“I was in Prison and ye came unto me.” Matt 25:36
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.
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)
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)
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!
Forefeast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
Venerable Gregory Decapolites (816).
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.
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.
“Remembering St Nicholas, Recovering a Christian Heritage” From the Orthodox Reformed Bridge.
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)
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Beginning of Nativity (St Philip’s) Fast 2018 A Joyous Fast to All!
A Joyous Nativity Fast to All! Here are some NW recipe sites to help with the fast.
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)
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.
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.
Venerable Nicholas, Radiant Star of the Georgians (1308) (Georgia)
Hat tip to OrthodoxPortland!
Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer of Thessalonica (306)
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
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
Holy and Glorious Great-martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica (306)
Martyrs Marcian and Martyrius the Notaries of Constantinople (355)
St. Matrona the Confessor of Diveyevo (1963)
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 email@example.com ….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+
St. Tabitha, the widow raised from the dead by the Apostle Peter (1st c.)
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:
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!
Uncovering of the relics of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco the Miracleworker
Apologies for the late notice just noted this: