Seattle Churches having Sunday Vespers with Guest Speakers for Lent 2017

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two.
Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow and miracleworker of all Russia (1378).


2013 Sunday Lenten Vespers at St Spiridon Cathedral Seattle. Image from the WOCA website -click to go for one more photo from 2013 and slideshow from 2009.

The Washington Orthodox Clergy Association (WOCA)

All Services Begin at 5:00 PM

March 5th (Sunday of Orthodoxy) St. Demetrios GOC 2100 Boyer Avenue E. Seattle, WA 98112 Phone: (206) 631-2500 Homilist: Met. Gerasimos

March 12th (Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas) Holy Apostles GOC 19421 Ashworth Avenue N. Shoreline, WA 98133 Phone: (206) 542-1391 Homilist: Fr. David Hovik

March 19th (Sunday of the Holy Cross) St. Katherine OCA Mission 14216 132nd Ave. NE Kirkland, WA 98034 Phone: (425) 623-3653 Homilist: Fr. Jeremiah Vollman

March 26th (Sunday of St. John Climacus) St. Paul AOC 21236 Poplar Way Brier, WA 98036 Phone: (425) 771-1916 Homilist: Fr. James Robinson

April 2nd (Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt) Sts. Joachim & Ana Romanian Orthodox Church 4202 34th Avenue W. Seattle, WA 98199 Phone: (206) 434-1911 Homilist: Fr. Tom Tsagalakis

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Fellowship of the Cross Retreat for Young Adults March 10-11th, at Prophet Elijah Mission, Ellensburg, WA

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two.
Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded
Hieromartyr Blaise, bishop of Sebaste (316).
St. Vsevolod (in holy baptism Gabriel), prince and wonderworker of Pskov (1138).

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



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TIGRAN HAMASYAN Jazz Virtuoso Performing March 3rd in Portland.

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two.  Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded.   Venerable Shio Mgvime (6th c.) (Georgia) (movable holiday on Thursday of the Cheese-fare Week).  St. Scholastica of Italy, sister of St. Benedict (543).

SoulPatch Music Productions is proud to present composer and virtuoso pianist, 2006 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition winner TIGRAN HAMASYAN in a solo performance at Michelle’s Piano Company on FRIDAY, March 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm.  The Portland performance is a part of his world tour through some 20 countries on four continents promoting his new solo recording “An Ancient Observer”.  (Yes the editor of OrthoNW really appreciates Jazz : )

Tigran… Amazing! He is now my teacher

— Herbie Hancock

A mature, and great, and rich, and deep artist

— Chick Corea

Tigran really grabbed me, in this really cool way

— Brad Mehldau

Born in Gyurmi, Armenia in 1987, Tigran showed an extraordinary interest in music at age two, and by three he was playing rock and jazz standards on the piano. The next 10 years were spent intensely studying classical piano in Armenia’s prestigious school for gifted children, along with an in depth private study of works of jazz masters Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and others.

Discovered by a French-Armenian jazz promoter, young Tigran was invited to participate at several European festivals, where he became an instant sensation. He met and garnered rave revues from legends like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, and others. He also won the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, and the 2005 Monaco Jazz Piano Competition.

Tigran was still virtually unknown in the States when he entered the world’s most prestigious jazz competition– the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition in 2006. The panel of judges made up of Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Renee Rosnes, Billy Taylor, and Randy Weston awarded him the 1st place against the more well-known and more accomplished competitors Gerald Clayton (2nd place) and Aaron Parks (3rd place). Since then Tigran has appeared at virtually every major jazz festival and concert hall, and has recorded for labels such as Nonesuch, Verve, and most recently for the legendary ECM. He also won the French Grammy Award in 2011 and German ECHO award in 2016.

Tigran’s music is heavily influenced by folk, traditional, and spiritual Armenian music, Armenian medieval poetry, literature and fables, as well as the jazz and classical music cannon, thrash metal, rock, electronic music, and the traditional music of many countries such as India, Morocco, and Norway to name a few. To call his work jazz, or ethno-jazz is to severely understate and limit what it truly is– a uniquely individual musical voice unlike anything else on the scene. This is a performance not to be missed!


WHERE: Michelle’s Piano Company 600 SE Stark St, Portland, OR

WHEN: Friday, March 3rd, 2017. Doors at 6:30. Show at 7:30

Tickets: $15 in advance (includes all fees) through

$17 at the door


Check out some great videos:

Interview with Tigran for Italian TV about his first solo album “Fable”

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Ladies Tea and Silent Auction to Benefit “Open Arms Pregnancy Care Center” March 18th at St John the Baptist, Post Falls

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two. 

Martyr Nicephorus of Antioch (ca. 257).
Uncovering of the relics (1805) of St. Innocent of Irkutsk (1731).

St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho  (fb) presents:  This is an early post because they expect to sell out so buy your ticket now!

Please help us spread the word! This would be an excellent event to invite neighbors, friends or family members to. You may forward the electronic invitation via email, or there will be printed invites at St. John. There is also a Facebook event which you may use to invite people to:
We do expect to SELL-OUT – so please buy your tickets soon.
With much love in Christ,
Ladies’ Tea Committee”

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Please help us spread the word! This would be an excellent event to invite neighbors, friends or family members to. You may forward the electronic invitation via email, or there will be printed invites at St. John. There is also a Facebook event which you may use to invite people to:
We do expect to SELL-OUT – so please buy your tickets soon.
With much love in Christ,
Ladies’ Tea Committee
Tickets may be purchased:

or click the Announcement to go to the web page with links!


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Gala Dinner and Auction Fund Raiser for Agia Sophia Academy in Beaverton, OR May 7, 2017

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two.
Maslenitsa.   The 1,003 Martyrs of Nicomedia (303).

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





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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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Special Patristic Greek Reading Class Join Now! Offered by The Classical Learning Resource Center

The Classical Learning Resource Center (FB) presents:  Patristic Greek Reading Class.  An excellent opportunity and offering for those interested.

There is no charge for this class and if there are people in the area with a sufficient background in Greek we’d love to have them join us.  The class began yesterday but it would be fairly easy for new students to join us beginning next week.  

+ Patristic Greek Reading Class Begins Today – Monday, February 13th!

It’s not too late to join (ed) the Patristic Greek Reading class, which started Feb 13th (updated-ed), taught by Professor Evie Holmberg Professor of Classics & Ecclesiastical/Patristic Greek Language and Literature at Hellenic College.    course-description

For more information please contact: Anne Van Fossen

Here is page 1 of the course description,



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

– St. Theophan the Recluse

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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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GOYA Portland Retreat March 17 -19th, 2017 Registration Open Now!

 Saint Demetrios in Seattle

GOYA Lent Retreat – Portland Amazing Race
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!  March 17 – 19, 2017!  
Young Adults Needed to Chaperone Teams


This year’s Lent Retreat sees the return of the Amazing Race where our teenagers will not only see Portland through an amazing journey on foot but also learn about the journey we take during Lent that leads us to Pascha.
  • WHO:  Teens in Grades 7 – 12
  • WHAT:  An Amazing Race around Portland!  Discussions with our Clergy!  Fun with Friends, New and Old! Confession and More!
  • WHERE:  Holy Trinity Cathedral:  3131 N Glisan St. Portland, OR 97232
  • WHEN:   March 17, 18, 19, 2017.  Bus leaves for Portland from St. Demetrios on Friday, March 17th at 4 pm.  Returns to St. Demetrios on Sunday, March 19th around 3:30 to 4:00 pm
  • COST:      $90 per person.  Scholarships available for those in need.
We invite youth from all of our Orthodox Parishes to attend.  Teens from outside of Portland will be hosted by Portland families on Friday and Saturday night.  Please fill out separate registrations forms for EACH child attending.
REGISTER HERE  Registration closes on March 6, 2017.2017
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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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——-Old Posts Below Upcoming Events Above——-

Just a page Break to let you know that below this post are old posts all things above are upcoming events.  Please spread the word to your friends about Orthodox Northwest, and if you learn of an event here and attend, let them know you seen it on OrthodoxNorthwest.  Thank you for your support!


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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Tonight A Talk on Ethiopia “An Ancient Land An Ancient Faith” for the Spokane Coeur D Alene Area Residents

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two.  Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded.  Hieromartyr Blaise, bishop of Sebaste (316).  St. Vsevolod (in holy baptism Gabriel), prince and wonderworker of Pskov (1138).



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A Joyous Feast of the Presentation of Lord in the Temple to All! 2017

The Meeting of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Wishing all a Joyous Feast!  

Troparion, tone 1: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, Mother of God and Virgin, for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, to give light to those in darkness. Rejoice thou also, righteous elder, who didst take in thy arms the Redeemer of our souls who also gives us the grace of resurrection.


The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Icon in the Monastery of St. Catherine

12 Century Icon from St Catherine’s of Sinai Monastery. Click on the Icon to learn more about the Feast on the Website of the NW’s own Holy Resurrection Church in Tacoma.


Kontakion, tone 1: Thou Who didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb by Thy birth and bless Simeon’s hands as was fitting, hast now come to us and saved us, O Christ our God. But grant peace in the midst of wars to Thy community, and strengthen the Church which Thou hast loved, O only Lover of men.

Maronite Icon of the Feast. Found on Website Creavit.

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“Va invitam la Balul Martisorului”- Biserica Ortodoxa Romana Sfanta Treime-Sambata , 18 Februarie, New Westminster, BC


Week of the Publican and Pharisee,  Fast Free:   Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107), Venerable Andrew (Rublev) of Russia, iconographer (1430).

Biserica Ortodoxa Romana Sfanta Treime (FB) presents:

Sambata, 18 Februarie incepand cu orele 5:00 PM va invitam la Balul Va asteapta
care va avea loc in sala comunitara a bisericii Sfanta Treime, din strada Carnarvon nr. 220, New Westminster.
Va asteapta muzica live cu formatia condusa de Florin Balan, preparate culinare traditionale
si de la restaurantul La Villetta intr-o ambianta romaneasca si voie buna.
In pretul biletului de 40$ pentru adulti, $25 pentru seniori si studenti (copii sub 12 ani gratuit) este inclusa
si participarea la tombola.
Fondurile stranse cu aceasta ocazie vor fi ajuta la construirea extensiei bisericii.
Va asteptam cu bucurie.
Donatii pentru proiectul parohiei si sponsorizari pot fi facute la Biserica sau online folosind PayPal.

Bisericii Sfanta Treime posted from their Facebook Page.


Bisericii Sfanta Treime, din strada Carnarvon nr. 220, New Westminster. From FB.

On Saturday, February 18, there will be music, dance and Romanian food, at the Church of Saint Trinity, Carnarvon no. 220 Street, New Westminster.
The price is 40$ for adults,  $25 for seniors and students, children under 12 years old can come for free. Everbody can participate at the raffle. The money is to help the Church extension programme. The Church also accepts donations through PayPal. For more information, you can contact the Church at:
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Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee 2017

Wishing all a Joyous Fast Free Week!   I believe this is an Icon and Feast Day we can all relate to.

Updates Coming soon to Website.

Troparion, tone 8: Open to me the doors of repentance, O Life-giver. For my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy holy temple, bearing the temple of my body all defiled. But in Thy compassion, purify me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.

Theotokion: Make straight for me the paths of salvation, O Mother of God. For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins, and have wasted my whole life in easy-going indifference. But by thy intercessions deliver me from all uncleanness.

Tone 6: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassions, blot out my transgression. When I think of the multitude of ghastly things I have done, wretch that I am, I tremble at the fearful day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Thy loving kindness; like David I cry to Thee: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

(Note: These penitential songs are sung on Sundays during the Great Fast from the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee to the fifth week.)

Kontakion, tone 4: Let us avoid the proud speaking of the Pharisee and learn humility from the groans of the Publican, and let us cry in penitence: O Saviour of the world, be merciful to Thy servants.


Image posted originally by Fr Ted,

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Right to Life Post 2017


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.

“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, 27th.

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.

National Right to Life

Washington State March for Life

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) (this website details the abortion assault on the Black Community) a Russian Language site by a Russian Orthodox in the NW.

Zoe for Life!  An Orthodox Christian Initiative


O Virgin, Theotokos Pray for us.

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


22 Week old during operation to repair Spina Bifida

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


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