the Pope quoting Emperor Manuel II Paleologus:

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”[3] The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. “God”, he says, “is not pleased by blood – and not acting reasonably (σὺν λόγω) is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats… To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death…”.[4]


This Meditation below was found on the Facing Islam Blog, but was originally posted on; Orthodox Christian Meditations by Fr Stephen Kostoff.  The original article can be viewed here:

Dear Parish Faithful & Friends in Christ,

We are approaching the Feast Day of The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross – to give the Feast its full title – this coming Sunday, September 14. This is the day that we liturgically commemorate and venerate the Cross that will be placed in the middle of the church toward the end of Great Vespers on Saturday evening.   The Feast will then have a full “octave” for its celebration – thus making it an eight-day Feast which serves to stress the importance of the Cross in the life of the Church and in our personal  lives.  To further turn our attention toward the Cross, we recall the Third Sunday of Great Lent – the Adoration of the Cross; and the less well-observed Feast of the Procession of the Cross on August 1.  And, importantly, every Wednesday and Friday is a day of commemorating the Cross, one of the reasons that we fast on those two days on a weekly basis.
Prominent though that the Cross may be for Christians, it is the Apostle Paul who very succinctly and profoundly captured the unbelieving world’s attitude toward the Cross in his well-known text:

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  (I COR. 1:23-24)

This leads the Apostle to one of his most astonishing and paradoxical insights:

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  (I COR. 1:26)

The “scandal” for the unbelieving Jew would be the claim that the Messiah was crucified.  The “folly” for the Greek/Gentile would be the claim that the divine would even enter the realm of flesh and blood and “become” human, let alone suffer death on a cross.  Yet God, in and through Christ, transformed what is shameful, weak, lowly and despised – a crucified man – into “our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (I COR. 1:30)  The entire passage of I COR. 1:18-31 deserves careful, close and constant study.
It remains fascinating, and highly instructive, that even non-Christians who profess to have a great respect for Jesus Christ, struggle terribly with the scandal of the Cross.   This is clearly the case with Islam.  Jesus is treated with great respect in many passages in the Qur’an:  even to the point of acknowledging His virginal conception in a passage that clearly resembles the Annunciation form the Gospel According to St. Luke! (Qur’an, 3:45-47)  However, the Crucifixion is treated in a way that bears no resemblance to the Gospel accounts:

“yet they did not slay him, neither crucify him, only a likeness of that was shown to them.” (Qur’an 4:156-159)

The Muslims believe that someone else – a figure unidentified by the Qur’an – was crucified in the place of Christ, but not Jesus Himself.  The Muslim scholar Dr. Maneh Al-Johani wrote:  “The Qur’an does not elaborate on this point, nor does it give any answer to this question.”
Clearly, the “scandal” of the Cross is too much for Muslim sensibilities, since Jesus is for them a great prophet sent by God.  Muslims further believe that Jesus was raised to Heaven, yet before He died, clearly an odd teaching that again is meant to completely distance Jesus from His crucifixion.  If there is anything that is agreed upon today among New Testament scholars – believers and skeptics alike – it is that Jesus of Nazareth was put to death by crucifixion by orders of Pontius Pilate in the early 30′s of the Christian era.  This lends a certain fantastic quality to these claims of the Qur’an.
There is a close resemblance here with an early Christian heresy known asdocetism from the Gk. word meaning “to appear.”  In other words, it only “appeared” that Christ was actually crucified and died on the Cross.  St. Ignatius of Antioch (+c. 110) vehemently rejected this heresy in its initial inception, early in the 2nd c.

Be deaf, then, when anyone speaks to you apart from Jesus Christ, who was of the family of David, who was of Mary, who was truly born, ate and drank, was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate, was truly crucified and died … He was also truly raised from the dead, when His Father raised Him up …  (Epistle to the Trallians, 9)

St. Ignatius very poignantly asks: what is the purpose of suffering martyrdom for the Lord (as he did in the Roman arena) if the sufferings of Christ were an illusion?   Should a Christian suffer in the flesh if his Lord did not?

But if, as some godless men – that is, unbelievers – say, his suffering was only apparent (they are the apparent ones), why am I in bonds, why do I pray to fight wild beasts?  Then I die in vain.  Then I lie about the Lord.  (To the Trallians, 10)

We do not “worship” the Cross.  We worship the One Who was crucified upon the Cross for our salvation.  Indeed, with the Apostle Paul we call Him the “Lord of glory.” (I COR. 2:8)   Jesus Christ was not merely a prophet in a chain of prophets sent by God.  He is the fulfillment of the prophetic testimony to His coming, as He is the fulfillment of the Law.  (MATT. 5:17) There are no prophets to follow Him with any further additions to the Christian revelation.  We believe, as we chant in the Second Antiphon of the Liturgy, that He is the “Only-begotten Son and immortal Word of God … Who without change didst become man and was crucified.”  The Cross remains “an unconquerable token of victory,” and  “an invincible shield.”  In fact, it is for this reason that in our practice, we,

kiss with joy the Wood of salvation, on which was stretched Christ the Redeemer.  (Small Vespers)

Christianity does not exist because of what it holds in common with other great world religions, but because of what is unique and distinctive about it, primarily the Incarnation, redemptive Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is because of our love for Christ that beginning on the personal level, we must promote and practice mutual respect, tolerance and peaceful co-existence with sincerely believing people of other religions.  I see no other way for those who claim to follow the crucified Lord of glory.  However, this should in no way undermine our sense of Christian distinctiveness – “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (ACTS 4:12) – but actually demonstrate our loyalty to Christ Who never compels but invites – with outstretched arms upon the Cross.
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“Modern Heresies and the Orthodox Reply” Lectures at St John the Baptist in Beaverton, OR Oct 2, 9 & 16, 2014

Apodosis of the Nativity of the Theotokos

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church presents:

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Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon Oct 3-5, 2014

AfterFeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland,



Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral | map   Just click the image above to get lots more info!!!  OPA!

Here is a photoreport of the 2013 Festival as presented by The Orgeonian.

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Young Adults and Older Teens to Gather at Prophet Elijah Mission Sept 26th, 2014 Ellensburg, WA

Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington is starting a new young adult, ages 16-24ish, gathering for all “local” parishes.   This is a new endeavour, that they hope they can repeat regularly and eventually rotate parishes.  What a great idea! Seattle Portland, BC your not going to be outshone are you? –editor For the full scoop:  Youth Gathering letter


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19th Annual Greek Open to Benefit Agia Sophia Academy- Sept 22nd, 2014 Portland, Oregon

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




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A Joyous Dormition Feast to All! 2014

The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.




First Stasis
Tone 5
1. In a grave they laid Thee / O my Life and my Christ / and now also the Mother of Life / a strange sight
both to angels and men.
2. We magnify thee / O pure Theotokos / and we honor thy holy Dormition / as we bow before thine
hon’rable tomb.
3. How, O Mary, canst thou die / thou who art the life of faithful ones / and how can the tomb contain thy
body / which contained the One Which cannot be contained.
4. Queen who gavest birth to God / the King of the heavens / thou art now royally translated, O pure one / to
the kingdom of the heavens.
5. From the earth thou wast translated / but thou didst not forsake the earth / Now All-holy Theotokos /
liberate the whole world from mighty ones.
6. Gabriel was sent from God / to announce to thee the good news / of thine imminent departure from this
life / O thou pure and spotless heavenly Lady.
7. Receive, O Mother / from thy children our love / and these hymns and odes to bid thee farewell / which
we offer from the depth of our souls.
8. Leave us not orphaned, O Mother / as thou dost go from earth to heav’n / where thou will be reunited /
with thy Son and thy God.
9. Come with me, O Anna / Come and stand with us now / lead us in the festive praises of Mary / thine own
daughter, the Mother of God.
10. The God of glory / thy Son, O pure one / now admits thee as His Mother with glory / and enthrones thee at
His right hand.
11. The holy Apostles / O pure Theotokos / when they saw thine all-holy body / fell before it weeping
12. The gate enters the gate / and heaven enters heaven, / O ineffable and wondrous mystery! / Now the
throne draws near to the throne of God.Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Word of God, we hymn Thee / God of all things art Thou / with Thy Father and Thy Spirit Most Holy
praised / and we glorify Thy nature divine.
Both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Ev’ry generation / blesses thee, O Theotokos / ever-virgin and sov’reign Lady / and we glorify thy

A Joyful Feast of the Dormition to All!  Below is a Maronite Hymn to the Dormition.  Different than the Byzantine but, yet, oh so familiar -enjoy.  Editor  Anthony

Koimisis ths Theotokou 2

Qolo: Assumption Entrance Hymn

Tune: Fsheeto

O Mother who gave Life to us,
petition on our behalf
the Son who appeared from you:
may he remove from us the blows of punishment,
and keep away divisions and disputes.
May he lead us in the path of life in which we journey
at all times.
On your memorial day,
we sing praise to your only Son.Alleluia!
Blessed are you, O Mary,
for God, who feeds all creatures,
was nourished by you
and rested on your breast.
O Wonder!
The Son of God was nourished
by a human creature!
He assumed what is ours
and gave us what is his.
On his mother’s memorial let us proclaim:
Glory to you, O Lord.

As dew was falling gently
over the city of Ephesus
Saint John wrote to its people.
He instructed them to celebrate
the memory of the Blessed Mary,
three times each year:
In January, during the time of planting of the seeds;
in May, during the time of harvest;
and in August, during the time of the grapes.
For the mysteries of life are prefigured in these months.

On your memorial day, O Blessed Mary,
angels and mortals are overwhelmed with joy.
The dead rejoice in their tombs
because of the glory in creation.
God will bless
those who celebrate your memory with faith
and pour his mercy upon them.

Who is to see a new ship
sustaining the One who is mighty;
the One who sustains and rules all creation.
Mary bore him, yet he bears all creation.
He nourishes all living creatures,
yet she nourished him with her milk.
He is the Maker of all infants,
yet he dwelt, as an infant, in her womb.
The fiery beings in the heights
sing hymns of praise to him!

(From the  Maronite Catholic: Qolo (Hymn) of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Qurbono, The Book of Offering, Maronite Catholic Church | English rendering 1994 | Ancient Maronite )   

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Festivlul Romanesc Sfanta Maria Biserica is having their Romanian Festival Aug 30-31, 2014

Dormition Fast A Joyous Fast to All!

Sfanta Maria in Portland, Oregon (FB) is having their Festival.  They have a FB dedicated to the Festival in English with pictures of the dancers, costumes and the tavern!  Noroc!

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This year, our community is honored to participate at the Project “School Supply Drive” , initiated by KGW TV and their partners. We invite you to be part of this project as well, and donate to the children in need, school suplies such as: pencils, crayons, notebook paper, and many more. You are welcome to drop them off during the Romanian Festival, on Labor Day Weekend.

Please, join us!


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“The Fall of Constantinople” Performed by Cappella Romana Seattle Aug 29 Seattle Portland Aug 30th, 2014

Dormition Fast A Joyous Fast to All!

Cappella Romana is performing:


The Fall of Constantinople
Cappella Romana, just before its European tour
Hear Ancient Byzantine Chanting from the cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople c. 1453. The program also features two poignant laments for the Fall of Constantinople, the first by Manuel Chrysaphes, the last imperial cantor at Hagia Sophia, and the second by Guillaume DuFay, the 15th century’s most important composer in the West.
Join us at 8:00 pm on Friday, August 29 at St. Joseph’s Parish located at 732 18th Ave E at Aloha, Capitol Hill, Seattle.Free pre-concert talk at 7 pm. Tickets start at $22 with discounts for seniors and students.  Visit cappellaromana.org or call 503-236-8202.Saturday, 30 August, 2014, 8:00pm St. Mary’s Cathedral in Portland

Cappella Romana on KING FM Northwest Focus

Classical KING FMWe are pleased to share that KING FM’s Sean MacLean has chosen to feature Cappella Romana and our Fall of Constantinople concert series from August 25th through the 28th! Make sure to tune in to KING FM and hear the following works before our Friday night Seattle concert:

Cappella Romana on KING FM Schedule:

Monday, August 25

  • Dufay: Lamentatio Sanctae Matris Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae at approximately 8:00pm

Tuesday, August 26

  • Chrysaphes: Lament for the Fall of Constantinople at approximately 8:00pm

Wednesday, August 27

  • Dufay: Ecclesiae militantis at approximately 9:00pm
  • Stellon: Polyelos at approximately 9:06pm

Thursday, August 28

  • Dufay: Apostolo glorioso, da Dio electo at approximately 8:00pm
  • Dufay: Vasilissa, ergo gaude at approximately 8:03pm
  • Gregorios the Domestikos: Kalophonic Coda for St. Basil/A New Addition at approximately 8:08pm

Concert Info

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“Born to Hate Reborn to Love” Upcoming Talks with Klaus Kenneth and Dr Christopher Veniamin Seattle Area Aug 26, 27,28, and Sept 4 -5th Eugene, Oregon 2014

Dormition Fast – A Joyous Fast to All!

Update with additional upcoming lectures.   See Mt Thabor publishers for more info:

Tuesday August 26th
Washington Orthodox Clergy Association

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church (GOA)
19421 Ashworth Ave N,
Shoreline, Washington 98133

Contact: Fr. Thomas Tsagalakis @ (206) 801-7036 or holyapostles@comcast.net

Website: http://www.holyapostlesgo.org

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Talks with author Klaus Kenneth, “Beyond Nirvana: Real Stories about Finding God in the Midst of a Broken World”, with Q&A, with anIntroduction by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.


Wednesday August 27th
St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (GOA)
2100 Boyer Ave E,
Seattle, Washington 98112

Contact: Fr. Photios Dumont @ 206-631-2501 or frphotios@saintdemetrios.com

Website: http://www.saintdemetrios.com

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Talks with author Klaus Kenneth: “Beyond Nirvana: Theosis in the Orthodox Christian Tradition”, with Q&A, with an Introduction by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.

Thursday August 28th
St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (GOA)
1523 Yakima Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98405

Contact: Fr. Seraphim Majmudar @ 253-272-0466 or mail@stnicholastacoma.org

Website: http://www.stnicholastacoma.org

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Talks with author Klaus Kenneth “My Spiritual Odyssey and Why I Wrote ‘Gods, Idols, Gurus’”, and Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God,” with Q&A.


Thursday September 4th
Northwest Christian University (Protestant)
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Contact: Prof. Ronald Heine (Professor of Biblical Studies) @ 541-684-7315 or rheine@nwcu.edu

Website: http://www.nwcu.edu

Event: 6:00 to 7:00 PM: Klaus Kenneth will make a presentation entitled, “My Spiritual Odyssey: From Sola Scriptura to the Communion of the Saints”, with an Introduction by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.

Friday September 5th
Northwest Christian University (Protestant)
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Contact: Prof. Ronald Heine (Professor of Biblical Studies) @ 541-684-7315 or rheine@nwcu.edu

Website: http://www.nwcu.edu

Event: 1:00 to 2:15 PM: Prof. Veniamin will guest teach: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God,” with Q&A.


 The Washington Orthodox Clergy Association (WOCA) and Holy Apostles Shoreline presents:




Klaus Kenneth & Christopher Veniamin
Speakers Klaus Kenneth & Dr. Christopher Veniamin
Wednesday, August 27
6 pm Vespers
 7 pm Presentation and Discussion 
Free Will Offering Accepted
I would like to invite you to hear about the life and story of Klaus Kenneth and his incredible journey to the Orthodox Church on Wednesday, August 27th. Klaus’ testimony will inspire all of us, and strengthen our faith in Christ, and our Holy Orthodox Faith.
I hope to see you on Wednesday evening!
With Love In Christ,
+Fr. Photios

A Spiritual Odyssey from Head to Heart


Born to Hate, Reborn to Love is a story for our generation, a story that brings comfort, reassurance and hope to a world immersed in confusion, rejection and despair. Repelled and repulsed by those who ostensibly represented the Christian faith in his juvenescence, Klaus Kenneth naturally looked elsewhere for the solution to his lonely and tortured existence. In his sincere search for escape from rejection and abuse, Klaus found himself on an odyssey that took him around the world several times, lured him into a vortex of pleasure and power, and initiated him into the great philosophies and religious traditions of our times. Having tried it all, and reaching the very brink of the abyss of despair and the desire for nonexistence, Klaus encounters the One whom he had never thought to look for, the One that he had always discounted: the great I AM, the God of Love and healing, the God of regeneration and eternal life.

About the Author

How many people do you know who have faced a firing squad or had lengthy conversations with Mother Teresa? Klaus Kenneth has experienced both in his most extraordinary life. Klaus is an Orthodox Christian and spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex. He was born into extremely unfortunate circumstances at the end of World War II: his father abandoned his family not long after they settled in their new home, his mother rejected him, and he was abused, mentally and physically, by a priest who promised to “educate” him. As Klaus sought to escape the hell of being unloved, he began to look for a way out of his misery, which took him on a journey through the manifold pleasures and promises of “this world”:  the Occult, Transcendental Meditation, the religious traditions of North and South America, Africa and the Middle East (including Israel), India and the Orient. His quest literally took him around the world several times over. He tried it all. But as Klaus himself relates in this remarkable story, the longest and hardest journey of them all was the one that goes from head to heart.

Not content with words alone, Klaus applied himself diligently to everything that he tried. In the process, he learned the techniques of the Occult, he was regarded as a guru in India, where he spent a number of years, and believed that he would end his life as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. The list of his experiences, the places he visited, and the people he met is endless. And along the way, he was given profound spiritual experiences, which led him to the One that he had always discounted – Jesus Christ.

Though entirely unaware of it at the time, Klaus’ “return” to Christianity began in Calcutta, with Mother Teresa, his “first mother”, as he describes her. It was facilitated later by the famous Protestant pastor, Maurice Ray, the first father-figure in Klaus’ life, from whom he had received exorcism. And it was brought to completion by Elder Sophrony of Essex, whose unconditional love and genuine friendship initiated Klaus into a world that he had never suspected even existed.

Because of the sincerity of his desire, God revealed himself to Klaus, brought him out of the chaos of our syncretistic culture, and led him to the place where the realization of our true personhood in and through Jesus Christ may be accomplished: the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church – the Orthodox Church.

Klaus Kenneth Eugene

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Sunday Snapshot: Visit of the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God to St Nicholas Cathedral 2014

The “Kursk Root Icon visited St Nicholas Cathedral (FB) in Seattle, Washington  August 2014:



Many Thanks to Mr Kalfov for sharing.  Many more pictures can be found on the Parishes FB page.

The Kursk Root Icon visits St Nicholas Cathedral August 2014. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov. All Rights Reserved.

Bishop Theodosius of Seattle  and parishioners praying before The Kursk Root Icon.  St Nicholas Cathedral August 2014. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov. All Rights Reserved.

The Kursk Root Icon visits St Nicholas Cathedral August 2014. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov. All Rights Reserved.

The Kursk Root Icon visits St Nicholas Cathedral August 2014. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov. All Rights Reserved.

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St Nicholas’ Garden Has a Few Fall 2014 Openings for Homeschooling Orthodox Families in Milwaukie, Oregon

St. Nicholas’ Garden   is back again for another great year of fun and growth for homeschooled families of all faiths in need of Language Arts Support.  We teach reading, writing, spelling and thinking using the Riggs Method with lots of hands on Montessori to support grammar concepts.

The program offers a one or two day per week option and includes instruction in the Orthodox Faith. Our property is a one acre urban farm in Milwaukie complete with swings, treehouse, sandbox, working garden, apiary and chickens.


Lots of room for little legs to stretch during recess as well as an opportunity for social time with other homeschooled children.

The program is taught by certified teacher and master teacher of Riggs, Brigid Gerard.
For further information please contact her @ 971-678-9550 or visit her website brigidtutors.com



St.Nicholas’ Garden

We also offer instruction in the Orthodox Faith each day.
We have a few openings for students in grades K-3.
Check out our website   http://www.brigidtutors.com
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Upcoming Greek Festivals in Washington State Fall 2014

  The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State presents:


 News from the Museum    August, 2014

With summer drawing to a close, there are four Greek festivals

around the state that will take

place in the next few months.  Here is the basic information

and links for more details

BELLINGHAM – ST. SOPHIA –  September 4,5 and 7

SPOKANE – HOLY TRINITY  September 25, 26 and 27

TACOMA –  ST. NICHOLAS  October 3, 4 and 5

SEATTLE - ST. DEMETRIOS  October, 10, 11 and 12




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Holy Transfiguration 2014 A Joyous Feast to All!

The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ (Second “Feast of the Saviour” in August).

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,/ Who didst show Thy glory unto Thy disciples as far as they could bear it,/ May Thine ever-existing light shine forth also upon us sinners/ through the prayers of the Theotokos.// O Bestower of light, glory be to Thee!

Kontakion, idiomelon, in Tone VII —
On the mountain wast Thou transfigured,/ and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could bear it, O Christ God;/ that when they would see Thee crucified,/ they would comprehend that Thy suffering was voluntary,// and proclaim to the world that Thou art of a truth the Effulgence of the Father.

 The Holy Transfiguration. Fresco-Visoki-Decani-Monastery-Serbia.jpg

The Holy Transfiguration.    A beautiful Icon from Fresco-Visoki-Decani-Monastery-Serbia.jpg

Преобразился еси на горе, Христе Боже, показавый учеником Твоим славу Твою, якоже можаху, да возсияет и нам, грешным, Свет Твой присносущный молитвами Богородицы, Светодавче, слава Тебе

Cuando Te transfiguraste, Oh Cristo Dios, en la montaña; Revelaste Tu Gloria a los discípulos según ellos pudieron contemplar. Haz resplandecer Tu Luz Eterna sobre nosotros pecadores; Por las intercesiones de la Madre de Dios; ¡Tú que otorgas la luz, gloria a ti!

ما تجلّيت أيها المسيح الإله في الجبل، أظهرتَ مجدك للتلاميذ حسبما استطاعوا، فأشرق لنا نحن الخطأة نورك الأزلي، بشفاعات والدة الإله، يا مانح النور المجد لك.

Przemieniłeś się na górze Chryste Boże,
ukazując chwałę swoją Twoim uczniom, na ile ujrzeć mogli.
Niech zajaśnieje i nam grzesznym Twoja światłość Wiekuista;
przez modlitwy Bogurodzicy, Światłości dawco, chwała Tobie.

When, O Christ our God, Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, Thou didst reveal Thy glory to Thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O God Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee.

Schimbatu-te-ai la faţă în munte, Hristoase Dumnezeule, arătându-le ucenicilor Tăi slava Ta, pe cât li se putea. Srăluceşte şi nouă, păcătoşilor, lumina Ta cea pururea fiitoare, pentru rugăciunile Născătoarei de Dumnezeu, Dătătorule de lumină, slavă Ţie

Μετεμορφώθης ἐν τῷ ὄρει Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, δείξας τοῖς Μαθηταῖς σου τὴν δόξαν σου, καθὼς ἠδυναντο. Λάμψον καὶ ἡμῖν τοῖς ἁμαρτωλοῖς, τὸ φῶς σου τὸ ἀΐδιον, πρεσβείαις τῆς Θεοτόκου, φωτοδότα δόξα σοι

Preobraziłsia jesi na hore, Christie Boże,
pokazawyj uczenikom Twoim sławu Twoju jakoże możachu:
da wozsijajet i nam hresznym swiet Twoj prisnosuszcznyj,
molitwami Bohorodicy, Swietodawcze, sława Tiebie

Enjoy the Troparion in the above languages:

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Sunday Snapshot: Various Youth working, Cupola Raising, Our Lady of Czestochowa,

Dormition  Fast. 

Holy Seven Youths (the “Seven Sleepers”) of Ephesus: Maximilian, Jamblicus, Martinian, John, Dionysius, Exacustodian (Constantine) and Antoninus (250 & 5th c.). New Hieromartyr Cosmas of Aitolia, Equal to the Apostles (1779) (Greek).
St Martin the Merciful Russian Orthodox Church in Corvallis had a Work Party this past June. Youth from several parishes of different jurisdictions showed up to work together-what a great idea!

“The Youth Project surpassed all expectations, both in terms of the experiences of the youth involved, and the quality of the finished work.  Nineteen (19) youth, representing eight (8) parishes, took part in the event.  During the Project, substantial progress was also made on the landscaping irrigation system for the Church grounds (a special ‘thank you’ to Mr. Glenn Clinkenbeard for all his work designing and installing this system).  Recreational and spiritual activities were provided during the evenings and all day Thursday.  It was truly a blessing for everyone involved.  (Photos are from website click for more!)


Before Work Party at St Martins. (Picture form St Martin Website all rights reserved)


Slight improvement after work party! June 2014  ( Photo from St Martins Website click photo to see all the work all rights reserved)

Thank you to all who helped with the logistics of the event!” (quote from parish email emphasis editor)

The St. Martin parish is striving to complete its new Parish Hall by its feast day, October 25.  Donations are very welcome, online atstmartinorthodoxchurch.org or otherwise (please contact the parish rector, Fr. James Baglien, at stmartinorthodoxchurch@gmail.com or 541-738-0600).

The raising of a new Cupola at St John the Wonderworker  in Eugene Oregon!


Raising of new Cupola at St John the WonderWorker in Eugene Oregon summer 2014 from FB, unk source.

Our Lady of Czestochowa “a replica of the  world-famous “Black Madonna” icon travelling the world with the From Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage In Defense of Human Life brings came to  St. Katherine Orthodox Church, Kirkland, WA this past July.  (Original post here)

PJR-Clergy with icon

PJR-Clergy with the Black Madonna Icon at St Katherines in Kirkland, Washington. (thank you to Ms. Nancy D for sharing) All Rights Reserved.

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“Expanding the Greek Legacy A Historical Odyssey” University of Washinton Exhibit Aug 18-Oct 6, 2014

Dormition Fast 

 The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State presents:



August 18-October 6, 2014

University of Washington – Seattle

Suzzallo Allen Library

Lobby, ground floor Allen North

Hours: http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/hours/suzzallo

This exhibit recognizes the distinguished career of University of Washington Professor Carol Thomas and her 2014 book, Greece: A Short History of a Long Story, 7000 BCE to the Present, and the Gust Rakus Family Gift which supports library acquisition of Hellenic Studies resources. The display Showcases the remarkable history of the Greek people and their country, as revealed through artifacts and printed materials.

A conversation with Professor Thomas is scheduled for September 30, 2014, at 3:30pm, in the Allen Auditorium, to be followed by a reception in honor of the Rakus Family, Allen Library, 4th floor.

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Two Orthodox Liturgical Music Conferences Approaching in October , 2014 Plan Now!

Forefeast of the Procession of the Precious and Life-giving Cross of the Lord.

There are two Orthodox Liturgical singing seminars coming up so make your plans early.  The first listed will be held in the NW and the singing will be in English.  The second will be held in California with most of the music in Church Slavonic the second will have more   instructors available.  Both are wonderful opportunities!

Pacific Northwest Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Singing Seminar, hosted by the Annunciation Orthodox Church in Milwaukie, Oregon,  all Orthodox singers are invited!


The Church of the Annunciation, Milwaukie, OR, October 11, 2014.
Dear Church Musicians,
You all are invited to join us for the the interactive, full-day seminar/workshop, that will focus on the actualization of music in Orthodox Christian worship so as to “enable a comprehensive and elevated liturgical experience through insightful and skilled leadership and participation.”
Topics will include vocal technique, choral leadership, musical and liturgical structural analysis, and learning to distinguish between meaningful imperative and sacred music cliché.
You can see the schedule/registration form here:
Facebook:  “Pacific Northwest Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Singing Seminar”
Please, register early and spread the word!
Any questions? Contact: irena.burkett@gmail.com
Irena Burkett,
Church of the Annunciation,
Milwaukie OR


23rd Russian Orthodox Musicians Conference  (fb)Oct 8-12, 2014 in Santa Rosa, CA..



The 23rd Russian Orthodox Church Musician’s Conference will be hosted by Saints Peter and Paul Church in beautiful Santa Rosa, CA, from October 8th to 12th, 2014.

Fundamentals of Musicianship for the Church Choir and its Conductor

This year marks the 23rd ROCM Conference, which will be held in beautiful Santa Rosa, California, and hosted by the Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church parish. The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Sonoma Wine Country, located in Rohnert Park, CA. The 2004 Conference was also held in Santa Rosa, and was a great success.

This year our conference theme is Fundamentals of Musicianship for the Church Choir and its Conductor. The focus will be on increasing the skill, knowledge, artistic sensitivity, and prayerful execution of church singing as well as the role of the conductor in building fluidity of harmony, nuances, and choral blend. The faculty includes guest conductors and lecturers with a range of expertise. Speakers will be announced soon!

Participants will gain practical and theoretical knowledge and experience through lectures, workshops and rehearsals which culminate in festive hierarchical services. Further, participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, get to know like-minded people, and expand their liturgical repertoire. Conference presentations and discussions will be conducted in both English and Russian, with simultaneous translations provided as needed.

His Grace, The Right Reverend Theodosy, Bishop of Seattle (Vicar Bishop of the Western American Diocese) will be serving the All-Night Vigil and the Divine Liturgy. The All-Night Vigil and the Divine Liturgy will be held at:

Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church

An “early bird” discount is available through July 1st ($50 off full registration, double occupancy).

More information here.” From Website”

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