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

Afterfeast of Pentecost

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

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

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

LYRA a Musical Group based in St Petersburg is planning its US tour.   Please share the concert info with your friends, family and those out of state.  USA 2015-1 Midwest-West coast tour schedule flier 
Please note they will be performing in the NW on:
June 3rd, Walla Walla, Washington
June 5th, Edmonds, Washington
June 7th  Port Orford, Oregon
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Sunday Snapshot: Many Years! To Fr Alexi Kotar 25 Years Serving in the Priesthood!

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

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


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





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



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

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

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

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


Holy Thursday Liturgy:


12 Gospels on Holy Thursday:


Holy and Great Friday Burial:


Holy Saturday Liturgy





Bright Saturday Children’s Procession:


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

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


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

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

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


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


Summer 2015 Registration is Open!

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

Early Registration Discount

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

Live, Interactive, Online Classes with Exceptional Teachers

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

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


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

– St. Theophan the Recluse

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praying for the World


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

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

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

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

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

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“From Darkness to Light” Rachmaninoff Concerto for Choir Ivan Moody Conducting Performed by Cappella Romana In Seattle May 15th and Portland May 16-17th 2015

 Christ is Risen!

Cappella Romana (FB) Performs!



“Rachmaninoff Concerto for Choir

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

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

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

Ivan Moody Conducts

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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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!


Sunset silhoutte of St Spiridon Cathedral in Seattle posted Oct 5th on their Facebook Page. Many Thanks to John Michael and the Parish of St Spiridon for permission to use on OrthodoxNorthwest. (All rights reserved)

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All Saints Summer Camp Register by May 15, 2015!


All Saints Summer Register now!


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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. 


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


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


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


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


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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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

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:


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.

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)
See also the Post on The Exaltation of the Cross 2014.
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