Counselors Needed for Surviving and Thriving Winter Youth Retreat Jan 19-21, 2018 Lake Steven’s WA


Great-martyr Mercurius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (259).  Great-martyr Catherine of Alexandria (305).  A Joyous Advent to All!


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¨The Inspiration for My Prison Ministry¨ An Article by a NW Mother Involved with Prison Ministry for 13 Years

St. Alexander Nevsky (in schema Alexis), grand prince of Novgorod (1263) 

A Joyous Advent to All!

“I was in Prison and ye came unto me.”  Matt 25:36

Icon of Christ the Prisoner: Found on the Internet Original Unk.

Dear Readers if you are looking for a worthwhile charity to donate to this holiday season, take a look at the Northwests own Joy Corey’s blog on Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) at  Joy is a member of the Board of Trustees for OCPM and has been ministering in the Kootenai County Jail for over thirteen years.  Read her blog which is entitled “The Inspiration For My Prison Ministry.  (Thanks to Fr Mark for sharing this information and links)

¨The Inspiration for My Prison Ministry

Please be aware also of this NW based resource for those ministering to those in prison and their families.  They have a discussion board, ways to help those getting out of prison and volunteer opportunities.

¨Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.¨ Matt 25:40 KJV Christ the Good Samaritan Icon original unk.

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Northwest

“Offering Material and Community support to ALL persons Released from Incarceration


Four Basic Pieces of Prison Ministry

Ministry to persons incarcerated in institutions, be they Federal, State, County or Municipal

Ministry to persons released from incarceration and persons in community custody

Ministry to the significant others, children, parents, relatives and friends of persons who are incarcerated, have been released from incarceration or are in community custody 

Ministry to clergy that they may have support to pastor parish members who are incarcerated, oversee the laity in pursuit of the various prison ministries, and guide their parishes in communing with persons who have been released from incarceration or are in community custody”  (From the OCPMN website)



Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry: An Agency of the Assembly of Bishops

The above will link you to the national Ministry.


31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.   Matthew 25:31-46King James Version (KJV)



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Two Upcoming Icon Workshops in Boise, ID, with Fr Matthew Garrett Jan Feb , 2019

St.Alexander Nevsky (in schema Alexis), grand prince of Novgorod (1263)

A Joyous Advent to All!

Upcoming Icon Workshops with the NW’s own  Deacon Matthew Garrett .  Icons and more information can be found on his website- Icons by the Hand of Deacon Matthew Garrett.  He also has a blog – Holy Icons an Iconographer’s Blog.  And if you like Icon Cards for name days etc., his zazzle site.






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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A Joyous Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos to All! 2018 AD

 The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.  A Joyous Feast to All!

Holy Resurrection Parish in Vancouver, BC/† Свято-Воскресенский Русский Православный Собор, Ванкувер celebrating the Feast in 2011.


Hamatoura Monastery has some very nice e-cards that tell the story of the Feast just click below to go to the site!

Just click the above for an E-Card for the Feast!

Troparion – Tone 4

Today is the prelude of the good will of God,
of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.
The Virgin appears in the Temple of God,
In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.
Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice,
O Fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation!


Kontakion – Tone 4

The most pure Temple of the Savior;
the Precious Chamber and Virgin;
the sacred Treasure of the Glory of God,
is presented today to the House of the Lord.
She brings with her the grace of the spirit,
which the angels of God do praise.
Truly this woman is the Abode of heaven!

A more complete explanation of the Feast can be found here.

and here.

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Everyones Favourite Saint is On His Way! Prepare for the Feast of St Nicholas! 2018

Forefeast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
Venerable Gregory Decapolites (816).

St. Nicholas: Father of Beit Jala by Ian Knowles, Iconographer This Icon was Posted on the St Nicholas Center. Please click it to find the history of this Icon.

Greetings and Salutations Dear Readers,

Wishing all a Joyous Upcoming Feast of St Nicholas!  Here are a few links that may be of helpful in your celebration.

Asking your prayers.

Anthony  editor

The St Nicholas Center has a wealth of information, customs, recipes and other ways that Christians both Orthodox and not celebrate this beloved Saint.

Here is the Hymn to St Nicholas as sung in the Carpathian Rusyn tradition:  It is from the  very useful Antiochan Christian Archdiocese website.

There are some great ideas how to celebrate the Feast here: “Ways to Celebrate St Nicholas Day” from the blog OrthodoxMotherhood.

St Nicholas cookies, as a Western Bishop. Found on Pinterest from Czech Republic click to go to site.

“Remembering St Nicholas, Recovering a Christian Heritage” From the Orthodox Reformed Bridge.

St Nicholas Cookie, from an artos seal. From St Nicholas site.

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.

Below is the  Troparion to St Nicholas in English as sung in many parishes of the Slavonic tradition:  ( This not a NW video)

And a Miracle of St Nicholas from the 1920s...

If you have a great suggestion for this page please share and it can be updated!  : )

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A Joyous Nativity Fast to All! (2018)

Beginning of Nativity (St Philip’s) Fast 2018 A Joyous Fast to All!

The Beautiful post and image above is from Holy Apostles Church in Shoreline, Washington, as seen first on their FB page several years ago.  It encapsulates the meaning of the Fast!

May the wonder of His birth, and marvellous, condescension of His Love, inspire us all this Nativity Fast.
“For this He assumed my body, that I may become capable of His Word; taking my flesh, He gives me His spirit; and so He bestowing and I receiving, He prepares for me the treasure of Life. He takes my flesh, to sanctify me; He gives me His Spirit, that He may save me.” St John Chrysostom Homily on Nativity Morning

A Joyous Nativity Fast to All!  Here are some NW recipe sites to help with the fast.

Come and Dine the recipe blog of St Sophia’s parish in Victoria, BC.

St Aidan’s Cookbook the recipe blog of St Aidan’s parish in Cranbrook, BC.

Holy Apostles’ Lenten Cookbook the website recipe section of Holy Apostles in Vancouver, WA.

St John the Baptist Parish Cookbook the website recipe section of St John the Baptist in Beaverton, OR.

The Fast is a time to increase our Charity.  Indeed all of us will receive mail from groups we have never heard of so I have enclosed a link to Charity Watch so you can see how some larger Charities fare:

Charity Watch–Helping you give wisely to charity.

Here are a few charities that one may want to remember:

Haiti Orthodox Family Relief–The Russian Mission to Haiti is run on a shoestring, the Priests and teachers need assistance.  This is one Charity that will not overwhelm you with requests and mailers.

Hands of Humanity–REACH OUT AND CHANGE PEOPLES LIVES! The Life You Change May Be Your Own!  A Local NW Charity that helps Haiti and other Central American Countries.
“Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou” (Many hands make the load lighter) – Haitian Proverb

Camp Agape NW–A local NW  organization that supports children with cancer and their families.

Hogar Rafael Ayou–The Guatemalen Orphanage run by nuns.  Several NW families have adopted from or visited this orphanage and have only good things to say.

There are far more that could be listed including your local diocese, parish and monastery.  But I pray these may be listed without offense to others.

“When the fast makes its appearance, like a kind of spiritual summer, let us soldiers burnish our weapons, and as harvesters sharpen our sickles, and as sailors order our thoughts against the waves of extravagant desires, and as travellers set out on the journey towards heaven…I speak not of such a fast as most men keep, but of real fasting; not merely abstinence from meats, but from sins as well…. Fasting is medicine. But like all medicines, though it be very profitable to the person who knows how to use it, it frequently becomes useless (and even harmful) in the hands of him who is unskilled in its use….For the honor of fasting consists not in abstinence from food, but in withdrawing from sinful practices, since he who limits his fasting only to abstinence from meats is one who especially disparages fasting.
Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. By what kind of works? If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see an enemy, be reconciled to him. If you see a friend gaining honor, do not be jealous of him. If you see a beautiful woman, pass her by. And let not only the mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the hands and all members of your bodies.
Let your hands fast by being pure from plundering and avarice. Let the feet fast by ceasing from running to unlawful spectacles. Let the eyes fast, being taught never to fix themselves with strange beauties. For looking is the food of the eyes, but if it be such as is unlawful or forbidden, it mars the fast and upsets the whole safety of the soul…For it would be among things most absurd to abstain from lawful food because of the fast, but with the eyes to touch what is even forbidden!…Let the ear fast also. The fasting of the ear consists in refusing to receive evil speaking and calumnies…. Let the mouth also fast from disgraceful speeches and railings. For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl and yet bite and devour our brothers?”  (From Parish Bulletin of the Parish of the Holy Cross-Yakima, Wa 2012)



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“Glory to God for All Things” Happy Thanksgiving to All! 2018

Martyrs Onesiphorus and Porphyrius of Ephesus (284)

The Akathist “Glory to God for All Things” is chanted by many parishes this day.  I did not have a version from a local parish so I have included this one from the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA.

The complete lyrics can be found here from the Parish of St Jonah in Texas.

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Nativity Fast Retreat with Fr Josiah Trenham, Dec 7-9th, 2018 in Yakima, WA;

Venerable Nicholas, Radiant Star of the Georgians (1308) (Georgia)

Holy Cross Parish in Yakima is sponsoring its annual winter retreat.  The speaker Fr. Josiah is a college professor and Parish Priest of St Andrew’s in Riverside, California.  He is well known for his dynamic and compelling presentations.   Holy Cross has sponsored several retreats over the last few years.  These talks by a number of different speakers include Mother Cassiana, Fr Dimitrios Carrallas, Fr Daniel Byantero, Constantine Zalalas, Fr John Bethancourt and Fr Josiah, to name a few, are archived on their website.


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Plan Now “Surviving and Thriving” Winter Youth Retreat Jan 19-21, 2019 Lake Steven’s WA

Venerable Nicholas, Radiant Star of the Georgians (1308) (Georgia)


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Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon in Seattle at St Nicholas Cathedral Nov 12-14th, 2018

Virgin-martyr Anastasia the Roman (256)

St Nicholas Cathedral (FB) in Seattle, Washington will Host the  Iveron Myrhh Streaming Icon from Hawaii:

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KLIROS presents: Chesnokovś Panikihida for the Dead of the Great War Nov 10th, 2018 at St Nicholas in Portland, OR


Hat tip to OrthodoxPortland!

Kliros fb, a mixed chorus dedicated to the presentation of quality Eastern Orthodox music in liturgical services presents Chesnokov Panikhida at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Portland, Oregon. (FB)


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A Joyous Feast of St Demetrios to All! 2018

Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer of Thessalonica (306)

Holy Great Martyr Demetrios Pray Unto Christ our God for Us.        (Image Found on web original unkown)

Wishing all a Joyous Feast of St Demetrios!   May the Great Saint pray for all those facing suffering for Christ sake.  And May He pray that the Church would live in peace and schisms would cease.

Verily, the inhabited world found thee a great succor in tribulations and a vanquisher of nations, O fight-bearing one. Wherefore, as thou didst demolish the arrogance of Lahosh, and on the battle-field didst hearten Nestor, beseech, O Saint, Christ God to grant us the Great Mercy.    +Troparion, Tone 3

St Demetrios Church in Seattle. The only Church I believe dedicated to the Saint in the Northwest. May the Saints great example in standing up for his Christian faith be an inspiration to us all. Image found on the web.

Verily, God, O Demetrius, who granted thee invincible power hath touched the Church with the live coal of thy blood streams, preserving the city unbreached; for it is established by thee.  +Kontakion, Tone 2

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My Big Fat Greek Dance Nov 10, 2018 Seattle, WA

Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica (306)

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church fb Seattle, Washington presents:



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Fellowship of the Cross for Young Adults Dec 7-8, 2018 at Holy Cross Church, Yakima, W

Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries of Constantinople (355)
St. Matrona the Confessor of Diveyevo (1963)

Prophet Elijah Mission  fb in Ellensburg Washington presents:

Blessings to you all!

You are all invited to join us in Yakima Friday  night & Saturday, December 7-8    w/ Fr. Josiah Trenham speaking about: “Patriotism: The Duty of a Christian to His Nation”

Attached is the Fellowship Flyer as well as the flyer Holy Cross Church is sending out.

PLEASE Respond to FR. PAUL    ….if you wish to join us.   A simple fasting dinner will be served @ 5:30 PM Friday evening at the church for the young people, many of whom are driving long distances to attend.  First session is at 6:30 PM.       You will all be staying with families from the Church, so please again bring a sleeping bag and pad, as well as a $5.00 contribution to help pay for food. Thank you!

We had 55 young people in Goldendale last month!!

Quite a few said to me something like this: “Thank God for the Fellowship….  I am, not sure what we would do without it…  it is so easy to get overwhelmed in the world, thinking there are no others who think and live the same way as we do…but then you come together and see so many other other young people who are just like you, who are struggling together for Christ!!!  It is REALLY encouraging!”

God-willimng, see many of you there!

With much love in our Sweetest Christ, Fr. Paul+

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Once a Year Sale! At Logos Bookstore in Beaverton, Oregon , Nov 9-11, 2018

St. Tabitha, the widow raised from the dead by the Apostle Peter (1st c.)

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church fb



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“The Book of Psalms-The Prayer Book of the Church and Our Window to Christ” at Holy Myrrhbearers in Bonners, Ferry Idaho Oct 19-20, 2018

Holy Myrrhbearer Orthodox Church (fb) Presents:


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Family Retreat at St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale Oct 27, 2018

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

The St John the Honorable Forerunner Monastery presents its Fall Family Retreat:

Montage from The Raven Newsletter St Elijah Mission, Ellensbur, WA.


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Fellowship of the Cross Retreat for Young Adults Oct 26-27th, in Goldendale, WA

Uncovering of the relics of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker 

Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington presents:  The Fellowship of the Cross Young Adult Retreat.   Seattle, Portland, BC, Idaho-Montana, don’t let a little Mission out do you!

Montage from The Raven Newsletter St Elijah Mission, Ellensbur, WA.


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“Preserving Our Culture in a Changing American Environment” Presented by Greeks in Washington Oct 14 Seattle, WA

Uncovering of the relics of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker

PURPOSE:  The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State  FB Presents:



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Coptic Ordination Watch Online Friday Oct 12, 2018

Uncovering of the relics of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Miracleworker 

Apologies for the late notice just noted this:

fb Join us tomorrow to watch the ordination of Dr. Mina Adeeb online at St. Mary & St. John Coptic Orthodox Church using the link below. Ordination service will start at  Friday 8:00 AM PST

Live Stream Link

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