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

 Christ is Risen!

Cappella Romana (FB) Performs!



“Rachmaninoff Concerto for Choir

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

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

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

Ivan Moody Conducts

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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All Saints Summer Camp Register by May 15, 2015!


All Saints Summer Register now!


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Holy Glorious Great-martyr, Victory-bearer and Miracleworker George (303)

Troparion of St George    Tone 4

As the deliverer of captives and defender of the poor, healer of the infirm and champion of kings, victorious great martyr George intercede with Christ our God for our souls salvation. 


Apolytikion of Great Martyr George in the Fourth Tone

Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Leader now on earth no longer,
Soldier of th’ eternal King,
Victor in the fight for Heaven,
We thy loving praises sing.
Great St. George, our patron, help us,
In the conflict be thou nigh;
Help us in that daily battle,
Where each one must win or die.   (From the Westminster Hymnal)

NW parishes dedicated to St George.

St George pray for the suffering, persecuted Christians of the Middle East!

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Contemporary Greek Film Cultures Conference May 8-9th, 2015 at U of WA, Seattle

XB!  Feast of the Great Martyr George Joy to all!

PURPOSE:  The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State (FB)shared:

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures Conference held by Jackson School of International Studies Hellenic Studies at U of WA, Seattle.

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


A Joyous Feast of St George to All!

St Ignatius of Antioch Church Twin Falls, Id (fb)presents:  2015 Costco Gift Card Raffle Entry and info

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


Holy Glorious Great-martyr, Victory-bearer and Wonderworker George (303).

Life 101 Retreat!  Register Now Apologies for the late notice.  LIFE 101 Retreat 2015

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


EveHoly Glorious Great-martyr, Victory-bearer and Wonderworker George (303).

 Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington is hosting another Young Adult Gathering.  Here is the Youth Gathering letter from the first Sept Gathering.  Youth Gathering at Goldendale May 29-30, 2015

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“So some things to take special note of:

1. We will begin the gathering on Friday evening, May 29th  beginning @ 6:00 PM at the ‘Grange Hall’ in downtown Goldendale. Here is the address: 228 E Darland Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620  and here is a link for directions:  http://www.yellowpages.com/listings/475183930/directions.  We will eat dinner together, fellowship a bit, and then (if  most of the Priests are willing) we will each share for 5-10 minutes each, the influence that the monastic life has had on our churches, and us personally. Many of you are already very familiar with the Monastery in Goldendale, and/or monasticism in general, but perhaps for some of you, this is your first blessed exposure, and I think it would be good to discuss it a bit, before we visit on  Saturday morning.

2. We will NOT be staying at the Monastery Friday night, but rather at the homes of some families of the newly forming Antiochian Mission in Goldendale, as well other Orthodox
families who live close to the Monastery. PLEASE RSVP ME  (NOT the families in Goldendale) whether you are planning on coming, (even if you live in Goldendale), so we have ONE master list of who is attending, for the purposes of food preparation and sleeping arrangements. I will then email the families there who are are organizing this, so they can buy the proper amount of food, and divvy all of us out for a place to sleep that night. Please remember to bring a sleeping bag and pad!

3.  We will attend the Saturday morning Divine Liturgy at the Monastery.  Please take special note that there is a strict dress code on the Monastery grounds. Here is a link to read:
https://stjohnmonastery.org/visitor-info/       …We also plan on doing a little work on the Monastery  grounds before they serve us lunch and leave, so please bring….                          CHURCH CLOTHING and WORK CLOTHING, unless you want to get your nice clothing dirty!

4.   We will have the GREAT blessing of having the Abbess of the Monastery, Gerontissa Epfraxia, speak to us sometime before we all leave that morning. Besides the Divine Liturgy, this will be by far the highlight of this gathering, and I am sure something that will profoundly impact all of us!

5.   God-willing we will have at least 5 Priests joining us this time, and perhaps more. I am grateful to God that the Pacific Northwest has so many priests who are committed to the love and care and spiritual development of our Orthodox Young People, and willing to sacrifice much of there time to help inspire us all to constantly, (as Fr. Michael Dunaway said so  movingly in the homily at the wedding yesterday) “chase after Christ!”)

6.   And finally for now, if you would like to spend Saturday night at the Monastery, (if there is room, and you receive a blessing!) Please see this link:                        https://stjohnmonastery.org/contact-us/     …and contact them directly well in advance!

Anyway, that’s it for now! Please RSVP to me as soon as you can whether you are planning on attending, and we will begin to make our preparations!

Knowing that I love you all dearly, and that our Sweetest Christ loves you infinitely more, I remain the unworthy Priest, Fr. Paul+ “

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


Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed is excited to announce that our 2015 Gala, in honor of our 11th year of operation, will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015at the Multnomah Athletic Club!

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Mini Retreat Tomorrow with Fr Gregory of Holy Myrrhbearing Women Parish in Bonners Ferry, Id April 25th, 2015


Church in the snow

Holy Myrrhbearing Women in Beautiful Bonners Ferry, Idaho.   From Parish Website click to go to site.

Mini Retreat (no flier, short notice) Holy Myrrhbearers  in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.  It is not too late to make a nice weekend trip.

“Dear Ones:

Christ is Risen! I am following up on the mini-retreat at Holy
Myrrhbearers Orthodox Church in Bonners Ferry this Saturday, April
25th. The schedule is roughly this:

Hours with Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist
will begin at 9:00am, followed by an informal breakfast in the parish

The first session should begin between 10:30am and 11am in the church,
with childcare being offered in the parish hall.

Lunch (potluck) is scheduled between 12:30 and 1pm and the second
session should begin between 1:30pm and 2pm (again, with childcare
being offered). Following that session, which might be extended a bit
for questions, everyone is invited to Great Vespers with the Blessing
of the Loaves for the Feast of the Holy Myrrhbearers (our parish feast
day). I anticipate that this service will begin no later than 4pm and
possibly around 3:30pm. It will include procession and Litya outside.
Confessions can be heard following that service.

I pray that everyone can make it for this “Mini-Retreat” on the topic
of Laying Aside All Earthly Cares. Feel free to come to any portion or
all of Saturday’s events.

In The Risen Christ,

Fr. Gregory+

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Commemeration of Armenian Genocide in Oregon April 2015

Քրիստոս յարեա՜ւ ի մեռելոց: Օրհնեա՜լ է Յարութիւնն Քրիստոսի !

Saint Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church in Clackamas, Oregon Presents:


The Armenian Genocide Page has more information on this forgotten tragedy.  It is hosted by Facing Islam a Website that looks at Islam from an Orthodox Christian Point of View.

The Orthodox Christian Holocaust: 1894 to the Present – The most significant Orthodox Christian resource on this subject, compiled by the Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes. Includes summaries of genocide against 3.6 million Armenians and Greeks by Turkish Muslims from 1894-1923. ”  (The banner below and this paragraph and link are both taken from the Website Facing Islam a large thank you for all his hard work)
See also the Post on The Exaltation of the Cross 2014.
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Prophet Elijah Mission April 26th and Heads up for May Gathering , 2015 Ellensburg, WA

Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ανέστη! Hristos a înviat! Христос Воскресе! Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց! !المسيح قام! حقا قام ! ქრისტე აღსდგა! Christus Resurrexit!   Bright Monday 2015

 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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Heads up for May!!!!

2. In late May, (on Friday evening and Saturday, the 29th & 30th, right before Pentcost)   …. we are planning  a Youth Gathering in Goldendale. (not staying at the Monastery, but at Mission member homes and the like)  We have many details to work out, but Gerontissa Efpraxia said she would love to talk with the young people after the Saturday of Souls Divine liturgy that morning at the Monastery.   So we would probably fellowship together on Friday evening, and then Liturgy,  breakfast, talk by Gerontissa, and then some work on the Monastery grounds on Saturday morning….lunch and home….  We will work out all the details later, but at least I wanted to get this preliminary schedule out to you now!

Please remember to RSVP soon…. if you think you might come to the dance in April….. and if you think you will spend the night!

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Christ is Risen! Χριστός Ανέστη! Hristos a înviat! Христос Воскресе! Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց! !المسيح قام! حقا قام ! ქრისტე აღსდგა! Christus Resurrexit! 2015

Wishing all a Joyous Pascha and  Brightweek 2015!  Christ is Risen!  Truly He is Risen!!!


Icon in the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) this fresco bears the title Η ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗΣ, The Resurrection. Click Image to learn more from the St Silouan Orthodox Church Website, Walla Walla Wa.

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη!

Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!

Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!

Christus Resurrexit! Vere Resurrexit!

Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!

Cristo ha Resucitado!  En verdad esta Resucitado!

 !المسيح قام! حقا قام !

ქრისტე აღსდგაჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა!

Le Christ est Ressuscite! En verite il est Ressuscite!


Kristus är uppstånden! Sannerligen uppstånden!    

Chrystus zmartwychwstał! Prawdziwie zmartwychwstał!

그리스도께서 부활하셨습니다! 참으로 부활하셨습니다!

Xristos Kuxwoo-digoot! Xegaa-kux Kuxwoo-digoot!

 Kristus vstal zmŕtvych! Skutočne vstal!

“Forestalling the dawn, the women came with Mary, and found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, and heard from the angel: why seek ye among the dead, as though He were a mortal, Him Who liveth in everlasting light? Behold the grave-clothes. Go quickly and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen and hath slain death. For He is the Son of God Who saveth mankind.”  Hypakoe Eighth Tone Paschal Hours

Pascha 2011 in the NW’s own. Poulsbo,  WA

Additional 2015 videos and photos may be added to this post as they become available.  Ty!

If anyone can send me Christ is Risen in formal Church Ethiopian and Coptic I would appreciate it and add it.  I have looked but have only found transliterations.  (editorOrthodoxNorthwest@gmail.com)

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Glory to thy Long Suffering O Lord! Holy Friday 2015 AD

Glory to Thy Long Suffering O Lord!  

Glory to thy Long Suffering O Lord! (Crucifixion, 1209, fresco, Studenica Monastery, Serbia.)

Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon the Cross. He who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown
of thorns. He who wraps the heaven in clouds is wrapped in purple of mockery. He who in Jordan set Adam free receives
blows upon His face. The Bridegroom of the Church is transfixed with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced with a spear.
We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. We venerate Thy Passion, O Christ. Show us also
Thy glorious Resurrection.   Good Friday Matins (Reading of the 12 Gospels)  

OrthodoxNorthwest will not be updated in honor of Our Lords Paschal Mystery till Sunday Evening at the earliest.  Wishing all a Joyous Resurrection and Pascha!  East and West celebrate together what a Joy!  Please remember to pray for the suffering Christians in the Middle East and throughout the world.

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Early Childhood Teaching Position Opening at Agia Sophia Academy for Fall 2015, Portland, OR

Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed

“Agia Sophia Academy is looking for an Early Childhood Elementary Teacher who is a practicing Orthodox Christian, who views this position and Agia Sophia Academy as a ministry and an opportunity to serve God. Our class sizes are small, the curriculum hands-on and integrated, and our staff dedicated and collaborative. The opportunity to teach to the whole child in an academically rich and nurturing Orthodox Christian environment is a unique and joy-filled experience! This is a full-time position with benefits. JOB REQUIREMENTS: This position will require an enthusiastic teacher with a love for integrating curriculum, strong communication skills, and interest in being part of a small, growing school. Position begins August 21st, 2015”  Elementary Teaching Position Ad 2015


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Icon Workshop with Deacon Matthew Garrett Coming Up in Montana: June 15-20, 2015

A Joyous Lent to all!  Pray for the suffering Christians of the Middle East. 

Icon Workshops with the NW’s own  Deacon Matthew Garrett  hosted by St Nicholas of South Canaan, in Billings Montana.

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

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Greek Indepedance Day and Glendi St Demetrios March 21, 2015

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA (FB) and the Greek Orthodox Churches of Seattle sponsor:

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Duruflé Requiem by Northwest Boychoir March 20, 2015

Duruflé Requiem; New: Passion Week 
 NWBC Durufle Eblast
Duruflé Requiem
by the Northwest Boychoir
Friday, 20 March, 7:30pm
Trinity Cathedral, Portland | TICKETS

The 80 voices of the Northwest Boychoir, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier youth ensembles, perform a program of music from the Western Sacred Choral Tradition, including Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Op. 9, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F Major, and…


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Pan-Orthodox Presanctified Liturgies in Portland Area March1- April 1, 2015

A Joyous Lent to All!  Please remember the suffering Christians of the Middle East, and for Russia and Ukraine in your prayers.

HT to OrthodoxPortland:

It’s been a wonderful tradition among Orthodox parishes in Portland area to celebrate Presanctified Liturgies and other services during Lent together. This year, these pan-Orthodox services are as follows:

Wednesday, March 4: Presanctified Liturgy at Holy Trinity (Greek) at 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 18: Presanctified Liturgy at St. John the Baptist (Greek) at 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 25: Vesperal Divine Liturgy at Annunciation (OCA) at 6:30pm, for their patronal feast day

Wednesday, April 1: Presanctified Liturgy at St. Nicholas (OCA) at 6:30pm

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