Sunday Snapshot: St Peter’s Monastery A New Orthodox Monastery for Montana

Sunday before the Universal Elevation of the Precious and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord
Translation of the relics of Venerables Sergius and Herman of Valaam.  Venerable Silouan, elder of Mt. Athos (1938).  


Did you know there is a new Monastery being founded in beautiful Harrison Montana?  St. Peter’s Monastery is being founded in Harrison, Montana, through the generous gift of land by a Monastery Founder.

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


” 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. The owners of this beautiful thousand-acre ranch in Southwest Montana have pledged to place their land in a Church trust as soon as a monastery can be established on it. A Deed of Conservation Easement granted the owners in 2006 preserves the land in perpetuity whilst making provision for the building and maintenance of an Orthodox monastery on the property.” (from the Monastery Website)

” “The essential nature of monasticism is profound love for God and prayer for the world.  What a gift this will be for our land, and to our lives, as this vision for a monastic community comes to fruition in Montana—in God’s time, by God’s grace…and by our prayers and support.”

– Fr. David Morrison, Rector, St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church, Bozeman, MT”  (From the Monastery Website)

2017 Summer work Party at St Peter’s Monastery Harrison Montana. Used with Permission.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos to All!

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

A Joyous Feast to All!

Troparion of the Mother of God, Tone 4

Thy Nativity, O Mother of God, has brought joy to all the world; for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, Who, having dissolved the curse, has given His blessing, and having abolished death, has granted us life eternal.

Kontakion of the Mother of God, Tone 4

Joachim and Anna were freed from the reproach of childlessness and Adam and Eve from the corruption of death, O Immaculate One, by thy holy nativity. And thy people, redeemed from the guilt of sin, celebrate thy birth by crying to thee: The barren woman gives birth to the Mother of God and the nurse of our life.

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1st Armenian Festival Seattle Sept 23rd, 2017!

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

Just learned of this Hope you can make it!

Holy Resurrection Armenian Church of Seattle, (fb) Washington Presents:


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KLIROS Sings Great Vespers, St Nicholas Orthodox Church Portland September 23, 2017

As seen first on OrthodoxPortland!

KLIROS (fb) a local liturgical chorale, invites you to Great Vespers for the New Martyrs of Alaska at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church   (fb)on Saturday, September 23rd at 6pm. Music by Ippolitov-Ivanov.

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St Nicholas in Tacoma is Having its 56th Annual Greek Festival Oct 6-8, 2017

St Nicholas (fb) in Tacoma is celebrating its 56th Greek Fest:  OPA!


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New Church Consecration / Освящение Нового Храма Our Lady of Kazan Orthodox Church Spokane Valley Oct 14th, 2017!

Our Lady of Kazan Orthodox Mission in Spokane, Washington, (fb) is having its new Church Consecrated!

Placing of the Icon Our Lady of Kazan Orthodox Church in Spokane Valley, Washington from the Facebook Page. Click to go the page!

“We will celebrate our new church opening in Spokane, WA – everyone is invited! / Мы будем праздновать открытие нашего нового храма в г.Спокен, штат Вашингтон – приглашаются все!Saturday, October 14 at 9am-2 pm.

4820 E 6th Avenue Spokane Valley, Washington.

More photos are available on the New Church webpage! Just click.

For those interested in helping build the Church there is a GOfundme page.

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Plan Now for Benefit Dinner and Auction for St John’s Monastery in Goldendale, Oct 15th 2017

Venerable Adrian, abbot of Ondrusov (Valaam) (1549)

St John the Forerunner Monastery is having its annual fundraising dinner:

Click image for details… : )

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Orthodoxy on Tap for Young Adults Sept 10, 2017

Venerable Adrian, abbot of Ondrusov (Valaam) (1549).

Orthodoxy on Tap sponsored by St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. (fb)

Join us at coffee hour on September 10 
Orthodoxy on Tap if for all college students and young adults. This ministry is a chance for us to meet and talk about our faith in a social environment. Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday and fourth Tuesday of the each month.

Join us after church on Sunday, September 10th in the large hall during coffee hour. We will have a short discussion to plan out the dinners and a retreat in 2018. Please RSVP to Lefteris Sitaras if you can make it.  We will go out to lunch afterwards.

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” A Christian Ending to Our Life” Seminar Sept 30th at Holy Myrrhbearers in Bonners, Ferry Idaho

Holy Myrrhbearer Orthodox Church (fb) Presents:

“Christ is in our midst! It is with great joy and excitement that I announce the upcoming “End of Life” Seminar at our parish (if one can be joyful and excited about this topic). The title is “A Christian Ending to Our Life” and it will include some spiritual and lots of practical advice and guidelines for death, funerals and burials. A flyer is attached and you are most welcome to advertise this seminar far and wide. Our special guest will be Mr. Walter Keathley, an Orthodox Christian from Kalispell, Montana, who has extensive experience in the funeral business.
The Seminar will be held at our parish on Saturday, September 30th, beginning at 10am and ending around 3pm. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event, but please consider donating something for the expenses involved. Also, we would like to get a rough number of how many will be coming, so please let me know if you plan to attend that day.
This will be especially important for those who would like to take care of their own funerals and burials without the assistance of a funeral home. State and provincial law, as well as Orthodox teachings about burials will be discussed. There is much to consider and all questions are welcome!
Hope to see everyone on the 30th!”  (From announcement email)


Please note that OrthodoxNorthwest links a number of resources for dealing with death in an Orthodox Christian manner.



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Celebration of Wine at Holy Trinity in Butte, Montana Sept 24th, 2017

Holy Trinity Icon from the website of Holy Trinity Parish in Butte, Montana

(Holy Trinity Icon is from the Parish Website)

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, Montana  presents:  

Celebration of Wine

The 11th annual Celebration of Wine is kicking off at Holy Trinity’s Parish Center on Sunday Sept. 24 with the Wine Appreciation Class, 2-6 pm, taught by Fr. Russell Radoicich.  For only $5 anyone can come for the fun tidbits of information and essential methods to test your palate, eyes and nose in appreciating all varieties of wine.  Fr. Russell was raised on a California vineyard, is an enologist of 35+ years and loves to impart his knowledge to willing listeners (over 21 years of age, of course).

Then all that new found knowledge can be put to the test on Thursday Oct. 5, 6-9 pm at the Parish Center at the 11th Annual Wine Tasting.  $45 tickets bought previously or at the door lets you taste up to 50 different bottles of various types of wine, from champagne to merlot to port, and many others.  Plus lots of foods spread throughout the room, from top sirloin bites, a fruit and cheese table, ahi-ahi tuna seared as you wait, cocktail pasties, and more stick-to-your-ribs appetizers, to a fabulous dessert table.  It is a jovial evening to meet friends while partaking of good food and even better drinks.
Raffle tickets with two winners each taking home 25 bottles of wine will be offered again, for $25 each.  And only 100 tickets will be sold, so the odds are 50 to 1!  Winning tickets will be drawn on Sunday Nov. 19 after the Church coffee hour, and winners need not be present to win.  Just be sure you phone number is legible on that ticket stub!
Call the Church at (406) 723-7889 if you need tickets and are not already on the wine mailing list.  Presales are preferred for planning purposes, but tickets will also be sold at the door on Sunday  Sept. 24 ($5) and Thursday Oct. 5 ($45).  Raffle tickets ($25) will be sold at both events and until the drawing on Nov. 19.
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St Demetrios’ Greek Festival in Seattle Sept 22-24, 2017 – The Original -OPA!

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA  (fb)is having their Greek Festival. Their Festival Website states it is the “Original Seattle Greek Fest”  who am I to disagree? OPA!


Click on the Flier to go to the Festival Website!

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Football Pool and Dinner Fundraiser at Holy Trinity Butte, Montana Sept 18th, 2017

Holy Trinity Icon from the website of Holy Trinity Parish in Butte, Montana

(Holy Trinity Icon is from the Parish Website)

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Butte, Montana  presents:  


Football Pool and Dinner
It’s football season and Holy Trinity is in the groove with our annual Football Pool and all-you-can-eat fried chicken and spaghetti dinner with open bar on Sept. 18.  That’s the night to watch Monday Football on the big screen in the Parish Center with snacks, dinner and drinks for four per each ticket.
Your $110 ticket also gets you into the raffle for the Grand Prize of 4 (four) tickets to the Seattle Seahawks vs. AZ Cardinals at Phoenix on Nov. 9 plus $2,000 for transportation, lodging and food expenses.
Winner need not be present to win, but it makes it more fun to be there at half-time when the first ticket is drawn for the Grand Prize, and then five more drawings will net others with $100 cash prizes.  The Center will open at 6 pm with dinner served from 7-9 pm.
Call the Church at (406) 723-7889 if you need a ticket and are not already on the football mailing list.  Pre-sales are preferred for planning purposes, but they will also be available at the door Monday Sept. 18 ($110).
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Saint Sophia’s in Bellingham, Wa is Having a Greek Fest Sept 7-10, 2017. OPA!

Synaxis of all saints of Moscow (movable holiday on the Sunday before August 26th, Russian Orthodox Church – the Moscow Patriarchate).
Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy (44)  New Hieromartyr Alexander priest (1918). 
New Hieromartyr Paul priest (1937). New Martyr Ignatius (1942).

Saint Sophia’s in Bellingham, Washington (fb) is having their Annual Greek Fest!  Opa!

Click the Image to go the Festival Website!

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82nd Annual Greek Festival in Spokane, Sept 28-30, 2017 OPA!!! See the Video!


Holy Trinity Church in Spokane, Washington (fb) is having its 82nd Annual Greek Festival (a Spokane Tradition).  They have both sit down dining and the usual take out.  Tickets can be bought in advance for the sit down dining.  See their Festival website for pictures, delectables available, and ticket info.  Oh and if you want Greek Pastries you better buy early, they sell hundreds and will run out by the end!  OPA!




The 82nd Annual Greek Dinner Festival:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
September 28, 29 & 30

Greek  Pastry, Taverna,
Dancing and Deli

Pastry available daily from 11 AM
Dinner served 4:30 – 8:00
Dine in or carry out
Tickets in advance: $15 adults
$8 under age 12
At the door: $18 adults, $10 kids
Lunch menu at 11 AM – 2 PM daily

Souvlaki at the Grill nightly from 4:30

Advance tickets will be available in September at:

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
1703 N. Washington St, Spokane  509-328-9310
(during Festival preparations)

Arger Real Estate
300 N. Mullen Rd, Suite 204, Spokane

Barlows Restaurant
1428 N. Liberty Lake Drive, Liberty Lake  509-924-1446

The Olympia Restaurant
301 E. Lakeside, Coeur d’Alene  208-666-9495

Santorini Restaurant
4055 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene  208-676-0401

Dining Room (lower level)                
Our menu features Beef Kapama, beef braised to perfection
in an authentically Greek spiced tomato sauce –
a parish favorite. Our imported Greek orzo pasta, tossed
with browned butter and myzithra cheese, is true Greek
“comfort food.”
If you didn’t  purchase your dinner tickets in advance, you can buy them in the main floor of the hall. Kali orexi! Good appetite!

YiaYia’s Attic  New this year! Shop for collectables and who knows what!

Greek Deli & Boutique   Greek cheeses, olives, appetizers,
and import items. Try the Kasseri cheese – it’s delicious! And we have pans of cabbage rolls and pastitsio (the Greek improvement on lasagne) available frozen to take home!

Greek Pastry Booth   Let us show you the many ways
we can transform honey, nuts, butter, eggs and spices
into delectable morsels!

Dinners to Go   If you’re in a hurry, our complete meal
is available from our outdoor take-out tent.
(You may use your dinner ticket here, or just pay at the counter.)

Grill   Greek shish-kebabs (“souvlakia”) grilled and
“baptized” in our special lemon and herb marinade.
Also Greek salads and vegetarian plates.
(You may also exchange your dinner tickets for grill items.)

Lunch   Served daily 11 AM – 2 PM at the grill. Gyro sandwiches, choice of soup and salad.

Taverna   Wine and beer are available daily from 11 AM with Greek appetizers.

Loukoumades   Deep-fried puffs of dough drizzled
with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. Perfect with
coffee on an autumn evening. And this is the place to get baklava sundaes!

Kafeneon   Authentic Greek coffee – something no
espresso stand can match! Single pastries available to enjoy a quiet spot amid the swirl of activity.

Greek Dancing   By our “Opa” dancers. “Opa” is
Greek for yippee! yahoo! – you’ll see why!

Book Store   With Orthodox books and religious items.

Church tours   Experience a traditional ancient Christian
place of worship. Have a question? Just ask!

(Donations to the Connie Prekeges Foundation to provide funding for children with cancer to attend summer camp may be made at
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A Joyous Dormition Feast to All! 2017

The Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

A Joyful Feast of the Dormition to All!  Below is a Maronite Hymn to the Dormition.  Different than the Byzantine but, yet, oh so familiar -enjoy.  Editor  Anthony

Koimisis ths Theotokou 2

Qolo: Assumption Entrance Hymn

Tune: Fsheeto

O Mother who gave Life to us,
petition on our behalf
the Son who appeared from you:
may he remove from us the blows of punishment,
and keep away divisions and disputes.
May he lead us in the path of life in which we journey
at all times.
On your memorial day,
we sing praise to your only Son.Alleluia!
Blessed are you, O Mary,
for God, who feeds all creatures,
was nourished by you
and rested on your breast.
O Wonder!
The Son of God was nourished
by a human creature!
He assumed what is ours
and gave us what is his.
On his mother’s memorial let us proclaim:
Glory to you, O Lord.


As dew was falling gently
over the city of Ephesus
Saint John wrote to its people.
He instructed them to celebrate
the memory of the Blessed Mary,
three times each year:
In January, during the time of planting of the seeds;
in May, during the time of harvest;
and in August, during the time of the grapes.
For the mysteries of life are prefigured in these months.


On your memorial day, O Blessed Mary,
angels and mortals are overwhelmed with joy.
The dead rejoice in their tombs
because of the glory in creation.
God will bless
those who celebrate your memory with faith
and pour his mercy upon them.


Who is to see a new ship
sustaining the One who is mighty;
the One who sustains and rules all creation.
Mary bore him, yet he bears all creation.
He nourishes all living creatures,
yet she nourished him with her milk.
He is the Maker of all infants,
yet he dwelt, as an infant, in her womb.
The fiery beings in the heights
sing hymns of praise to him!

(From the  Maronite Catholic: Qolo (Hymn) of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Qurbono, The Book of Offering, Maronite Catholic Church | English rendering 1994 | Ancient Maronite )   

Shudder, O ye heavens! and, O earth, give ear unto these words: God descended once before for our sake; He descends again today for His Mother.
–from The Lamentations at the Bier of the Mother of God, Tone 5

O thou most Holy Virgin, who knew not wedlock, the heavens rejoice in thy glorious falling asleep, the hosts of angels are glad, and the whole earth crieth out in joy, singing to thee the funeral song, O Mother of the Lord of all, thou who hast delivered human kind from its ancestral condemnation.
–Orthros of the Feast, Tone 4

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“Rendering the Holy Face in Canon” Master Iconography Class Newberg Oregon, Sept 23rd, 2017

 A Joyous Dormition Fast to All!

The Hagia Theodora School of Byzantine Iconography presents:

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Teacher Training “2” Continuing Education for Orthodox Educators Sept 9th, 2017 at St Paul Brier, WA

 St. Paul Orthodox Church-Brier, Washington (fb) presents:


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Sunday Snapshot: Transfiguration at St Nicholas Cathedral Seattle 2017

A Joyous Dormition Fast to All! 

St Nicholas Cathedral (FB)  This was posted on the Facebook page of St Nicholas Cathedral from the Transfiguration Service.  Enjoy!


Click to see the Blessing of Fruits Panorama photo…


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Holy Transfiguration 2017 A Joyous Feast to All!

The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ (Second “Feast of the Saviour” in August).

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,/ Who didst show Thy glory unto Thy disciples as far as they could bear it,/ May Thine ever-existing light shine forth also upon us sinners/ through the prayers of the Theotokos.// O Bestower of light, glory be to Thee!

Kontakion, idiomelon, in Tone VII —
On the mountain wast Thou transfigured,/ and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could bear it, O Christ God;/ that when they would see Thee crucified,/ they would comprehend that Thy suffering was voluntary,// and proclaim to the world that Thou art of a truth the Effulgence of the Father.

 The Holy Transfiguration. Fresco-Visoki-Decani-Monastery-Serbia.jpg

The Holy Transfiguration.    A beautiful Icon from Fresco-Visoki-Decani-Monastery-Serbia.jpg

Преобразился еси на горе, Христе Боже, показавый учеником Твоим славу Твою, якоже можаху, да возсияет и нам, грешным, Свет Твой присносущный молитвами Богородицы, Светодавче, слава Тебе

Icon of the Transfiguration, 11th century, Monastery of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice

Cuando Te transfiguraste, Oh Cristo Dios, en la montaña; Revelaste Tu Gloria a los discípulos según ellos pudieron contemplar. Haz resplandecer Tu Luz Eterna sobre nosotros pecadores; Por las intercesiones de la Madre de Dios; ¡Tú que otorgas la luz, gloria a ti!

ما تجلّيت أيها المسيح الإله في الجبل، أظهرتَ مجدك للتلاميذ حسبما استطاعوا، فأشرق لنا نحن الخطأة نورك الأزلي، بشفاعات والدة الإله، يا مانح النور المجد لك.

Przemieniłeś się na górze Chryste Boże,
ukazując chwałę swoją Twoim uczniom, na ile ujrzeć mogli.
Niech zajaśnieje i nam grzesznym Twoja światłość Wiekuista;
przez modlitwy Bogurodzicy, Światłości dawco, chwała Tobie.

When, O Christ our God, Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, Thou didst reveal Thy glory to Thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O God Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee.

Schimbatu-te-ai la faţă în munte, Hristoase Dumnezeule, arătându-le ucenicilor Tăi slava Ta, pe cât li se putea. Srăluceşte şi nouă, păcătoşilor, lumina Ta cea pururea fiitoare, pentru rugăciunile Născătoarei de Dumnezeu, Dătătorule de lumină, slavă Ţie

Μετεμορφώθης ἐν τῷ ὄρει Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, δείξας τοῖς Μαθηταῖς σου τὴν δόξαν σου, καθὼς ἠδυναντο. Λάμψον καὶ ἡμῖν τοῖς ἁμαρτωλοῖς, τὸ φῶς σου τὸ ἀΐδιον, πρεσβείαις τῆς Θεοτόκου, φωτοδότα δόξα σοι


Preobraziłsia jesi na hore, Christie Boże,
pokazawyj uczenikom Twoim sławu Twoju jakoże możachu:
da wozsijajet i nam hresznym swiet Twoj prisnosuszcznyj,
molitwami Bohorodicy, Swietodawcze, sława Tiebie

Enjoy the Troparion in the above languages:

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St Katherine’s Mission 5th Annual Fundraiser Gala Sept 16, 2017! Plan Early!

Forefeast of the Transfiguration; Dormition Fast: A Joyous Fast to All!

St Katherines Orthodox Mission in Kirkland, Washington is having a fundraiser plan now to attend and support them!

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