Page started on the Feast of the Holy Glorious Prophet (Elijah) (9th c. B.C.)
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt 16:18-20
Our Lord so loved fallen Adam and mankind that he became a man, suffered, died, descended to Hades to find Adam and Eve, broke the bonds of sin and death and rose on the third day. How can we not share this Gospel, this Goodnews with others? Our Orthodox Christian Missions are starting off in places where the fullness of faith has not been seen or heard. They need our support! They deserve our prayers, encouragement, and financial aide. Also let us make our home parishes truly centers of Evangelization reaching out to those around us regardless of ethnic, financial, or other factors. Simply to share the love of our Lord.
At the risk of offending, I find it very encouraging that some Churches and missions have dropped their ethnic affiliation from the main part of the name of the parish. Many people feel immediately excluded from a ¨Antiochan (¨what´s that?¨), Bulgarian, Georgian, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Syrian, Ukrainian, etc., parish from the outset. And would never think it is for them. Please note this is not saying a parish cannot have a primary outreach to a certain group. But if that is there whole emphasis they will find themselves dwindling in a generation or two and at risk at becoming extinct as children drift away, move, etc..
So this page will feature new start up missions and parishes/monasteries building a new Church or other needed structure. They will be listed alphabetically. Many of these could use extra outside support. Also to be included are special appeals. As always remember this is a work in progress….
Please be patient as this a work in progress!
Elijah’s Mantle (FB) is a new and practical ministry based at St Tikhon’s Seminary in Pennsylvania. While it is not based in the NW, the NW does have a number of missions, in various stages of development, that need a variety of items. So it seems an appropriate post, also providentially it is the Feast of St Elijah. (As it is the Feast of St Elijah don’t forget to hike a hill and have a picnic.) Thank you to Kenyon Theophan Mackay for the inside scoop.
“Elijah’s Mantle is a conduit for used and excess liturgical items to be reused by other churches and missions as they are needed. It relies completely on donations from churches with excess, churches that are closing, and clergy that have reposed or retire. It accepts items such as cassocks, vestments, icons, liturgical books, and liturgical utensils. It does not accept things which need extensive repair or which are not serviceable. The items received are made available to any church, mission, or clergy who requests them (as long as they are part of the Orthodox Faith) for the cost of shipping the items.
Items that are donated and shipped to Elijah’s Mantle are stored at Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, and cared for by students of the seminary.” (From the Website)
¨People of all faiths are welcome and encouraged to pursue their interest or curiosity about the Orthodox Christian Church and its history of “keeping what has been kept” from the time of Christ and His Apostles.¨ From the missions website click to learn more!
¨Established in 2015, we are a relatively new Mission Station of the Orthodox Church in America, Archdiocese of Canada, under the spiritual care of His Grace, Bishop Irénée. Our parish is youthful and energetic. We enjoy showing authentic hospitality towards all who enter our doors—no matter your background. Whether you are rediscovering the faith after many long years, or learning about Jesus Christ and the Orthodox Church for the very first time – you are welcome at Holy Apostles.¨ From the website click to learn more!
Meeting at a pub after hours sure makes for a better than average coffee hour! If you are going thru Moses Lake be sure to stop in at St Brigid´s Brewery.
¨The Moses Lake Orthodox Christian Fellowship is a satellite Christian fellowship of the Prophet Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission in Ellensburg…¨ ¨We have recently begun to gather two to three times a month on Sunday evenings (5-8 pm) in Moses Lake, for a simple worship service, a short teaching about the Orthodox Church, fellowship together and a potluck. ¨ Excerpts from the website click to learn more!
¨Located in the beautiful Kittitas Valley, in the city of Ellensburg, Washington, we are a vibrant, growing mission church within the Antiochian Christian Archdiocese of North America. Visitors (including children!) are welcome to join us at all services. All services are in English. ¨ From the parish website please click to learn more!
St. Brendan’s Eastern Orthodox Mission (Holy Nativity) was in existence for 15 years in Longview, Wash., but relocated to Hammond so there would be an Orthodox Church serving the North Coast.¨ From the Parish website click for more information!
Please consider a donation to their new Church which is visible from the Highway 5!
¨A parish of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), St. Innocent was founded in 1982 as a house church in Medford, Oregon. Its small body of believers struggled for years without a priest… While remaining part of the Russian Orthodox Church, St. Innocent is no longer an ethnic parish in people or language. However, even though our members are almost entirely American converts, and all services are in English, St. Innocent strives to maintain the traditional Orthodox ethos, and the ancient way of life and worship.¨ excerpts from the Parish Webpage click to learn more!
¨You are welcome at all of our services. Saints Joachim and Anna is a community of Christians and inquirers from all walks of life. We have children of all ages in our parish and welcome all ages at our services.¨ From the Welcome page of their website please click to learn more!
Our Orthodox Christian mission serves Pullman, WA; Moscow, ID; Lewiston, ID; Clarkston, WA and all the surrounding areas. Given the academic influence in the area, our patron saint, Katherine the Great, was selected for our parish because of her renown for bringing the greatest scholars and philosophers of her time to the knowledge of Christ, and was eventually martyred for her unwaivering devotion to God.” From their website please click to learn more!
The Monastery has not yet been built, but is in the building stages. There are work parties every summer for those interested in helping with their hands! Go to the website to learn how you can help build a Monastery!
¨Please pray with us that God will provide a way for West of the Moon ranch to become St. Peter’s Monastery, a sequestered home for the prayer and worship of monastics and a source of spiritual strength and healing for faithful pilgrims and visitors. On April 19, 2012 Archbishop Benjamin, attended by Abbot Meletios of St. John Monastery in Manton, California, conducted a moleban service, blessing the land designated for the future site of St. Peter’s Monastery…” excerpt form the Monastery website click for more information.