Holy Transfiguration 2016 A Joyous Feast to All!


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Joyous Theophany 2016!


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

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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.

 

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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Go Tell it on the Mountain and Everywhere! Christ is Born! Glorify Him! 2016 A.D.


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! 

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!)

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Joyous Feast of St Nicholas to All! Dec 6/19th 2015


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

Thy works of justice did reveal thee to thy community as a canon of faith, the likeness of humility and the teacher of abstinence, O father and great Bishop Nicholas. Wherefore by humility thou didst achieve exaltation, and by thy meekness wealth; intercede therefore with Christ that He will save our souls. Troparion in the 4th Tone to St. Nicholas

Above Image of St. Nicholas “Lipensky” (from Lipnya Church of St. Nicholas in Novgorod)  Northwest Parishes dedicated to St Nicholas:

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.

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A Joyous Nativity Fast to All! (2015)


Beginning of Nativity (St Philip’s) Fast 2015 Repose of St Herman of Alaska A Joyous Fast to All!

May the wonder of His birth, and marvellous, condescension of His Love, inspire us all this Nativity Fast.
“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.” St John Chrysostom Homily on Nativity Morning

A Joyous Nativity Fast to All!  Here are some NW recipe sites to help with the fast.

Come and Dine the recipe blog of St Sophia’s parish in Victoria, BC.

St Aidan’s Cookbook the recipe blog of St Aidan’s parish in Cranbrook, BC.

Holy Apostles’ Lenten Cookbook the website recipe section of Holy Apostles in Vancouver, WA.

St John the Baptist Parish Cookbook the website recipe section of St John the Baptist in Beaverton, OR.

The Monastery Kitchen the website recipe section  of  All Saints  Monastery in Dewdney, BC.

Lenten Recipes from St Seraphim’s in Boise, ID.

The Fast is a time to increase our Charity.  Indeed all of us will receive mail from groups we have never heard of so I have enclosed a link to Charity Watch so you can see how some larger Charities fare:

Charity Watch–Helping you give wisely to charity.

Here are a few charities that one may want to remember:

Haiti Orthodox Family Relief–The Russian Mission to Haiti is run on a shoestring, the Priests and teachers need assistance.  This is one Charity that will not overwhelm you with requests and mailers.

Hands of Humanity–REACH OUT AND CHANGE PEOPLES LIVES! The Life You Change May Be Your Own!  A Local NW Charity that helps Haiti and other Central American Countries.
“Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou” (Many hands make the load lighter) – Haitian Proverb

Camp Agape NW–A local NW  organization that supports children with cancer and their families.

Hogar Rafael Ayou–The Guatemalen Orphanage run by nuns.  Several NW families have adopted from or visited this orphanage and have only good things to say.

There are far more that could be listed including your local diocese, parish and monastery.  But I pray these may be listed without offense to others.

FROM A HOMILY BY ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM:
“When the fast makes its appearance, like a kind of spiritual summer, let us soldiers burnish our weapons, and as harvesters sharpen our sickles, and as sailors order our thoughts against the waves of extravagant desires, and as travellers set out on the journey towards heaven…I speak not of such a fast as most men keep, but of real fasting; not merely abstinence from meats, but from sins as well…. Fasting is medicine. But like all medicines, though it be very profitable to the person who knows how to use it, it frequently becomes useless (and even harmful) in the hands of him who is unskilled in its use….For the honor of fasting consists not in abstinence from food, but in withdrawing from sinful practices, since he who limits his fasting only to abstinence from meats is one who especially disparages fasting.
Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. By what kind of works? If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see an enemy, be reconciled to him. If you see a friend gaining honor, do not be jealous of him. If you see a beautiful woman, pass her by. And let not only the mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the hands and all members of your bodies.
Let your hands fast by being pure from plundering and avarice. Let the feet fast by ceasing from running to unlawful spectacles. Let the eyes fast, being taught never to fix themselves with strange beauties. For looking is the food of the eyes, but if it be such as is unlawful or forbidden, it mars the fast and upsets the whole safety of the soul…For it would be among things most absurd to abstain from lawful food because of the fast, but with the eyes to touch what is even forbidden!…Let the ear fast also. The fasting of the ear consists in refusing to receive evil speaking and calumnies…. Let the mouth also fast from disgraceful speeches and railings. For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl and yet bite and devour our brothers?”  (From Parish Bulletin of the Parish of the Holy Cross-Yakima, Wa 2012)

The Beautiful post and image below is from Holy Apostles Church in Shoreline, Washington, as seen first on their FB page 2013.  It encapsulates the meaning of the Fast!

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A Joyous Dormition Feast to All! 2015


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

SELECTED VERSES FROM THE
LAMENTATIONS AT THE BIER OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

DORMITION OF THE VIRGIN - JACOPO TORRITI, SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE, C. 1294

DORMITION OF THE VIRGIN – JACOPO TORRITI, SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE, C. 1294

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

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

Koimisis ths Theotokou 2

Qolo: Assumption Entrance Hymn

Tune: Fsheeto

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

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

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

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

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

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Holy Transfiguration 2015 A Joyous Feast to All!


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Joyous Feast of St John to All! Happy 4th of July ! 2015


“Preaching salvation though slow of speech, thou wast shown to be like a new Moses, leading thy people out of the captivity of the godless, O all-blessed John. Deliver us also from bondage to sin and the invisible foe, that, rejoicing, we may cry out to God: Alleluia!”  Kontakion 6 From the Akathist.  St John Fresco photo by editor-all rights reserved

A Joyous Feast to all!

Our beloved Vladyka St John of Shanghai and San Francisco reposed  on June 19th/July 2nd 1966 in a small office/room where he was staying  at St Nicholas Cathedral in Seattle where he frequently celebrated Divine Services.  He had served the Divine Liturgy that very morning and remained at the Altar for 3 hours after.

St John also served at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1964.  (Does anyone know if he ever served at any other parish in the NW? Information and especially a photograph of the event would be appreciated.  Perhaps he served at one of the Greek parishes?  Or at a cemetery?)

Resources:  A longer life of St John.  The awe inspiring Holy Virgin Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral in San Francisco,  which was completed under his leadership is also where his Relics are located .  This Cathedral has links for Prayer Requests, Holy Oil, and other useful resources.  It is an active Church with daily services and a weekly Molieben to St John.  The First Church dedicated to St John has a large amount of useful information and links on St John.  Finally the first of a 6 part interview with Subdeacon Gregory Hendry.  Mr Hendry’s  family knew St John from his time in Shanghai thru his time in California; from Ancient Faith Radio’s, The Illlumined Heart.  An  excellent and enlightening interview both of St John and of the Russian diaspora.  Finally Thoughts on His Revesting by an NW Priest. -Editor

(Note In the Diocese of the West his Feast is usually served on the Saturday close to his repose so more faithful can attend)

Parishes dedicated to St John in the Northwest include:

St John Orthodox Church in Kennewick, WA.

St John the Wonderworker Church in Eugene, Oregon.

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Icon of St John with scenes from his life. He is holding the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington, DC that was founded by him. Clicking on the Icon will take you to their Website.

(Please keep the suffering Christians in the Middle East and throughout the world in your prayers.)

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Doxacon Seattle Tickets on Sale now! July 17-19th 2015


 

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DOXACON Seattle 2015 
July 17 – 19, Tickets Now on Sale!!!

Tickets are now available for Doxacon (fb) Seattle 2015, the West Coast’s only Christian-focused science fiction and fantasy conference, that also includes services. It will be held July 17-19, 2015 at South Seattle College, Brockey Conference Center in Seattle, WA.

 

Tickets include

  • All three days of programming, panels and talks
  • Social gatherings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • A continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.*

Last year was a huge success, and a wonderful opportunity to learn and fellowship with others in the faith. For more information on Doxacon Seattle 2015, please visit www.doxacon.org. If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Keenan at info.doxaconseattle@gmail.com or 805-689-2459.

 

Tickets are $50 until July 1, 2015. If you buy tickets before July 1st, you’ll receive a free souvenir personalized lanyard!

After July 1, 2015, tickets are $60. You will still get a free souvenir lanyard.

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From the 2014 post below:
 
Bobby Maddex interviews Fr. David Subu and Daniel Silver about an upcoming event called Doxacon, which may very well be the first Orthodox conference on science fiction and fantasy. Here is the recent interview on Ancient Faith Radio:
 
Where Faith & Truth Meet Science Fiction & Fantasy–In Seattle!
 
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“Peppermint” Presented By The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum in Portland- June 27th, 2015


 Peter Paul Fast

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

“You’re invited to HACCM’s next film, “Peppermint”, showing on Saturday, June 27th at 7 pm in St. Dimitrios Hall at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan. This 1999 film (in Greek with English subtitles) is about Stefanos, a man in his 40s, who is invited to a reunion by his close friend, Manolis. Eager to see his friends, Stefanos travels back to a time and place which brings to mind his relationship with his best friend and his cousin, Marina. Join us as we travel with Stefanos as he examines his life. Light refreshments. Free event although donations are appreciated.”

Peppermint flyer

 

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His Holiness Serbian Patrijarh Irinej Visiting Vancouver for the First Time June 14th, 2015 at St Michael in Burnaby, BC, Canada


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The Parish of St Michael the Archangel/СРПСКА ПРАВОСЛАВНА  ЦРКВА  СВ. АРХАНГЕЛ  МИХАИЛО  –  ВАНКУВЕР  (FBin Burnaby, BC., presents: 

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Прва посета Ванкуверу Његове Светости Патријарха Српског Иринеја.

Недеља, 14. jун у Цркви Св. Архангела Михаила (7837 Canada Way, Burnaby)

10 ч. Света архијерејска Литургија
12 ч. Свечани банкет
(резервације улазница: Јадранка 604-789-3767)

His Holiness Serbian Patrijarh Irinej visiting Vancouver for the first time.

Sunday, June 14th at the St. Archangel Michael Church
(7837 Canada Way, Burnaby)

10 AM Divine Liturgy
12 PM Gala banquet
(ticket reservations: Jadranka604-789-3767)

 

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“Greek All Over” Basile in Concert at St Demetrios’ Church Hall Seattle June 6th, 2015


Afterfeast of Pentecost

  St Demetrios’ Church Seattle (FB) Features:

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СРПСКИ ДАНИ/Serbian Days June 6-7, 2015 at St Michael in Burnaby, BC, Canada


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The Parish of St Michael the Archangel/
СРПСКА ПРАВОСЛАВНА  ЦРКВА  СВ. АРХАНГЕЛ  МИХАИЛО  –  ВАНКУВЕР  (FBin Burnaby, BC., presents: СРПСКИ ДАНИ 2014  7-8. ЈУНА

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СРПСКИ ДАНИ 2015  6. и 7. ЈУН

СУБОТА:
12:00 Свечано Отварање Српских Дана
12:00 Спортске активности: Мали фудбал, Боћање
12:30 Шаховски турнир, Дечји кутак
13:00 Културно-забавни програм: Фолклор – гостујуће и домаће групе, Србски специјалитети са роштиља и ражња
16:00 Спортске активности
19:00 Забавно вече уз живу музику $20

НЕДЕЉА:
10:00 Света Литургија
12:00 Спортске активности: Традиционални турнир у малом фудбалу (финале)
12:30 Србски специјалитети са роштиља и печење са ражња
Палачинке и колачи
13:00 Културни програм: Фолклор

Читавог дана жива музика  и видео презентације

СПОНЗОРИ- Уколико желите да будете приложник и рекламирате се на манифестацији Српски Дани, јавите се Љиљани на 778-991-4598.

СПОРТ – Уколико желите да учествујете на шаховском или фудбалском турниру, позовите Недељка 604-454-1751 за шах и Радомира 604-721-4039 за фудбал.

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St John’s Monastery in Goldendale, WA invites all to their Feast Day June 23-24, 2015


Afterfeast of Pentecost

St John the Forerunner Monastery invites all to their Feast Day.

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LYRA Vocal Ensemble is Performing in the NW and Around the Country!


Afterfeast of the Ascension. Virgin-martyr Glyceria at Heraclea (141) and with her MartyrLaodicius, jailer of St. Glyceria.

LYRA a Musical Group based in St Petersburg is planning its US tour.   Please share the concert info with your friends, family and those out of state.  USA 2015-1 Midwest-West coast tour schedule flier 
Please note they will be performing in the NW on:
June 3rd, Walla Walla, Washington
June 5th, Edmonds, Washington
June 7th  Port Orford, Oregon
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Sunday Snapshot: Many Years! To Fr Alexi Kotar 25 Years Serving in the Priesthood!


Seventh Sunday of Pascha: The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.   Holy Equals-to-the Apostles Methodius (885) and Cyril (869), first teachers of the Slavs.

Χρόνια Πολλά, Многая Лета, Many Years!!!  To  Fr Alexei’s of St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle, WA (fb) on the 25th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood!  Celebrated this past April.  The parish was Blessed with a surprise visit of Abp. Kyrill for the event!  Just click photos to go to the fb photo stream.

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An absolutely lovely shot of St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle on Fr Alexis 25th Anniversary to the Holy Priesthood. April 26, 2015

 

 

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Many thanks as always to Sergei Kalfov parish member and parish photographer for sharing his skills and photos!

 

 

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Sunday Snapshot: A Review Holy Week and Pascha St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle 2015


 Seventh Sunday of Pascha: The Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.   Holy Equals-to-the Apostles Methodius (885) and Cyril (869), first teachers of the Slavs.

 St Nicholas Cathedral (FB)  A few photos from Holy Week/Pascha 2015 To see more click photo and it will take you to the photo stream on their fb page.

Wednesday of Holy Week; Holy Unction at St Nicholas Seattle:

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Holy Thursday Liturgy:

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12 Gospels on Holy Thursday:

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Holy and Great Friday Burial:

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Holy Saturday Liturgy

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Pascha!

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Bright Saturday Children’s Procession:

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 Photos are available here courtesy of Sergei Kalfov parish member and parish photographer.  A large Thank You to him for always sharing events at his parish!

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Icon Workshop with Deacon Matthew Garrett in Boise, Idaho Sept 7-11th, 2015


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Icon Workshop with the NW’s own  Deacon Matthew Garrett  hosted by St Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, in Boise, Idaho. (fb)

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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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The Classical Learning Resource Center 2015 Summer Classes Are Open for Registration


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The Classical Learning Resource Center (FB“Summer Registration is Open!”

 

Summer 2015 Registration is Open!

We’re delighted to announce that registration is now open for CLRC Summer 2015 Classes.  You’ll find courses in Literature, History, Mythology, Science, and some Modern Languages.  Stay tuned — a few more classes will be added in the coming weeks as well.  Go to clrconline.com and choose Summer Classes from the course menu bar.

Early Registration Discount

Don’t forget that the early registration discount on fall classes is still available for most classes until June 1st.   For fall classes you’ll find the early registration tuition highlighted in yellow next to the tuition for each class.

Live, Interactive, Online Classes with Exceptional Teachers

CLRC online classes are live, interactive, and available to anyone with Internet access. Most CLRC teachers have advanced degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or Teaching Credential) and extensive teaching experience.

Please forward to anyone else that might be interested in CLRC classes!

 

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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“Treasures of Age Carriers of Memories Past and Prsent” An Art Exhibit Sponsored by The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum in Portland May -Aug, 2015


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Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) (FB) MuseLetterSpring2015 is featuring:

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