A Joyous Feast of the Presentation of Lord in the Temple to All! 2019


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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Mediterranean Delights and Music Fundraiser for Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Arabic Mission at St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle- Feb 17, 2019


The Meeting of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.  A Joyous Feast to All!

St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle, Washington fb will host a Fundraiser for Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Antiochan Orthodox Mission of Seattle, Washington fb pls note that Konevets Quartet will be at Divine Liturgy in the am and giving a concert at 1:30 pm.  What a wonderful way to spend the day!  A beautiful Liturgy, Concert and then Arabic  food and fundraiser!

Preceeded by Konevets Quartet who will sing at Liturgy and give a concert at 1;30pm.

 

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Konevets Quartet at St Nicholas Cathedral for Divine Liturgy with Concert to Follow- Feb 17, 2019


Forefeast of the Meeting of Our Lord
Martyr Tryphon of Campsada near Apamea in Syria (250)  St. Brigid of Ireland (523)(Celtic & British)

 

Hat Tip to Sergei K of St Nicholas!

St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle, Washington fb will have the Konevets Quartet, a male vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg (Russia) at Divine Liturgy this coming Sunday and a concert to follow.

Music without borders
Church music and folk songs of different countries

A concert by the Konevets Quartet offers a fascinating program of harmonic brilliance in the rich tradition of Russian choral music and the male chamber choir.

The KONEVETS QUARTET was founded in 1992 by graduates of the St. Petersburg Music Conservatoire-Glinka Choral Academy; who sang in the Konevets Holy Nativity of Mother of God Monastery choir. Their goal was to share the rich Russian vocal traditions with audiences the world over. With their dedication to creating a perfect harmonious sound, their repertoire was created especially for this purpose, and remains such to this day.

The heart of their repertoire is Orthodox sacred music, ranging from chants and hymns by twentieth century composers, such as Chesnokov, Grechaninov and Stravinsky, to ancient chants and hymns sung in unison or in two or three- part arrangements and in contemporary four-part arrangements, sometimes re-harmonized by the Quartet.

The quartet’s secular repertoire features Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, classical selections and Imperial regimental songs and marches which were forbidden during Communism. The third portion of the repertoire features lyrics by Russian poets set to music by Tchaikovsky, Borodin and other famous composers.

 

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 Fête in the Northwest for St Vladimirs Seminary at St Demetrios Seattle Feb 15, 2019


Forefeast of the Meeting of Our Lord
Martyr Tryphon of Campsada near Apamea in Syria (250).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas priest (1938).
St. Brigid of Ireland (523) (Celtic & British). 

Dear Readers, I am posting in case anyone is interested in going despite the late notice.  I am not sure if tickets are still available.  I apologize for the delay.  Still looking for assistant editors.  : ) Hint Hint.

Update I have been notified walk ins welcome!!  Thank you Cliff, you are always helpful!

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

Christ is in our midst!
St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVOTS) is journeying to Seattle in less than two weeks, and tickets are still available! RSVP by Sunday, February 10 to join us in support of SVOTS seminarians, the future leaders of the Church.
The Fête in the Northwest will be an evening of inspiration and entertainment. Enjoy live music by Seattle-based duo Mr & Mrs Somethingand their acoustic folk, bluegrass, and Americana sounds, drinks (cash bar), and eats by Takis Mad Greek Food. The event will also feature Seminary President Archpriest Chad Hatfield and Amazon’s Rebecca Pagani, chair of the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative.
This event is so important because, truthfully speaking, it is about you and the Church. We want you to hear about what St. Vladimir’s Seminary is doing to raise up your next bishop, priest, deacon, choir conductor, youth minister, Sunday school teacher, or iconographer.  We want you to hear about how your help sends missionaries to Africa, Guatemala, and other regions of the world still discovering the True Faith, and how authors and scholars go on from Seminary to write and teach the things that God uses to help change lives—maybe even yours. This is about your church and the Church. Purchasing a ticket allows us to cover the cost of putting on this great evening, but your presence and further donation is what gives seminarians the support they need to serve the Body of Christ—you, us, and all who have been baptized into our Lord’s death and resurrection.
The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. at the hall of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Questions? Email events@svots.edu.

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Konevets Quartet at Holy New Martyrs of Russia Mulino, Oregon Feb 15, and St Martin the Merciful in Corvallis, Oregon Feb 18, 2019


Forefeast of the Meeting of Our Lord
Martyr Tryphon of Campsada near Apamea in Syria (250)  St. Brigid of Ireland (523)(Celtic & British)

 

Hat Tip to OrthodoxPortland  and Fr James.

Sorry for the delay : (  and sorry for technical difficulties also….  : ((     Fourth try correct??  I sure hope so… Editor….

Holy New Martyrs in Mulino, OR/Русская Православная Церковь Приход святых новомучеников Российских  (FB)  presents:

Konevets Quartet, a male vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg (Russia) presents

Music without borders
Church music and folk songs of different countries

Friday, February 15 at 7:30pm
New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia Orthodox Church
13820 S Union Hall Rd, Mulino, OR 97042

“The concert will take place in the dining room of our church. Performed church and secular music. The conversation with the singers after the concert.
 
Tickets: adults $ 15, students $ 10, children – free of charge”

and at

St Martin the Merciful Corvallis, Oregon

Monday February 18th, 7pm

St Martin the Merciful Orthodox Church
925 Northwest Camellia Drive in Corvallis, OR 97330.

The concert is free, and open to the public.  A free will collection at the conclusion of the event will support the restoration of the Konevets Monastery.

A concert by the Konevets Quartet offers a fascinating program of harmonic brilliance in the rich tradition of Russian choral music and the male chamber choir.

The KONEVETS QUARTET was founded in 1992 by graduates of the St. Petersburg Music Conservatoire-Glinka Choral Academy; who sang in the Konevets Holy Nativity of Mother of God Monastery choir. Their goal was to share the rich Russian vocal traditions with audiences the world over. With their dedication to creating a perfect harmonious sound, their repertoire was created especially for this purpose, and remains such to this day.

The heart of their repertoire is Orthodox sacred music, ranging from chants and hymns by twentieth century composers, such as Chesnokov, Grechaninov and Stravinsky, to ancient chants and hymns sung in unison or in two or three- part arrangements and in contemporary four-part arrangements, sometimes re-harmonized by the Quartet.

The quartet’s secular repertoire features Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, classical selections and Imperial regimental songs and marches which were forbidden during Communism. The third portion of the repertoire features lyrics by Russian poets set to music by Tchaikovsky, Borodin and other famous composers.

 

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St Luke a New Mission Parish in Spokane Washington! 2019


Forefeast of the Meeting of Our Lord
Martyr Tryphon of Campsada near Apamea in Syria (250)  St. Brigid of Ireland (523)(Celtic & British)

St Luke’s interior photo from the Church webpage.

A warm welcome to the New Parish of St Luke in the  North Spokane region.  May the Lord richly bless this new vine which His Hand has planted.

“St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church is a brand new Eastern Orthodox mission of the Orthodox Church in America located in Spokane, Washington. We started in late summer 2018.

We meet at the Old Valley Prairie Hall at 8216 E. Big Meadows Rd. in Chattaroy, WA. ” From their web page please click to learn more!

Church service at St Lukes before the relics of St Herman.  Photo from their webpage.

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Skete Planned Near Rathdrum, Idaho


New Martyrs and Confessors of Russian Church (movable holiday on the Sunday closest to January 25th).  Remembrance of all the departed who suffered in the years of persecution for faith in Christ.    Venerable Ephraim the Syrian (373)  Venerable Isaac the Syrian, bishop of Nineveh (ascetic writer) (7th c.).

As seen on Orthodox Christianity and the Post Falls Press:

 

“For years, Elene Schumacher has wanted to donate land for a quiet place of worship for the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The Rathdrum-area property owner believes the right scenario has surfaced to make that happen.

Schumacher is seeking a conditional-use permit from Kootenai County for a skete and a private cemetery for Russian Orthodox monks on 22 vacant acres in an agricultural suburban zone between Highway 53 and Hidden Valley Road west of Rathdrum.

Schumacher said a skete, which has domes and bells on top of the chapel, is smaller than a monastery and allows for communal services. She plans to donate the land for the purpose.

“I have been wanting to do this since 2000,” she said. “I went to several monasteries and asked if monks would be interested in this property and it just didn’t work out. All of a sudden, everything fell into place. There’s a monk looking for a place and a person (Schumacher herself) who has land with a little chapel already there. It’s all worked out by God’s providence.”

…Read the rest at Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press.”

If anyone has more information that could be updated to this please let me know at editorOrthodoxNorthwest@gmail.com   Thank you!!!

 

Holy New Martyrs of the Russian Lands pray for us and for all those suffering for Christ!

“Glory be to Him, Who never felt the need of our praising Him; yet felt the need as being kind to us, and thirsted as loving us, and asks us to give to Him, and longs to give to us. His fruit was mingled with us men, that in Him we might come near to Him, Who condescended to us. By the Fruit of His stem He grafted us into His Tree.” — St. Ephraim the Syrian Pray for us Holy Father Ephraim!

“Oppose no man in anything; do not quarrel, and do not lie, and do not swear by the name of the Lord your God. Be despised, and do not despise. Be wronged, and do not wrong. It is better for things of the body to perish with the body than for something pertaining to the soul to be hurt. Go to court with no man, but endure to be condemned, being uncondemned.” + St. Isaac the Syrian, The Ascetical Homilies, Homily 17 St Isaac the Syrian pray for us!

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Ladies Annunciation Tea to Benefit Syrian War Orphans at St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho March 23, 2019 Plan Now!


St. Gregory the Theologian, archbishop of Constantinople (389)

St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho fb is hosting a Tea to benefit Syrian War Orphans.  You can help out even if you cannot attend!

 

 

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¨Ave Maria¨ Renaissance Concert with Bill Applegate and Cappella Romana Seattle Seattle 22 and 24 Feb, Portland 23, 2019


Martyr Tatiana of Rome (226-235).  St. Sava I, first archbishop of Serbia (1235).

 

Cappella Romana (FB) presents:

Click above to go to Cappella Romana

Ave Maria

Blake Applegate, conductor of Cantores in Ecclesia and a director of the Byrd Festival, leads a program of Renaissance music in honor of the Mother of God.

FREE pre-concert talk and discussion with Blake Applegate 1 hour prior to each performance.

PROGRAM

Heinrich ISAAC Virgo Prudentissima
Josquin DES PREZ Missa de Beata Virgine

https://open.spotify.com/embed?uri=spotify%3Auser%3Acappellaromana%3Aplaylist%3A4D2KNjritLKXpnB6N0ekyk

Blake Applegate, guest director

Blake Applegate is the Director of Cantores in Ecclesia, assuming leadership of the organization upon the retirement of his father, Dean Applegate, in the spring of 2010. Prior to his appointment as Director, Blake served as Assistant Director, conducting the… Read More…

PERFORMANCES

SEATTLE

FRIDAY, 22 FEBRUARY, 8:00 PM

TICKETS

PORTLAND

SATURDAY, 23 FEBRUARY, 8:00 PM

TICKETS

PORTLAND

SUNDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2:00 PM

TICKETS

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The Classical Learning Resource Center Spring Term 2019 is Starting Soon! New Classes Available!


Sviatki. Fast-free   !   Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (34)

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

 

 

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

– St. Theophan the Recluse

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

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Sunday Snapshot! Have you looked at the Pilgrimage page?


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

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

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

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

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Sunday Snapshot: Early Morning Liturgy at Prophet Elijah Mission, Ellensburg, WA 2018


 Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) (635 B.C.)  – A Joyous Advent to All!

Sunday snapshot of an early morning Liturgy at  Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington fb .

The Sun rising in the East during early morning Liturgy at St Elijahś Orthodox Mission Ellensburg, Washington. Photo from their weekly flier The Raven  Nov 2018

 

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Help those Orthodox Families who lost homes in the Recent California Fires. 2018


Holy and All-praised Apostle Andrew the First-called (62)
St. Elias, schemamonk of Valaam and Verkhoturye (1900)

Five of 25 families that attend  St Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church in Chico, California fb lost everything during the recent fires in California.  (Thank you to Fr Gregory of Holy Myrrhbearers for the email)

I do not have a lot of information and may add some more as it becomes available.  Here is the PayPal Link to donate to help the victims.  

St Cyril and Methodius parish in Chico, California. Photo kindly burrowed from the website linked above…

From the OCA Diocese of the West Website:

¨By now many of you have heard of the “Camp Fire” which has been raging here in Northern California. This fire has now become the deadliest and most devastating wildfire in California history. As of this writing, the death toll is at 71 and is bound to rise considering the number of missing persons. The fire has burnt 146,000 acres, it is currently 50% contained. So far 9,844 residences, 336 commercial, 2,067 other buildings have also been destroyed. Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Mission, here in Chico, is only 15 minutes from the town of Paradise, the town which has been completely devastated by this fire. The two towns of Chico and Paradise are closely intertwined, as many people live in Paradise and work in Chico.

Along with thousands of other people, five of our own parishioners have lost their homes as well. Most importantly, we are thankful to God that they all made it out alive! Their stories are harrowing! Many of them drove through flames while evacuating. The fire advanced very quickly and they received no advanced warning from any official source, and fled their homes with very little! We are glad that they are safe and being taken care of by friends, relatives, and fellow parishioners, but they are now left with the task of having to rebuild their lives.

We look forward to helping our parishioners and others within our local community get back on their feet. It will be a long road, but we know that tragedy also has the capacity to bring us closer together and remind us of what is truly important: our unity in Christ and our love for our neighbor. We are setting up a “fire relief” fund to help our parishioners and others affected. We appreciate your prayers and donations to those suffering in our community.

Donations may be sent to:

So. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church
2956 Cohasset Rd
Chico, California 95973-0921

Fr. Ian Shipley¨

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


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

A Joyous Advent to All!

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

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

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

¨The Inspiration for My Prison Ministry

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

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

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Northwest

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

 

Four Basic Pieces of Prison Ministry

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

Ministry to persons released from incarceration and persons in community custody

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

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

 

 

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

The above will link you to the national Ministry.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Two Upcoming Icon Workshops in Boise, ID, with Fr Matthew Garrett Jan Feb , 2019


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

A Joyous Advent to All!

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


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

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

 

 

 

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

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

Salary and Benefits dependent on experience….

Thank you for your consideration!

Your editor Anthony

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


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

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

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

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A Joyous Theophany 2019!


 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!

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming Marches for Life for 2019


 

Sviatki. Fast-free  The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Basil the Great, archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia (379). St. Emelia, mother of Sts. Macrina, Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa (375).  St. Gregory, bishop of Nazianzus (374) and father of St. Gregory the Theologian.
   A Joyous Feast of Circumcision and  St Basil to all!

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

 

Dear Readers,

Please note I know many people find this a very difficult subject.  Abortion is considered a right and many women have had them, including sadly in our own congregations.  The truth is it is a killing of an unborn child.  But there is forgiveness in Christ.  We can all repent of our sins.  And when one falls we all fall.  We must support each other with prayer, emotional and material support as needed.  Our culture is deeply fallen and addicted to the passions.  We are all complicit by deed, participation or silence.  We all need have repentance.  This post is not meant as a condemnation of anyone.  I refer you to the epistle of former Metropolitan Jonah of the OCA.  (Anthony editor)  “Thus, however we have sinned, we can be forgiven. Whether we have aborted a child, or consented to it, we can be forgiven. If we bear a child as a single mother, we can be accepted in the community of the Church with love. If we have judged and condemned others, and burn with resentment, we can be freed through repentance. No matter what we have done, no matter how broken we are or how completely we have messed up our lives, we can be healed, forgiven, accepted and loved. And then maybe we can forgive ourselves, and attain to that true freedom.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message Metropolitan Jonah 2011   

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

March for Life Unveils its 2019 Theme:

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

“Science is behind the Pro-Life Movement.”

-Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life-

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

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

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

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

Holy Resurrection Parish in Tacoma fb usually marches  and carries the banner for Orthodox Christians in Olympia. (People usually gather near the
Winged Victory statue, and march through the capitol’s courtyard around 11:30 a.m. A
program in the sanctity of life will begin at 12:00 noon on the Capitol steps. ) from past post

Below is

A Prayer for the Sanctity of Life

O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son, Who art in the bosom of the Father, True
God, source of life and immortality, Light of Light, Who came into the world to enlighten
it: Thou wast pleased to be conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary for the salvation of
our souls by the power of Thine All-Holy Spirit. O Master, Who camest that we might
have life more abundantly, we ask Thee to enlighten the minds and hearts of those
blinded to the truth that life begins at conception and that the unborn in the womb are
already adorned with Thine image and likeness; enable us to guard, cherish, and protect
the lives of all those who are unable to care for themselves. For Thou art the Giver of
Life, bringing each person from non-being into being, sealing each person with divine
and infinite love. Be merciful, O Lord, to those who, through ignorance or willfulness,
affront Thy divine goodness and providence through the evil act of abortion. May they,
and all of us, come to the life of Thy Truth and glorify Thee, the Giver of Life, together
with Thy Father, and Thine All-Holy and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto
ages of ages. Amen.”     From the Holy Resurrection January Newsletter 2018.   (Source: Orthodox Church in America)

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

Boise March for Life

BOISE MARCH FOR LIFE 2019

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

 

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

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

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

“All the sins against humanity, abortion, euthanasia, war, violence, and victimization of all kinds, are the results of depersonalization.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message  Metropolitan Jonah 2009

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

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

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

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

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

National Right to Life

Washington State March for Life (FB)

Orthodox March for Life (FB)

Human Life of Washington

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

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

Zoe for Life!  An Orthodox Christian Initiative

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

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22 Week old during operation to repair Spina Bifida

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

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

 

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Save the Date All Saints Summer Camp Fundraiser! And Camp Dates Feb 2nd 2019


St. Macarius, metropolitan of Moscow (1563)  Christ is Born! Joy to All!

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Fellowship of the Cross for Young Adults 2 Upcoming Events East and Westside of the State Weekend of Jan 25-26, 2019


Sviatki. Fast-free  The 14,000 Infants (Holy Innocents) slain by Herod at Bethlehem (1st c.). 

A Joyous Navitity Season to All!  Christ is Born!

Prophet Elijah Mission  fb in Ellensburg Washington presents:

¨Blessings to you all, and blessed Feast of Theophany coming up!!!!

Attached are 2 separate flyers, One for the EAST side of the Cascades, in Ellensburg,  …..for Friday night and Saturday, January 25-26th.. …. in 3 weeks from tonight!

and one for the WEST side of the Cascades, in Arlington, …..for JUST the evening of Friday night, January 25th…. because they couldn’t logistically  pull off an “over-nighter” this month!

We are doing this mostly for travel problems over Snoqualmie Pass in the winter, but also because for the next few months, we here in Ellensburg would have trouble hosting 50-55 young people, which we have been averaging lately!

…and smaller gatherings are actually nicer for many of you….and for ME!:-)……       So please RSVP as soon as you can…. ALL to me….and I will forward all the necessary info to the men in black on the West Side! Thank you!  Much love in Christ, Fr. Paul+¨  from email

 

 

¨We had 55 young people in Goldendale last month!!

Quite a few said to me something like this: “Thank God for the Fellowship….  I am, not sure what we would do without it…  it is so easy to get overwhelmed in the world, thinking there are no others who think and live the same way as we do…but then you come together and see so many other other young people who are just like you, who are struggling together for Christ!!!  It is REALLY encouraging!”

God-willimng, see many of you there!

With much love in our Sweetest Christ, Fr. Paul+¨  From prior post

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¨The Psalms -Prayer Book and Window to Christ¨ at Three Hierarchs Mission in Wenatchee, Wa Jan 19, 2019


A Joyous Nativity Season to All!  The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, including Glycerius, Zeno, Theophilus, Dorotheus, Mardonius, Migdonius, Indes, Gorgonius, Peter, Euthymius, and the virgins Agape, Domna, Theophila and others (302).  St. Cornelius, monk of Krypets Monastery in Pskov (1903).

Three Hierarchs Mission fb presents:

 

 

 

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Greek Village Panigyri /Πανηγύρι! Jan 19, 2019


A Joyous Nativity Season to All!  The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, including Glycerius, Zeno, Theophilus, Dorotheus, Mardonius, Migdonius, Indes, Gorgonius, Peter, Euthymius, and the virgins Agape, Domna, Theophila and others (302).  St. Cornelius, monk of Krypets Monastery in Pskov (1903).

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle  fb presents:

Contact Pam Plumis for Tickets at pplumis@comcast.net
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Go Tell it on the Mountain and Everywhere! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!


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

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

Nativity Scan

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

Make glad, O you righteous!

Greatly rejoice, O heavens!

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

The Virgin has become like the cherubic throne.

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

Shepherds glorify the newborn child.

Wise men offer the master gifts.

Angels praise Him and sing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. John Chrysostom, “Homily on Christmas Morning”

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

St Isaac the Syrian Sermon on the Nativity:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And in pictures:

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Свечани дочек Србске Нове Године New Years Party at St Michaels in Burnaby, BC Jan 13, 2019


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

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

13. јануар – Дочек Српске Нове Године

18:00 Празнично богослужење уочи дочека Српске Нове Године

19:00 Новогодишња вечера

20:00 Дочек уз музику Драгана и Данијеле

Улазнице: $40 одрасли, омладина $20, деца бесплатно

Резервације карата: Љиљана 778-991-4598 

 

January 13 – Serbian New Year’s Eve

18:00 Holiday Vespers

19:00 New Year’s Dinner

20:00 Live music celebration with Dragan and Danijela

Tickets: $40 adults, youth $20, children free

Reservations: Ljiljana 778-991-4598

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¨Lost Treasures of Armenia¨ Armenian Christian Music Concert with Cappella Romana Jan 18 Seattle, Jan 19 Seattle 2019


Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast).  A Joyous Fast to All!

Hieromartyr Eleutherius, bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Anthia and Martyr Corivus the Eparch (126).  Venerable Paul of Mt. Latros (956).

 

Cappella Romana (FB) presents:

Click above to go to website and for ticket information!

Lost Treasures of Armenia

Discover the ageless beauty of forgotten Armenian Orthodox music. Directed by Haig Utidjian and Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana leads an exploration of traditional Armenian chants and arrangements of them by Komitas and Ekmalian.

FREE pre-concert talk and discussion with Dr. Alexander Lingas and Dr. Haig Utijian 1 hour prior to each performance.

Haig Utidjian, guest director.

 

PERFORMANCES

SEATTLE

FRIDAY, 18 JANUARY, 8:00 PM

PORTLAND

SATURDAY, 19 JANUARY, 8:00 PM
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