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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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.

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

 

 

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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:

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Holy Thursday Liturgy:

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12 Gospels on Holy Thursday:

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Holy and Great Friday Burial:

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Holy Saturday Liturgy

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Pascha!

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Bright Saturday Children’s Procession:

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 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


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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


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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


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

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


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 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

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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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All Saints Summer Camp Register by May 15, 2015!


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All Saints Summer Register now!

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


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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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Costco Gift Card Raffle to Benenfit St Ignatius of Antioch Church Twin Falls, Id May 31, 2015


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A Joyous Feast of St George to All!

St Ignatius of Antioch Church Twin Falls, Id (fb)presents:  2015 Costco Gift Card Raffle Entry and info

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Young Adult Gathering! Prophet Elijah Mission May 29-30, 2015 Ellensburg, WA


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EveHoly Glorious Great-martyr, Victory-bearer and Wonderworker George (303).

 Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington is hosting another Young Adult Gathering.  Here is the Youth Gathering letter from the first Sept Gathering.  Youth Gathering at Goldendale May 29-30, 2015

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“So some things to take special note of:

1. We will begin the gathering on Friday evening, May 29th  beginning @ 6:00 PM at the ‘Grange Hall’ in downtown Goldendale. Here is the address: 228 E Darland Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620  and here is a link for directions:  http://www.yellowpages.com/listings/475183930/directions.  We will eat dinner together, fellowship a bit, and then (if  most of the Priests are willing) we will each share for 5-10 minutes each, the influence that the monastic life has had on our churches, and us personally. Many of you are already very familiar with the Monastery in Goldendale, and/or monasticism in general, but perhaps for some of you, this is your first blessed exposure, and I think it would be good to discuss it a bit, before we visit on  Saturday morning.

2. We will NOT be staying at the Monastery Friday night, but rather at the homes of some families of the newly forming Antiochian Mission in Goldendale, as well other Orthodox
families who live close to the Monastery. PLEASE RSVP ME  (NOT the families in Goldendale) whether you are planning on coming, (even if you live in Goldendale), so we have ONE master list of who is attending, for the purposes of food preparation and sleeping arrangements. I will then email the families there who are are organizing this, so they can buy the proper amount of food, and divvy all of us out for a place to sleep that night. Please remember to bring a sleeping bag and pad!

3.  We will attend the Saturday morning Divine Liturgy at the Monastery.  Please take special note that there is a strict dress code on the Monastery grounds. Here is a link to read:
https://stjohnmonastery.org/visitor-info/       …We also plan on doing a little work on the Monastery  grounds before they serve us lunch and leave, so please bring….                          CHURCH CLOTHING and WORK CLOTHING, unless you want to get your nice clothing dirty!

4.   We will have the GREAT blessing of having the Abbess of the Monastery, Gerontissa Epfraxia, speak to us sometime before we all leave that morning. Besides the Divine Liturgy, this will be by far the highlight of this gathering, and I am sure something that will profoundly impact all of us!

5.   God-willing we will have at least 5 Priests joining us this time, and perhaps more. I am grateful to God that the Pacific Northwest has so many priests who are committed to the love and care and spiritual development of our Orthodox Young People, and willing to sacrifice much of there time to help inspire us all to constantly, (as Fr. Michael Dunaway said so  movingly in the homily at the wedding yesterday) “chase after Christ!”)

6.   And finally for now, if you would like to spend Saturday night at the Monastery, (if there is room, and you receive a blessing!) Please see this link:                        https://stjohnmonastery.org/contact-us/     …and contact them directly well in advance!

Anyway, that’s it for now! Please RSVP to me as soon as you can whether you are planning on attending, and we will begin to make our preparations!

Knowing that I love you all dearly, and that our Sweetest Christ loves you infinitely more, I remain the unworthy Priest, Fr. Paul+ “

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


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“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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Icon Workshop with Deacon Matthew Garrett Coming Up in Montana: June 15-20, 2015


A Joyous Lent to all!  Pray for the suffering Christians of the Middle East. 

Icon Workshops with the NW’s own  Deacon Matthew Garrett  hosted by St Nicholas of South Canaan, in Billings Montana.

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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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LYRA Vocal Ensemble is Coming to the US in 2015 Contact Them to Perform At Your Parish A Wonderful Evangelistic Opportunity


LYRA a Musical Group based in St Petersburg is planning its US tour.  You can make arrangements for them to visit your parish or town.  What a wonderful way to help spread the faith.
“Dear friends,
 
In May 2015, a Russian vocal group “LYRA” is going to the US with a concert tour. LYRA is a group of 5 members (females and males) who are professional opera singers or professional musicians of other music occupations. In 2001 we were awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) international choral festival diploma. In 2005 our group was also a winner of Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland).
 
The main aim of our activity is to make Russian Church music well known in other countries by concerts and singing in ecumenical worships, and also to bring traditions of Russian folk music to people who are interested in Russia, its history and its culture. Our group regularly goes with concert tours to the US and European countries (Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, England, Ireland).
 
Now we are trying to get in touch with parishes, musicians, music organizations and all people in your country who are interested in a cappella music. If you want to meet richness of Russian musical heritage and invite our group to your church please contact us simply by answering this mail. This will be a great and unique experience for your congregation and community.
 
Every year, since 2001, we tour around the US. Over 150000 Americans have listened to us and could prove the quality of our performance. We have made friends with many people who, we are sure, will be glad to say a word for us. We will be delighted to provide you with some references.
 
If you have any questions we would be happy to answer all of them. At your request we can pleasantly send you some WEB links with VIDEO recordings of our singing from the concerts in the past.
 
We would be happy to sing for you and your community.
Kind regards,
LYRA vocal group
St. Petersburg, Russia”
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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.  

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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.
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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


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Cappella Romana (FB) Performs!

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“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.

Seattle

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

Portland

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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——-Old Posts Below Upcoming Events Above——-


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

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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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A Joyous Feast of St George the Great Martyr to All!


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Holy Glorious Great-martyr, Victory-bearer and Miracleworker George (303)

Troparion of St George    Tone 4

As the deliverer of captives and defender of the poor, healer of the infirm and champion of kings, victorious great martyr George intercede with Christ our God for our souls salvation. 

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Apolytikion of Great Martyr George in the Fourth Tone

Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Leader now on earth no longer,
Soldier of th’ eternal King,
Victor in the fight for Heaven,
We thy loving praises sing.
Chorus:
Great St. George, our patron, help us,
In the conflict be thou nigh;
Help us in that daily battle,
Where each one must win or die.   (From the Westminster Hymnal)

NW parishes dedicated to St George.

St George pray for the suffering, persecuted Christians of the Middle East!

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Contemporary Greek Film Cultures Conference May 8-9th, 2015 at U of WA, Seattle


XB!  Feast of the Great Martyr George Joy to all!

PURPOSE:  The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State (FB)shared:

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures Conference held by Jackson School of International Studies Hellenic Studies at U of WA, Seattle.

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Life 101 Retreat at Angelos Corbett, Oregon by Register by May 6th! 2015


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Holy Glorious Great-martyr, Victory-bearer and Wonderworker George (303).

Life 101 Retreat!  Register Now Apologies for the late notice.  LIFE 101 Retreat 2015

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Agia Sophia Academy 2015 Gala! April 26th, Portland, OR


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Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed is excited to announce that our 2015 Gala, in honor of our 11th year of operation, will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015at the Multnomah Athletic Club!

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Mini Retreat Tomorrow with Fr Gregory of Holy Myrrhbearing Women Parish in Bonners Ferry, Id April 25th, 2015


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Church in the snow

Holy Myrrhbearing Women in Beautiful Bonners Ferry, Idaho.   From Parish Website click to go to site.

Mini Retreat (no flier, short notice) Holy Myrrhbearers  in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  It is not too late to make a nice weekend trip.

“Dear Ones:

Christ is Risen! I am following up on the mini-retreat at Holy
Myrrhbearers Orthodox Church in Bonners Ferry this Saturday, April
25th. The schedule is roughly this:

Hours with Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist
will begin at 9:00am, followed by an informal breakfast in the parish
hall.

The first session should begin between 10:30am and 11am in the church,
with childcare being offered in the parish hall.

Lunch (potluck) is scheduled between 12:30 and 1pm and the second
session should begin between 1:30pm and 2pm (again, with childcare
being offered). Following that session, which might be extended a bit
for questions, everyone is invited to Great Vespers with the Blessing
of the Loaves for the Feast of the Holy Myrrhbearers (our parish feast
day). I anticipate that this service will begin no later than 4pm and
possibly around 3:30pm. It will include procession and Litya outside.
Confessions can be heard following that service.

I pray that everyone can make it for this “Mini-Retreat” on the topic
of Laying Aside All Earthly Cares. Feel free to come to any portion or
all of Saturday’s events.

In The Risen Christ,

Fr. Gregory+

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Commemeration of Armenian Genocide in Oregon April 2015


Քրիստոս յարեա՜ւ ի մեռելոց: Օրհնեա՜լ է Յարութիւնն Քրիստոսի !

Saint Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church in Clackamas, Oregon Presents:

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The Armenian Genocide Page has more information on this forgotten tragedy.  It is hosted by Facing Islam a Website that looks at Islam from an Orthodox Christian Point of View.

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The Orthodox Christian Holocaust: 1894 to the Present – The most significant Orthodox Christian resource on this subject, compiled by the Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes. Includes summaries of genocide against 3.6 million Armenians and Greeks by Turkish Muslims from 1894-1923. ”  (The banner below and this paragraph and link are both taken from the Website Facing Islam a large thank you for all his hard work)
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See also the Post on The Exaltation of the Cross 2014.
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Prophet Elijah Mission April 26th and Heads up for May Gathering , 2015 Ellensburg, WA


Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ανέστη! Hristos a înviat! Христос Воскресе! Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց! !المسيح قام! حقا قام ! ქრისტე აღსდგა! Christus Resurrexit!   Bright Monday 2015

 Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington is hosting another Young Adult Gathering.  Here is the Youth Gathering letter from the first Sept Gathering.

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Heads up for May!!!!

2. In late May, (on Friday evening and Saturday, the 29th & 30th, right before Pentcost)   …. we are planning  a Youth Gathering in Goldendale. (not staying at the Monastery, but at Mission member homes and the like)  We have many details to work out, but Gerontissa Efpraxia said she would love to talk with the young people after the Saturday of Souls Divine liturgy that morning at the Monastery.   So we would probably fellowship together on Friday evening, and then Liturgy,  breakfast, talk by Gerontissa, and then some work on the Monastery grounds on Saturday morning….lunch and home….  We will work out all the details later, but at least I wanted to get this preliminary schedule out to you now!

Please remember to RSVP soon…. if you think you might come to the dance in April….. and if you think you will spend the night!

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