Hope everyone is having a Joyous Fast! St John of the Ladder 2018


Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent.  Venerable John Lestvichnik (of the ladder) (movable holiday on the 4th Sunday of the Great Lent).  Martyr Conon of Isauria (2nd c.).
St. Nicholas (1919).  New Hieromartyr John priest and New Hieromartyrs Mardarius and Theopane (1938).  St. Nicholas (Velimirovich), bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha, Serbia (1956) (Serbia).  Uncovering of the relics (1996) of St. Luke, hierarch-surgeon of Simferopol (1961). 

A Joyous Fast to All!     

 A Post to Make you smile and –

Yes I saw this inspiring photo on Lloyd Legalist.

Lady Lent 2018 Photo by OrthodoxNorthwest

 

– to perhaps enocurage you this Lent.  May this Lent be a Blessing to us all!

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The Akathist Hymn Performed by Cappella Romana in Seattle/Portland March 16-17, 2018


Appearance of the Kolomenskoye Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, “Reigning” (1917).
Hieromartyr Theodotus, bishop of Cyrenia (315).  St. Arsenius, bishop of Tver (1409).
Virgin-martyr Euthalia of Sicily (257).

A Joyous Lent to All!

Apologies for the late notice just learned of this.  Editor.

Cappella Romana (fb) presents:

Friday-Saturday March 16-17: Rev’d Dr. Ivan Moody, British composer, conductor, and Orthodox priest, returns to direct his stunning setting of the 6th-century hymn to the Mother of God, blending Byzantine chant with richly-textured Russian-style choruses. Composed expressly for Cappella Romana, in English with Greek refrains.

SEATTLE

Fri 16 Mar, 8:00pm
St. James Cathedral

Portland

Sat 17 Mar, 8:00pm
St. Mary’s Cathedral

Click image above for more info and tickets!

 

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Celebrate Greek Independance Day at St Demetrios in Seattle March 24, 2018


Appearance of the Kolomenskoye Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, “Reigning” (1917).
Hieromartyr Theodotus, bishop of Cyrenia (315).  St. Arsenius, bishop of Tver (1409).
Virgin-martyr Euthalia of Sicily (257).

 St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. (fb)

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Upcoming Icon Workshops Boise, ID, with Deacon Matthew Garrett April 30th -May 4, 2018


A Joyous Lent 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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¨Trezoros¨ A Film about Greek Sephardic (Jewish) Families Under the Nazis March 11, 2018


St. Tarasius, archbishop of Constantinople (806)  A Joyous Lent to all!

 The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State presents:

 

 

 

Seattle Jewish Film Festival: “Trezoros” Sephardic Spotlight

Sunday, March 11 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
AMC Pacific Place | 600 Pine Street Seattle, WA

About the Film

A coastal city renowned for its idyllic beauty, Kastoria was once home to a harmonious and vibrant population of Jews and Christians.

Illuminating the moving, individual stories of the Greek Sephardic families forced from their homes when Nazis took control of the town, this carefully crafted documentary serves as a tribute and reminder of the many displaced communities forced out and afflicted by Nazi occupation.

Using never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with survivors scattered across the diaspora, TREZOROS stitches together a compelling and affecting portrait of a unique and dynamic Jewish community.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Professor Devin Naar of the Stroum Center’s Sephardic Studies Program, director Lawrence Russo, and Larry Confino; then by a post-film Sephardic coffee klatsch (echar lashon) with coffee/tea and biscochos. Included in ticket price.

Learn more about the film, and purchase tickets, at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival website.

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An Evening of Orthodox Spiritual Music/Вече православне духовне музике at St Michaels in Burnaby, BC March 17, 2018


Venerable Leo, bishop of Catania in Sicily (ca. 780).  Wishing all a Joyous Lent!

The Parish of St Michael the Archangel/СРПСКА ПРАВОСЛАВНА  ЦРКВА  СВ. АРХАНГЕЛ  МИХАИЛО  –  ВАНКУВЕР  (FBin Burnaby, BC., 

Вече православне духовне музике

У суботу, 17. марта у организацији Српске Православне Цркве Св. Арханђела Михаила и Црквеног хора Обилић, одржаће се концерт православних духовних песама у част успомене на страдање свете царске породице Романов.

Велики је дуг Србије светој породици Романових који су 1914. своје животе положили за слободу Србије и Русије и због своје љубави су увенчани вечним венцима славе у Царству Небеском.

Позивамо вас све да дођете и да одамо славу и част царској породици уз појање црквених хорова.

Наступају: Хор Руске Православне Цркве Св. Николе, Хор Грчке Православне Цркве Светог Димитрија, те српски хорови: Хор Српске Православне Цркве Светог Саве Стеван Мокрањац и хор домаћин, Хор Српске Православне Цркве Св. Архангела Михаила Обилић.

У 18:00 ће бити Вечерње богослужење

Концерт ће почети у 19:00

Улаз је бесплатан и сви су добро дошли!

An Evening of Orthodox Spiritual Music

Choir Performances in the Honour of Holy Royal Family Romanov

On Saturday, March 17th in the organization of Serbian Orthodox Church St. Archangel Michael will be a Concert of orthodox spiritual music in the honor and the memory of Holy Royal Family Romanov.

Serbia is very grateful and indebted to Holy Family Romanov who gave their lives for freedom of Serbian and Russian people in 1914 when the entire family was killed. Because of their unselfish love they were crowned with eternal glory in Kingdom of Heaven.

We invite you to come so that we all can give due respect to royal family with singing of church choirs.

Performing Choirs of: Russian Orthodox Church St. Nicholas, St. Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church, St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church and St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church.

18:00 Lent Vespers

19:00 Concert

All are welcome.

Free entrance.

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The Classical Learning Resource Center Offers Live Online Classes and Fall Registration for 2018! (Classes From Meterology to Romanian Available!)


Great-martyr Theodore the Tyro (306).
St. Hermogenes, patriarch of Moscow and all Russia (1612).  St. Nicholas (Planas), priest in Athens (1932).  A Joyous Lent to All!

 

   Classical Learning Resource Center (fb) Spring classes Opening soon!

 

 

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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Xylouris White Presented By The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum in Portland- March 15, 2018


 St. Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles, teacher of the Slavs (869).  St. Raphael, bishop of Brooklyn (1915).  A Joyous Lent to all!

Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) (FB) presents:

¨A passion for exploration comes naturally to Xylouris White, the ruggedly visionary duo formed of Cretan lute player George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White. For their debut album, 2014’s Goats, Xylouris White compared themselves to the titular animals, wandering fearlessly through rough-hewn terrain. Two years later, they showed how far their horizons could reach on 2016’s majestically expansive Black Peak, named after a mountain top in Crete.

Just 15 well-toured months later, the duo’s exploratory instincts drive them further onwards still on their third album, Mother, released 19th January on Bella Union, and named to denote “new life”. As Xylouris puts it, “Mother is the extension of Goats and Black Peak. Three things, all part of a whole. Goats are mothers, Zeus was raised on Amaltheia’s milk, Black Peak is Mother Earth… Mother Earth is the mother of everything.” The duo have shared a first track from the album titled “Only Love”, which is steaming HERE, while the album is available to preorder here.

Across Mother’s nine tracks, Xylouris White nurture fecund growths from the spaces between their instruments. Sometimes the songs drive with an invigorating urgency; sometimes they brood, plead, yearn and lull. The duo seem to discover each other anew at every turn, teasing the songs out from their fluid chemistry with the kind of virtuosity that knows when to listen, accommodate and learn afresh. “A theme of the album is the significance of simplicity and a child-like approach,” Xylouris explains. “So, we connect mother and child and play instruments as toys. Xylouris White is still gestating.”  (from ticketfly click to read more and order tickets)

 

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Balkan Night at St Demetrios in Seattle March 10, 2018


A Joyous Lent to All!

 St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. (fb)

BALKAN FEST – Saturday, March 10th, from 5:00 PM – Midnight at ST. Ds. Everyone is invited to a night of song and dance. This year’s Balkan Night featured band is FDF favorites, Endasi, with Nick Sofos, with Island music, Cretan and more!  This year, our own Akrites/Souliotes groups will be performing.  Balkan Night Northwest is a joyous explosion of music, dance and tradition from all over the Balkans, from Albania, through Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and beyond! This community event welcomes people of all ages, making this a family event for kids and grandparents alike. This year there will be 20 bands providing non-stop music on three stages, with delicious ethnic food provided by the Seattle Croatian and Greek communities. Bring your friends! No dance experience necessary! More information at http://www.balkannightnw.com/.

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Sunday Snapshot: Article on Theophany 2018 Celebrated by Three Parishes in the Inland Northwest!


First Sunday of the Great Lent: Triumph of Orthodoxy. Tone five.
Great Lent. Food with Oil    A Joyous Lent to All!

“Cyprus” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos from the village Staromniy, Moscow region (movable holiday on the 1st Sunday of the Great Lent). Iveron Icon (Moscow) of the Most Holy Theotokos (9th c.). St. Meletius, archbishop of Antioch (381).
St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow and miracleworker of all Russia (1378).

Well better late than never.  This article was from January but I just recently learned of it.  The parishes of  St. John the Baptist fb ,  Christ the Savior fb and Holy Trinity fb came together for the  Blessing of the Waters at the Spokane River on the feast of Theophany as they do yearly. It was covered in the The Coeur d’Alene Press.

But where were the swimmers? (editor  🙂

¨WATER’S BLESSING A FRESH START

POST FALLS — The singing was heavenly as voices reflected off the water that quietly flowed past the snowy beach.

The air was crisp and fresh, stinging cheeks, noses and ears.

And the day was blessed, reinvigorating the beliefs of the faithful as they celebrated the baptism of Christ.¨

 

Theophany 2016, Blessing of the Spokane River. From the Christ the Savior facebook page. Click to go to their page.

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St John the Baptist in Post Falls Will Host Pan Orthodox Vespers for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Tonight at 6pm!


First Sunday of the Great Lent: Triumph of Orthodoxy. Tone five.
Great Lent. Food with Oil    A Joyous Lent to All!

“Cyprus” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos from the village Staromniy, Moscow region (movable holiday on the 1st Sunday of the Great Lent). Iveron Icon (Moscow) of the Most Holy Theotokos (9th c.). St. Meletius, archbishop of Antioch (381).
St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow and wonderworker of all Russia (1378).

St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho  fb  will host Pan Orthodox Vespers in the Inland Northwest tonite at 6pm!

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Sunday Snapshot: St Thomas Orthodox Church Snohomish, Wa in the Herald Net


First Sunday of the Great Lent: Triumph of Orthodoxy. Tone five.
Great Lent. Food with Oil    A Joyous Lent to All!

“Cyprus” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos from the village Staromniy, Moscow region (movable holiday on the 1st Sunday of the Great Lent). Iveron Icon (Moscow) of the Most Holy Theotokos (9th c.). St. Meletius, archbishop of Antioch (381).
St. Alexis, metropolitan of Moscow and wonderworker of all Russia (1378).

 

St Thomas Church in Snohomish from their webpage. Click to go to their photo gallery!

 

An article on St Thomas Orthodox Church Snohomish, Washington appeared in the Herald Net this past Jan 6th on this Mission parish.  Enjoy!

¨St. Thomas Orthodox Church in Snohomish observes an ancient faith

“There’s definitely a difference between this and a rock ’n’ roll church,” St. Thomas’ priest says.¨

SNOHOMISH — A business park is an unlikely place to find the home of an ancient faith. Yet to enter St. Thomas Orthodox Church, just west of Avenue D in the Bonneville Business Park, is to experience a worship space that transcends time.¨

 

St Thomas Orthodox Church in Snohomish Washington. Photo from their webpage. Just click to see more photos!

 

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Sunday Lenten Vespers in Seattle Area Sponsored by Washington Orthodox Clergy Association Lent 2018


A Joyous Lent to All!

First Week of the Great Lent. Tone four.  Hieromartyr Charalampus, bishop of Magnesia in Thessaly, and Martyrs Porphyrius and Baptus (202).  St. Scholastica of Italy, sister of St. Benedict (543).   

Sunday of Orthodoxy with Washington State Clergy present. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 KJV

The Washington Orthodox Clergy Association (WOCA) Invites you to Sunday Vespers during Lent at 5pm.

Feb 25th, Sunday of Orthodoxy;  Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Seattle,  fb Homilist Fr Jeremiah Vollman

March 4th Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas; Three Hierarchs Romanian Church Mountlake Terrace fb, Homilist Fr Daniel Tryant

March 11th Sunday of the Holy Cross; St. Katherine OCA Mission  Kirkland ,  Homilist James Robinson

March 18 Sunday of St. John Climacus; St Paul Antiochan  Lynnwood  fb Homilist Fr Michael Tervo

March 25 Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt; Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Shoreline fb Homilist Fr David Hovik

Memory Eternal to the latest Orthodox Christian Martyrs. May their prayers be with us all. May the Lord grant repentance, enlightenment and the grace of Baptism to Moslems everywhere.

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Women´s Lenten Retreat St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale March 2-4, 2018


A Joyous Lent to All!

First Week of the Great Lent. Tone four.  Hieromartyr Charalampus, bishop of Magnesia in Thessaly, and Martyrs Porphyrius and Baptus (202).  St. Scholastica of Italy, sister of St. Benedict (543).   

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

 

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A Joyous Lent to All! Καλή Σαρακοστή! 2018


Beginning of the Great Lent. Tone four.  Clean Monday.

Venerables Barsanuphius the Great and John the Prophet, monks of Palestine (6th c.).
St. Photius, patriarch of Constantinople (891).  Virgin-martyr Dorothea, and with her Martyrs Christina and Callista, sisters, and Theophilus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (288-300).

Καλή Σαρακοστή !

The lenten spring has come!
   the light of repentance;
Let us, brothers, cleanse ourselves from all evil,
   crying out to the Giver of Light:
Glory to Thee, O Lover of man…

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Καθαρά Δευτέρα, Clean Monday 2013. The P51 Kite flying proudly after takeoff! All rights reserved property of OrthodoxNorthwest

Let us begin the time of fasting in light!
   Preparing ourselves for the spiritual efforts.
Let us purify our soul; let us purify our body.
As from food, let us abstain from all passion
   and enjoy the virtues of the spirit,
So that perfected in time by love
We may all be made worthy to see
   the Passion of Christ and the Holy Pascha
In spiritual joy!  Lenten Text

Lady Lent Just click to learn more…

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Annual Crab Fest at Holy Apostles Shoreline, Washington Feb 24, 2018


The Sunday of Forgiveness. Tone four.
Cheesefare Sunday. Meat is excluded 
Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily 251  

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church (FB) in Shoreline, Washington presents:

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¨Forgiveness Transforming Wounds into Wisdom” Retreat at St Demetrios in Seattle March 3, 2018


Week of the Last Judgment. Tone three.  Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded

All of the venerable fathers, lit up with great deeds (movable holiday on Saturday of the Cheese-fare Week).  Venerable Isidore of Pelusium, monk (436-440).

 St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. (fb)

¨Dear beloved brothers and sisters of St. Demetrios,
Forgiveness is a fundamental skill of our spiritual practice.  We are instructed by Christ to forgive 70 times 7.  We pray for forgiveness “as we forgive the trespasses of others.”  However, many of us have been hurt and continue to feel burdened by the pain of that offense.  Many of us wish to be released from our resentment towards someone who has deeply hurt us.  But how?  How can we turn our negativity into compassion?  How do we know when we have truly forgiven?  Do we forgive ourselves?
In this full-day retreat and workshop (with lunch provided), we will explore the meaning of forgiveness, what it is and what it is not.  During breakout sessions, we will work through a process that will help us shift our view of ourselves, the offense, and the offender, in a helpful and health-full manner.
Please invite your everyone to attend, your non-Orthodox friends can come, too.  For reservations, please contact Pam Plumis at (206) 349-8341 by February 28.
Your sister in Christ,
Nina Varlamos

Philoptochos President¨  (From St Demetrios Announcement.)

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Fellowship of the Cross and Homeschooling Lenten Retreat March 2nd, 2018 , at Prophet Elijah Mission, Ellensburg, WA


Week of the Last Judgment. Tone three.  Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded

All of the venerable fathers, lit up with great deeds (movable holiday on Saturday of the Cheese-fare Week).  Venerable Isidore of Pelusium, monk (436-440).

Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington presents:  Please note:  The Friday night session is for the Young Adults, and the Saturday portion is open to anyone!

 

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The Salish Brotherhood of St John the Wonderworker Retreat Feb 23-25, 2018 Vashon Island, WA


Week of the Last Judgment. Tone three. Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded

Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.).
St. Nicholas, enlightener of Japan (1912).

  All-Merciful Saviour Monastery fb presents:

Here is a link with a reflection on a retreat that Abbot Tryphon spoke at and some thoughts on the Salish Brotherhood.

 

Abbot Tryphon has a both a Blog The Morning Offering (Daily Inspiration from All-Merciful Saviour Monastery) and a daily Podcast also called The Morning Offering Podcast.  His site features daily scripture verses, a reflection, and often some lovely pictures of the Monastery or other local NW Orthodox Churches to inspire our pilgrim journey.  He has a book “The Morning Offering” which can be purchased here.  On a side note I know the Monastery could use financial support.  They receive a number of pilgrims and visitors and need to build guest quarters.

Please pray for the suffering Christians in the Middle East and throughout the world.

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29th Annual AHEPA & AHEC Crab Fest for Camp Angelos Portland 24th, 2018


 Week of the Last Judgment. Tone three.  Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded

Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.).   St. Nicholas, enlightener of Japan (1912).

Holy Trinity Cathedral fb presents:

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