Young Adults and Older Teens to Gather at Prophet Elijah Mission January 16-17th, 2015 Ellensburg, WA


Христос Pаждается! Славите! Christus Natus est! Gaudete! Χριστὸς Γεννᾶται! Δοξάσατε! Hristos se Naste! Ma ç riòi-L! 

Sviatki. Fast-free Second Day of the Feast of the Nativity.Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington is hosting another Young Adult Gathering.  Here is the Youth Gathering letter from the first Sept Gathering. 

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Go Tell it on the Mountain and Everywhere! Christ is Born! Glorify Him! A.D.2015


The Nativity according to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Sviatki. Fast-free-till the Theophany Eve!   The Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar. Commemoration of the shepherds in Bethlehem who were watching their flocks and came to see the Lord. 

Христос Pаждается! Славите! Christus Natus est! Gaudete! Χριστὸς Γεννᾶται! Δοξάσατε! Hristos se Naste! Ma ç riòi-L! 

Nativity Scan

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels, with shepherds, glorify Him! The wise men journey with the star! Since for our sake the Eternal God is born as a little child (Kontakion).
Encaustic Nativity icon c.7-9th century. St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, Egypt.

Make glad, O you righteous!

Greatly rejoice, O heavens!

Dance for joy, O mountains; for Christ is born!

The Virgin has become like the cherubic throne.

She carries at her bosom God the Word, made flesh.

Shepherds glorify the newborn child.

Wise men offer the master gifts.

Angels praise Him and sing:

O Lord, past understanding, glory to Thee!  (Canon of Matins)

Some Lovely Carols can be heard on the American Carpatho Russian Website.

And here are some Monks  from Optina in Russia!  Enjoy!!!  And a Blessed Feast to All!  Christ is Born!

“BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here below; and he that was lowly is by divine mercy raised.

Bethlehem this day resembles heaven; hearing from the stars the singing of angelic voices; and in place of the sun, enfolds within itself on every side, the Sun of justice. And ask not how: for where God wills, the order of nature yields. For He willed; He had the power; He descended; He redeemed; all things yielded in obedience to God. This day He Who is, is Born; and He Who is, becomes what He was not. For when He was God, He became man; yet not departing from the Godhead that is His. Nor yet by any loss of divinity became He man, nor through increase became He God from man; but being the Word He became flesh, His nature, because of impassability, remaining unchanged.
 
And so the kings have come, and they have seen the heavenly King that has come upon the earth, not bringing with Him Angels, nor Archangels, nor Thrones, nor Dominations, nor Powers, nor Principalities, but, treading a new and solitary path, He has come forth from a spotless womb.
 
Since this heavenly birth cannot be described, neither does His coming amongst us in these days permit of too curious scrutiny. Though I know that a Virgin this day gave birth, and I believe that God was begotten before all time, yet the manner of this generation I have learned to venerate in silence and I accept that this is not to be probed too curiously with wordy speech.  

For with God we look not for the order of nature, but rest our faith in the power of Him who works. 

What shall I say to you; what shall I tell you? I behold a Mother who has brought forth; I see a Child come to this light by birth. The manner of His conception I cannot comprehend. 

Nature here rested, while the Will of God labored. O ineffable grace! The Only Begotten, Who is before all ages, Who cannot be touched or be perceived, Who is simple, without body, has now put on my body, that is visible and liable to corruption. For what reason? That coming amongst us he may teach us, and teaching, lead us by the hand to the things that men cannot see. For since men believe that the eyes are more trustworthy than the ears, they doubt of that which they do not see, and so He has deigned to show Himself in bodily presence, that He may remove all doubt.

Christ, finding the holy body and soul of the Virgin, builds for Himself a living temple, and as He had willed, formed there a man from the Virgin; and, putting Him on, this day came forth; unashamed of the lowliness of our nature. 

For it was to Him no lowering to put on what He Himself had made. Let that handiwork be forever glorified, which became the cloak of its own Creator. For as in the first creation of flesh, man could not be made before the clay had come into His hand, so neither could this corruptible body be glorified, until it had first become the garment of its Maker. 

What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? For this wonder fills me with astonishment. The Ancient of days has become an infant. He Who sits upon the sublime and heavenly Throne, now lies in a manger. And He Who cannot be touched, Who is simple, without complexity, and incorporeal, now lies subject to the hands of men. He Who has broken the bonds of sinners, is now bound by an infants bands. But He has decreed that ignominy shall become honor, infamy be clothed with glory, and total humiliation the measure of His Goodness. 

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. 

Come, then, let us observe the Feast. Truly wondrous is the whole chronicle of the Nativity. For this day the ancient slavery is ended, the devil confounded, the demons take to flight, the power of death is broken, paradise is unlocked, the curse is taken away, sin is removed from us, error driven out, truth has been brought back, the speech of kindliness diffused, and spreads on every side, a heavenly way of life has been ¡in planted on the earth, angels communicate with men without fear, and men now hold speech with angels. 

Why is this? Because God is now on earth, and man in heaven; on every side all things commingle. He became Flesh. He did not become God. He was God. Wherefore He became flesh, so that He Whom heaven did not contain, a manger would this day receive. He was placed in a manger, so that He, by whom all things arc nourished, may receive an infant¢s food from His Virgin Mother. So, the Father of all ages, as an infant at the breast, nestles in the virginal arms, that the Magi may more easily see Him. Since this day the Magi too have come, and made a beginning of withstanding tyranny; and the heavens give glory, as the Lord is revealed by a star.

To Him, then, Who out of confusion has wrought a clear path, to Christ, to the Father, and to the Holy Ghost, we offer all praise, now and for ever. Amen.

St. John Chrysostom, “Homily on Christmas Morning”

Obviously, it is not for nothing that St. John is known as “Chrysostomos” the “Golden Throat.” My thanks to Ioannis (Edward Michael) Freeman for sharing this homily with me.”   (This sermon is found online in several places I found it on the most inspiring site Glory to God for All Things!)

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Wishing all on the New Calendar a Joyous Nativity Season 2014! And a Joyous Feast of St Herman of Alaska to All on the Traditional Calendar!


Wishing all on the Gregorian Calendar a Joyous Christmas and Nativity Season!  And a “Merry St Hermanmass” to all on the traditional Calendar.  (Merry St Hermanmass is a phrase I have heard in jest at our Parish and yet it fits wonderfully well in a jolly way with a Salmon BBQ for the Feast!)

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Church of the Nativity. One can only sing, prostrate and Repent anew before such Divine Condescension.

“…let us make a vow to ourselves, that from this day, from this hour, from this very moment, we shall strive above all else to love God and to fulfill His Holy Will!”  St Herman of Alaska

St Herman's Icon

The famous Icon of St Herman commissioned I believe by the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America (The Metropolia) for the Canonization of St Herman. Click on Image to go to the OCA’s section on St Herman. Incidentally He was Canonized by both the Metropolia and ROCOR at separate locations but on the same day. Let us pray through his intercession that all strife and separation cease!

St. Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska, Troparion, Tone IV —

O venerable Herman, ascetic of the northern wilderness/ and gracious advocate for all the world,/teacher of the Orthodox Faith and good, instructor of piety,/ adornment of Alaska and joy of all America;// Entreat Christ God, that He save our souls.

Kontakion for St. Herman, Tone VIII —

O beloved of the Mother of God, who received the tonsure at Valaam,/ new zealot of the struggles of the desert-dwellers of old:/ wielding prayer as a spear and shield, thou didst show thyself to beterrible to demons and pagan darkness.// Wherefore, we cry out to thee: O venerable Herman,entreat Christ God, that our souls be saved!

A life of St Herman can be found here.  One may ask why we celebrate St Herman on Dec 25’th? In succinct form via Wikepedia:

  • “December 13/25—Repose: Due to an error in record keeping, this was originally thought to be the day of Saint Herman’s death, and because of the long-established tradition of celebrating his memory on this day, it has remained a feast day. It is more likely that this is the day he was buried. For those Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian Calendar, this day falls on December 25 of the Gregorian Calendar…”

The Sermon of Bishop Dimitri of Berkeley on the Canonization.  It is even more pertinent today than then.

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Joyous Feast of St Nicholas to All! Dec 6/19th 2014


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)  Northwest Parishes dedicated to St Nicholas:

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.

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Carol of the Bells and other Christmas Music with СЕРПАНОК/Serpanok and АЛХИМЕЯ/Alchymeia Saturday Dec 20, 2014 Medina, Washington


The Ukrainian Association of Washington presents Serpanok Ukrainian Chorus and Alchymeia Folk Ensemble singing Carols!

 

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Handel’s Messiah with the Portland Baroque Orchestra Dec 12-15th, 2014


Choral Glory

Portland Baroque Orchestra (PBO) presents:

 HANDEL’S MESSIAH

“For over 25 years PBO’s Messiah performances have been a Portland tradition.  Continue that tradition or start one with your family this year.  Many sections sellout over Thanksgiving weekend, so get your tickets early!

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UPDATE: Good tickets remain for Friday (Dec. 12), Saturday, (Dec. 13–call soon!), and Monday (Dec. 15, Highlights of Messiah).

Sunday’s matinee (Dec. 14) is sold out. Limited seats may be available at the door only.

Tickets Here

PBO’s performances of Handel’s Messiah are a Portland holiday tradition. Order your tickets here. All performances are at the First Baptist Church.
Or call 503-222-6000.

The Complete Oratorio (3 hrs in length)
Fri Dec 12 7:30pm
Sat Dec 13 7:30pm
Sun Dec 14 4:00pm

Highlights for Christmas (2 hrs in length)
Mon Dec 15 7:30pm

John Butt, guest conductor (UK)
Cappella Romana, chorus
Lauren Snouffer, soprano
Abigail Nims, alto
Colin Balzer, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass

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St Nicholas is Coming Soon!!! Are You Ready? 2014


 A Joyous Nativity Fast to All!

St Nicholas is fast approaching–are you ready?

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.

St. Nicholas - Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus

A video on the life of St Nicholas.

The famous Hymn to St Nicholas!  You have to sing it the night before if you want a treat in your shoes in the morning!

Slavonic:
O kto, kto Nikolaja l’ubit, O kto, kto Nikolaju služit, :Tomu svjatyj Nikolaj Na vsjakij čas pomahaj, Nikolaj, Nikolaj:

English:
O who loves Nicholas, the saintly, O who serves Nicholas,the saintly, Him will Nicholas receive, And give help in time of need, Nicholas, Nicholas.

Slavonic:
O kto, kto živet v jeho dvory Pomoščnik na zeml’i i mor’i. :Izmet jeho ot napasti Ne dast’ jemu v hr’ichi v pasti Nikolaj, Nikolaj.:

English:
O who dwells in God’s holy mansions, Is our help on the land and oceans. He will guard us from all ills, Keep us pure and free from sins, Nicholas, Nicholas.

Colindul Sfantului Nicolae–just because it is Beautiful!!!  If anyone has the words and wishes to share them I will be happy to post them.

So doesn’t that give you a feeling of Xmas coming?

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.

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Greek Food and Grocery FundRaiser for OCMC At Assumption Parish Dec 13 -14, 2014


The Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Seattle will host a fundraiser for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center:  Stock up for Christmas!

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Nativity Fast Retreat (Teen Night Friday) with Fr Josiah Trenham, Dec 12-13, 2014 in Yakima, WA


Nativity Fast-A Joyous Fast to All!

Holy Cross Parish in Yakima is sponsoring its annual Nativity Fast 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.   He publishes a blog and newsletter called: The Arena that deals with the issues of modern world.

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.

*Please note that the start time on Saturday, Dec. 13, will be 9:30am and that we will have lunch together in the Fellowship Hall following the 2  session. We hope to see you there!

 

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Attention College Students OCF College Conference West Dec 27-30, 2014


Nativity (St Phillip’s) Fast.  A Joyous Fast to All! 

tnOrthodox Christian Fellowship :   (FB)Presents:  Please not the NW own Abbot Tryphon of All Merciful Savior Monastery is the Keynote Speaker!

Greetings in Christ!
 
My name is Nicholas Wacks and I’m the Mountain Regional Student Leader for Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). Coming up at the end of December is OCF’s College Conference West at Saint Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap CA, and we’re looking to get as many college students in our region to attend as possible! 
 
What is College Conference?
 
College Conference is an amazing gathering of college students from across North America for four days of:
 
Fellowship: meet new people and make lasting friendships.
 
Worship: experience the beautiful liturgical services at Life Giving Spring Monastery, as well as special prayer services together as a group.
 
Education: Listen, discuss, and participate in engaging workshops led by notable speakers on topics relevant to living as Christians in the modern day.
 
It’s going to be a wonderful time, and I would love to see my fellow students join me, so I humbly ask that you:
 
1. Use the attached fliers for your church bulletin or church website.
2. Make regular announcements about College Conference after liturgy.
3. Spread the word to all the college students and young adults that you know!
 

If you have any questions or need more information, such as where transportation will be available from, please contact myself or our conference chairwoman Alyssa Hoffberg at ccweststudent@ocf.net.

 
Thank you for your help!
 
In Christ,
Nicholas Wacks
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St Sava’s is Hosting Lectures by Priest Monk Dr Milos Vesin of Libertyville, Theological School, Nov 28 -29, 2014 in Vancouver, BC


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СВЕТИ САВА /St Sava’s in Vancouver, BC (FB) presents:  Apologies for the late notice I just learned of this:

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Браћо и сестре,
Срдачно Вас позивамо на духовна и академска предавања нашег драгог протојереја-ставрофора др Милоша Весина.

Петак, 28. новембар 2014. године
19:00 часова – предавање на енглеском језику: The role of guilt in the life of Christians”

Субота, 29. новембар 2014. године
18:00 часова – Вечерње богослужење
19:00 часова – предавање на српском језику: ”Како на најбољи начин умножити и другима дати своје таленте”

Велика сала Цркве Светог Саве, 505 East 63rd Avenue, Vancouver
 Улаз: слободан (добровољни прилог)

Добро нам дошли!


Brothers and sisters,

We cordially invite you to spiritual and academic lectures presented by our dear protopresbyter stavrophor Dr. Milos Vesin.

Friday, November 28th, 2014
7 pm – Lecture in English: ‘’The role of guilt in the life of Christians”

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
6 pm – Vespers
7 pm – Lecture in Serbian: Како на најбољи начин умножити и другима дати своје таленте”

Saint Sava’s Church Hall, 505 East 63rd Avenue, Vancouver
Entrance: free (donations are greatly appreciated)

Welcome!

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A Joyous Nativity Fast to All! (2014)


Beginning of Nativity (St Philip’s) Fast 2014 Repose of St Herman of Alaska A Joyous Fast to All!

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 Monastery Kitchen the website recipe section  of  All Saints  Monastery in Dewdney, BC.

Lenten Recipes from St Seraphim’s in Boise, ID.

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.

FROM A HOMILY BY ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM:
“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)

The Beautiful post and image below is from Holy Apostles Church in Shoreline, Washington, as seen first on their FB page 2013.  It encapsulates the meaning of the Fast!

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St Nicholas Family Night Dec 7th, 2014 at St Johns in Post Falls, Idaho


St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho is sponsoring:

 

 

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Special One Day Retreat with Metropolitan Nikitas Dec 13, 2014 at St Sophia GOC Bellingham, WA


St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church invites you to a one-day retreat with Metropolitan Nikitas of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, entitled The Poetry of Christmas: Ecclesiastical and Secular” 

Join us on Saturday December 13th, 2014 at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church located at 510 East Sunset Drive in Bellingham.  The retreat begins at11 am and concludes after Great Vespers.

A $15.00 donation will be appreciated, payable at the door. Lunch included. Please click HERE to view the retreat flyer

Retreat includes activities for children.  If you are bringing your children, please contact Presvytera Elizabeth at elizabeth.tervo@gmail.com

For Directions and other information, visit www.saintsophias.org or call 360-734-8745.

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Christmas Performance at Agia Sophia Academy in Beaverton, OR Dec 10th, 2014


Great-martyr Stephen-Urosh III of Dechani, Serbia (1331) (Serbia).
and St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours (397).

Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed) warmly invites you to our Christmas program, “Building a Living Icon”, on December 10th at 6:30pm.  14485 SW Walker Road, Beaverton OR 97006. Our students are working hard to prepare this heartfelt Nativity treat just for you!   Bake Sale to follow, proceeds benefit our Music Program.

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Upcoming Youth Retreat Camp Berachah in Auburn, Washington! Register Now! Now For Feb 14-16th, 2015


Great-martyr Stephen-Urosh III of Dechani, Serbia (1331) (Serbia).
And St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours (397).

Upcoming Youth Retreat Plan nor for February! Here is an updated post.  The old post will disappear.

Parents and youth,

It’s that time again, our winter youth retreat is in its final planning stages. Now we need you to register and send in your paperwork! Below is all the info you should need to get started! The registration packet is attached as well.

Orthodox Christian Winter Youth Retreat
“How Do I Know the Voice of God?”
February 14th  – 16th
Camp Berachah, Auburn, WA

All youth 7th grade – 12th grade are invited!  Registration for the upcoming Orthodox Christian Winter Youth Retreat is now open. We are excited about using a new camp facility for this retreat – Camp Berachah! There are some great features of this camp, such as ropes challenge course, indoor swimming pool, and a cozy meeting room with a stone fireplace great for listening to our speaker who can relate well to the youth.

The cost is $160 for the weekend. We will be offering gift certificates for parents, grandparents, godparents, etc to purchase for a youth in their lives to attend this wonderful retreat as a Christmas gift. If anyone would like to purchase a gift certificate, for the full amount or partial, please contact Tina Soubeih at tina@furriestdog.com.

Please register on-line at www.tinyurl.com/orthodoxretreat.  Retreat information can be found on our website:  www.stpaulorthodox.org/registration.pdf  and volunteers can register   at www.stpaulorthodox.org/volunteer.pdf  Registration forms we need filled out and received by January 12th, 2015.  

Yours in Christ,
Orthodox Christian Youth Ministry Team
Nia Chopelas, St Andrew – Arlington
JoyAnn Wise, St Thomas – Snohomish
Mary Wright, St Paul – Brier
Tanya Keenan, St Paul – Brier
Tina Soubeih, St Paul – Brier

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LYRA Vocal Ensemble is Coming to the US in 2015 Contact Them to Perform At Your Parish A Wonderful Evangelistic Opportunity


LYRA a Musical Group based in St Petersburg is planning its US tour.  You can make arrangements for them to visit your parish or town.  What a wonderful way to help spread the faith.
“Dear friends,
 
In May 2015, a Russian vocal group “LYRA” is going to the US with a concert tour. LYRA is a group of 5 members (females and males) who are professional opera singers or professional musicians of other music occupations. In 2001 we were awarded the Montreux (Switzerland) international choral festival diploma. In 2005 our group was also a winner of Coleraine International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland).
 
The main aim of our activity is to make Russian Church music well known in other countries by concerts and singing in ecumenical worships, and also to bring traditions of Russian folk music to people who are interested in Russia, its history and its culture. Our group regularly goes with concert tours to the US and European countries (Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, England, Ireland).
 
Now we are trying to get in touch with parishes, musicians, music organizations and all people in your country who are interested in a cappella music. If you want to meet richness of Russian musical heritage and invite our group to your church please contact us simply by answering this mail. This will be a great and unique experience for your congregation and community.
 
Every year, since 2001, we tour around the US. Over 150000 Americans have listened to us and could prove the quality of our performance. We have made friends with many people who, we are sure, will be glad to say a word for us. We will be delighted to provide you with some references.
 
If you have any questions we would be happy to answer all of them. At your request we can pleasantly send you some WEB links with VIDEO recordings of our singing from the concerts in the past.
 
We would be happy to sing for you and your community.
Kind regards,
LYRA vocal group
St. Petersburg, Russia”
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Barvinok Ukrainian Dancers Performing at Kirkland, WA Nov 30, 2014


Barvinok Ukrainian Dancers (FB) to perform

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Divine Liturgy Retreat at St John the Baptist in Beaverton, OR Nov 14-15th, 2014


St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church presents:

Also, Logos Bookstore will be having its annual open house before and after the talks and during the breaks. All purchases are 20% off!

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Семинар по научному обоснованию христианской веры, 9 ноября at Holy New Martyrs of Russia Mulino, Oregon


Hat Tip to OrthodoxPortland.

Holy New Martyrs in Mulino, OR/Русская Православная Церковь Приход святых новомучеников Российских  (FB)  in Mulino is hosting a seminar on reason and historical evidence behind the faith. The seminar will be in Russian and will take place on Sunday, November 9 at 12pm.

Семинар «Открытие», посвящённый теме разумного, научно-исторического основания христианской веры

Если вера христиан покоится не только, как это кажется некоторым, на эмоциях и традициях, но и на вполне определённом историческом факте – Богоявлении, о котором нам известно из вполне определённого Библейского текста, то насколько он, этот текст, достоверен, т.е., буквально, достоин нашего доверия? Какие основания для такого доверия могут представить историческая наука, археология и палеография (свидетельства рукописей)? И, если эти свидетельства основательны, то что же может мешать здраво и разумно мыслящему человеку уверовать в содержание и учение «текста»? Эти и подобные вопросы веры станут предметом нашего рассмотрения и обсуждения.

Семинар, насыщенный фактическим и иллюстративным материалом, рассчитан на самую широкую аудиторию – на людей, честно ищущих рационального и логически непротиворечивого основания для своей веры в Бога (или, соответственно, для оправдания своего неверия).

Семинар проводит Олег Владиславович Воскресенский, филолог, магистр богословия, кандидат педагогических наук, преподаватель Белгородской духовной семинарии, соавтор школьных учебников по «Основам православной культуры» и «Основам мировых религиозных культур» для российских школ, алтарник русской православной церкви в г. Фридли, штат Миннесота, США.

Семинар состоится в нашем храме 9 ноября в 12.00. Приходите сами и приводите друзей и родственников! Мы сможем обсудить услышанное и увиденное!

Адрес храма: 13820 S. Union Hall Rd., Mulino, OR 97042

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