Preserve the History! If You are Descended from the Area of Asia Minor, Princess Islands, Eastern Thrace etc with the Univ of Florida Research May 2018


Χριστός ἀνέστη!

St. Alexis Toth, priest of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (1909)

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

 

Welcoming Ph.D. student. G. Topalides from the University of Florida-
Coming to Portland/Vancouver area week of May 6th, 2018
Also interested in descendants from the Pontic Sea/Black Sea area.
Contact him for an interview in your home – or call me me- Chryssie Voreas 503-939-1469

 

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Local NW Orthodox Writer Featured on Ancient Faith Radio! May 2018


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Hieromartyr Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother Philippa, and Martyrs Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius (2nd c.)

Northwest Orthodox Christian Author Renee Riva fb  writes stories of faith, hope, love,  courage and tough choices.  Readings from the book Dawnś Gentle Light on Ancient Faith Radio program ¨Under the Grapevine¨ with a new reading each Friday!

 

¨When an early 1900s love story makes its way from revolutionary Russia to a small town in America, a young girl’s life begins to change. Clara Bradley moves from the city to a remote farming town in Eastern Washington-with nothing to offer a young cheerleader but miles of snow-covered wheat fields. She now has no cheer team and nothing to cheer about. But that move brings her an unusual neighbor: an elderly Russian woman who has a love story she is translating into English…¨  click above to learn more

 

Renee was interviewed last year by Kapp TV.  The interview and video can be seen here.

¨For eight years, A.J. Degulio has been itching to get back to her beloved Indian Island. It’s home. But a lot has changed: Sailor moves slower, Danny has grown into a man … and A.J. has a promise to keep but it doesn’t include Danny. When Danny discovers the truth, he’s shocked and hurt. But he won’t stand in the way of what she really wants. What’s a girl to do? She wants to keep her promise and Danny. But Danny has plans of his own. Can they work it out? It will take compromise and laughter before Danny and A.J. figure out that home is more than a place on the map. It’s a place in the heart.¨ Click to learn more!

 

¨Chance of Rain is a short book, written for a reader who wants to read a fun but still really impactful story. With themes of hope, healing, and having the courage to move forward, Renee Riva intertwines this beautiful story with instances of humor and reflection…¨ Reader Review from Amazon click to learn more

For more information her website and newsletter can be found here.

 

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Spring Zabava British Columbia May 12, 2018


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Hieromartyr Januarius, bishop of Benevento, and his companions: Festus, Proclus, and Sosius, deacons; Desiderius, reader; and Eutychius and Acutius, laymen, at Pozzuoli (305).

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St Mary  fb and the Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre presents:

 

: The Women’s Association Branch of Surrey and the Ukrainian
Orthodox Church of St. Mary are hosting a Family Dinner & Dance Fundraiser honoring Mothers at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre, 13512 – 108 Ave., Surrey on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 1:00 am. Refreshments – 6:00 pm, Dinner – 7:00 pm – Our Famous Ukrainian Dinner;
Entertainment – 8:30 pm; Dance & Music – 9:00 pm; Champagne Toast to Mothers, Door prizes, Silent Auction, and a Whole Lot of Fun. Tickets are $60.00, Students are $40.00, Children 12 and under are Free. Advance Ticket Purchase ONLY, Sorry, No refunds. For Tickets, please call or text Yuliya
Shokalyuk at (778) 389-9522 – Email: yuliya.shokalyuk@gmail.com or Donna Kaluza at (604) 992-5609 –
Email: donnak@telus.net Everyone is invited!

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23rd Ukrainian Cultural Festival May 5th Mission, British Columbia


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New Martyr John the Tailor of Ioannina, at Constantinople (1526).

British Columbia Ukrainian Cultural Festival fb

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Volunteer Work Week at St Peterś Monastery ! July 7- 13 2018


 Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!  

Martyrs TerencePompeiusAfricanusMaximusZenoAlexanderTheodore, and 33 others, beheaded at Carthage (250).

 St. Peter’s Monastery Harrison Montana presents:

Volunteer Work Week:

Adults and adults with children over 14 years old are welcome to work with our visiting monks for all or any part of this week. Meals and tools, except work gloves, will be provided, but those who plan to stay overnight should bring a sleeping bag and tent, if desired. All are welcome and encouraged to make a donation to the monastery to help cover the cost of meals and materials.

The Holy Cross on the Grounds of the St Peter’s Monastery Grounds, Harrison Montana. Image from the website. (used with permission)

 

Basic Schedule:

Sun afternoon/evening

  • 2-6 pm—Arrive at St. Peter’s Monastery site in Harrison (begin set up for sleeping)
  • 6 pm—Meal
  • 7 pm—Welcome/Orientation, then free time
  • 9 pm—Vespers or Evening Prayers

Basic Daily (Proposed) Schedule

  • 7 am—Akathist
  • 8 am—Breakfast
  • 8:30 am—Instructions for work teams—get to work
  • Noon—Lunch
  • Rest time
  • 2:00-4:30 pm—Work
  • 5-6 pm—Talk, and small groups
  • 6 pm—Dinner and free time
  • 9 pm—Service (Vespers)

Work will continue until noon on Friday.

Work day at St Peter´s Monastery from the website. click to learn more!

 

 

IF INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE 2018 VOLUNTEER WORK WEEK, SEND AN EMAIL TO stpetersmonastery@gmail.com!

 

To learn more and to assist with the building of the Monastery go to the website, or click here to give financial assistance.

 

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Fr Peter Heers Speaking in Yakima, WA April 28, 2018


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Holy Apostles of the Seventy: HerodionAgabusAsyncritusRufusPhlegonHermes, and those with them (1st c.)

Holy Cross Parish Yakima Washington presents Lectures with Fr Peter Heers  .

The talks will be on:

Living in the world but not of it: Implications for educating parents and children and A Review of the Council of Crete..

10:00am Session 1
11:30am Session 2
Lunch on your own
(No Childcare)
5:00pmGreatVsprs
6:00pm Session 3

No flier avail at this time nor have lecture titles/subject been released at this time. updated!  : )  This site will be updated if more info becomes available.

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¨Paul Apostle of Christ – Where Sin Abounds Grace Abounds More¨ The Movie


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Holy Apostles of the Seventy: HerodionAgabusAsyncritusRufusPhlegonHermes, and those with them (1st c.).

¨Paul Apostle of Christ¨ fb  An inspiring movie, fairly accurate to the history of St Paul.   Is this the best representation of St Paul, or the early Church, is it the best script?  I do not know.   From the reviews I have read it is definitely not ashamed of its subject Paul the Apostle; nor the Goodnews he spread.  That Christ is not dead but arose from the dead, he reigns and grants us new life, and forgiveness of our sins.  How many movies can say that?  This may be a good movie for youth groups and young adults in particular to see.

A review from the secular Variety can be read here.

Al Kresta Catholic talk show host ( whose show often delves into difficult issues facing believers today is often well worth listening to-editor) had a 1 hour feature on St Paul with noted Biblical scholar Retired Anglican Bishop of Durham Dr N.T. Wright.

Al Kresta also did an interview with Fr Richard Cassidy a Roman Catholic Scripture Scholar on what the movie did and did not get right… (this same episode contains a very informative interview with the indomitable Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch.  Well worth a listen)

Focus on the Family Plugged In Website has this to say regarding the movie.

Oh and in case your wondering why there is no Orthodox film review.  None came up with a brief Google search….

 

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Summer Youth Campers for St Peterś Monastery is Filling up Fast ! June 23- 29 2018


Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς Ανέστη!  Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!  Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!

 “Life- giving Spring” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (movable holiday on the Friday of the Bright Week).
Commemoration of the renewal (sanctification) of the Holy Theotokos temple near the Life-giving Spring in Constantinople (5th c.) (movable holiday on the Friday of the Bright Week).   St. Innocent of Moscow, enlightener of Alaska and Siberia (1879).   New Hieromartyr John priest (1938).   A Joyous Bright Week to All!

 

 St. Peter’s Monastery Harrison Montana is filling up its Youth Camping/working positions quickly.

¨Dear friends of St. Peter’s Monastery,

This is just a short note to say that we now have 21 campers (12 male campers and 9 female campers) and 10 staff members signed up for the Youth Camp in June.  We are expecting more.  Unfortunately, we can accommodate no more than 30 campers, so anyone hoping to join the camp this summer should send in his or her application as soon as possible.  Applications can be downloaded from the bottom of the Youth Camp page on the web site, stpetersmonastery.com.¨ from St Peter´s email.

 

The Holy Cross on the Grounds of the St Peter’s Monastery Grounds, Harrison Montana. Image from the website. (used with permission)

Summer Youth Camp!

Saturday, June 23-Friday, June 29

Basic Schedule:

Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday morning Campers arrive in Bozeman, camp out Sat evening on St. Anthony Church property, attend Sat pm and Sun morning services, then head to Harrison Sunday after fellowship.

Sun afternoon/evening

  • 2-6 pm—Arrive at St. Peter’s Monastery site in Harrison (begin set up for sleeping)
  • 6 pm—Meal
  • 7 pm—Welcome/Orientation, then free time
  • 9 pm—Vespers or Evening Prayers
  • 10 pm—in tents, 10:15 lights out

Photo from St Peterś Monastery workparty. From their website. Click for more information

Basic Daily (Proposed) Schedule

  • 7 am—Akathist
  • 8 am—Breakfast
  • 8:30 am—Instructions for work teams—get to work
  • Noon—Lunch
  • Rest time
  • 2:00-4:30 pm—Work
  • 5-6 pm—Talk, and small groups
  • 6 pm—Dinner, then structured activities or free time
  • 9 pm—Service (Vespers)
  • 10 pm—Lights out

If interested in participating in the 2018 Camp, please download, complete, and send in this application: SPM Youth Camp Application.

Prayer Service at St Peter´s Monastery from the website. Click for more information

 

To learn more and to assist with the building of the Monastery go to the website, or click here to give financial assistance.

 

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Nana Mouskouri in Concert May 1, 2018


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 “Life- giving Spring” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (movable holiday on the Friday of the Bright Week).
Commemoration of the renewal (sanctification) of the Holy Theotokos temple near the Life-giving Spring in Constantinople (5th c.) (movable holiday on the Friday of the Bright Week).   St. Innocent of Moscow, enlightener of Alaska and Siberia (1879).   New Hieromartyr John priest (1938).   A Joyous Bright Week to All!

 

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

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Nana Mouskouri Concert 
Tuesday, May 1

¨Seattle is fortunate to welcome Greek singer Nana Mouskouri who will appear at the MOORE THEATER on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

This is a stop on her West Coast and Canada “Forever Young Tour.” Seattle’s event is sponsored by the  Seattle Theater Group.. Tickets begin at $45 and are available from most ticketing sources.¨

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103rd Commemoration’s of the Armenian Genocide In the NW 2018


Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!  

 

This April 24th is the 103rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey.  (An event still not acknowledged there)  Here are some events commemorating it in the NW.  As I learn of more I will update this page. Editor.

Seattle:

The Armenian Cultural Association of Washington fb presents:

Genocide, Sumgait, and Baku Commemoration Day

Saturday at 7 PM – 10 PM  9825 NE 24th St

Bellevue Washington 98004   286 486 2211

In commemoration of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and 30 years since the Baku and Sumgait Pogroms.  The ACApresents a special program of those who were killed, those who survived and thrived.


Holy Resurrection of Redmond, Washington
  (f)  No event listed at this time.

Portland:

 St. Kevork church in Portland, Oregon presents:

Vancouver BC:  No event listed at this time.

Gregory the Illuminator Pray for Us All.

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See Intent to Destroy¨ a Documentary on the Armenian Holocaust April 21st, 2018 and Support Our Armenian Brothers!


Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի!  

Blessed Martyrs and Fathers of the St. David-Gareji Monastery (17th c.) (Georgia) (movable holiday on the Tuesday of the Bright Week).A Joyous Bright Week to All!

This April 24th is the 103rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey.  St. Kevork´s church in Portland is sponsoring a showing of ¨Intent to Destroy¨ a documentary of the Armenian Genocide to observe the event.   Lets support our Armenian brothers and sisters and see it if at all possible!  “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana.   Eternal Memory to all those who died in the Armenian Holocaust.

Excerpts from the email below:

¨We’re bringing a screening of the film Intent To Destroy to the Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium theaters in Tigard. Screenings of this documentary are happening all over – pulling back the curtain on Genocide censorship in Hollywood to unveil the violent history of the Armenian Genocide and legacy of Turkish suppression and denial over the past century.

Please help me spread the word about this event – We need to share this powerful and important documentary with the community we care so much about .

The screening is planned for Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm at the Bridgeport Village Theater at 7329 SW Bridgeport Rd, Tigard, OR 97224. If you plan on attending, please reserve your ticket at https://gathr.us/screening/22262.

See you there.

 

 

 Gregory the Illuminator Pray for Us All.

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Hellenic Genealogy Workshop Presented by The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum in Portland April 21, 2018


Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց!  Օրհնեալ է յառութիւնն Քրիստոսի! Cristo ha Resucitado!  En verdad esta Resucitado! !ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ

Bright Tuesday.  Bright Week. Fast-free “Iveron” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (movable holiday on the Tuesday of the Bright Week).

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

Hellenic Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, April 21

Do you know where in the Hellenic world your Greek family is from? How about the origin of your Greek last name? Names changed here in the new world or before they immigrated.

We are excited to be bringing Carol Kostakos-Petranek, a Hellenic Genealogist, from the DC area to Portland on April 21, 2018. This is a once in a life time opportunity to meet such a qualified person in how to find your roots.

If you’re interested in learning about your family history and genealogy, email us with your contact info at HACCMpdx@gmail.com. Or call 503.858.8567.

Sponsored by:
Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum of Oregon and SW Washington
3131 NE Glisan St. Portland, Or.97232

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OCF Spring/Retreat for Young Adults 18-25 at St John the Forerunner Monastery in Goldendale April 20-22, 2018


Christ is Risen!

Bright Monday. Bright Week. Fast-free Entire week, fast-free.
St. Matrona of Thessalonica (4th c.).

Orthodox Christian Fellowship  fb and The St John the Honorable Forerunner Monastery  presents its Fall Retreat:  Please help spread the word this retreat is blessed with two faithful and very inspiring speakers.

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Χριστός Ανέστη! Hristos a înviat! Христос Воскресе! Christ is Risen! Քրիստոս յառեաւ ի մեռելոց! !المسيح قام! حقا قام ! ქრისტე აღსდგა! Christus Resurrexit! 2018


Wishing all a Joyous PASCHA and  Brightweek 2018!  Christ is Risen!  

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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!

!ܡܫܝܚܐ ܩܡ! ܫܪܝܪܐܝܬ ܩܡ

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 Kristus aq ungwektaq! Pichinuq ungwektaq!

Xris-tusaq Ung-uixtuq! Iluumun Ung-uixtuq!

Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!

Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe!

येसु मसीह ज़िन्दा हो गया है! हाँ यक़ीनन, वोह ज़िन्दा हो गया है!

 

“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

!المسيح قام! حقا قام !

ქრისტე აღსდგაჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა!

Le Christ est Ressuscite! En verite il est Ressuscite!

ハリストス復活!実に復活!

Kristus är uppstånden! Sannerligen uppstånden!

Si Kristo ay nabuhay! Totoo! Siya nga ay nabuhay!

Kristus telah bangkit! Dia benar-benar telah bangkit!

Ua ala aʻe nei ʻo Kristo! Ua ala ʻiʻo nō ʻo Ia!

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

ハリストス復活!実に復活!

그리스도께서 부활하셨습니다! 참으로 부활하셨습니다!

基督復活了 他確實復活了

Kristo Amefufukka! Kweli Amefufukka!

Forget not the suffering Christians in Egypt, the Middle East and around the world. 

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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Holy And Great Saturday and the Annunciation Celebrated Together 2018!


On This Great and Holy Saturday When Our Lord Rested Bodily in the Tomb, and descended into Hades and Defeated His Enemies; is also the Feast of the  Annunciation to  Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, by the Angel Gabriel.    Wishing all Blessed Feast on this rare double Feast!  

Troparion, Tone 2: The Noble Joseph, / taking
Thy most pure body down from the Tree / and
having wrapped it in pure linen and spices, //
laid it in a new tomb.

Annunciation and Holy Great Saturday meet in 2018. The Royal doors with the Annunciation and the Shroud in the foreground caught the convergence of the Feast. The parish church is St John´s in Kennewick, Washington. Photos prop of OrthoNW all rights reserved.

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1sh Hour and 6th Hour
Kontakion, Tone 6: He that shut up the abyss is
seen as one dead, and like a mortal, the
Immortal One is wrapped in linen and myrrh,
and placed in a grave. And women came to
anoint Him, weeping bitterly and crying out:
This is the most blessed Sabbath day wherein
Christ, having slept, shall arise on the third day

Tone 8: Today hell groans and cries aloud / ‘It
had been better for me, had I not accepted
Mary’s Son / for He has come to me and
destroyed my power; / He has shattered the
gates of brass, / and as God He has raised up
the souls that once I held.’ // Glory to Thy
Cross, O Lord, and to Thy Resurrection.

Annunciation of Our Lady. Ancient icons of Jesus Christ

Gabriel the Archangel was sent from heaven to announce to the Virgin the glad tidings of her conceiving; and coming to
Nazareth he pondered in amazement on this wonder. “O how shall He who dwelleth in the heights, Whom none can
comprehend, be born of a Virgin? How shall He Whose throne is heaven and Whose footstool is the earth be held in the
womb of a woman? He upon Whom the six-winged seraphim and the many-eyed cherubim cannot gaze has been pleased
at a single word to be made flesh of this His creature. It is the Word of God Who dwells within her. Why then do I stand
here, and not say to the Maiden: ‘Hail, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Hail, O pure Virgin; hail, Bride
unwedded. Hail, Mother of Life: blessed is the Fruit of thy womb.”  (From the Vigil)

Mary says to God’s people:

‘Come, all you who have discernment,

vocal advocates of the Spirit,

prophets who beheld hidden things in your true visions;

you farmers who sowed seed, and slept in hope,

rise up and rejoice at the harvest.

Look: in my arms I clasp the wheat-sheaf of life

that provides bread for the hungry,

that feeds the needy. Rejoice with me,

for I carry the sheaf full of joys.’

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Blessed are you, O Mary, daughter of the poor,

who became Mother of the Lord of kings.

In your womb he has dwelt

of whose praise the heavens are full.

 

 

Blessed be your breast, which has nourished him with love,

your mouth which has lulled him

and your arms which have held him.

You have become a vehicle to bear a God of fire!

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Blessed are you, O Mary, 

you have become the home of the king.

In you, he who has power has taken abode,

he who rules the world.

You came from the tribe of Judah;

You descended from the family of David.

Illustrious is your lineage.

For you, though remaining virgin,

have become the mother of the Son of David.

Blessed are you, O maiden,

who have borne the lion cub spoken of by Jacob.

He humbled himself and became a lamb,

destined to ascend the Cross to deliver us.

He prefigured you, the tree,

which providing the kid, spared the life of Isaac.

 

Blessed are you, O blessed one, since through you

the curse of Eve has been destroyed.

From you has come the light

which has destroyed the reign of darkness.

Saint Ephrem the Syrian

Doctor of the Church

4th century AD

Live and archived services from this special combined Feast can be found at   St John the Baptist´s Cathedral in Washington DC  and at  from the Holy Land Orthodox Church in Beit Jala.

Being the Annunciation it is also the Anniversary of Greek Independence.  Wishing all of our Greek Readers Many Years!

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Glory to thy Long Suffering O Lord! Holy and Great Friday 2018 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)

“The first Adam yielded to temptation in a garden. The Last Adam beat temptation in a garden. The first man, Adam, sought to become like God. The Last Adam was God who became a man. The first Adam was naked and received clothes. The Last Adam had clothes but was stripped. The first Adam tasted death from a tree. The Last Adam tasted death on a tree. The first Adam hid from the face of God, while the Last Adam begged God not to hide His face.

The first Adam blamed his bride, while the Last Adam took the blame for His bride. The first Adam earned thorns. The Last Adam wore thorns. The first Adam gained a wife when God opened man’s side, but the Last Adam gained a wife when man opened God’s side. The first Adam brought a curse. The Last Adam became a curse. While the first Adam fell by listening when the Serpent said “take and eat,” the Last Adam told His followers, “take and eat, this is my body.”  We celebrate this last event today—Jesus’ final meal with His Disciples, and His new command that we “love one another.” In giving Christians this meal, He sealed His role as Adam’s replacement.

Do you remember how, when Mary Magdalene saw the risen Christ, she mistook Him for a gardener? Through His body and blood, the Last Adam restored what the Forbidden Fruit destroyed, inviting us back to a restored Garden-City in the New Heavens and Earth, where the tree of life grows around the throne of God, free for the taking. That’s what His story, our story, the story—and this week—are all about.

Good Friday is tomorrow, and it’s easy to rush through this dark reminder of our sin, and look forward to Easter. But please, stay here a while. The only way to Sunday is through this week, and the events and the words Jesus spoke before His death are worthy of our reflection.  

This reflection came from a longer podcast from Breakpoint: Jesus The Last Adam. By John Stonestreet  (I was lucky enough to hear it on the radio and thought it was very Orthodox in ethos. -editor)

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.   John 3 16-17

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For those who were unable to attend services last night.  Below is the service in its entirety.  One can see broadcast all the services live and archived from St John the Baptist´s Cathedral in Washington DC.  One can also see services broadcast live and archived from the Holy Land Orthodox Church in Beit Jala.

 

OrthodoxNorthwest will be back with local events in Bright Week!  Wishing all a Joyous Resurrection and Pascha!   Καλό Πάσχα! Καλή Ανάσταση! 

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Sunday Snapshot: Fr. Michael Johnson Awarded BSA Medal of Honor for His Heroic Action to Protect a Person He Did Not Know at Assumption Parish in Seattle 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 Lent to All!

The Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption (FB) in Seattle rejoices with itś  very own  Fr Michael Johnson.  He  was presented  with a BSA Medal of Honor for his heroic action to protect another person!  A wonderful example for us this Lent.   Χρόνια πολλά!

 

MICHAEL JOHNSON RECEIVES NATIONAL BOY SCOUT HONOR MEDAL FOR SAVING LIFE

SEATTLE – On March 8, 2018, Fr. Michael Johnson, assistant priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption received the National Boy Scouts of America Honor Medal for “unusual heroism in saving…life at considerable risk to self.”

Mike Quirk, Scout executive of the BSA’s Chief Seattle Council presented the award during the council’s annual meeting at the Museum of Flight. As far as is known, Fr. Michael is the first Orthodox priest ever to receive the BSA Honor Medal. Attending the ceremony were Fr. Michael’s daughters Maria Johnson and Alexia Cortes-Johnson, and Fr. Dean Kouldukis, presiding priest of Assumption Church.

Last October on a sunny autumn day a young mother was pushing a stroller with her five-month old son through a residential neighborhood in West Seattle. Suddenly, without warning, she was attacked from behind with a large knife. As it turned out, the attacker was a homeless woman, completely unknown to the victim. The knife cut into the victim’s face and the top of her head, and she went down on her knees. When she put up her arms to protect herself, the knife cut deeply into the top of her left hand, damaging some of the tendons.

At that moment, Fr. Michael, 79, came walking by, heard the screams and saw what was happening.  He realized some immediate action was needed to keep the assailant from attacking again.

“I’m not a brave person, but there was nobody else. I just had to do it,” Fr. Michael told a reporter later at the scene.

Stepping into the street, Fr. Michael took a position between the assailant and the victim. The assailant twice threatened him with the knife, telling him to get out of the way, but he held his ground. The standoff continued for several minutes until the police, called by neighbors who also moved the child to safety, arrived and the assailant was apprehended and arrested. The mother was taken to the hospital, and fortunately, all her wounds eventually healed.

“I’m so grateful the Lord put you there,” the victim said to Fr. Michael during a joint television interview several days later.

In a letter read by Fr. Kouldukis at the award ceremony, Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco echoed those same thoughts in praising Fr. Michael’s heroism.

“You were exactly where God wanted you to be, as a faithful man and servant, coming to the aid of innocent victims.” His Eminence noted, adding “You remained calm in the face of danger, placing yourself in harm’s way, so as to defuse a serious and volatile situation.”

A 54-year veteran of the Boy Scout program, Fr. Michael earned the rank of Eagle Scout in his youth. As an adult, he has organized, led and promoted Orthodox Scout troops. He received the Silver Beaver award from the Chief Seattle Council in 2004, and in the same year, the Prophet Elias award from the Orthodox Church. For many years, he has also served as the Pacific Northwest Outreach Coordinator for the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting.  3-10-18 cta

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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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