¨The Dekembriana¨ A Lecture on One of the Most Bloody and Polarizing Events in Greece Feb 3, 2018 Portland

 St. Gregory of Nyssa (395)


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


HACCM lecture: The Dekembriana (Δεκεμβριανα’, ” December events”)
When: Saturday, February 3, 6:00 pm
Where: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Small Hall
Speaker: Dr. George Anadiotis

Dr. Anadiotis will talk about one of the bloodiest and most polarizing incidents in the history of 20th century Greece, the period of civil atrocities following the Nazis’ departure from occupied Greece.  The series of clashes in Athens between the Greek left-wing resistance force, and the government and British forces is known as the Dekembriana (Δεκεμβριανα’). It is the ground zero for the Greek Civil war that followed World War II.



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Plan Now to Attend Orthodox Youth Cultural Exchange April 28th, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Portland, OR 2018

Saturday after the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Venerable Pachomius of Kensk (16th c.) (movable holiday on the Saturday after the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ).
Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John.

Agia Sophia Academy and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral fb presents Orthodox Youth Cultural Exchange!  Plan now to attend and get your group ready!!!! -Editor

¨Food! Faith! Fun!

We would like to invite you, your families, and parishioners to participate in our upcoming Orthodox Youth Cultural Exchange on Saturday April 28 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.  This event is sponsored by Oregon’s only pan-Orthodox Christian School- Agia Sophia Academy!

Please let me know if you have a dance group within your parish that would like to participate. I would love the name and contact information for that person.

We are hoping to have food for sale at the event. If you know of a local restaurant or maybe your festival group has a special food item that they would be interested in donating that represents your unique culture, please let me know!
Attached to this email is a Save the Date announcement. Please include this in your weekly and/or monthly bulletins. We are very excited to provide this opportunity for our Orthodox youth to come together! ¨ (From email with flier)

Please help spread the word!  A great chance for all our Youth Romanian, Greek, Ukrainian, Serbian, American, Arabic, Russian, etc…, to gather make friends, and see other cultures…  Editor



Photo below is from a past event.


For more pictures of last years event just click the picture

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A Joyous Theophany to All! 2018

 The Holy Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ (Baptism of the Lord).  A Joyous Feast to All!

Please send photos from your parishes celebration of Theophany for a Sunday Snapshot-Thank you!!!  


Thou wast Baptized in the Jordan. Glory to Thee O Lord. Glory to Thee!
Icon from OCA website: http://oca.org/FSicons-churchyear.asp?Section=twelvefeasts

Prefestal Troparion. Tone 4 
The River Jordan was once turned back by the mantle of Elisha / when Elijah had been taken up, / 
and the waters were divided hither and thither. / 
And for him the watery path became dry, / 
Verily as a type of baptism, / 
Whereby we cross the flowing stream of life. // 
Christ hath appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters.

Prefestal Kontakion – Tone 4 
In the streams of the Jordan today / 
the Lord cried to John: / 
Be not afraid to baptize Me, / 
for, I am come to save Adam, // 
the first-fashioned man.

Troparion of Theophany Tone 1: 
When Thou, wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, / 
the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; / 
for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, / 
calling Thee His beloved Son. / 
And the Spirit in the form of a dove / 
confirmed the certainty of the word. / 
O Christ our God, Who hast appeared // 
and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.

Kontakion of Theophany Tone 4: 
Thou hast appeared today unto the whole world, / 
and Thy light, O Lord, hath been signed upon us / 
who with knowledge chant unto Thee: / 
Thou hast come, Thou hast appeared, // 
O Light Unapproachable!

Great are Thee, O Lord, and wonderful Thy works, and no word is adequate to sing the praise of Thy wonders

The waters beheld thee, O God, the waters beheld thee and feared.

Let the people, O God, confess to thee; let all the people give praise to thee; the earth hath yielded her fruit.

Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hath been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.

That these waters may be sanctified by the power, and effectual operation, and descent of the Holy Spirit. 

When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity wast made manifest;

for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. 

And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.  Troparion of the Feast

Thou didst bow thy head to the Forerunner, thereby crushing the heads of the dragons.  And having stood in the streams, thou didst illuminate the whole creation.  Wherefore, let it glorify thee, O Saviour, thou Illumination of our souls.

The Lord is upon many waters.  I will love Thee O Lord my strength.

Thou didst appear in the world, O Creator of the world, to lighten them that sit in darkness.  Wherefore, O Lover of Mankind, glory to thee.

The kings of Tharsis and the Isles shall offer gifts; the kings of Arabia and Saba shall bring tribute; all kings shall pay homage; all nations shall serve Him.  (Offertory Psalm from the traditional Latin Mass translated.)

It is fitting indeed and just, right and helpful to salvation, for us always and everywhere to give thanks to You, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Everlasting God. Because by the mystery of the Word made flesh the new light of Your glory has shone upon the eyes of our mind; that while we acknowledge Him to be God seen by men, we may be drawn by Him to the love of things unseen. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with the whole host of the heavenly army, we sing a hymn to Your glory, saying again and again; Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory. Hosanna in the highest, Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.  (Preface of Epiphany from the Traditional Roman Rite Celebration of the Mass translated)

O God, who on this day, didst manifest Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles by the guidance of a star: graciously grant, that we, who know Thee now by faith, may be led on even to contemplate the beauty of Thy Majesty. Through the same Jesus Christ, . . . From the traditional Roman Catholic celebration of the Epiphany. Translated.



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Upcoming Marches for Life for 2018

 Sviatki. Fast-free Forefeast of the Theophany.  St. Genevieve of Paris (502).   A Joyous Feast to All!

(please note as I learn of more events this post will be updated accordingly)

Holy Resurrection Parish in Tacoma fb will be marching and carrying the banner for Orthodox Christians in Olympia, Washington Jan 22nd March for Life.

from the bulletin of the Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg.

¨Join us in Olympia on Jan. 22nd at the State Capitol. People usually gather near the
Winged Victory statue, and march through the capitol’s courtyard around 11:30 a.m. A
program in the sanctity of life will begin at 12:00 noon on the Capitol steps. The local
S a n c t i t y o f L i f e F A Q p a g e : http://www.washingtonmarchforlife.org/p/faq.html
We will form a carpool at the church parking lot, leaving no later than 10:30 a.m. on the
22nd. Our parish is the custodian of the Orthodox banner that we carry in Olympia.
You’ll find the Orthodox gathered aroundthat banner. We’ll see you there!
A Prayer for the Sanctity of Life (Source: Orthodox Church in America)
O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son, Who art in the bosom of the Father, True
God, source of life and immortality, Light of Light, Who came into the world to enlighten
it: Thou wast pleased to be conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary for the salvation of
our souls by the power of Thine All-Holy Spirit. O Master, Who camest that we might
have life more abundantly, we ask Thee to enlighten the minds and hearts of those
blinded to the truth that life begins at conception and that the unborn in the womb are
already adorned with Thine image and likeness; enable us to guard, cherish, and protect
the lives of all those who are unable to care for themselves. For Thou art the Giver of
Life, bringing each person from non-being into being, sealing each person with divine
and infinite love. Be merciful, O Lord, to those who, through ignorance or willfulness,
affront Thy divine goodness and providence through the evil act of abortion. May they,
and all of us, come to the life of Thy Truth and glorify Thee, the Giver of Life, together
with Thy Father, and Thine All-Holy and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto
ages of ages. Amen.” From the Holy Resurrection January Newsletter.


¨His Holiness Orthodox Metropolitan of Belgrade, Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus spoke about pressing moral issues of today’s society, in his annual Christmas interview for TV Hram.¨




For Thou hast possessed my reins; O Lord, Thou hast holpen me from my mother’s womb.  I will confess Thee,  for awesomely art Thou wondrous; marvelous are Thy works, and my soul knoweth it right well.


A talk from Fr Josiah on the West Coast Right to Life Walk and other Activities around the Nation on AFR.

“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


My Bone is not hid from Thee, which Thou madest in secret; nor my substance in the nethermost parts in of the earth.

My being while it was still unformed Thine eyes did see, and in Thy book shall all men be written; day by day they are formed, when as yet there be none of them.  Psalm 138: 10- 15

The National Right to Life March will be held in Washington, DC on Friday, 19th, 2018.

Here are some Links for the support of Life.  These will be included in the links on the side.

Birthright International “We Love them Both” Find a local location near you.  They assist pregnant women during pregnancy and after.

National Right to Life

Washington State March for Life (FB)

Orthodox March for Life (FB)

Human Life of Washington

January 22, 2013: The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (Statement of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America)

NoAbort.net a Russian Language site by a Russian Orthodox in the NW.

Zoe for Life!  An Orthodox Christian Initiative


O Virgin, Theotokos whose Womb was more spacious than the Heavens; Pray for us.

As Orthodox Christians, we strongly affirm the value and sanctity of all human life, from the moment of conception to the final breath one takes.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message Metropolitan Jonah 2010


22 Week old during operation to repair Spina Bifida

“Thus, however we have sinned, we can be forgiven. Whether we have aborted a child, or consented to it, we can be forgiven. If we bear a child as a single mother, we can be accepted in the community of the Church with love. If we have judged and condemned others, and burn with resentment, we can be freed through repentance. No matter what we have done, no matter how broken we are or how completely we have messed up our lives, we can be healed, forgiven, accepted and loved. And then maybe we can forgive ourselves, and attain to that true freedom.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message Metropolitan Jonah 2011 

Below is the Documentary the Silent Scream.  It is narrated by the one time Abortionist, and pusher for its legalization Bernard Nathason MD.  Who repented of his former way of life and eventually became a Roman Catholic Christian.  It is not for very young viewers.  But it does belie the lie that the fetus is not just a blob of tissue.


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“Living Orthodox Joyfully in the Modern World” A Lecture in Tacoma, Wa Jan 27th, 2018

The Eve of the Nativity of Christ (Rozhdestvenskyi Sochelnik).
Nun-martyr Eugenia of Rome, and with her Martyrs Philip her father, Protus, Hyacinth (Jacinth), Basilla, and Claudia (262).

Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Tacoma, Washington  fb presents:

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“Incarnating Christ in the Midst of the World” with Abbot Tryphon Salem Oregon, Jan 20, 2018

The Orthodox Christian Church of Salem fb Oregon is sponsoring a lecture with Abbot Tryphon of the All Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington.

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Open House at Agia Sophia Academy in Beaverton, OR , Jan 25, 2018

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Great-martyr Anastasia of Rome, deliverer from bonds, and her teacher Martyr Chrysogonus, and with them martyrs Theodota, Evodias, Eutychianus, and others who suffered under Diocletian (304).

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

Looking for a great school for your little one? We are accepting student application for January starts in our Montessori Primary (3-6 year olds) programs.  Contact us today to learn more!

“Looking for a great school for your little one? Come & See what ASA can do! 
Stop by anytime between 5-7pm on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 for a student-led tour of our school, while you meet our wonderful teachers, and learn more about our terrific programs.
Whether you’re looking for an immediate start or planning head for the Fall, come & see our Montessori Primary Classroom for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners (ages 3-6), or our Multi-Age Elementary program utilizing a research-proven blended classrooms (Lower Elementary: K-2 & Upper Elementary: 3rd-5th) approach. Our core subjects include Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History & Geography, Art, Music, and Physical Education, as well as Greek & Latin instruction. Our low student to teacher ratio (12:1) allows for hands-on learning and academic excellence. Plus starting January 2018, we are now offering on-site after-school care til 6pm
Come & See Agia Sophia Academy! We are located at 14485 SW Walker Road, between 158th Avenue & Murray Blvd. We are across the street from the Nike Campus and nestled between apartments & condos in the St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church building. Our School looks more like office space from the outside: gray building, green roof/trim, lots of windows.
Agia Sophia Academy
PS:  beginning January 2018, we are offering Apollo on-site, after-school care daily til 6pm!


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Plan Now to Attend the Dinner Fundraiser for All Saints Camp! Seattle, Jan 27, 2018

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Virgin-martyr Juliana of Nicomedia, and with her 500 men and 130 women (304).

All Saints Summer Camp(fb)

Come Join Us For an Evening of Fun, Food, and Fundraising!

Thanks for your support of All Saints Camp & Retreat Center!

Please join us for our annual fundraising dinner at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. This year’s theme is, “There’s No Place Like Camp” – come dressed as your favorite Wizard of Oz character and get ready for a night of fun benefiting our local camp.

On this website, you can buy tickets for the event, make a donation, and learn more about our mission.

Thanks for your support of All Saints Camp, the facility and our goals!


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Fellowship of the Cross Retreat for Young Adults Jan 19-20, 2018 at Prophet Elijah Mission, Ellensburg, WA

Holy Prophet Daniel (600 B.C.) and the Three Holy Youths: Ananias, Azarias, and Misael.

Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington presents:  The Fellowship of the Cross Young Adult Retreat.   Seattle, Portland, BC, Idaho-Montana, don’t let a little Mission out do you!

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The Classical Learning Resource Center Spring Term Starts Jan 8, 2018 Classes From Meterology to Romanian Available!

Prophet Haggai (Aggaeus) (500 B.C.).

   Classical Learning Resource Center (fb) Spring classes Opening soon!



Of all holy works, the education of children is the most holy. 

– St. Theophan the Recluse

Additionally CLRC Greek and Latin instructor, Anne Van Fossen, was  interviewed on Ancient Faith Radio.  To hear her interview click here.

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“Foundations of Icon Writing” Master Iconography Class Newberg Oregon, Jan 20th, 2018

 Hieromartyr Eleutherius, bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Anthia and Martyr Corivus the Eparch (126).  St. Stephen the Confessor, archbishop of Surozh in the Crimea (790).  Synaxis of All Saints of Crimea.  New Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky), bishop of Verey (1929).

The Hagia Theodora School of Byzantine Iconography presents:


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A Most Inspiring Live Streaming Divine Liturgy from the Church in Beit Jala Near Nazareth!

The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos. New Martyr Priest Sergius Mechev of Moscow (1941).  Prophetess Anna (Hannah) (1100 B.C.), mother of the Prophet Samuel.  A Joyous Advent to All!

A Christmas gift for all!

Just in time for this Christmas you can listen to services from one of the few remaining Christian communities in the Holy Land.   Their devotion and robust singing in several languages and musical traditions is a real inspiration.  I stumbled on this site and the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of St Nicholas while working on the St Nicholas post and looking for music to include in it.  Please note the Church in the Holy Land is on the Traditional Orthodox Calendar and so their Christmas Liturgy will be Jan 6-7th on the modern calendar.  But do not let that deter you from listening to our dear Brothers and Sisters.  Also they broadcast live late around 11pm- 12mn our time.  Which is great for night shifters and insomniacs!  This information will be added to a new post with combined live streaming sites.  While this is not a NW event the ability to listen when one cannot attend services justifies it on this site.  Plus I believe it will be most appreciated by a number of readers.

Please consider subscribing and supporting their efforts!

“This is the Orthodox Church in Biet Jala Chanel. Beit Jala, Palestine, lies only two kilometers from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Its name comes from Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ, and means “grass carpet”. The city is considered to be one of oldest in Palestine, and its’ first municipal council was established in 1912.

Join us an get access to live and recorded stream of Liturgies every Sunday and on feasts and special occasions.”  From their description on Youtube.

Church of the Virgin, overlooking Bethlehem, is located in the center of Beit Jala and, with a capacity of up to 1.000 people, is one of the biggest churches in the area. From Beit Jala Orthodox Website. Click for more information.

To learn more about the Christian Community in Beit Jala please click above or here.

Here is the Liturgy for St Nicholas Day 2017!  May it be a Blessing to All!  I was expecting Greek and Arabic but was surprised at the sound and words of another Chant.

Remember the Christians in the Middle East in your prayers!

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OrthodoxNorthwest Needs You! Looking for Coeditors!

Prophet Habakkuk (Abbacum) (7th c. B.C.).  New Hieromartyr John priest (1919).  St Philips Fast.  A Joyous Fast to All!


OrthodoxNorthwest is looking for a few goodmen or women as assistant editors!  These  exciting, glamorous, high paid, high profile, positions will be in high demand.  Act fast!  Contact the infamous, mystery editor at his hidden lair deep in the Northwest. editorOrthodoxNorthwest@gmail.com

In particular OrthodoxNorthwest has a need for regional editors ( Seattle, Portland Greater WA and Oregon, Idaho/Montana, and British Columbia) and ethnic specific editors ( Slavic speaking, Romanian,  Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopian, Armenian in particular).  (Could probably benefit from an English editor with knowledge of  how to properly use punctuation and avoid run on sentences…  ) Basic responsibilities will include, signing up for parish email lists and looking at parish websites monthly for new events, and preparing posts thereof.

Salary and Benefits dependent on experience….

Thank you for your consideration!

Your editor Anthony

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Sunday Snapshot: Transfiguration at St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle 2017

A Joyous Dormition Fast to All! 

St Nicholas Cathedral (FB)  This was posted on the Facebook page of St Nicholas Cathedral from the Transfiguration Service.  Enjoy!


Click to see the Blessing of Fruits Panorama photo…




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New Orthodox Social Group for Singles in Bothell, WA !

The Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in memory of Saving of Moscow from the Invasion of Khan Achmed.  Peter and Paul Fast, a Joyous Fast to All!

Single Orthodox Christian Social and Service a new group for singles of all ages on Meetup.  What a great idea!

The next activity is July 10th.  Thank you to the founder for sharing the information.

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Youth Choir at St Sava’s in Vancouver, BC 2017!


Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!  

We remember the Armenian Genocide 102nd Anniversary.

СВЕТИ САВА /St Sava’s in Vancouver, BC (FB) presents a Youth Choir opportunity!  (I apologize for the delay in posting this I did not see this email till Bright Week.  It is not too late to attend for local Orthodox youth.  What a wonderful opportunity to meet other Orthodox!  What a great idea for other parishes…  (editor)


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Upcoming Icon Workshops Boise, ID, Bozeman, MT, and Goldendale, WA, with Deacon Matthew Garrett in 2017

The Saturday of the Dead. Tone one.  Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily (251).
Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov (1696). 

Upcoming Icon Workshops with the NW’s own  Deacon Matthew Garrett .  Icons and more information can be found on his website- Icons by the Hand of Deacon Matthew Garrett.  He also has a blog – Holy Icons an Iconographer’s Blog.  And if you like Icon Cards for name days etc., his zazzle site.





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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Page Break with Lovely Sunset Silhouette of St Spiridon Cathedral in Seattle with the Space Needle in the Background

St Spiridon’s Cathedral (FB) in Seattle with the ¨iconic” Space Needle in the background.

For this parish and city, for every city and country, and for the faithful who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord have mercy.  (Great litany)

Sunset silhoutte of St Spiridon Cathedral in Seattle posted Oct 5th on their Facebook Page. Many Thanks to John Michael and the Parish of St Spiridon for permission to use on OrthodoxNorthwest. (All rights reserved)

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Go Tell it on the Mountain and Everywhere! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

The Nativity according to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Sviatki. Fast-free-till the Theophany Eve!   The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar. Commemoration of the shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks and came to see the Lord. 

Христос Pаждается! Славите! Christus Natus est! Gaudete! Χριστὸς Γεννᾶται! Δοξάσατε! Hristos se Naste! Ma ç riòi-L! LE Christ Est Ne! Glorifiez-Le! ¡Cristo Ha Nacido! ¡Glorifiquémosle!

Nativity Scan

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels, with shepherds, glorify Him! The wise men journey with the star! Since for our sake the Eternal God is born as a little child (Kontakion).
Encaustic Nativity icon c.7-9th century. St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, Egypt.

Make glad, O you righteous!

Greatly rejoice, O heavens!

Dance for joy, O mountains; for Christ is born!

The Virgin has become like the cherubic throne.

She carries at her bosom God the Word, made flesh.

Shepherds glorify the newborn child.

Wise men offer the master gifts.

Angels praise Him and sing:

O Lord, past understanding, glory to Thee!  (Canon of Matins)

Some Lovely Carols can be heard on the American Carpatho Russian Website.

And here are some Monks  from Optina in Russia!  Enjoy!!!  And a Blessed Feast to All!  Christ is Born!

“BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here below; and he that was lowly is by divine mercy raised.

Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices; and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side, the Sun of justice. And ask not how: for where God wills, the order of nature yields. For He willed; He had the power; He descended; He redeemed; all things yielded in obedience to God. This day He Who is, is Born; and He Who is, becomes what He was not. For when He was God, He became man; yet not departing from the Godhead that is His. Nor yet by any loss of divinity became He man, nor through increase became He God from man; but being the Word He became flesh, His nature, because of impassability, remaining unchanged.
And so the kings have come, and they have seen the heavenly King that has come upon the earth, not bringing with Him Angels, nor Archangels, nor Thrones, nor Dominations, nor Powers, nor Principalities, but, treading a new and solitary path, He has come forth from a spotless womb.
Since this heavenly birth cannot be described, neither does His coming amongst us in these days permit of too curious scrutiny. Though I know that a Virgin this day gave birth, and I believe that God was begotten before all time, yet the manner of this generation I have learned to venerate in silence and I accept that this is not to be probed too curiously with wordy speech.  

For with God we look not for the order of nature, but rest our faith in the power of Him who works. 

What shall I say to you; what shall I tell you? I behold a Mother who has brought forth; I see a Child come to this light by birth. The manner of His conception I cannot comprehend. 

Nature here rested, while the Will of God labored. O ineffable grace! The Only Begotten, Who is before all ages, Who cannot be touched or be perceived, Who is simple, without body, has now put on my body, that is visible and liable to corruption. For what reason? That coming amongst us he may teach us, and teaching, lead us by the hand to the things that men cannot see. For since men believe that the eyes are more trustworthy than the ears, they doubt of that which they do not see, and so He has deigned to show Himself in bodily presence, that He may remove all doubt.

Christ, finding the holy body and soul of the Virgin, builds for Himself a living temple, and as He had willed, formed there a man from the Virgin; and, putting Him on, this day came forth; unashamed of the lowliness of our nature. 

For it was to Him no lowering to put on what He Himself had made. Let that handiwork be forever glorified, which became the cloak of its own Creator. For as in the first creation of flesh, man could not be made before the clay had come into His hand, so neither could this corruptible body be glorified, until it had first become the garment of its Maker. 

What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? For this wonder fills me with astonishment. The Ancient of days has become an infant. He Who sits upon the sublime and heavenly Throne, now lies in a manger. And He Who cannot be touched, Who is simple, without complexity, and incorporeal, now lies subject to the hands of men. He Who has broken the bonds of sinners, is now bound by an infants bands. But He has decreed that ignominy shall become honor, infamy be clothed with glory, and total humiliation the measure of His Goodness. 

For this He assumed my body, that I may become capable of His Word; taking my flesh, He gives me His spirit; and so He bestowing and I receiving, He prepares for me the treasure of Life. He takes my flesh, to sanctify me; He gives me His Spirit, that He may save me. 

Come, then, let us observe the Feast. Truly wondrous is the whole chronicle of the Nativity. For this day the ancient slavery is ended, the devil confounded, the demons take to flight, the power of death is broken, paradise is unlocked, the curse is taken away, sin is removed from us, error driven out, truth has been brought back, the speech of kindliness diffused, and spreads on every side, a heavenly way of life has been ¡in planted on the earth, angels communicate with men without fear, and men now hold speech with angels. 

Why is this? Because God is now on earth, and man in heaven; on every side all things commingle. He became Flesh. He did not become God. He was God. Wherefore He became flesh, so that He Whom heaven did not contain, a manger would this day receive. He was placed in a manger, so that He, by whom all things arc nourished, may receive an infant¢s food from His Virgin Mother. So, the Father of all ages, as an infant at the breast, nestles in the virginal arms, that the Magi may more easily see Him. Since this day the Magi too have come, and made a beginning of withstanding tyranny; and the heavens give glory, as the Lord is revealed by a star.

To Him, then, Who out of confusion has wrought a clear path, to Christ, to the Father, and to the Holy Ghost, we offer all praise, now and for ever. Amen.

St. John Chrysostom, “Homily on Christmas Morning”

Obviously, it is not for nothing that St. John is known as “Chrysostomos” the “Golden Throat.” My thanks to Ioannis (Edward Michael) Freeman for sharing this homily with me.”   (This sermon is found online in several places I found it on the most inspiring site Glory to God for All Things!)

And in pictures:

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“Orthodox Connections” HS and Young Adults Group in the Puget Sound Area is Meeting this Jan 7th, 2018!

Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107).  Repose of Righteous John of Kronstadt (1908).

Orthodox Connections :   An Orthodox Christian outreach fellowship for High School / College +. Welcoming young adults throughout the Puget Sound area to gather together! Is meeting Jan 7th!


Orthodox Connections is a ministry of Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church (FB) in Shoreline, Washington).

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Свечани дочек Србске Нове Године New Years Party at St Michaels in Burnaby, BC Jan 13, 2018

 Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107). Repose of Righteous John of Kronstadt (1908).

unnamed-1 Time to Celebrate the New Year the old fashioned way in style! Happy New Year!


ЦШО  „Свети Архангел Михаило“ вас позива на

У суботу, 13. јануара 2018.
са почетком у  19 часова
Свечана вечера и вредне награде.
Забављаће вас Данијела Даца Благојевић и Драган Петровић.

Информације и резервације:
Биљана  778-385-8245
УЛАЗ: $40


 We invite you to celebrate Serbian New Year 2018 with us on
January 13, 2018 at 7 PM,
Church Hall 7837 Canada Way, Burnaby Live music (Danijela Daca Blagojevic and Dragan Petrovic) and festive dinner.
Tickets $40.
For reservations  call Biljana at 778-385-8245.Happy New Year!
And another New Years Bash?!

 2018  NEW YEAR’S


Ring In The New Year With Live Music

From Toronto
Dragan Cupavi


Dinner & Dance ~ Sunday, December 31
Doors Open 6pm & Dinner 7pm
At: Serbian Cultural Center ~ 7837 Canada Way Burnaby, BC

AGES 10-16 $40

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“How to Embrace the Cross” A Lecture with Fr Paul Jaroslaw Jan 3rd, 2018 , at St Silouan Walla Walla, WA

 Nativitity Fast Joy to all!

St Silouan’s in Walla Walla, Washington  invites you to a talk with Fr Paul Jaroslaw of Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington :


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Akathist Before the Miraculous Kursk Root Icon and Lecture Tonight! at St Nicholas Cathedral

Akathist before the  “Kursk Root Icon at  St Nicholas Cathedral (FB) in Seattle, Washington tonight 6:30-8pm!  Apologies for the last notice just noted the details on FB.


“В среду у нас в соборе отслужим Заупокойную литию по жертвам безбожной власти двадцатого века и Акафист Пресвятой Богородицы. После службы в зале будет Встреча/Беседа с Владыками.

This Wednesday there will be an AKATHIST to the HOLY THEOTOKOS before the Kursk Root Icon and the relics of St. Anne the mother of the Theotokos and a Requiem for the victims of the Godless regime in the twentieth century. Following the service there will be a presentation in the hall. The speakers will be Bishop Theodosy of Seattle and Bishop Nicholai of Manhattan. ”  from St Nicholas Facebook Page.

Kursk Root Icon decorated at St Nicholas Cathedral. From fb page.

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Wishing all on the New Calendar a Joyous Nativity Season 2017! And a Joyous Feast of St Herman of Alaska to All on the Traditional Calendar!

Wishing all on the Gregorian Calendar a Joyous Christmas and Nativity Season!  And a “Merry St Hermanmass” to all on the traditional Calendar.  (Merry St Hermanmass is a phrase I have heard in jest at our Parish and yet it fits wonderfully well in a jolly way with a Salmon BBQ for the Feast!)


Church of the Nativity. One can only sing, prostrate and Repent anew before such Divine Condescension.

“…let us make a vow to ourselves, that from this day, from this hour, from this very moment, we shall strive above all else to love God and to fulfill His Holy Will!”  St Herman of Alaska

St Herman's Icon

The famous Icon of St Herman commissioned I believe by the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America (The Metropolia) for the Canonization of St Herman. Click on Image to go to the OCA’s section on St Herman. Incidentally He was Canonized by both the Metropolia and ROCOR at separate locations but on the same day. Let us pray through his intercession that all strife and separation cease!

St. Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska, Troparion, Tone IV —

O venerable Herman, ascetic of the northern wilderness/ and gracious advocate for all the world,/teacher of the Orthodox Faith and good, instructor of piety,/ adornment of Alaska and joy of all America;// Entreat Christ God, that He save our souls.

Kontakion for St. Herman, Tone VIII —

O beloved of the Mother of God, who received the tonsure at Valaam,/ new zealot of the struggles of the desert-dwellers of old:/ wielding prayer as a spear and shield, thou didst show thyself to beterrible to demons and pagan darkness.// Wherefore, we cry out to thee: O venerable Herman,entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved!

A life of St Herman can be found here.  One may ask why we celebrate St Herman on Dec 25’th? In succinct form via Wikepedia:

  • “December 13/25—Repose: Due to an error in record keeping, this was originally thought to be the day of Saint Herman’s death, and because of the long-established tradition of celebrating his memory on this day, it has remained a feast day. It is more likely that this is the day he was buried. For those Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian Calendar, this day falls on December 25 of the Gregorian Calendar…”

The Sermon of Bishop Dimitri of Berkeley on the Canonization.  It is even more pertinent today than then.

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“The 12 Days of Christmas in the East” Performed by Cappella Romana, Jan 5- 6th, 2018 Seattle and Portland

St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan (397).  Venerable Nilus, monk, of Stolben Island (1554).
Venerable Anthony, abbot of Siya Monastery (Novgorod) (1556)  A Joyous Advent to All!


Cappella Romana (FB) presents:

“Music director Alexander Lingas leads Cappella Romana in a program of early and contemporary music from the Greek Orthodox tradition for the 12 Days of Christmas. Medieval Byzantine chant, choral works by Greek-Americans Frank Desby, Tikey Zes, and Peter MIchaelides, and by Michael Adamis and Sir John Tavener. Originally performed in the Twelfth Night Festival at Trinity Church Wall Street, New York.”  From the website.


Fri 5 Jan, 8:00pm
St. James Cathedral


Sat 6 Jan, 8:00pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral

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