Interview with Alexander Lingas of Cappella Romana on the BBC and Upcoming Concert Information April 2017


Cappella Romana (FB):  Alexander Lingas on the BBC podcast and upcoming concert information!




Cappella Romana on the BBC
Artistic Director Alexander Lingas talks about the medieval liturgy of Cyprus with Sean Rafferty of BBC Radio 3, with live performance by Cappella Romana.
Listen to the podcast here.



Featured on
Cappella Romana’s Latest recording.’Cyprus: Between Greek East and Latin West’

“Comprising 14 tracks including motets, sticherons, and other sacred works, this new release from Cappella Romana explores the rich and diverse musical traditions of medieval Cyprus.”

Click here for more information.

Order here

The Oregonian Recommends

Venice in the North

“Portland’s Cappella Romana will explore how Italian composers influenced the development of Russian Orthodox music.”         Read the article here.



Tickets still available
For Venice in the North
Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM

St. Mark’s Cathedral TICKETSPortland
Saturday, April 29, 8:00 PM

St. Mary’s Cathedral TICKETSPortland
Sunday, April 30, 3:00 PM

St. Stephen’s Catholic Church TICKETS

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


Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!  

We remember the Armenian Genocide 102nd Anniversary.

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


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102nd Commemoration’s of the Armenian Genocide In the NW 2017

Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!  

Venerable Serapion of Egypt, monk (5th c.) A Joyous Bright Week to All!

This April 24th is the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey.  (An event still not acknowledged there)  Here are some events commemorating it in the NW.

 Gregory the Illuminator Pray for Us All.


Holy Resurrection of Redmond, Washington  (f) is Hosting:

Vancouver BC:


This year, there will be two events held at St. Kevork church to observe the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide:
Sunday, April 23rd – Holy Badarak, Fatherr. Serop Azarian. 11:00 a.m.
Following the Badarak, we will have a cultural program commemorating the Armenian Genocide, 1:00 p.m.
Monday, April 24th – Remembrance of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide – Memorial Service, Fr. Serop Azarian accompanied by some short speeches, laying of flowers at the Genocide Memorial in the church courtyard. 6:308:30 p.m.
Also as previously posted there is the Movie the Promise premiering this weekend.  This is a movie which sheds a bit of light on a tragic Historic event that is little known in our society.  In light of todays events it is especially important to let people know of the suffering of Christians.  (Please note I am not commenting on the quality of the movie, nor it’s appropriateness for all ages, nor whether it maintains Christian morality.  Editor.)
From the FB page of Holy Resurrection in Seattle:

Watch the Promise Movie THIS WEEKEND!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As many of you know the film “The Promise”, produced by Survival Pictures and financed by the late legendary Kirk Kerkorian, will be premiering in theater locations across North America on Friday, April 21, 2017. The film, set with the backdrop of the Armenian Genocide, is the first time a wide release film will feature our history in nearly 1,500 theaters in the US and Canada.

We are reaching out to you for support, since it is imperative to stand behind this film and ensure its success. The opening weekend’s box office sales are critical in securing a long theatrical run for the film. It is for this reason that we are encouraging you to mobilize your friends and family to see the film in theaters April 21 to 23.

Attached are the lists of movie theaters and show times on Friday and Saturday.

Please do your part in helping the world learn the truth about Armenian Genocide!

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Learn How to Weave Rugs Vancouver BC Saturday May 6, 2017

Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!  

Bright Thursday!  Wishing all a Joyous Bright Week!

The Armenian Cultural Association of British Columbia (f) presents:  Hurry there is only 1 Space left!


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Χριστός Ανέστη! Hristos a înviat! Христос Воскресе! Christ is Risen! Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց! !المسيح قام! حقا قام ! ქრისტე აღსდგა! Christus Resurrexit! 2017

Wishing all a Joyous PASCHA and  Brightweek 2017!  Christ is Risen!  

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Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη!

Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!

Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!

Christus Resurrexit! Vere Resurrexit!

Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!

Cristo ha Resucitado!  En verdad esta Resucitado!

!ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ

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 Kristus aq ungwektaq! Pichinuq ungwektaq!

Xris-tusaq Ung-uixtuq! Iluumun Ung-uixtuq!

Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!

Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe!

येसु मसीह ज़िन्दा हो गया है! हाँ यक़ीनन, वोह ज़िन्दा हो गया है!


“Forestalling the dawn, the women came with Mary, and found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, and heard from the angel: why seek ye among the dead, as though He were a mortal, Him Who liveth in everlasting light? Behold the grave-clothes. Go quickly and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen and hath slain death. For He is the Son of God Who saveth mankind.”  Hypakoe Eighth Tone Paschal Hours

!المسيح قام! حقا قام !

ქრისტე აღსდგაჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა!

Le Christ est Ressuscite! En verite il est Ressuscite!


Kristus är uppstånden! Sannerligen uppstånden!

Si Kristo ay nabuhay! Totoo! Siya nga ay nabuhay!

Kristus telah bangkit! Dia benar-benar telah bangkit!

Ua ala aʻe nei ʻo Kristo! Ua ala ʻiʻo nō ʻo Ia!

Xristos Kuxwoo-digoot! Xegaa-kux Kuxwoo-digoot!


그리스도께서 부활하셨습니다! 참으로 부활하셨습니다!

基督復活了 他確實復活了

Kristo Amefufukka! Kweli Amefufukka!

Forget not the suffering Christians in Egypt, the Middle East and around the world. 

If anyone can send me Christ is Risen in formal Church Ethiopian and Coptic I would appreciate it and add it.  I have looked but have only found transliterations.  (

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“Orthodox Coffins” By Local NW Craftsman 2017

A Joyous Lent to All!

For those preparing for a loved ones demise here are some resources to aid you in the Orthodox Christian approach to death and dying.  The door to meet the Risen Saviour.

St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Portland has two excellent resources that can be an aid for individuals and parishes.  Just click here for access to their PDF Handbook on Death and dying, and Prayers for the dying.  I believe the parish can also be a resource for parishes that look to move to a more Orthodox approach to dying.

Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying” by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh found on Pravmir website.

“On the Significance of the Ritual of the Russian Orthodox Church Surrounding Death and Dying for the Grieving Process of the Bereaved” by the NW’s own, Fr Sergeii Sveshnikov


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Orthodoxy on Tap for Young Adults at St Demetrios in Seattle April 5th and 26th, 2017!

A Joyous Lent to All!

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Orthodoxy on Tap at St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. (fb)


Join us at Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, April 5th & 26th
Orthodoxy on Tap if for all college students and young adults. This ministry is a chance for us to meet and talk about our faith in a social environment. Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday and fourth Tuesday of the each month.  During Lent we are attending Pre-Sancitified Liturgy followed by a Lenten Pot-Luck and discussion.  Liturgy begins at 6:30 pm.  Please join us!
Please RSVP if you can attend, contact Lefteris Sitaras at 206-660-2779.
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St John’s Family Camp Registration is Open for July 17-21, 2017

A Joyous Lent to All!

Hat tip to OrthodoxPortland for the Early info!

St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp, July 17-21

Posted: 26 Mar 2017 01:33 PM PDT

The registration is now open for this year’s St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp!  The dates are Monday, July 17th(afternoon) through Friday July 21st (afternoon) at Sky Camp, near Eugene Oregon, which has been the location for the last few years. The theme this year is “The Holy Image”

This is a spiritual retreat for the whole family, where you can come and refresh your soul and get the best of both a retreat and a vacation!

 Attached are the registration form, the parental release form allowing your children to participate in the activities, an information flyer about the camp, and other information about the facility.  If you have questions you are always welcome to contact the registrar at:

For the last three years, camp has been at maximum capacity! Please send your registration and deposit in as soon as possible to reserve your space! And please invite any Orthodox families or individuals who would be interested in joining our camp this year. 

Looking forward to seeing you all again!

The early registration discount expires June 1st!

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OCMC Seeking Medical Professionals for Indonesia and Guatemala Summer 2017

Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent. Tone seven.  Venerable John Lestvichnik 

The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (fb) in St. Augustine, Florida has openings for medical professionals:

Join an OCMC Mission Team 2017

Medical Professionals Needed for Mission Teams
by Sara Staff (3/22/2017)

The Mission Field is in need of medical professionals to use their skills to administer healthcare on a short-term mission team.

The Mission Field needs medical professionals to volunteer on short-term mission teams this summer! Administering health care to people who do not normally have access to treatment is such an essential part of OCMC missions, and your expertise could make a huge impact on suffering people around the world. Won’t you consider volunteering this year to alleviate their suffering?

Lori Kotuza participated on an OCMC health care mission team to Guatemala in 2015 and reflects, “Preparing for a mission takes open-mindedness, a willingness to accept new challenges despite language and cultural barriers, but most importantly, a deep commitment to treat patients and offer them medical care and health education in regions where health services are scarce…This short medical mission was an inspiration to me to continue serving on mission teams in the future. What I did not expect was that a small village, with a strong community spirit, trusted our team, all complete strangers from another country, and let us medically treat them and their children as well as the elderly.”
OCMC medical mission teams provide opportunities for personal growth and give you the opportunity to use your expertise to show Christ’s love by serving others.
Medical professionals are needed for two teams to Guatemala and one team to Indonesia. The following is a list of open healthcare teams:
Provide health care and health education in the predominately Mayan region of northern Guatemala. Show the love of Christ by sharing your talents as a health care provider in Aguacate at the Fr. Andres Giron Clinic.
8/25/2017 to 9/3/2017
Price: $1,365 +airfare
11/10/2017 to 11/19/2017
Price: $1,365 +airfare
Assist with the health care outreach at the Theotokos Orthodox Hospital in Medan, Indonesia and be a part of an Orthodox witness in a Muslim nation.
9/18/2017 to 9/30/2017
Price: $1,110 +airfare
For more information, or to apply, visit You can also contact Pres. Renee Ritsi by phone at 1-877-463-6784 ext. 141, or by e-mail at with any questions. Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration in participating on one or more mission teams.
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The Classical Learning Resource Center is Offering Summer 2017 Classes in Latin, Geometry, French, German, Literature and More

A Joyous Fast to All!

  Summer Classes with the  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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Agia Sophia Academy is Hiring Educators for 2017-2018

A Joyous Fast to All!

Were Hiring! Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed)  seeks experienced part-time & full-time educators for the 2017-18 school year.  Visit to learn more about these exciting job opportunities!


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Sunday Snapshot: Door Opening and Raising of the Cross at the Armenian Church in Seattle 2011

Third Sunday of the Great Lent: Adoration of Cross. Tone six.
Great Lent. Food with Oil 
The 42 Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia, including: Constantine, Aetius, Theophilus, Theodore, Melissenus, Callistus, Basoes, and others (845).  Venerable Job (Joshua in Schema) of Solovki (1720).  The uncovering of the Precious Cross and the Precious Nails by Empress St. Helen (326).

Sunday Snapshot:

It seemed fitting on this Day that we adore the Cross that we see a Beautiful Cross raised over the Seattle Area.

 ‘On December 10, 2011, the Armenian Apostolic Church of Seattle celebrated a truly historic and blessed day. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Western Diocese travelled to Seattle to perform the Door Opening and Cross Blessing Ceremonies. Then the Cross was raised onto our new Church’s roof. Please watch this video to see more.

For more information about our Church, please visit our Facebook page and our web page at  ”  Quoted from the Youtube explanation.

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Reunited: “Francescuccio Ghissi’s St. John Altarpiece” at Portland Art Museum March-July 2017

A Joyous Lent to All!

Reunited: Francescuccio Ghissi’s St. John Altarpiece” Opened  at the Portland Art Museum.   It runs March 25th -July 9th, 2017.

Portland Art Museum Newsletter

“Francescuccio Ghissi (Italian, active 1359–1374), St. John Altarpiece, 1370s, tempera and gold leaf on wood, including paintings from the Portland Art Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.  ”  From the website, for more history just click.

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Agia Sophia Academy Seeks A Prinicipal for 2017-2018

A Joyous Fast to All!

Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed) , an Orthodox Christian School, seeks an experienced educator to serve as our Principal for the 2017-18 school year.  Learn more at


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Поклоничко путовање на Свету Гору 20. до 28. јуна 2017.

 Venerables Marana, Cyanna (Kyra), and Domnica (Domnina), nuns, of Syria (ca. 450).Joyous Lent to All!  Pray for the Suffering Christians of the Middle East.


Поклоничко путовање на Свету Гору

ЦШО Светог Архангела Михаила организује поклоничко путовање Манастиру Хиландару и другим светињама од 20. до 28. јуна 2017. године.

Полазак је из Београда 20. јуна, а повратак на Видовдан 28. јуна

Поред Манастира Хиландара, посетићемо још неколико манастира на Светој Гори, србско војничко гробље Зејтинлик, цркву Светог Димитрија у Солуну, манастире на Метеорима, Опленац и Краљеву цркву.

Цена је 400 евра. У цену је урачунат пут, хотели, доручак, вечера, водич, виза за Свету Гору, и за жене крстарење oko Свете Горе.

Заинтересовани могу контактирати свештеника Малишу Миловановића на 604-715-1908.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE CHILANDAR MONASTERY AND THE HOLY MOUNT ATHOS  The St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Vancouver is organizing a pilgrimage to these holy sites in Greece: the Chilandar Serbian Monastery and other monasteries on Mt. Athos, the Meteora monastery complex, Church of St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki, and the Zeitenlik Serbian Military Cemetery. In Serbia, we will visit Oplenac and King’s Church—the mausoleum of the Serbian Royal House of Karađorđević. Departure is from Belgrade on June 20th and return is on June 28th, 2017.The price is 400 euros per person which includes travel from Belgrade, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, a guide, visa for Mt. Athos and a cruise around Mt. Athos for the ladies. Round-trip airfare from North America is not included. For details, please contact Father Malisa Milovanovic at 604-715-1908.

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Sunday Snapshot: Pan Orthodox Vespers at St Demetrios Sunday of Orthodoxy Seattle March 5, 2017

St. Gregory Palamas the Archbishop of Thessalonica (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of the Great Lent).

The Pan-Orthodox Vespers in Western Washington for the Sunday of Orthodoxy took place at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle (Fb), sponsored by the Washington Orthodox Clergy Association. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco(Greek Orthodox Metropolis) presided and offered the homily. Fr. Photios Dumont, pastor of St. Demetrios, was the main celebrant. A total of 17 priests and three deacons served, while another eight priests and two deacons prayerfully attended in the altar or congregation. John Michael Boyer, Protopsaltis (First Chanter) of the Metropolis, led a group of chanters in the hymns and responses of the service.
The over 150 faithful who attended, from parishes of various jurisdictions, enjoyed fellowship and a Lenten meal following the service hosted by the St. Demetrios Parish Council and Ladies Philoptochos Society.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Lent 2017 St Demetrios Church in Seattle. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco presiding.  Photo courtesy of Mr Argue, C .  Thank you!

Sunday of Orthodoxy Lent 2017 St Demetrios Church in Seattle. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco presiding. Photo courtesy of Mr Argue, C .  Thank you!

Sunday of Orthodoxy Lent 2017 St Demetrios Church in Seattle. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco presiding.  Photo courtesy of Mr Argue, C .  Thank you!

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

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

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





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

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All Saints Summer Camp Registration is Open Register by March 1st for Discount 2017!

 Afterfeast of the Meeting of Our Lord.
Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.).
St. Nicholas, enlightener of Japan (1912).

All Saints Summer Register now!


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The Classical Learning Resource Center Fall Class Registration Opens Feb 15th 2017!

The Classical Learning Resource Center (FB) presents:

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

– St. Theophan the Recluse

Fall 2017 Registration Opens Wednesday, February 15th!
We’re almost there – Fall Registration will open this week on Wednesday, February 15th. Please check back later this week to find scheduling information and to register for Fall 2017 classes.
CLRC buried in SNOW!
We’ve been slowed down a little this last week by the need for several hours a day of extra snow shoveling work so we could get out the front door, down the barn to milk the goats, and down the path to feed the chickens! It’s beautiful but the freezing rain that followed made walking (not to mention driving) a bit hazardous.
+ Patristic Greek Reading Class Begins Today – Monday, February 13th!

It’s not too late to join the Patristic Greek Reading class, which begins today, taught by Professor Evie Holmberg Professor of Classics & Ecclesiastical/Patristic Greek Language and Literature at Hellenic College.

For more information please contact: Anne Van Fossen


ACT Workshop Begins Monday, February 27th!

This workshop will help students prepare for the math section of the ACT.  Concepts from Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 will be covered along with helpful test-taking strategies.  The course will use previously administered ACT tests.

Dates: 6 weeks from Feb 27 – April 3rd (in preparation for April 8th test)*

Grade Level: 10-12

Day/Time: Monday 11am – 12pm Pacific

Cost: $130

Text: 5 previous ACT exams available online.

        Students will need to make a copy of these.

Since we are in the midst of a transition with our website we have been unable to post this class for registration as we usually do. For more information or registration details please contact: Matthew Gallatin

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.
Class schedules, enrollment information and more are available on the Classical Learning Resource Center website:

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


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“God is Wonderful in His Saints” A Book of Akathists to Benefit Three Hierarchs Mission in Wenatchee, Wa

Week of the Prodigal

Three Hierarchs Mission (fb) in Wenatchee,Washington presents: “God is Wonderful in his Saints”  A book of Akathists.

“This beautiful, hard cover compilation is uniquely comprised of Thirty Akathist Hymns (see list below) to many of the most beloved Saints of the Orthodox Church, male and female, from east and west, both ancient and more recent.  Many are being published for the first time and have been kindly contributed by various contemporary authors and translators, including Reader Isaac Lambertsen.

Each Hymn is preceded by an icon and brief Life of the Saint meant to enhance one’s experience of prayer and devotion.  We have also included instructions on how to pray an Akathist for personal devotion. ”  ( from the website)

“This book of prayer is especially dedicated to all missionary priests and their devoted flocks, who labor and sacrifice to plant the seeds of the true faith throughout North America and other English-speaking regions.  All proceeds from the sale of this book will be contributed to the building fund of Three Hierarchs Orthodox Church in Wenatchee, WA.

This Book of Akathists has been graciously blessed for use in personal devotion and prayer by His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Akathists included are:

  • Andrew, Apostle
  • Anthony the Great
  • Athanasius
  • Barbara, Great Martyr
  • Catherine, Great Martyr
  • Chad of Lichfield
  • Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
  • David the Prophet & King
  • Demetrius
  • Elijah, Holy Prophet
  • Gregory Palamas
  • Herman of Alaska
  • Innocent of Alaska…  ( see website for full list)

(from the website)



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2017 Registration Opens Feb 15th, for Camp St Mary in July, in Post Falls, ID for Campers Ages 10-17

Week of the Prodigal Son

Camp St. Mary Registration is OPENing the 15th!



Camp is July 17-22, 2017

Registration opens Feb 15th for campers ages 10-17
Calling all campers ages 10-17, starting Feb 15, ONLINE Registration for St. Mary of Egypt Summer Camp is OPEN! CSME will be held July 17-22 on the beautiful Spokane River at Ross Point in Post Falls, Idaho.


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Sunday Snapshot: Liturgical Concert from 2016 Bazaar at St Spiridon’sSeattle, WA

Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Tone one.  Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom.

Sunday Snapshot:

Video of the beautiful 2016 Bazaar Concert at St Spiridon’s Cathedral (FB)  in Seattle, Washington.  St Spiridon’s is one of the oldest, and a true multicultural parish since its conception in the Northwest.  It’s history of all Orthodox worshiping and working together is an inspiration.    A Large Thank you to a parishioner for sharing!  Enjoy!


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Asking forgiveness of all my Readers for the lack of updates….

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

Venerable Ephraim the Syrian (373), Venerable Theodosius, abbot, of Totma (Vologda) (1568),  Venerable Isaac the Syrian, bishop of Nineveh (ascetic writer) (7th c.).

Greetings to all readers and subscribers of OrthodoxNorthwest.  I wish to ask forgiveness for my lack of posts and updates for over a year.  This has been a difficult and trying two years for personal reasons.   I am planning and beginning to  maintain this site again.  I ask your patience and prayers.

Anthony “intermittent” editor of OrthodoxNorthwest.


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

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“The Promise” Movie Opening April 21st


Bright Tuesday A Joyous Brightweek to All!

The Promise a love story placed in Constantinople/Istanbul in 1915.  It has the backdrop of the Armenian Genocide.


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DAKHABRAKHA “Earth” Live Film Score April 23, 2017


Bright Monday A Very Joyous Bright week to all!

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Glory to thy Long Suffering O Lord! Holy and Great Friday 2017 AD

Glory to Thy Long Suffering O Lord!

Glory to thy Long Suffering O Lord! (Crucifixion, 1209, fresco, Studenica Monastery, Serbia.)

Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross. He who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown
of thorns. He who wraps the heaven in clouds is wrapped in purple of mockery. He who in Jordan set Adam free receives
blows upon His face. The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced with a spear.
We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. Show us also
Thy glorious Resurrection.   Good Friday Matins (Reading of the 12 Gospels)

“The first Adam yielded to temptation in a garden. The Last Adam beat temptation in a garden. The first man, Adam, sought to become like God. The Last Adam was God who became a man. The first Adam was naked and received clothes. The Last Adam had clothes but was stripped. The first Adam tasted death from a tree. The Last Adam tasted death on a tree. The first Adam hid from the face of God, while the Last Adam begged God not to hide His face.

The first Adam blamed his bride, while the Last Adam took the blame for His bride. The first Adam earned thorns. The Last Adam wore thorns. The first Adam gained a wife when God opened man’s side, but the Last Adam gained a wife when man opened God’s side. The first Adam brought a curse. The Last Adam became a curse. While the first Adam fell by listening when the Serpent said “take and eat,” the Last Adam told His followers, “take and eat, this is my body.”  We celebrate this last event today—Jesus’ final meal with His Disciples, and His new command that we “love one another.” In giving Christians this meal, He sealed His role as Adam’s replacement.

Do you remember how, when Mary Magdalene saw the risen Christ, she mistook Him for a gardener? Through His body and blood, the Last Adam restored what the Forbidden Fruit destroyed, inviting us back to a restored Garden-City in the New Heavens and Earth, where the tree of life grows around the throne of God, free for the taking. That’s what His story, our story, the story—and this week—are all about.

Good Friday is tomorrow, and it’s easy to rush through this dark reminder of our sin, and look forward to Easter. But please, stay here a while. The only way to Sunday is through this week, and the events and the words Jesus spoke before His death are worthy of our reflection.  

This reflection came from a longer podcast from Breakpoint: Jesus The Last Adam. By John Stonestreet  (I was lucky enough to hear it on the radio and thought it was very Orthodox in ethos. -editor)


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OrthodoxNorthwest will not be updated in honor of Our Lords Paschal Mystery till PASCHA.  Wishing all a Joyous Resurrection and Pascha!

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Remembering the Suffering Christians of Egypt. A Blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week to All! And a Good Resurrection! 2017 AD

The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem

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In Memoriam:  Forget not the Coptic Christians who face martyrdom for the Faith in Christ and willingness to suffer him.  Today Coptic Christians were killed for simply attending Church on Palm Sunday by bombing, at St Mark’s in Alexandria and St George’s in Tanta.   St Anthony of Egypt, St John the Merciful, St Mary of Egypt, St Cyril of Alexandria pray for the Christians in Egypt and all the Middle East.  And for the conversion of those who do such heinous acts.  (Editor)

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Troparion of Palm Sunday, Tone 4

O Christ God, when we were buried with Thee in Baptism, we became deserving of Thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise Thee, crying: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

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Kontakion of Palm Sunday, Tone 6

Upborne upon the heavenly throne, and seated upon the earthly foal, O Christ our God, receive the praises of angels and the hymns of men, exclaiming before Thee: Blessed is He that cometh to restore Adam.


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Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight,

And blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching,

And again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless.

Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep,

Lest you be given up to death, and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom.

But rouse yourself crying: Holy, Holy, Holy, art Thou, O our God,

Through the Theotokos have mercy on us.

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A Joyous Annunciation to All! 2017

A Joyous Feast To All!  The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

Annunciation of Our Lady. Ancient icons of Jesus Christ

Gabriel the Archangel was sent from heaven to announce to the Virgin the glad tidings of her conceiving; and coming to
Nazareth he pondered in amazement on this wonder. “O how shall He who dwelleth in the heights, Whom none can
comprehend, be born of a Virgin? How shall He Whose throne is heaven and Whose footstool is the earth be held in the
womb of a woman? He upon Whom the six-winged seraphim and the many-eyed cherubim cannot gaze has been pleased
at a single word to be made flesh of this His creature. It is the Word of God Who dwells within her. Why then do I stand
here, and not say to the Maiden: ‘Hail, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Hail, O pure Virgin; hail, Bride
unwedded. Hail, Mother of Life: blessed is the Fruit of thy womb.”  (From the Vigil)

Mary says to God’s people:

‘Come, all you who have discernment,

vocal advocates of the Spirit,

prophets who beheld hidden things in your true visions;

you farmers who sowed seed, and slept in hope,

rise up and rejoice at the harvest.

Look: in my arms I clasp the wheat-sheaf of life

that provides bread for the hungry,

that feeds the needy. Rejoice with me,

for I carry the sheaf full of joys.’

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Blessed are you, O Mary, daughter of the poor,

who became Mother of the Lord of kings.

In your womb he has dwelt

of whose praise the heavens are full.



Blessed be your breast, which has nourished him with love,

your mouth which has lulled him

and your arms which have held him.

You have become a vehicle to bear a God of fire!

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Blessed are you, O Mary, 

you have become the home of the king.

In you, he who has power has taken abode,

he who rules the world.

You came from the tribe of Judah;

You descended from the family of David.

Illustrious is your lineage.

For you, though remaining virgin,

have become the mother of the Son of David.

Blessed are you, O maiden,

who have borne the lion cub spoken of by Jacob.

He humbled himself and became a lamb,

destined to ascend the Cross to deliver us.

He prefigured you, the tree,

which providing the kid, spared the life of Isaac.


Blessed are you, O blessed one, since through you

the curse of Eve has been destroyed.

From you has come the light

which has destroyed the reign of darkness.

Saint Ephrem the Syrian

Doctor of the Church

4th century AD

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“Swing Away” A Film about a Greek Golfer Who Goes back to Her Roots March 29, Portland, OR 2017

A Joyous Fast to All ! 

 The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State presents:


Go to this site and learn more about  this special presentation

  • Following a meltdown that leads to a suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined – against all odds – to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer.



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“Cloudy Sunday” A Film about Romance ( Christian and Jewish Woman) and the Jewish Community 1943 in Thessaloniki March 26, Seattle

A Joyous Fast to All ! 

 The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State presents:

Dr. Devin Naar, University of Washington Professor of Sephardic Jewish Studies advises that the film “Cloudy Sunday,” set in Thessaloniki during World War II will be shown this coming Sunday, March 26 at 12:45 pm at the AMC Pacific Place as the Sephardic spotlight of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. More details can be found here:

Forbidden romance buds between a Jewish girl and a young Christian resistance fighter in 1943 Thessaloniki (a.k.a Salonika or Salonica, Greece). Set against the suspenseful backdrop of German occupation, this beautifully rendered film adapted from a novel about love, the brutality of war, and painful decisions is made even more poignant by a soundtrack of enchanting Ladino classics and the wistful rebetika songs of the famous Greek composer Vassilis Tsitsanis. CLOUDY SUNDAY harkens to the days of old Thessaloniki and its thriving Sephardic Jewish culture and music scene.  (Sometimes your editor does wish he lived in Seattle : (  Looks like a good film and great music)




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All Saints Camp’s Spring Cleanup Day April 1st, 2017

A Joyous Lent to All!

All Saints Summer Camp(fb) Spring Cleanup!

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