What Happens When Your Band is Breaking into the Big Time and Three Men Leave to Become Orthodox Christians and Priests? A Film About this July 22nd Portland


Thursday July 18, 2019 / July 5, 2019  5th Week after Pentecost. Tone three.

Venerable Athanasius of Mt. Athos (1003) and his six disciples.
Uncovering of the relics (1422) of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1392).
New Hieromartyr Gennadius priest, Martyrdom of St. Elizabeth Romanov and Nun Barbara (1918).  New Martyrs Grand Dukes Sergius Mikhailovitch, Princes John Constantinovich, Constantine, Igor Constantinovich and Vladimir.

Hat tip to  OrthodoxPortland.

What Happens When Your Band is Breaking into the Big Time and Three Men Leave to Become Orthodox Christians and Priests?  See the movie and find out….  It seems appropriate to post a conversion story on the Feast of such a great and Holy Convert St Elizabeth.

Parallel Love film premiere at Hollywood Theatre, July 22

We have the rare opportunity to attend the local premiere of The Covellite International Film Festival winning documentary, Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury, about the Indie-Christian-Punk band, Luxury, and three of it’s members who became Orthodox Christian Priests. The film director, Matt Hinton, will be at the premiere and available for Q&A.

Tickets will going on sale within the next 48 hours and available from the Hollywood Theater Website and you can also view the trailer.

You can listen to the recent NPR interview on the film here where you can also sample songs from the band’s latest album.

This premiere presents a unique and fun opportunity for the local Orthodox Christian community to turn out for an “extracurricular” activity.

Parallel Love asks a question you don’t hear very often: What happens to a rock-and-roll band when three-fifths of its members become Eastern Orthodox priests? That’s what Luxury, a band from Athens, Georgia, had to deal with after a devastating auto wreck they suffered on tour in 1995 while just on the cusp of success. Best described as The Smiths-meet-Fugazi, Luxury’s hyper-articulate musicians tell their poignant story—and play their soaring melodies on top of wild post-punk instrumentation—in this vibrant, gripping film. “I couldn’t take my eyes off it,” says Paste Magazine.

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St Macrina Orthodox Academy in Kennewick, Washington Accepting Applicants for Fall 2019


The Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos at Blachernae (5th c.). 
St. Juvenal, protomartyr of America and Alaska (1796)

 

St Macrina Orthodox Academy fb a new K-8 School in Kennewick, Washington is opening its doors and accepting applicants for the fall of 2019.  It is a ministry of St John Orthodox Church  Kennewick, Washington (FB).    Below is the Mission Statement of the new school.

 

 

 

 

 

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St Sophia’s is having a Lavender Rose Tea and Church Mosaic Tour July 20, 2019 Victoria, BC


The Holy, Glorious and All-praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul (67).

Saint Sophia Orthodox Church Victoria British Columbia is having a Lavender Rose Tea:

 

 

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Sunday Snapshot: Reconciliation at St Mary The Protectress Vancouver, Island British Columbia


2nd Sunday after Pentecost. All Russian Saints. Tone one.
Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast. Fish Allowed

All venerable and holy Fathers of the Holy Mount Athos (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost).

St Mary Protectress Parish fb on Vancouver Island was vandalized recently, and reconciled with the perpetrator.  I thought it was an inspiring article to share.  Please keep all in your prayers.

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Work Day at Holy Trinity Church, Wilkeson, WA July 20, 2019! Support the Oldest Orthodox Church in the Northwest!


Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast.

Venerable Barlaam of Khutyn (1192) (movable holiday on the 1st Friday of Apostles’ Fast). “Tabynsk” and “Kursk-Root” Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos (movable holiday on the 9th Friday of Pascha).  St. Jonah, metropolitan of Moscow (1461).  Blessed Augustine, bishop of Hippo (430), and his mother Monica(387).

Holy Trinity Church, Wilkeson, Wa-1900 oldest Orthodox Church in the NW.  This photo was taken by a professional photographer and has been the welcome image and symbol of OrthodoxNorthwest since its inception.  OrthodoxNorthwest uses it with permission. (Copyrighted photo all rights reserved)

“Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit – through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!”  Troparion of Pentecost

Support the Oldest Orthodox Church in the Northwest!

Holy Resurrection in Tacoma is having a parish Summer work day at Holy Trinity Church in Wilkison, Washington.  Normally events that are just parish events are not published on here.  But this is the oldest parish in Washington.  And was truly a catholic parish in its ethnic make up.  It is the mother Church of the Northwest  and was even Consecrated by a Glorified Saint.  I am sure others might be interested in helping preserve and take care of this historic Church.  Would it not be a wonderful thing if Orthodox from other parishes also came to help?!  Would it be so terrible if too many people showed up wanting to preserve this treasure and be inspired by it to sharing our faith and working together?  I have not warned the secretary of Holy Resurrection parish that they may be flooded with calls to offer physical, material and financial assistance.  May they be so blessed!  (Please note this parish is featured in the Pilgrimage page, which has been updated and is fairly complete.  Check it out! Below is some more information on the Parish)–Editor

¨Wilkeson Workday
On Saturday, July 20 we will meet at our historic Holy Trinity
Temple, 431 Long Street, Wilkeson 98396 at 10:00 a.m. for a

special workday. We’ll re-roof the restroom. Please consider help-
ing with yard work, church cleaning, and other chores.¨ — From parish bulletin

Holy Trinity Parish established 1896 in Wilkinson   The parish was visited and partially founded by Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich and Consecrated by St Tikhon.  It is the oldest parish building in the Northwest and of historical and Spiritual significance to all Orthodox in the area.  A most inspiring sermon was preached there by Saint Tikhon in 1900 in which he described our first parishioners as “Arabs, Greeks and Slavs,” together with “Uniates [Byzantine Rite Catholics] who had reunited and were living in Wilkeson.” “(from the OCA website)  A more complete history of the parish can be found here on the OCA website ; and an even  more complete history here from the Holy Resurrection Parish Website .   Holy Resurrection in Tacoma is the “daughter Parish” actively outreaching to the Tacoma area.

 

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New Summer Study Skills Class and Plan for Fall Classes at The Classical Learning Resource Center 2019


Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast. 

Prophet Elisha (10th c. B.C.).
St. Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople (847).

   Classical Learning Resource Center (fb)

Please Note the Classes offered and plan for fall!

 

 

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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Elementary Ukrainian Offered this Fall at U of WA 2019


Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast. 

Prophet Elisha (10th c. B.C.).
St. Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople (847).

 

 

 

For more information contact the UW Slavic Department at slavicll@uw.edu

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(New Flyer!) Register Now for St John the WonderWorker Orthodox Family Camp ! July 28-Aug 2, 2019


Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast. 

Prophet Elisha (10th c. B.C.).
St. Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople (847).

¨The St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp is a retreat for Orthodox Christians — families and singles — in a beautiful lakeside natural setting a half-hour from Eugene. The Camp offers unique opportunities to Orthodox Christians, especially those throughout the Northwest, for prayer and fellowship together.
The campsite, a Kiwanis camp, offers cabins and full services for participants.¨  (per website)

¨This year’s theme is “The Mysteries of the Church,” and we look forward to delving deeply into this topic during the scheduled talks with our presenters and facilitators: Fr. Seraphim Gascoigne, Fr. Laurent Cleenewerck, Olga Caffee, and Kennen Biornstad–who also serves as our new St. John’s Family Camp Coordinator.

St. John’s Family Camp continues to be organized and managed by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who work hard to make everything we enjoy about our family camp experience not only possible but worthwhile and nourishing for body, mind, and soul. This year we have some vacancies on our staff that need to be filled promptly in order to have the same robust family camp experience for 2019. We are currently seeking to fill the following staff positions:

  • Camp Cook and Kitchen Manager – free tuition plus pay commensurate with experience
  • Teacher for Age 6-8 children’s class – free tuition
  • Kliros Leader – free tuition

In addition to the staff positions mentioned above, St. John’s Family Camp is looking for individuals to fill the following volunteer roles:

  • Dining Hall Assistant
  • Nurse’s Aid
  • Children’s Program Assistants

If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions or if you know someone who would make a good addition to our team, please contact our coordinator Kennen Biornstad kennen.stjohnsorthodoxfamcamp@gmail.com in order to receive more information and staff/volunteer application.

We look forward to seeing all of you at Family Camp this year!

Bidding you all good strength as we enter into this last week of Great Lent and on into the Passion, Crucifixion, and Holy Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May the 2019 St. John’s Family Camp be blessed!

Your Servant in Christ,

Tazsa Wells

St. John’s Family Camp Registrar

Too view pictures from 2018’s Family Camp press Here ¨ (from website)

What is Family camp?

Family camp is an Orthodox camp for the whole family. It is an opportunity to gather with other Orthodox Christians of the Northwest and pray, learn, play, and fellowship together. There are activities for everyone: for the kids of all ages, talks for the adults, and an opportunity to make new friends and renew old friendships for all: There are fun activities for children, teens, young adults, parents, and grandparents.

Where is family camp?

The Family camp is located near Eugene Oregon at a beautiful lakeside Kiwanis camp.

Why go to family camp?

The St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp offers the opportunity to retreat from the world and set aside time for prayer, fellowship, classes, and other ways of building the Faith for those who may not have the resources or time to travel to a monastery or other place of pilgrimage. World-class speakers and teachers and helpers experienced with working with children contribute to a full experience of the Church in a beautiful wilderness setting. Every day we gather together to pray Matins, Vespers, and Compline and we always have a mid-week Divine Liturgy. We also have a special children’s Vespers, where the kids get a hands-on opportunity to participate in a service.

Family camp is also a fun place for children of all ages.  Children, teens and adults will have age appropriate seminars, activities and crafts in an environment that will build their understanding of the Orthodox faith.

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22nd Annual NW Greek Open Golf Tourney-Seattle, July 26, 2019


Afterfeast of Pentecost. Tone seven.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

Translation of the relics of Great-martyr Theodore Stratelates (319).
St. Theodore, bishop of Rostov and Suzdal (1023).

NW Greek Open Golf Tournament – July 26,  Plan Now!

 

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Liturgical Arts Academy -Chanting, Iconography, Liturgical Textiles Aug 18-24, 2019


Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone five.  Apostles Carpus of the Seventy and Alphaeus (1st c.).

An upcoming conference that some or our talented people in the NW may be interested in….  Just click on images for more info.

The Liturgical Arts Academy is a one week intensive program to teach the skills of Byzantine Chanting, Iconography and Liturgical Textile Arts in an atmosphere of prayer, study, discussion and communion.

Dates: Sunday August 18  – Saturday August 24, 2019

Location: Diakonia Retreat Center

 Cost: $1050 per student 

COST REDUCTION NOTE: Thanks to a generous grant from Leadership 100, student registrations are reduced by $300. Please see details below.

Includes: 7 Days and 6 Nights in Single Occupancy Room in Lodge , all meals for 6 nts and 7 days, workshop instruction and materials for 5 days (Mon-Fri), use of facilities and amenities at the Diakonia Retreat Center

 Instructors:

John Michael Boyer / Gabriel Cremeens / Samuel Heron

Father Anthony Salzman

Presvytera Krista West

 

Vision of TLAA

The Liturgical Arts in the Orthodox Church are the product of two thousand years of liturgical worship in unbroken continuity; they serve to remove the worshiper from the earthly plain and elevate him/ her to the heavenly realm.  Because we see a loss of the Church’s traditional worship in America, we hope to implement a project that will revitalize the traditional liturgical arts in order to restore the proper power to, and transformative nature of, our worship.   Each generation must acquire the skills and knowledge of the tradition and then develop the craft in order to attain the heights of expression in these sacred arts.  The Liturgical Arts Academy (TLAA) aspires to teach leaders and church artists how to worship God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the form which has produced hundreds and thousands of saints, martyrs, confessors and witnesses.

Registration Fees & Deadlines:

Registration Deposit:

$250

Balance in Full:

Due by August 1

 

  PER PERSON RATE
LODGE SGL OCCUPANCY— $1050      (Now $750 with grant)
LODGE DBL OCCUPANCY —$950        (Now $650 with grant)
     
As of JUNE 5 – CABINS ARE SOLD OUT
CABIN SGL OCCUPANCY —$1150      (Now $850 with grant)
CABIN DBL OCCUPANCY —$1050      (Now $750 with grant)
 

PLEASE SEE TLAA TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR LODGING DESCRIPTIONS

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Sunday Snapshot: The Beautiful Church of Sfintii Trei Ierarhi Was Consecrated May 18th, 2019


Hristos a inviat!

Sixth Sunday of Pascha: The Blind Man.  Martyr Thalelaeus at Aegae in Cilicia and companions, Martyrs Alexander and Asterius (284).

Sfintii Trei Ierarhi Parohia Creştin Ortodoxă din Seattle fb was recently consecrated this past May. Definitely worth a visit:

The Consecration of Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi/ Three Holy Hierarchs in Seattle this past May 18-19. Photo and update from the site Orthodox Washington on Facebook.  More photos can be found there.

 

A video can be seen via the link below.

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The Pantokrator in the dome from the fb page of the Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi/ Three Holy Hierarchs in Seattle. Click to see more photos of this inspiring and beautiful Church.

 

 

Romanian Saints from the fb page of the Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi/ Three Holy Hierarchs in Seattle. Click to see more photos.

The Church of Sfinţii Trei Ierarhi/ Three Holy Hierarchs in Seattle. Click to see more photos of this inspiring and beautiful Church. Photo from Fb click to see more!

If anyone has videos or more photos of the Consecration please share with OrthodoxNorthwest.

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Register Now for St John the WonderWorker Orthodox Family Camp ! July 28-Aug 2, 2019 (Special Discount thru June 15th)


Christ is Risen!

Venerable Pachomius the Great, founder of cenobitic monasticism (346).

¨The St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp is a retreat for Orthodox Christians — families and singles — in a beautiful lakeside natural setting a half-hour from Eugene. The Camp offers unique opportunities to Orthodox Christians, especially those throughout the Northwest, for prayer and fellowship together.
The campsite, a Kiwanis camp, offers cabins and full services for participants.¨  (per website)

¨This year’s theme is “The Mysteries of the Church,” and we look forward to delving deeply into this topic during the scheduled talks with our presenters and facilitators: Fr. Seraphim Gascoigne, Fr. Laurent Cleenewerck, Olga Caffee, and Kennen Biornstad–who also serves as our new St. John’s Family Camp Coordinator.

St. John’s Family Camp continues to be organized and managed by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who work hard to make everything we enjoy about our family camp experience not only possible but worthwhile and nourishing for body, mind, and soul. This year we have some vacancies on our staff that need to be filled promptly in order to have the same robust family camp experience for 2019. We are currently seeking to fill the following staff positions:

  • Camp Cook and Kitchen Manager – free tuition plus pay commensurate with experience
  • Teacher for Age 6-8 children’s class – free tuition
  • Kliros Leader – free tuition

In addition to the staff positions mentioned above, St. John’s Family Camp is looking for individuals to fill the following volunteer roles:

  • Dining Hall Assistant
  • Nurse’s Aid
  • Children’s Program Assistants

If you would like to volunteer for any of these positions or if you know someone who would make a good addition to our team, please contact our coordinator Kennen Biornstad kennen.stjohnsorthodoxfamcamp@gmail.com in order to receive more information and staff/volunteer application.

We look forward to seeing all of you at Family Camp this year!

Bidding you all good strength as we enter into this last week of Great Lent and on into the Passion, Crucifixion, and Holy Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

May the 2019 St. John’s Family Camp be blessed!

Your Servant in Christ,

Tazsa Wells

St. John’s Family Camp Registrar

Too view pictures from 2018’s Family Camp press Here ¨ (from website)

What is Family camp?

Family camp is an Orthodox camp for the whole family. It is an opportunity to gather with other Orthodox Christians of the Northwest and pray, learn, play, and fellowship together. There are activities for everyone: for the kids of all ages, talks for the adults, and an opportunity to make new friends and renew old friendships for all: There are fun activities for children, teens, young adults, parents, and grandparents.

Where is family camp?

The Family camp is located near Eugene Oregon at a beautiful lakeside Kiwanis camp.

Why go to family camp?

The St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp offers the opportunity to retreat from the world and set aside time for prayer, fellowship, classes, and other ways of building the Faith for those who may not have the resources or time to travel to a monastery or other place of pilgrimage. World-class speakers and teachers and helpers experienced with working with children contribute to a full experience of the Church in a beautiful wilderness setting. Every day we gather together to pray Matins, Vespers, and Compline and we always have a mid-week Divine Liturgy. We also have a special children’s Vespers, where the kids get a hands-on opportunity to participate in a service.

Family camp is also a fun place for children of all ages.  Children, teens and adults will have age appropriate seminars, activities and crafts in an environment that will build their understanding of the Orthodox faith.

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Two Recent Articles Posted on Pravmir by Northwest´s Own Fr Michael Shanbour


Χριστός Ανέστη! 

Христос Воскресе!

Hristos a înviat! 

Hieromartyr Symeon the Kinsman of the Lord (107).  New Hieromartyrs Paul and John priests, Martyrs Peter, Nicholas, Auksentius, Sergius and Virgin-martyr Anastasia (1922). Virgin-martyr Mary (1938).  Burning of the relics of Venerable Sava I of Serbia by the Turks (1595).

Pravmir recently published two articles by the Northwest´s own Fr Michael Shanbour of  Three Hierarchs Church in Wenatchee, Washington fb . The second is a reprint from a prior interview with Kevin Allen, so the original article is linked here.  May the articles in this Paschal season be a blessing!

Three Hierarchs Church in Wenatchee, Washington. Photo from May 7th, 2019 FB page. Please click to see more photos of the parish!

 

¨Do We Really Believe in the Resurrection?

The Holy Apostle Paul made it abundantly clear that the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith when he wrote to the Corinthians: “And if Christ is not risen, then is our preaching is empty, and your faith is also empty” (1 Cor. 15:14).  It would be fair to say then that one who does not believe in the bodily Resurrection of Christ cannot be called a Christian.

But what does it mean to believe in the Resurrection of Christ? ¨

¨The Eastern Orthodox Theology of Grace: An Interview with Fr. Michael Shanbour

KEVIN ALLEN | 07 MAY 2019
What does the Orthodox Church teach about divine grace? What makes the theology of grace so important to our daily lives? I had the privilege of conversing with the Rev. Fr Michael Shanbour about this aspect of Orthodox theology.¨
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¨Recognizing Our Shared Humanity with the Homeless¨ and ¨Seattle is Dying¨ How do We Respond?


Passion Week: Great Monday.

Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (362).
New Martyr Gabriel (1942).

To live without Hope is to Cease to live.   Fyodor Dostoevsky

Abbot Tryphon posted a very beautiful and inspiring Post on his blog about the homeless a couple days ago.  ¨Recognizing our shared humanity with the homeless  and a followup ¨Becoming a home grown philanthropist¨

¨I  believe we are all called to realize how dependent we are on Godś grace.   ¨But for the Grace of God there go I¨.  But we are also confronted with real problems in our cities large and small.  The drug problem is a scourge on all of us. The homeless issue and how to respond is something that concerns us all.  I do not claim to know the answers but I offer both Abbot Tryphons posts and the Video Seattle is Dying.  To challenge us all, and give us perhaps some insight to the issues.   I was in Seattle last year and the amount of homeless and the problems associate with it were shocking.   As I said I do not have the answers, or even how to respond at times with the homeless I encounter.  But I do we believe we need to find ways to implement the words of Our Lord in regards to our neighbor as individual persons, as parishes, and as a society.

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. Fyodor Dostoevsky

If there is no God, everything is permitted. Fyodor Dostoevsky

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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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¨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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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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Wishing All a Joyous Feast of Saint´s Peter and Paul 2019 !


The Holy, Glorious and All-praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul (67)

Wishing all a Joyous Feast!

 

“O first-enthroned of the Apostles,

Teachers of the Universe:

Entreat the Master of all

to grant peace to the world,

and great mercy to our souls.”

Troparion to SS. Peter and Paul  

 

St. John Chrysostom: On Sts. Peter and Paul

“NOT so bright is the heaven, when the sun sends forth his rays, as is the city of Rome, sending out these two lights into all parts of the world. From thence will Paul be caught up, from thence Peter. Just bethink you, and shudder at the thought of what a sight Rome will see, when Paul arises suddenly from that deposit, together with Peter, and is lifted up to meet the Lord.  What a rose will Rome send up to Christ! What two crowns will the city have about it! What golden chains will she be girded with! What fountains possess! Therefore I admire the city, not for the much gold, not for the columns, not for the other display there, but for these pillars of the Church.”

~St. John Chrysostom (c. 349 – 407): Homilies on Romans, 32.   Found on ¨Fathers of the Church Blog.¨ a Roman Catholic blog.

and a bit of History on the Feast:

 

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St John’s Monastery in Goldendale, WA invites all to their Feast Day June 23-24, 2019


Day Of the Holy Spirit.

“Tupichevsk” and “Cyprus” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (movable holiday on the Day Of the Holy Spirit).
St. Metrophanes, first patriarch of Constantinople (325).  Sts. Mary and Martha, sisters of St. Lazarus (1st c.).

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

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A Joyous Pentecost to All! 2018


Pentecost – Trinity Sunday.

“Lesna” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1696) (movable holiday on the Trinity Sunday)Holy Fathers and Mothers of Atchara (18th c.) (movable holiday on the Trinity Sunday) (Georgia)Martyr Lucillian and those with him at Byzantium: four youths — Claudius, Hypatius, Paul, and Dionysius; and Virgin Paula (270).

A Joyous Pentecost and Spirit Week to All!  

 

Pentecost, Troparion, Tone VIII —
Blessed art Thou, Christ our God, Who didst make the fishermen wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. Lover of men, glory to Thee.

Kontakion, Tone VIII —
When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations, but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all to unity. And with one accord we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.

Come, O ye peoples, / let us worship the Godhead
in three Persons: / the Son in the Father, with the
Holy Spirit; / for the Father timelessly begat the
Son, / Who is co-eternal and Co-enthroned; / and
the Holy Spirit was in the Father, glorified with
the Son; / one Might, one essence, one Godhead, /
which we all worship, saying: / Holy God, Who
didst create all things through the Son, / with the
co-operation of the Holy Spirit. / Holy Mighty,
through Whom we have known the Father, / and
through Whom the Holy Spirit came to the world.
/ Holy Immortal, the Comforting Spirit, / Who
proceedest from the Father and restest in the Son.
// O Holy Trinity, glory be to Thee.  Pentecost Vigil Prayer Before the Small Entrance

 

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Barvinok Ukrainian Dancers Performing in Kirkland, Washington June 29, 2019


Afterfeast of the Ascension.  Venerable Nicetas, bishop of Chalcedon (9th c.).
St. Ignatius, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1288).

Barvinok Ukrainian Dancers (FB) presents:

 

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Teen Girls Retreat Borden Canada Hosted by St Vincent Lerins Church June 28-July 1, 2019


Afterfeast of the Ascension.

Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist (850).
Virgin-Martyr Helen (1938).
New Hieromartyr Tavrion (1939).
St. Innocent archbishop of Cherson (1857).
Hieromartyr Therapon, bishop of Cyprus (4th c.)

 

This is quite a distance but the Guest Leader is from the NW.    Perhaps some young ladies form the NW might wish to carpool and have a pilgrimage to Canada.  : )   Editor

  St. Vincent of Lerins Orthodox Church Saskatoon, SK, Canada fb presents:

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Icon Workshop with Fr Matthew Garrett Billing, Montana June 24-28 , 2019


Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist (850).
Virgin-Martyr Helen (1938).  New Hieromartyr Tavrion (1939).

Upcoming Icon Workshop 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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Volunteer Work Week at St Peterś Monastery ! June 23-29, 2019


Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist (850).
Virgin-Martyr Helen (1938), New Hieromartyr Tavrion (1939). 

 St. Peter’s Monastery Harrison Montana presents:

Volunteer Work Week:

Adults and adults with children over 14 years old are welcome to work with our visiting monks for all or any part of this week. Meals and tools, except work gloves, will be provided, but those who plan to stay overnight should bring a sleeping bag and tent, if desired. All are welcome and encouraged to make a donation to the monastery to help cover the cost of meals and materials.

The Holy Cross on the Grounds of the St Peter’s Monastery Grounds, Harrison Montana. Image from the website. (used with permission)

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR 2019 YOUTH CAMP

JUNE 23-29, 2019

SUNDAY, JUNE 23
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy at St. Anthony Church in Bozeman

(optional)

3-6 PM: Registration and tent set-up at site in Harrison
6:30 PM Dinner
7:15 PM Organizational meeting and ice breakers
9:00 PM Vespers
10:00 PM Circle Time followed by “lights out”

MONDAY, JUNE 24
7:00 AM Akathist
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Organizational meeting
9-1 PM Monastery work
1 PM Lunch
2 – 4 PM Swimming, boating, fishing
4 – 6 PM Devotional followed by break-outs
6:30 PM Dinner

7-9 PM Softball
9 PM Vespers at the Cross
10:00 PM Circle Time followed by “lights out”

TUESDAY, JUNE 25
7:00 AM Akathist
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Organizational meeting
9-1 PM Monastery work
1 PM Lunch
2 – 4 PM Lewis and Clark Caverns or Madison River Float
4 – 6 PM Free Time or Group Activity
6:30 PM Dinner
7-9 PM Devotional followed by break-outs
9 PM Vespers
10:00 PM Circle Time followed by “lights out”

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
7:00 AM Akathist
8:00 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Organizational meeting
9-1 PM Monastery work
1 PM Lunch
2 – 4 PM Workshops: Hymnography, Iconography, the History
and Meaning of the Liturgy, Trinity Door Restoration,
Tree Planting

4 – 6 PM Devotional followed by break-outs
6:30 PM Dinner
7-9 PM Softball
9 PM Vespers at the Cross
10:00 PM Circle Time followed by “lights out”

THURSDAY, JUNE 27
7:00 AM Akathist
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Organizational meeting
9-1 PM Monastery work
1 PM Lunch
2 – 6 PM Workshops: Hymnography, Iconography, the History
and Meaning of the Liturgy, Trinity Door Restoration,
Tree Planting
6:30 PM Dinner

7-9 PM Devotional followed by break-outs
9 PM Vespers
10:00 PM Circle Time followed by “lights out”

FRIDAY, JUNE 28
7:00 AM Akathist
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Organizational meeting
9-1 PM Monastery work
1 PM Lunch
2 – 4 PM Hike up Hollowtop Mountain or soak at Norris Hot

Springs
4 – 6 PM TBD
6:30 PM Dinner
7-9 PM TBD
9 PM Vespers at the Cross followed by “Confessions under

the Stars”

10:00 PM Circle Time followed by “lights out”

SATURDAY, JUNE 29
8:00 AM Hours and Confessions

8:30-9:30 AM Monastery clean-up
10 AM: Divine Liturgy celebrated with Archbishop Benjamin

(Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

11:30 AM Agape Feast
1 PM Break Camp (guests are welcome to camp out through
the weekend and attend Vespers and Divine Liturgy at
St. Anthony in Bozeman or Holy Trinity in Butte, Montana.

 

  1. PETER’S MONASTERY YOUTH CAMP 2019

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

 

  1. ICONOGRAPHY: This group will receive instruction from a practicing iconographer in the traditional techniques for writing icons whilst working collaboratively to write a large icon of ST. PETER & THE WAVES.

 

  1. HISTORY & MEANING OF ST. CHRYSOSTOM LITURGY: Our clergy will work with this group to enrich their worship experience by explaining and showing the many layers of meaning in the words and actions of the Liturgy.

 

  1. HYMNOGRAPHY: This group will work with an expert music director to study and learn the music they will sing in Saturday’s Liturgy at the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

 

  1. DOOR RESTORATION: The Church of the Holy Trinity in Butte recently donated to the monastery a set of handsome doors in need of restoration.  This group will begin this restoration process.

 

  1. TREE PLANTING: Every year we try to increase the number of trees at St. Peter’s.  Our late spring this year will allow this group to participate in this process.

 

GLORY TO GOD

 

Work day at St Peter´s Monastery from the website. click to learn more!

 

IF INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE 2019 VOLUNTEER WORK WEEK, SEND AN EMAIL TO stpetersmonastery@gmail.com!

To learn more and to assist with the building of the Monastery go to the website, or click here to give financial assistance.

 

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A Joyous Feast of the Ascension to All 2019!


The Ascension of our Lord.

Holy Georgian Martyrs of Persia (17th-18th c.) (movable holiday on the day of the Holy Ascension) (Georgia).
Venerable Symeon Stylites (the Younger) of the Wonderful Mountain (596).
Venerable Nicetas Stylites, wonderworker of Pereyaslavl-Zalesski (1186).
St. Xenia of Petersburg, fool-for-Christ (Glorification 1988).

A Joyous Feast of the Ascension to all!

 

Ascension mosaic from Monreale, Sicily. 12th century.

Troparion of the Feast.

Thou didst ascend into glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit; and they were assured by the blessing that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

Ascension, Kontakion, tone 6
When Thou didst fulfill the dispensation for our sake, / and unite earth to heaven; / Thou
didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, / not being parted from those who love Thee, / but
remaining with them and crying: / I am with you and no one will be against you!

 

Do you see then to what height of glory human nature has been raised? Is it not from earth to heaven? Is it not from corruption to incorruption? How hard would not someone toil in order to become the intimate friend of a corruptible king here below? But we, although we were alienated and hostile in our intent by evil deeds, have not only been reconciled to God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, but we have also soared aloft to sonship, and now our nature is worshipped in the heavens by every creature seen and unseen.

St Ephrem – Catechesis 7  ( found at St Nicholas Orthodox Church McKinney, Texas)

 

Feast of the Ascension – Homily by St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom Homily II on the Acts of the Apostles

And having this said, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight Acts 1:9. Do you see that they did preach and fulfil the Gospel? For great was the gift He had bestowed on them. In the very place, He says, where you are afraid, that is, in Jerusalem, there preach ye first, and afterwards unto the uttermost part of the earth. Then for assurance of what He had said, While they beheld, He was taken up. Not while they beheld did He rise from the dead, but while they beheld, He was taken up. Inasmuch, however, as the sight of their eyes even here was not all-sufficient; for in the Resurrection they saw the end, but not the beginning, and in the Ascension they saw the beginning, but not the end: because in the former it had been superfluous to have seen the beginning, the Lord Himself Who spoke these things being present, and the sepulchre showing clearly that He is not there; but in the latter, they needed to be informed of the sequel by word of others: inasmuch then as their eyes do not suffice to show them the height above, nor to inform them whether He is actually gone up into heaven, or only seemingly into heaven, see then what follows. That it was Jesus Himself they knew from the fact that He had been conversing with them (for had they seen only from a distance, they could not have recognized Him by sight), but that He is taken up into Heaven the Angels themselves inform them. Observe how it is ordered, that not all is done by the Spirit, but the eyes also do their part. But why did a cloud receive Him? This too was a sure sign that He went up to Heaven. Not fire, as in the case of Elijah, nor fiery chariot, but a cloud received Him; which was a symbol of Heaven, as the Prophet says; Who makes the clouds His chariot Psalm 104:3; it is of the Father Himself that this is said. Therefore he says, on a cloud; in the symbol, he would say, of the Divine power, for no other Power is seen to appear on a cloud. For hear again what another Prophet says: The Lord sits upon a light cloud Isaiah 19:1. For it was while they were listening with great attention to what He was saying, and this in answer to a very interesting question, and with their minds fully aroused and quite awake, that this thing took place. Also on the mount [Sinai] the cloud was because of Him: since Moses also entered into the darkness, but the cloud there was not because of Moses. And He did not merely say, I go, lest they should again grieve, but He said, I send the Spirit John 16:5-7; and that He was going away into heaven they saw with their eyes. O what a sight they were granted! And while they looked steadfastly, it is said, toward heaven, as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven— they used the expression This demonstratively, saying, this Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall thus— demonstratively, in this way— come in like manner as you have seen Him going into heaven. (v. 10-11.) Again, the outward appearance is cheering [in white apparel]. They were Angels, in the form of men. And they say, You men of Galilee: they showed themselves to be trusted by the disciples, by saying, You men of Galilee. For this was the meaning: else, what needed they to be told of their country, who knew it well enough? By their appearance also they attracted their regard, and showed that they were from heaven. But wherefore does not Christ Himself tell them these things, instead of the Angels? He had beforehand told them all things; [What if you shall see the Son of Man] going up where He was before? John 6:62.

 

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Mediterranean Delights and Music Fundraiser for Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Arabic Mission at St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle- June 9, 2019


The Ascension of our Lord.

Holy Georgian Martyrs of Persia (17th-18th c.) (movable holiday on the day of the Holy Ascension) (Georgia).
Venerable Symeon Stylites (the Younger) of the Wonderful Mountain (596).
Venerable Nicetas Stylites, wonderworker of Pereyaslavl-Zalesski (1186).
St. Xenia of Petersburg, fool-for-Christ (Glorification 1988).

St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle, Washington fb will host a Fundraiser for Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Antiochan Orthodox Mission of Seattle, Washington fb

 

 

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