A Joyous Nativity Fast to All! (2015)

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

May the wonder of His birth, and marvellous, condescension of His Love, inspire us all this Nativity Fast.
“For this He assumed my body, that I may become capable of His Word; taking my flesh, He gives me His spirit; and so He bestowing and I receiving, He prepares for me the treasure of Life. He takes my flesh, to sanctify me; He gives me His Spirit, that He may save me.” St John Chrysostom Homily on Nativity Morning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charity Watch–Helping you give wisely to charity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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A Joyous Dormition Feast to All! 2015

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




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

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

Koimisis ths Theotokou 2

Qolo: Assumption Entrance Hymn

Tune: Fsheeto

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday Snapshot: Many Years! To Fr Alexi Kotar 25 Years Serving in the Priesthood!

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

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


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





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



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

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

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

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


Holy Thursday Liturgy:


12 Gospels on Holy Thursday:


Holy and Great Friday Burial:


Holy Saturday Liturgy





Bright Saturday Children’s Procession:


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

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


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

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

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


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


Summer 2015 Registration is Open!

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

Early Registration Discount

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

Live, Interactive, Online Classes with Exceptional Teachers

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

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


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

– St. Theophan the Recluse

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

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


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

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Pappas-Parks Brochure - Copy (1)-page-1

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Sunday Snapshot: 2 Parishes ‘Recently’ Featured in Newspaper Accounts Prophet Elijah, Ellensburg, and St John the Baptist, Post Falls 2015


 Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg, Washington was recently featured in the Ellensburg Daily Record and included a the visit of  Metropolitan Joseph and an ordination to the Deaconate.  (Many Years!)

Orthodox church taking it one step at a time for a permanent home

Next year. Or by Christmas. Or by Easter, churchgoers say. That’s when they’ll be able to move into their church.

Dan Beck, a member of the Prophet Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission, has been helping build the new Ellensburg church for a few years, said he’s heard “next year” a few times.

“We’re doing it literally one step at a time,” he said.

They build, in what used to be a church member’s garage, as they get money. ”  (Read the full article here.)

Photos from the Parish Sunday Bulletin:  Note Photos do accompany above article but are not included here.  The parish has been sponsoring a monthly young adult gathering that has been well received.

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St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho  (fb)was featured in the Coeur d Alene Press

Praying for the World


POST FALLS – The inviting scent of incense was thick in the air and candles burned near the entrance of the church.

Parishoners made the sign of the cross, bowed, touched the floor and lightly kissed or brushed their faces against the icon on the podium in the center of the room. They held their own icons close as they prayed in heavenly, sing-song voices.

The priests and deacons were robed in purple and gold as they said prayers, some in Greek, Arabic and Russian, and everyone proceeded outside.

“It’s mystical,” said Father Basil Caldaroni of St. John’s Orthodox Church. “This is today, this is occurring today, Christ is born today, Christ is risen today.” (from the CDApress website read the full article here)

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Parish Photo 2005 from Parish photo album on Parish Website. Click photo to see more images and the procession!

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New Film Biography on Gerontissa Makrina of St Johns Monastery in Goldendale You Can Help!



Innocent Lewis a NW Orthodox Christian is producing a Biography on Gerontissa Makrina Spiritual Mother of Gerontissa Efpraxia of St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale, Washington.  Please consider supporting this worthy project.  Here is an Intro from “The Blessed Makrina website.”

“What comes to mind when you think of the year 1922?

The rise of jazz and the flapper generation?
Silent film and a relatively peaceful time between the two world wars?

In the year 1922 the subject of our documentary is a small child, two years old, held tight by her mother who is held tight by her husband. They are fleeing from their home in Asia Minor. Fleeing from their bloodstained, battered home that has been destroyed by the hatred of genocide.

“Throw her into the sea! You can’t survive with a child to slow the way.” The other refugee women advise her mother, who does no such thing.

She choose to risk her own life for the sake of her little daughter, and for that we are eternally grateful.

The story of Gerontissa Makrina is a story fraught with turmoil, tragedy and loss. She lost her parents at the age of twelve and had to support herself and younger brother by the labour of her own hands.

She became, through these trials, strong and prayerful. She, the orphan child, became a mother to thousands. Three of her daughters in Christ she sent to the little Eastern Washington town of Goldendale, to found a Monastery that has been a light to so many of us here in the northwest.

The sisters of St. John the Forerunner Monastery have a love for Gerontissa Makrina that has given life to this project. We owe everything to their enthusiasm.”   ( Read the rest on the website)

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Early Childhood Teaching Position Opening at Agia Sophia Academy for Fall 2015, Portland, OR

Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed

“Agia Sophia Academy is looking for an Early Childhood Elementary Teacher who is a practicing Orthodox Christian, who views this position and Agia Sophia Academy as a ministry and an opportunity to serve God. Our class sizes are small, the curriculum hands-on and integrated, and our staff dedicated and collaborative. The opportunity to teach to the whole child in an academically rich and nurturing Orthodox Christian environment is a unique and joy-filled experience! This is a full-time position with benefits. JOB REQUIREMENTS: This position will require an enthusiastic teacher with a love for integrating curriculum, strong communication skills, and interest in being part of a small, growing school. Position begins August 21st, 2015”  Elementary Teaching Position Ad 2015


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Universal Exaltation of the Cross and the Rise of Islam 2014

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.  


This sites focus is limited to events in the NW that may be of interest to Orthodox Christians.  However world events of late cannot be ignored.  Our fellow Christians both Orthodox and Heretodox are being eliminated from the Middle East.  Islam is once again demanding renunciation of the faith or martyrdom.  On this the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross I offer these 2 websites to help you learn more.

JihadWatch:  Probably the best known of sites exposing Islam and its bloody history.

Facing Islam Blog:  This site is run by an Orthodox Christian and is well worth a visit.

The famous Regensburg Address of Pope Benedict the 16th that caused such outrage in the Islamic world.  Here is a brief excerpt with the Pope quoting Emperor Manuel II Paleologus:

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”[3] The emperor, after having expressed himself so forcefully, goes on to explain in detail the reasons why spreading the faith through violence is something unreasonable. Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul. “God”, he says, “is not pleased by blood – and not acting reasonably (σὺν λόγω) is contrary to God’s nature. Faith is born of the soul, not the body. Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats… To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death…”.[4]

This Meditation below was found on the Facing Islam Blog, but was originally posted on; Orthodox Christian Meditations by Fr Stephen Kostoff.  The original article can be viewed here:

Dear Parish Faithful & Friends in Christ,

We are approaching the Feast Day of The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross – to give the Feast its full title – this coming Sunday, September 14. This is the day that we liturgically commemorate and venerate the Cross that will be placed in the middle of the church toward the end of Great Vespers on Saturday evening.   The Feast will then have a full “octave” for its celebration – thus making it an eight-day Feast which serves to stress the importance of the Cross in the life of the Church and in our personal  lives.  To further turn our attention toward the Cross, we recall the Third Sunday of Great Lent – the Adoration of the Cross; and the less well-observed Feast of the Procession of the Cross on August 1.  And, importantly, every Wednesday and Friday is a day of commemorating the Cross, one of the reasons that we fast on those two days on a weekly basis.
Prominent though that the Cross may be for Christians, it is the Apostle Paul who very succinctly and profoundly captured the unbelieving world’s attitude toward the Cross in his well-known text:

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  (I COR. 1:23-24)

This leads the Apostle to one of his most astonishing and paradoxical insights:

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  (I COR. 1:26)

The “scandal” for the unbelieving Jew would be the claim that the Messiah was crucified.  The “folly” for the Greek/Gentile would be the claim that the divine would even enter the realm of flesh and blood and “become” human, let alone suffer death on a cross.  Yet God, in and through Christ, transformed what is shameful, weak, lowly and despised – a crucified man – into “our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (I COR. 1:30)  The entire passage of I COR. 1:18-31 deserves careful, close and constant study.
It remains fascinating, and highly instructive, that even non-Christians who profess to have a great respect for Jesus Christ, struggle terribly with the scandal of the Cross.   This is clearly the case with Islam.  Jesus is treated with great respect in many passages in the Qur’an:  even to the point of acknowledging His virginal conception in a passage that clearly resembles the Annunciation form the Gospel According to St. Luke! (Qur’an, 3:45-47)  However, the Crucifixion is treated in a way that bears no resemblance to the Gospel accounts:

“yet they did not slay him, neither crucify him, only a likeness of that was shown to them.” (Qur’an 4:156-159)

The Muslims believe that someone else – a figure unidentified by the Qur’an – was crucified in the place of Christ, but not Jesus Himself.  The Muslim scholar Dr. Maneh Al-Johani wrote:  “The Qur’an does not elaborate on this point, nor does it give any answer to this question.”
Clearly, the “scandal” of the Cross is too much for Muslim sensibilities, since Jesus is for them a great prophet sent by God.  Muslims further believe that Jesus was raised to Heaven, yet before He died, clearly an odd teaching that again is meant to completely distance Jesus from His crucifixion.  If there is anything that is agreed upon today among New Testament scholars – believers and skeptics alike – it is that Jesus of Nazareth was put to death by crucifixion by orders of Pontius Pilate in the early 30’s of the Christian era.  This lends a certain fantastic quality to these claims of the Qur’an.
There is a close resemblance here with an early Christian heresy known asdocetism from the Gk. word meaning “to appear.”  In other words, it only “appeared” that Christ was actually crucified and died on the Cross.  St. Ignatius of Antioch (+c. 110) vehemently rejected this heresy in its initial inception, early in the 2nd c.

Be deaf, then, when anyone speaks to you apart from Jesus Christ, who was of the family of David, who was of Mary, who was truly born, ate and drank, was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate, was truly crucified and died … He was also truly raised from the dead, when His Father raised Him up …  (Epistle to the Trallians, 9)

St. Ignatius very poignantly asks: what is the purpose of suffering martyrdom for the Lord (as he did in the Roman arena) if the sufferings of Christ were an illusion?   Should a Christian suffer in the flesh if his Lord did not?

But if, as some godless men – that is, unbelievers – say, his suffering was only apparent (they are the apparent ones), why am I in bonds, why do I pray to fight wild beasts?  Then I die in vain.  Then I lie about the Lord.  (To the Trallians, 10)

We do not “worship” the Cross.  We worship the One Who was crucified upon the Cross for our salvation.  Indeed, with the Apostle Paul we call Him the “Lord of glory.” (I COR. 2:8)   Jesus Christ was not merely a prophet in a chain of prophets sent by God.  He is the fulfillment of the prophetic testimony to His coming, as He is the fulfillment of the Law.  (MATT. 5:17) There are no prophets to follow Him with any further additions to the Christian revelation.  We believe, as we chant in the Second Antiphon of the Liturgy, that He is the “Only-begotten Son and immortal Word of God … Who without change didst become man and was crucified.”  The Cross remains “an unconquerable token of victory,” and  “an invincible shield.”  In fact, it is for this reason that in our practice, we,

kiss with joy the Wood of salvation, on which was stretched Christ the Redeemer.  (Small Vespers)

Christianity does not exist because of what it holds in common with other great world religions, but because of what is unique and distinctive about it, primarily the Incarnation, redemptive Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is because of our love for Christ that beginning on the personal level, we must promote and practice mutual respect, tolerance and peaceful co-existence with sincerely believing people of other religions.  I see no other way for those who claim to follow the crucified Lord of glory.  However, this should in no way undermine our sense of Christian distinctiveness – “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (ACTS 4:12) – but actually demonstrate our loyalty to Christ Who never compels but invites – with outstretched arms upon the Cross.
Christian Churches under Islam by Raymond Ibrahim.
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Holy Transfiguration 2015 A Joyous Feast to All!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the Troparion in the above languages:

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

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

A Joyous Feast to all!

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

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

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

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

Parishes dedicated to St John in the Northwest include:

St John Orthodox Church in Kennewick, WA.

St John the Wonderworker Church in Eugene, Oregon.


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

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



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


Peter and Paul Fast
DOXACON Seattle 2015 
July 17 – 19, Tickets Now on Sale!!!

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


Tickets include

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

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


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

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

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

 Peter Paul Fast

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

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

Peppermint flyer


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

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

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Прва посета Ванкуверу Његове Светости Патријарха Српског Иринеја.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Afterfeast of Pentecost

  St Demetrios’ Church Seattle (FB) Features:



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

AfterFeast of Pentecost
The Parish of St Michael the Archangel/

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СРПСКИ ДАНИ 2015  6. и 7. ЈУН

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

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

Читавог дана жива музика  и видео презентације

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

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

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

Afterfeast of Pentecost

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

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

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

LYRA a Musical Group based in St Petersburg is planning its US tour.   Please share the concert info with your friends, family and those out of state.  USA 2015-1 Midwest-West coast tour schedule flier 
Please note they will be performing in the NW on:
June 3rd, Walla Walla, Washington
June 5th, Edmonds, Washington
June 7th  Port Orford, Oregon
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“From Darkness to Light” Rachmaninoff Concerto for Choir Ivan Moody Conducting Performed by Cappella Romana In Seattle May 15th and Portland May 16-17th 2015

 Christ is Risen!

Cappella Romana (FB) Performs!



“Rachmaninoff Concerto for Choir

Guest Director Ivan Moody adds Rachmaninoff’s Concerto for Choir to the program From Darkness to Light.

“Rachmaninoff’s wonderful choir concerto is the perfect work to anchor this program. His music was both a culmination of a great tradition and a starting point for so much of what followed in Russia. In many ways it is, like his famous ‘Vespers’, the starting point for the contemporary Slavic works in this concert. In addition, the music is absolutely sublime!” —Ivan Moody”  ( from website)

Alfred Schnittke’s Verses of Repentance (Stikhi Pokayanniye) in “From Darkness to Light” is a musical tour-de-force, surpassing in virtuosity Schnittke’s more widely known Concerto for Choir. Rich harmonies and exuberant melodies deliver these poignant words with tender to fervent emotion, as music gives way to an ineffable, final movement sung without words.

Ivan Moody Conducts

Cappella Romana favorite Ivan Moody will conduct, completing this intense program with the rarely performed Choir Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Diptych by Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva, and his own work Anastasis on Eastertide texts in Greek and English.

Pre-Concert Talks: Meet Ivan Moody
One hour prior to each concert, guest director Ivan Moody will present a brief talk on the program, and will be available to sign his recent book and CDs (a selection will be available for purchase).

Rev. Dr. Ivan Moody is one of the world’s leading scholars on Russian composer Alfred Schnittke and is the author of the article on Schnittke in the New Grove Dictionary of Music. He also serves as president of the International Society of Orthodox Church Music.

Ivan Moody directed Cappella Romana’s recent recording of Finnish Orthodox music (Arctic Light, 2014) and has been a regular guest director of Cappella Romana. His largest composition, The Akáthistos Hymn, was written for Cappella Romana and also released on CD.


Friday, 15 May 2015, 8:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Church       TICKETS


Saturday, 16 May 2015, 8:00pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral         TICKETS


Sunday, 17 May 2015, 2:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral       TICKETS

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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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All Saints Summer Camp Register by May 15, 2015!


All Saints Summer Register now!


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