A Joyous Feast of St Nicholas to All! Dec 2018


A Joyous Feast to all!  St Nicholas guard us with your prayers!

Thy works of justice did reveal thee to thy community as a canon of faith, the likeness of humility and the teacher of abstinence, O father and great Bishop Nicholas. Wherefore by humility thou didst achieve exaltation, and by thy meekness wealth; intercede therefore with Christ that He will save our souls. Troparion in the 4th Tone to St. Nicholas

Above Image of St. Nicholas “Lipensky” (from Lipnya Church of St. Nicholas in Novgorod)

 

Churches dedicated to St. Nicholas in the NW are Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle,  Sfântul Nicolae in BC, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Portland,  St Nicholas and Dimitrios in Vancouver, BC,  St Nicholas in Vancouver, BC,  St Nicholas in Tacoma, and St Nicholas Western Rite Parish in Spokane.

Since today is a such a Joyous Day,  I am including this lovely video in honor of St Nicholas.  The video has nothing to do with the NW, but it does honor St Nicholas and is a beautifully done and uplifting.  Enjoy and a Joyous Feast to all!

Looking for ideas, crafts, songs, or wish to learn more about St Nicholas and how he is celebrated around the world.  Check out the St. Nicholas Center a portal of info for everyones favorite Saint.

This is a video about St Nicholas from a Roman Catholic source but it does explain his life succinctly.

And an Akathist to St Nicholas Enjoy and it may it be a blessing to all!

The Orthodox Church in Beit Jala will be serving the Divine Services for the Feast Click above to go to their Youtube page.

The Live Liturgy is here starting about 2130 PST:

And the St John the Baptist Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC will be Live Streaming tomorrow morning 06:40 EST:

About editorOrthodoxNorthwest

An Orthodox Christian, whose interests also include, GO, Square Dancing, hiking, exploring, swimming, kayaking, cooking, history, board games. I am the Editor of OrthodoxNorthwest which I hope benefits readers in the NW. I do post Romanian, Greek and Slavic info but I cannot read any of them - hey, I am an American. Would appreciate hearing from readers of the blog. Χριστός Ανέστη! (Anthony) editorOrthodoxNorthwest@gmail.com
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2 Responses to A Joyous Feast of St Nicholas to All! Dec 2018

  1. Orthodox Portland editor says:

    It’s funny but most churches you listed in you post celebrated St. Nicholas day two weeks ago. Please forgive me but I’m curious why you post according to the old calendar… Your site is a great pan-Orthodox resource but the calendar is one issue that divides the churches these days. We shouldn’t aggravate this issue. With that being said, my parish also uses the old calendar.

    In Christ, Alexei Kojenov OrthodoxPortland editor

    On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 7:44 PM OrthodoxNorthwest wrote:

    > editorOrthodoxNorthwest posted: “A Joyous Feast to all! St Nicholas guard > us with your prayers! Above Image of St. Nicholas “Lipensky” (from Lipnya > Church of St. Nicholas in Novgorod) Churches dedicated to St. Nicholas in > the NW are Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodo” >

    • Thank you Alexei for taking the time to express your thoughts on this matter. This is not easy to respond to. Not because I do not have what I think are good reasons but because, when u defend something so many people take offense so easily. (Not saying you will 🙂 ) Also I do not wish to have your fair and reasonable question lead to arguments on this thread. But one should ¨be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:¨ 1 Peter 3:15

      First let me state I do not mean to be divisive. I am simply reflecting the traditional calendar of the Church, of the majority of Orthodox Christians in the world, of the Holy Mountain, and the Holy Land and of most of the Orthodox Christians in history. It is also the calendar of the parish I attend and my Bishop. And I hope those who follow the traditional Calendar are inspired and are able to rejoice in the feasts as we celebrate them. Also it is not those who follow the traditional calendar that are being divisive. Those on the traditional calendar did not cause a liturgical schism. It is true that most Churches in the Northwest celebrate according to the Gregorian Calendar. Their Church websites reflect their revised Liturgical calendar, including the OCA which has parishes and one whole diocese on the traditional Orthodox Calendar. Do their websites acknowledge or celebrate the Feasts or Saints on the traditional calendar? In the same way, I am simply reflecting my faith, and the Liturgical celebrations as it has been handed down to us. Why would this aggravate anything or anyone? It is my belief we should stand proud for our faith and traditions. Not in arrogance but in Joy. The Calendar issue could be compared to a ¨professional sports League such as baseball.¨ Lets say some of the teams wanted to start throwing underhand with a larger ball. And perhaps half the league changed to this. Would those who say that´s softball and not baseball be divisive or simply stating a fact that the game was changed? If we still wish to play baseball how is that divisive? Unless those who changed do not like to be reminded that they changed. Please note this is not meant in a snarky or obnoxious way. The calendar change has been divisive and has hurt our witness and our Liturgical unity. I lived in areas where we had friends celebrating Nativity, while we were in Advent, or wanted to celebrate Saints days together but could not. We are few and divided what a tragedy. There is an upcoming youth retreat on Jan 19th. It is sad that those on the traditional calendar would have to give up celebrating Theophany if they were to attend. Like the world we celebrate Christmas before the celebration seeing parishes and concerts before Christmas we have all lost so much of who we are.

      Sadly I will point out a very practical example. Estonia was under the Russian Church, there was schism, and part of the Church went under the Ecumenical Patriarchate. So now there are two Churches claiming jurisdiction. And then those under the Ecumenical Patriarchate switched to the Gregorian Calendar. So now the faithful and families are divided not just by jurisdiction but by Liturgical celebration. Who was divisive? Currently we see the same taking place in Ukraine, with the new ¨church¨ announcing that they will switch to the new calendar. This will divide faithful even more and bring reconciliation that much more difficult. It brings me no joy to point these things out.*

      I believe we should try to live our faith in joy. To forgive others, to love. To immerse ourselves in the Liturgical life of the Church and let that influence us rather than the world. ( Please note this is a goal and not nearly realized) I will be celebrating my Saint this coming month in January. When I do according to the traditional calendar, I will be celebrating the actual day of commemoration, if you go back year by year you arrive on the actual day of his repose. It is the actual anniversary. If I celebrated on the Gregorian or new calendar I would not be on the actual day of his repose. This applies to the majority of the saints days on the calendar. Finally I do not like the term old calendar nor do I use it. I follow the Churches calendar, the traditional calendar as handed down by the Fathers. Old especially in our culture is not something revered, or respected. But something that needs replacement. New, improved, better, faster, are words that resound and speak to our culture. Our faith is old, our Liturgical traditions are old, our feast days are old. But it is forever new, it is the New Jerusalem, the new life, the Joy of the Incarnation and Resurrection.

      I apologize for the long response, but it is far easier to question than to answer. To all those on the New Calendar I mean no offense and I ask your prayers. A written response can sound harsh but if one could talk in person you could feel this was said in tenderness.

      In closing I ask your prayers and forebearance.

      * This paragraph is not meant as a complete history or statement of all the complexities involved.

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