I Have a Dream! 2020

Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist, John

“I have a Dream.”  I will not try to add to his eloquence and vision.


Archbishop Iakovos, Martin Luther King Jr., and other dignitaries walking to the Dallas County Courthouse to hang a funeral wreath in honor of Reverend James Reeb, a civil rights activist who was beaten and killed by white segregationists, Selma, Alabama, March 1965; photograph by Dan Budnik from his book Marching to the Freedom Dream, which includes an essay by Harry Belafonte and has just been published by Trolley


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Developing an End of Life Ministry at Annunciation Church in Milwaukie, OR Jan 25, 2020

Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist,John.

The Parish of the Annunciation fb in Milwaukie, Oregon presents:




Save the date!
Announcing a one day workshop:
“Developing an End-of-Life Ministry” Saturday, January 25th.

For over twenty years, women of the Church of the Annunciation in Milwaukie,
Oregon, have assisted families in preparing their loved ones for burial. Out of this
has grown a Funeral Team ministry that includes assisting individuals in making
their end-of-life plans, arranging the purchase of cemetery plots, preparing the
deceased for burial, assisting the clergy and family at funerals, and managing
interments at the parish cemetery.
If your parish is interested in learning how to establish a similar ministry, we invite
you to attend a one day workshop at the Church of the Annunciation in
Milwaukie, Oregon.
Who should attend? Clergy and members of Orthodox parishes interested in
forming a ministry to those nearing death and throughout the burial process.
When: Saturday, January 25th, 2020
Where: Church of the Annunciation
13515 SE Rusk Road
Milwaukie, OR 97222
For more information contact: annunciationoregon@hotmail.com, 503-659-3646
or M. Elizabeth Lien at: elizabeth.lien39@gmail.com

Thank you a ton for your interest!
Elizabeth Lien


Please note for those looking to have an Orthodox Christian approach to End of Life Care and Burial practices here are a couple links:

Death and Dying


the above link has a number of useful items.

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Upcoming Marches for Life for 2020


Saturday before the Nativity and before the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Eve of the Theophany (Kreshchenskyi Sochelnik).
Fast Day.
Martyrs Theopemptus, bishop of Nicomedia, and Theonas (303).
Venerable Syncletica of Alexandria (350).
New Hieromartyr Joseph and with him 37 Martyrs (1921).

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


Dear Readers,

Please note I know many people find this a very difficult subject.  Abortion is considered a right and many women have had them, including sadly in our own congregations.  The truth is it is a killing of an unborn child.  But there is forgiveness in Christ.  We can all repent of our sins.  And when one falls we all fall.  We must support each other with prayer, emotional and material support as needed.  Our culture is deeply fallen and addicted to the passions.  We are all complicit by deed, participation or silence.  We all need have repentance.  This post is not meant as a condemnation of anyone.  I refer you to the epistle of former Metropolitan Jonah of the OCA.  (Anthony editor)  “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   

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


Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science

“Science is behind the Pro-Life Movement.”

-Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life-

“Science is behind the pro-life movement. We see that medical and technological advancements always affirm the pro-life movement, for example, DNA is present at fertilization and no fingerprint on earth, past, present, or future, is the same. We know, too, a baby’s heart beats at just six weeks and we can distinctly observe it ourselves with ultrasound technology,” said Jeanne Mancini. “As science progresses, we see clearly that every life is unique from day one in the womb.”

False Beliefs About Abortion A Sermon based on a Retreat with Frederica Mathewes-Green (Presbyterya and NPR Commentator article found on St George Greek Orthodox Church in St Paul Minnesota website )

¨Every year on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the Supreme Court?s fateful decision on Roe vs. Wade handed down in 1973, millions of Americans celebrate the sanctity of human life. The reason is well known because the court?s decision established an absolute right of women to seek and procure an abortion, which is the termination of a pregnancy, the taking of the life of the baby in her womb. For the past decade, Orthodox Christians including several bishops and priests, have joined the March for Life on Washington DC that occurs on or near the Roe vs. Wade decision. For over the past ten years, our Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago has designated this Sunday closest to the anniversary to be Sanctity of Life Sunday for all churches throughout our Metropolis/Diocese.¨  Click for full article a very helpful reflection.


Oregon Walk for Life

“On January 25, hundreds of Oregonians will meet on the steps of the State Capitol for the Oregon March for Life. The event will begin at 2:15, with the March immediately following the speakers.

Dr. Karen Gaffney of Portland is our featured speaker. She is an accomplished human rights advocate, achieving an honorary doctorate. Dr. Gaffney is also a renowned long-distance swimmer, conquering the English Channel and Lake Tahoe, among other large bodies of water.

She is the president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation, which is “dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.”

In an interview with Live Action, Dr. Gaffney spoke about life with Down syndrome:

“It’s okay – I know I’m different than you. I look differently, I talk differently, I walk differently . . . sometimes it takes me longer to learn things. Now, another thing that is different about me is that I can probably swim much longer and much farther than many of you. . . I have a regular high school diploma, a two-year college degree, an honorary doctorate degree, and a good paying job. In short, my life is amazing!”” ( from website click for more info.)

Orthodox Christians gathered in Olympia. Thank you to Fr Paul Moses Jaroslaw of Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg, Washington.

Holy Resurrection Parish in Tacoma fb usually marches  and carries the banner for Orthodox Christians in Olympia.

 Washington March for Life 2020

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Noon, gather at 12 noon.

Where: The State Capitol in Olympia

Parking and Transit Details

The annual March for Life rally begins at 12noon.  Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to find parking and gather with the crowd to walk (March) from the Winged Victory Monument to the Capitol steps.  Click above for more info


A Prayer for the Sanctity of Life

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 2018.   (Source: Orthodox Church in America)


¨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.¨

Boise March for Life


The Boise March for Life takes place every January on the weekend anniversary of Roe v Wade to commemorate the over 50 million unborn children that have been lost since the infamous Supreme Court ruling. The March and rally that follows are a celebration of life and demonstration in the belief that all life is sacred. On January 19, 2019, Right to Life of Idaho will host the 46th Annual Boise March for Life!! Please, help us get the word out for the 2019 Boise March for Life!



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.

Patriarch Kyrill on Abortion: ¨His Holiness said the way to combat the mass slaughter of the preborn is not only to rebuke abortionists and exhort women not to kill their children but to help women in crisis. The primate told 2,000 attendees to analyze why young women abort. He said we must address the problems that drive women to kill, such as instability, parents’ anger, social pressure, and poverty.¨  Click for full article

“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

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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“The Eye” a Book Signing with Author Tom Doulis by The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum in Portland Jan 25, 2020

Forefeast of the Theophany.
St. Sylvester, pope of Rome (335).
Juliana of Lazarevo (1604).
Repose (1833), the second finding of relics (1991) of Venerable 
Seraphim, wonderworker of Sarov.

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


“Join us as we honor Tom Doulis, Professor and Author

Tom received his BA from La Salle College and his MFA from Stanford University. He served in the Army Green Berets where he wrote the field manual for the special forces.  Returning to Philadelphia, he taught English for several years and completed the first of (seven) novels.  He was awarded a Fulbright to lecture and study for 2 years in Greece and then went to Oxford to study and lecture for 2 more years.  While there he wrote The Asia Minor Disaster and Fiction.  In 1972 he began teaching at Portland State University from which he retired in 1999. He has written books and articles related to modern Greek literature and also translated books from Greek to English.  Two albums of the history of the Greeks in Oregon were published in conjunction with Holy Trinity Anniversaries.”

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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)

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!)

St Isaac the Syrian Sermon on the Nativity:

This Christmas night bestowed peace on the whole world;
So let no one threaten;

This is the night of the Most Gentle One –
Let no one be cruel;

This is the night of the Humble One –
Let no one be proud.

Now is the day of joy –
Let us not revenge;

Now is the day of Good Will –
Let us not be mean.

In this Day of Peace –
Let us not be conquered by anger.

Today the Bountiful impoverished Himself for our sake;
So, rich one, invite the poor to your table.

Today we receive a Gift for which we did not ask;
So let us give alms to those who implore and beg us.

This present Day cast open the heavenly doors to our prayers;
Let us open our door to those who ask our forgiveness.

Today the Divine Being took upon Himself the seal of our humanity,
In order for humanity to be decorated by the Seal of Divinity.

And in pictures:

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Sunday Snapshot: Agia Sophia Book shop Opens in Bend!

27th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone two.
Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). Fish Allowed

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.

The Parish of St Jacob of Alaska  fb has a coffee shop and bookstore for the public

The Bend Newspaper in Bend Oregon recently ran a feature on the New Agia Sophia Bookshop fb:

“Agia Sophia opens in Bend

From its 1984 opening, The Open Book in Bend had been a mainstay for book lovers needing a fix of Kurt Vonnegut, Barbara Kingsolver, John D. MacDonald or any of thousands of other authors.”

From the Agia Sophia webpage Click for more info.

” “Everyone has a deep-seated need, at the core of our humanity, to gather together with people in our neighborhoods and communities, and contemplate the things that are meaningful to us.” – Fr. Damian Kuolt.


The Open Book bookstore has been serving Bend since the 1980s, and we are continuing this model of ‘books for trade’, and expanding the vision to combine a classic coffeehouse with this historic bookstore.”  from the webpage click image for more info.

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¨Christmas in Constantinople¨ by Cappella Romana Vancouver, Seattle, Portland Dec 19, 20, 21- 22 2019

Apostles Philemon and Archippus, Martyr Apphia, wife of Philemon, and St. Onesimus, disciple of St. Paul (ca. 109).


Cappella Romana (FB) presents:

Christmas in Constantinople

This Christmas, journey through time and space with Cappella Romana to experience the holiday in Constantinople. Hear Byzantine music in Greek for Christmas, first performed in the Great Cathedral of Hagia Sophia. Spyridon Antonopoulos, regular singer in Cappella Romana, Byzantine music scholar, and founder and director of Boston-based Byzantine chant ensemble Psaltikon, conducts the men of Cappella in this joyful program.

Artists on this Program

Spyridon Antonopoulos

Spyridon Antonopoulos, guest conductor

SPYRIDON ANTONOPOULOS is the Founder and Director of PSALTIKON. He is Honorary Research Fellow at City, University of London, where he obtained his PhD in Musicology in 2015, completing a thesis on the fifteenth-century Constantinopolitan composer and theorist Manuel Chrysaphes.… Read More…



THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER 2019, 7:00 P.M.



FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER 2019, 7:30 P.M.



SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 2019, 8:00 P.M.



SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 2019, 3:00 P.M.



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¨ Euripides: A Modern, 2,425 -Year – Old Playwright¨ Lecture – by Dr. Effie Piliouni Albrecht Presented by The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum in Portland Oct 19, 2019

Prophet Jonah (9th c. B.C.).

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

Click for more info.


  •    What: Lecture 7:00pm

  •    When: October 19, 2019

  •    Time: Doors open 6:30 pm
  •    Location: Holy Trinity Cathedral
  •         Fr. Elias Stephanopoulos                            Center           
  •    3131 NE Glisan
  •    Portland, Oregon
  •    Free event: Donations accepted
  •    Light refreshments
  •    More info:     HACCMpdx@gmail.com
For Euripides, the gods are not active participants in human lives but detached observers, sitting idly and watching individuals destroy themselves through unbridled passions or heedlessness. These are the elements that make Euripides a modern writer for us today.

Vases and Verses

This exhibit includes pottery, and the theater and literature of ancient Greece. Also featured are vases, masks and costumes and other information pertaining to the exhibit.

On display through, March 31st, 2020


Sponsored by:
Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum of Oregon and SW Washington
3131 NE Glisan St. Portland, Or.97232

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Benefit Dinner and Auction for St John’s Monastery in Goldendale, Oct 20, 2019

Apodosis of the Exaltation of the Cross.
Apostle Quadratus of the Seventy (130).

St John the Forerunner Monastery is having its annual fundraising dinner:


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Plan Now Winter Youth Retreat Jan 18-20, 2020 Lake Steven’s WA

Venerable Eumenes, bishop of Gortyna (7th c.).
Glorification (1698) of Venerable Euphrosyne, nun, of Suzdal (1250)

Click above for more info!




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2nd Annual AHEPA Family Wine Tasting Fund Raiser Seattle, WA Oct 12, 2019

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

AHEPA Seattle, Chapter #177 presents:


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¨Evening of Serbia¨at the Church of St Michael Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia Oct 5, 2019

Saturday after the Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
Nicetas the Goth (372).click
 The Parish of St Michael the Archangel/СРПСКА ПРАВОСЛАВНА  ЦРКВА  СВ. АРХАНГЕЛ  МИХАИЛО  –  ВАНКУВЕР   in Burnaby, BC. (FB)

Драга браћо и сестре,

Иако смо често презрени, ми Срби смо један од најбогатијих народа на свету, не по материјалном богатству и достигнућу, већ по својој вери по којој смо Христов народ . Богати смо по својој славној историји, те великом академско-научном, културно-просветном, књижевном стваралаштву, као и уметности и спорту.
Управо ради очувања нашег националног идентитета организујемо вечери посвећене исконским српским земљама и разнобојном босиоком, тамјаном и рузмарином мирисавом српском народу.

Прво вече у низу ће бити у суботу, 5. октобра у просторијама свечане црквене сале.
Распоред програма вечери:
19:00 Српска вечера
20:00 Културно-уметнички програм и наступ фолклорних група
21:00 Игранка. Забављаће вас Драган Петровић и Мира.

Резервишите ваше карте на време и позовите Биљану Кос на телефон 778-385-8245
Улаз – одрасли $40, омладина 15 година и више $20, деца бесплатно.

Добро дошли!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Although Serbians are often devalued, we are one of the oldest and richest nations in the world. We are rich not in material accomplishments, but we are rich because of our steadfast faith by which we are Christ’s people. We are rich in our glorious history and academic and scientific achievements. We are rich in literal and educational enlightenment as well as in our achievements in arts and sports.
To preserve this richness and to treasure our Serbian heritage, we organize evenings dedicated to ancient Serbian lands and diverse Serbian people.

First evening will be an evening of Republic of Serbian on Saturday, October 5th in the hall of our church.
Program Schedule:
19:00 Serbian Dinner
20:00 Cultural and folklore performances
21:00 Dance with Dragan Band – Dragan & Mira

Reserve your tickets on time and call Biljana Kos at 778-385-8245
Ticket: $40, youth from 15 years and up $20, children free




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The Classical Learning Resource Center Continues to Expand its Curriculum Take a Look at These Courses as You Plan Studies 2019

Forefeast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
Commemoration of the Foundingof the Church of the Resurrection (The Holy Sepulchre) at Jerusalem (335).

   Classical Learning Resource Center (fb)



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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Cappella Romana New Album ¨Venice in the East¨ Debuts in Top 10 of Classical Charts 2019

Martyrs MenodoraMetrodora, and Nymphodora at Nicomedia (305)


Cappella Romana (FB) presents:

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From a past post:

Venice in the East: Renaissance Crete

Italy meets Greece in Venice in the East, a sonic exploration of the Greek Islands when they were ruled by the Venetian empire. Cappella Romana is reviving Renaissance music from Crete, celebrating the island’s historical significance as a vibrant hub for Greco-Italian culture.

The program features thrilling Greek and Latin music for Eastertide, including a boisterous rendition of “Christos anesti” (“Christ is risen”) for full choir. Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana’s music director and founder, conducts.

Venice in the East is a commission of the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Netherlands), the largest early music festival in the world, where it was premiered by Cappella Romana in 2016.

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Last Day to Register for 2019 Pan Orthodox Fall Retreat with Frederica Mathewes-Green in Beaverton, Oregon Oct 4-5, 2019

Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
Martyr Sozon of Cilicia (304).

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church fb presents:

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Upcoming Dates and Locations for the Fellowship of the Cross Retreats for Young Adults! Plan Now to Attend!

Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos.
Martyr Sozon of Cilicia (304).

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!


Blessings to all of you!!!!

Our hope is that you all had a fruitful and spiritually beneficial summer break!  Now that the Fall is here, we have planned the next 3 gatherings of the Fellowship of the Cross, for young people 16-25+

The West side of the mountains MAY have one this month, September… stay tuned!   …It is just still too busy on the East side to pull one off…

So here are the upcoming dates and places. More info will be sent as soon as we arrange the particulars:

1.  Friday evening / Saturday,  October 25-26 in Goldendale WA.     Friday evening @ Fr. John Phelps home.    Saturday at the Monastery, with a Retreat with Fr. Demetrios Carellas

2.  Friday evening / Saturday,  November 8-9 in Arlington, WA.        Friday evening at St. Andrew’s church for the MEN…. a retreat w/ Fr. John Bethancourt, from Santa Fe.   (Subject???)

Saturday at St. Andrew’s for the GIRLS…  a retreat w/ Fr. John   (On the Jesus prayer)


3.  Friday evening / Saturday,  December 13-14 in Yakima, WA.       Friday evening & Saturday @ Holy Cross Church… a retreat with Fr. Joseph Honeycutt, from Texas

Image result for fr joseph huneycutt 

Please save these dates, if you are interested in attending any of them!!!      We will send out more information when the time gets closer!!!

With much love in Christ, Fr. Paul+


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Headmaster and Teacher of Newly Inaugerated St Macrina Orthodox Academy Interviewed on AFR Aug 30, 2019

Commemoration of the Meeting of the “Vladimir” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos and the deliverance of Moscow from the Invasion of Tamerlane in 1395.
Martyrs Adrian and Natalia and 23 companions of Nicomedia (4th c.).  New Hieromartyr Peter priest and St. Gregory confessor, priest (1938)  Venerable Adrian, abbot of Ondrusov (Valaam) (1549).

Fr Matthew assistant Priest at St John´s in Kennewick, Washington fb and teacher Matushka Elizabeth (wife of the Pastor Fr Jesse) were recently interviewed on Ancient Faith Radio regarding the founding of   St Macrina Orthodox Academy in kennewick Washington fb.

If you would like to help support St Macrina’s you can contact them directly above or go to their Amazon Wish List!    St Macrina´s was recently featured in a post.

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Special Prayers for Nicolas a Missing Person and Member of St Herman of Alaska in Langley, BC, Aug/Sept 2019


I am sorry to have to update this post with a sad announcement.

Memory Eternal!


“Nick Sonier was found deceased on Saturday, September 28th, 2019. His family and community thank you for your thoughts, prayers and assistance in the search over these last weeks. Foul play is not suspected – but for the privacy of the family, details surrounding Nick’s death will not be disclosed. Thank you for your understanding.

We ask for your continued prayers during this difficult time as we mourn the loss of our friend.

Please consider donating to help cover his funeral and associated costs.”

St Hermans Langley, British Columbia fb  is requesting your prayers for Nicolas who has disappeared since Aug 12, 2019.   Any information that you might have regarding Nicolas please inform the RCMP information below.  This is posted at the request of the parish on behalf of the family.  I will update as I receive updates.  Please see FINDNICKSONIER for more information.

Dominus regit me

Psalm 22 ( 23 as numbered in KJB)

(A Psalm of David.)  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.   King James Bible.

For Nicolas, his family and loved ones, the Parish of St Herman’s and all those involved in the search for him.   

Κύριε, ἐλέησον.   Κύριε, ἐλέησον.   Κύριε, ἐλέησον.  

(Note OrthoNW does not normally post prayer requests.  There are simply too many needs and it would be impossible to post in a timely manner. Additionally what if prayers were posted for one Priest for example but not another.  People might think the site is playing favourites.  Also there are personal/privacy issues that make it best not shared on Public site as this.  OrthoNW recently posted information about Abbot Tryphon after he was punched but he posted it on a public forum first, and is a public figure in the Orthodox Community.  This is an exception as it is of a serious nature, and an appeal to the public)


“UPDATE: Hunt intensifies for missing Langley man

Nicholas Sonier hasn’t been seen since Monday and didn’t show up for work: police”  BC Local News

As of Sept 20, 2019, the website does not have any new information.


“Nick Sonier was found deceased on Saturday, September 28th, 2019. His family and community thank you for your thoughts, prayers and assistance in the search over these last weeks. Foul play is not suspected – but for the privacy of the family, details surrounding Nick’s death will not be disclosed. Thank you for your understanding.

We ask for your continued prayers during this difficult time as we mourn the loss of our friend.

Please consider donating to help cover his funeral and associated costs.”

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Icon Workshop with Fr Matthew Garrett Boise, Idaho Oct 7-11, 2019

Martyr Andrew Stratelates and 2,593 soldiers with him in Cilicia (3rd c.).
St. Nicholas priest (1933).

Upcoming Icon Workshop 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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September/Oct is Festival Month! 2019

Translation of the Image Not-Made-By-Hands of our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople (944).

September/October means Festival in the Northwest!  As there are so many festivals I will post them as a group rather than individually.  Please note new ones may be added after the original posting.






2019 Tacoma Greek Festival Dates: October 4-6, 2019


  • Saturday, Oct. 5th from 11am to 5pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 6th from noon to 4pm



OCT 12-13, Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday Noon to 6 pm

Lewisburg Hall, 6000 NE Elliott Circle, Corvallis

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Upcoming Master Iconography Classes with the Hagia Theodora School Byzantine Iconography Newberg Oregon, Sept 21, 2019

Translation of the Image Not-Made-By-Hands of our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople (944).

The Hagia Theodora School of Byzantine Iconography presents:


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Sunday Snapshot: Reconciliation at St Mary The Protectress Vancouver, Island British Columbia

2nd Sunday after Pentecost. All Russian Saints. Tone one.
Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast. Fish Allowed

All venerable and holy Fathers of the Holy Mount Athos (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost).

St Mary Protectress Parish fb on Vancouver Island was vandalized recently, and reconciled with the perpetrator.  I thought it was an inspiring article to share.  Please keep all in your prayers.

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Elementary Ukrainian Offered this Fall at U of WA 2019

Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast. 

Prophet Elisha (10th c. B.C.).
St. Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople (847).




For more information contact the UW Slavic Department at slavicll@uw.edu

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Sunday Snapshot: The Beautiful Church of Sfintii Trei Ierarhi Was Consecrated May 18th, 2019

Hristos a inviat!

Sixth Sunday of Pascha: The Blind Man.  Martyr Thalelaeus at Aegae in Cilicia and companions, Martyrs Alexander and Asterius (284).

Sfintii Trei Ierarhi Parohia Creştin Ortodoxă din Seattle fb was recently consecrated this past May. Definitely worth a visit:

The Consecration of Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi/ Three Holy Hierarchs in Seattle this past May 18-19. Photo and update from the site Orthodox Washington on Facebook.  More photos can be found there.


A video can be seen via the link below.


The Pantokrator in the dome from the fb page of the Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi/ Three Holy Hierarchs in Seattle. Click to see more photos of this inspiring and beautiful Church.



Romanian Saints from the fb page of the Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi/ Three Holy Hierarchs in Seattle. Click to see more photos.

The Church of Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi/ Three Holy Hierarchs in Seattle. Click to see more photos of this inspiring and beautiful Church. Photo from Fb click to see more!

If anyone has videos or more photos of the Consecration please share with OrthodoxNorthwest.

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¨Recognizing Our Shared Humanity with the Homeless¨ and ¨Seattle is Dying¨ How do We Respond?

Passion Week: Great Monday.

Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (362).
New Martyr Gabriel (1942).

To live without Hope is to Cease to live.   Fyodor Dostoevsky

Abbot Tryphon posted a very beautiful and inspiring Post on his blog about the homeless a couple days ago.  ¨Recognizing our shared humanity with the homeless  and a followup ¨Becoming a home grown philanthropist¨

¨I  believe we are all called to realize how dependent we are on Godś grace.   ¨But for the Grace of God there go I¨.  But we are also confronted with real problems in our cities large and small.  The drug problem is a scourge on all of us. The homeless issue and how to respond is something that concerns us all.  I do not claim to know the answers but I offer both Abbot Tryphons posts and the Video Seattle is Dying.  To challenge us all, and give us perhaps some insight to the issues.   I was in Seattle last year and the amount of homeless and the problems associate with it were shocking.   As I said I do not have the answers, or even how to respond at times with the homeless I encounter.  But I do we believe we need to find ways to implement the words of Our Lord in regards to our neighbor as individual persons, as parishes, and as a society.

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. Fyodor Dostoevsky

If there is no God, everything is permitted. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Sunday Snapshot! Have you looked at the Pilgrimage page?

Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) (635 B.C.)

Dear readers, have you looked at the Pilgrimage page?  While there are still a few things I would like to include, pending my own travels, it is fairly complete.

I invite you to look and let me know what you think.

St Spiridon’s Cathedral as seen from a public telescope on the Space Needle, Seattle, WA Photo Property of OrthodoxNorthwest.

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¨The Inspiration for My Prison Ministry¨ An Article by a NW Mother Involved with Prison Ministry for 13 Years

St. Alexander Nevsky (in schema Alexis), grand prince of Novgorod (1263) 

A Joyous Advent to All!

“I was in Prison and ye came unto me.”  Matt 25:36

Icon of Christ the Prisoner: Found on the Internet Original Unk.

Dear Readers if you are looking for a worthwhile charity to donate to this holiday season, take a look at the Northwests own Joy Corey’s blog on Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) at www.theocpm.org.  Joy is a member of the Board of Trustees for OCPM and has been ministering in the Kootenai County Jail for over thirteen years.  Read her blog which is entitled “The Inspiration For My Prison Ministry.  (Thanks to Fr Mark for sharing this information and links)

¨The Inspiration for My Prison Ministry

Please be aware also of this NW based resource for those ministering to those in prison and their families.  They have a discussion board, ways to help those getting out of prison and volunteer opportunities.

¨Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.¨ Matt 25:40 KJV Christ the Good Samaritan Icon original unk.

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Northwest

“Offering Material and Community support to ALL persons Released from Incarceration


Four Basic Pieces of Prison Ministry

Ministry to persons incarcerated in institutions, be they Federal, State, County or Municipal

Ministry to persons released from incarceration and persons in community custody

Ministry to the significant others, children, parents, relatives and friends of persons who are incarcerated, have been released from incarceration or are in community custody 

Ministry to clergy that they may have support to pastor parish members who are incarcerated, oversee the laity in pursuit of the various prison ministries, and guide their parishes in communing with persons who have been released from incarceration or are in community custody”  (From the OCPMN website)



Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry: An Agency of the Assembly of Bishops

The above will link you to the national Ministry.


31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.   Matthew 25:31-46King James Version (KJV)



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High Paid Position with OrthodoxNorthwest!! Got your attention? Needs You! Looking for Coeditors!

Prophet Jonah (9th c. B.C.)  Martyr Phocas the Gardener of Sinope (320).
St. Peter the Tax-collector of Constantinople (6th cent)

High Paid Position with OrthodoxNorthwest!! Got your attention? Needs You! Looking for Coeditors!  Yes your editor has been unable to keep up due to personal reasons and work My apologies….  Need assistants!!!  Wishing all well and asking your prayers.  PS   I was amazed that the calendar of Saints includes a working tax collector………




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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.

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A Joyous Theophany 2020!

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


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!


The above Troparion is chanted by the Northwests own St Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis, Oregon. 


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.

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Holy Apostles will Bless the Columbia Tomorrow on Holy Theophany! Jan 19, 2020

Saturday before the Nativity and before the Baptism of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ
Eve of the Theophany (Kreshchenskyi Sochelnik).
Fast Day.
Martyrs Theopemptus, bishop of Nicomedia, and Theonas (303).
Venerable Syncletica of Alexandria (350).
New Hieromartyr Joseph and with him 37 Martyrs (1921).

Hat tip to OrthodoxPortland

Holy Apostles Parish fb presents:

Blessing of the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:20 PM PST

As seen on The Columbian:

Fr. Michael Rozdilski of Holy Apostles Orthodox Church will conduct the annual blessing of the Columbia River as part of the Orthodox Church’s celebration of the great Feast of Theophany, also known as Epiphany, which commemorates the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan nearly 2000 years ago. All are welcome to join.

Prior to the blessing of the river, Fr. Michael will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church located at 3214 N St., Vancouver. The service will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude just before 11 a.m.

At the conclusion of the church service we will meet on the banks of the Columbia River at Wintler Community Park where Fr. Michael will conduct the blessing of the waters at 11:30 a.m., and a few will dive in to the river to retrieve a wooden cross.

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40 Day Memorial for Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona to be Broadcast Live On Youtube Services Streaming Starting this Evening

31st Week after Pentecost. Tone five.
Sviatki. Fast-free  A Joyous Feast to all!

Forefeast of the Theophany.
Prophet Malachias (400 B.C.).
Martyr Gordius at Caesarea in Cappadocia (314).
New Hieromartyr Basil Kolmogorov priest (1938).
St. Genevieve of Paris (512).


The 40 day Memorial services for Elder Ephraim will start today and are available on their youtube station.   While this is not a local NW event I believe many here will be interested in offering prayers for his soul, and watching the events.  Also we in the NW have one of his daughter monasteries located in Goldendale.   May we all grow in love and devotion and steadfastness in our faith by Elder Ephraim prayers and example and of those in the monasteries he started.  The full schedule can be seen here at the Monastery Website.  Hat tip to Orthochristian for sharing the information.  They also have more info in their article.



Memory Eternal.

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Happy New Year! A Joyous St Basil’s Day and the Great Feast of the Circumcision

31st Week after Pentecost. Tone five.
Sviatki. Fast-free

The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Basil the Great, archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia (379).
New Hieromartyr Jeremiah (1918).
New Hieromartyrs 
Platon, bishop of Revel, Estonia and Priests Michael and Nicholas (1919).
St. Emelia, mother of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa (375).
St. Gregory, bishop of Nazianzus (374) and father of St. Gregory the Theologian.



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Bouzakia Night Presented by Greeks in Washington Seattle, Wa Jan 18, 2020

Apodosis of the Nativity of Christ.
Venerable Melania the Younger, nun, of Rome (439)

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

PURPOSE:  The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State  FB Presents:


Here is another event, part of the 2020 GREEKS IN SEATTLE weekend ”



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Wishing all on the New Calendar a Merry Christmas and a Joyous Nativity Season 2019! 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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A Joyous Feast of St Nicholas to All! Dec 2019

A Joyous Feast to all!  St Nicholas guard us with your prayers!



Churches dedicated to St. Nicholas in the NW are Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle,  Sfântul Nicolae in BC, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Portland,  St Nicholas and Dimitrios in Vancouver, BC,  St Nicholas in Vancouver, BC,  St Nicholas in Tacoma, and St Nicholas Western Rite Parish in Spokane.

Since today is a such a Joyous Day,  I am including this lovely video in honor of St Nicholas.  The video has nothing to do with the NW, but it does honor St Nicholas and is a beautifully done and uplifting.  Enjoy and a Joyous Feast to all!

Looking for ideas, crafts, songs, or wish to learn more about St Nicholas and how he is celebrated around the world.  Check out the St. Nicholas Center a portal of info for everyones favorite Saint.

This is a video about St Nicholas from a Roman Catholic source but it does explain his life succinctly.

And an Akathist to St Nicholas Enjoy and it may it be a blessing to all!

The Orthodox Church in Beit Jala will be serving the Divine Services for the Feast Click above to go to their Youtube page.

Vigil 2019

The Live Liturgy is here starting about 2130 PST:


And the St John the Baptist Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC will be Live Streaming tomorrow morning 06:40 EST: On their Youtube Channel


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Funeral for Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona to be Broadcast today live at noon.

26th Week after Pentecost. Tone eight.
Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). Food with Oil

Martyr Stephen the New of Mt. St. Auxentius (767).
Martyr Hirenarchus and Seven Women-martyrs at Sebaste (303).
New Hieromartyr Seraphim (Chichagov), metropolitan of St. Petersburg (1937).


I just learned that the funeral of Elder Ephraim will be broadcast on GreekTV4E at around noon PST.


Memory Eternal.

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Nativity Fast Advent Retreat and Fellowship of the Cross for Young Adults Dec 13-14th, 2019 at Holy Cross Church, Yakima, WA

25 th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone eight.
Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). Fish Allowed

Apodosis of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
Hieromartyr Clement, pope of Rome (101).  St Clement, Bishop of Ochrid and Enlightener of the Bulgarians.
Great-martyr Catherine of Alexandria (305) (Greek).

Prophet Elijah Mission  fb in Ellensburg Washington presents:

The Retreat is open to all!




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A Joyous Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos to All! 2019

 The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.  A Joyous Feast to All!

Holy Resurrection Parish in Vancouver, BC/† Свято-Воскресенский Русский Православный Собор, Ванкувер celebrating the Feast in 2011.


Hamatoura Monastery has some very nice e-cards that tell the story of the Feast just click below to go to the site!

Just click the above for an E-Card for the Feast!

Troparion – Tone 4

Today is the prelude of the good will of God,
of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.
The Virgin appears in the Temple of God,
In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.
Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice,
O Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation!


Kontakion – Tone 4

The most pure Temple of the Savior;
the Precious Chamber and Virgin;
the sacred Treasure of the Glory of God,
is presented today to the House of the Lord.
She brings with her the grace of the spirit,
which the angels of God do praise.
Truly this woman is the Abode of heaven!

A more complete explanation of the Feast can be found here.

and here.

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A Joyous Feast of St Demetrios to All! 2019

Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer of Thessalonica (306)

Holy Great Martyr Demetrios Pray Unto Christ our God for Us.        (Image Found on web original unkown)

Wishing all a Joyous Feast of St Demetrios!   May the Great Saint pray for all those facing suffering for Christ sake.  And May He pray that the Church would live in peace and schisms would cease.

Verily, the inhabited world found thee a great succor in tribulations and a vanquisher of nations, O fight-bearing one. Wherefore, as thou didst demolish the arrogance of Lahosh, and on the battle-field didst hearten Nestor, beseech, O Saint, Christ God to grant us the Great Mercy.    +Troparion, Tone 3

Verily, God, O Demetrius, who granted thee invincible power hath touched the Church with the live coal of thy blood streams, preserving the city unbreached; for it is established by thee.  +Kontakion, Tone 2

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¨The New Greek Americans 1960-2018¨ a Documentary Presented by Greeks in Washington Seattle, Wa Nov 17, 2019

Demetrius (Parental) Saturday. Remembrance of the dead.
Great-martyr Artemius at Antioch (362).

PURPOSE:  The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State  FB Presents:


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A Celebration Of Rouvelas And Kaltsounis Award Winners  at St Demetrios Seattle Nov14, 2019

Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787).
Martyrs Nazarius, Gervase, Protase, and Celsus of Milan (1st c.).
Venerable Parasceva (Petka) of Epibatima, Thrace, whose relics are in Iasi, Romania (11th c.).

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. (fb) presents:

A Celebration Of Rouvelas And Kaltsounis Award Winners 
Venue: St Demetrios Church, Small Hall (upper church level), 2100 Boyer Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
Time and date: Thursday, November 14, 7.00 – 8.30pm
UW Hellenic Studies and Hellenes of the Northwest invite you to join us to celebrate the award-winning work of three recent recipients of the Rouvelas and Kaltsounis awards in the Hellenic Studies program at UW.
  • Jasmine Jones, “Angels Outside the House: Single Women in Britain, the US, and Greece” (Rouvelas Prize 2019)-Sarah Breitenfeld, “Ostraka: Political Pre-Cursers to Katadesmoi [curse tablets]?” (Rouvelas Prize 2019)
  • Owen Harris, “Welcome Home from Abroad: ‘Greek’ Syrians and ‘Syrian’ Greeks in the Hellenic and Turkish Republics” (Kaltsounis scholarship 2019)

Please come and hear them talk about their research, Hellenic Studies, and what the awards have meant to them!

Questions?  Alexander Hollmann, hollmann@uw.edu
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Late Notice! Tomorrow¨Spiritual Warfare Retreat with Joy Corey¨ at Holy Myrrhbearers in Bonners, Ferry Idaho Oct 26, 2019

New Hieromartyr John (1930).  New Hieromartyr John (Pommer) bishop of Riga (1934).
Venerable Laurence (1937).  New Hieromartyr Nicholas confessor mitropoliten of Alma-Ata (1955).  Martyr Domnina of Anazarbus (286).  St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours (397).

Holy Myrrhbearer Orthodox Church (fb) Presents:  Sorry for the Late Notice!  Still looking for Coeditors!!!


7:45 a.m. Divine Liturgy
9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. 1 st Session
11:00 a.m. Break – 20 Minutes
11:20 a.m. 2 nd Session
12:30 p.m. Lunch
01:15 p.m. 3 rd Session
02:35 p.m. Break – 20 Minutes
02:55 p.m. 4 th Session
04:00 p.m. Break – 20 Minutes
04:20 p.m. Q & A Session
05:00 p.m. Vespers (Or at end of Last Session)

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