Greek Village Panigyri /Πανηγύρι! Jan 19, 2019

A Joyous Nativity Season to All!  The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, including Glycerius, Zeno, Theophilus, Dorotheus, Mardonius, Migdonius, Indes, Gorgonius, Peter, Euthymius, and the virgins Agape, Domna, Theophila and others (302).  St. Cornelius, monk of Krypets Monastery in Pskov (1903).

St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle  fb presents:

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The Classical Learning Resource Center Spring Term 2019 is Starting Soon! New Classes Available!

Sviatki. Fast-free   !   Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen (34)

   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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Go Tell it on the Mountain and Everywhere! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

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! LE Christ Est Ne! Glorifiez-Le! ¡Cristo Ha Nacido! ¡Glorifiquémosle!

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!)

St Isaac the Syrian Sermon on the Nativity:

This Christmas night bestowed peace on the whole world;
So let no one threaten;

This is the night of the Most Gentle One –
Let no one be cruel;

This is the night of the Humble One –
Let no one be proud.

Now is the day of joy –
Let us not revenge;

Now is the day of Good Will –
Let us not be mean.

In this Day of Peace –
Let us not be conquered by anger.

Today the Bountiful impoverished Himself for our sake;
So, rich one, invite the poor to your table.

Today we receive a Gift for which we did not ask;
So let us give alms to those who implore and beg us.

This present Day cast open the heavenly doors to our prayers;
Let us open our door to those who ask our forgiveness.

Today the Divine Being took upon Himself the seal of our humanity,
In order for humanity to be decorated by the Seal of Divinity.

And in pictures:

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Свечани дочек Србске Нове Године New Years Party at St Michaels in Burnaby, BC Jan 13, 2019

 Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ.
Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107). Repose of Righteous John of Kronstadt (1908).

unnamed-1 Time to Celebrate the New Year the old fashioned way in style! Happy New Year!

13. јануар – Дочек Српске Нове Године

18:00 Празнично богослужење уочи дочека Српске Нове Године

19:00 Новогодишња вечера

20:00 Дочек уз музику Драгана и Данијеле

Улазнице: $40 одрасли, омладина $20, деца бесплатно

Резервације карата: Љиљана 778-991-4598 


January 13 – Serbian New Year’s Eve

18:00 Holiday Vespers

19:00 New Year’s Dinner

20:00 Live music celebration with Dragan and Danijela

Tickets: $40 adults, youth $20, children free

Reservations: Ljiljana 778-991-4598

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¨Lost Treasures of Armenia¨ Armenian Christian Music Concert with Cappella Romana Jan 18 Seattle, Jan 19 Seattle 2019

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

Hieromartyr Eleutherius, bishop of Illyria, and his mother, Martyr Anthia and Martyr Corivus the Eparch (126).  Venerable Paul of Mt. Latros (956).


Cappella Romana (FB) presents:

Click above to go to website and for ticket information!

Lost Treasures of Armenia

Discover the ageless beauty of forgotten Armenian Orthodox music. Directed by Haig Utidjian and Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana leads an exploration of traditional Armenian chants and arrangements of them by Komitas and Ekmalian.

FREE pre-concert talk and discussion with Dr. Alexander Lingas and Dr. Haig Utijian 1 hour prior to each performance.

Haig Utidjian, guest director.






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Wishing all on the New Calendar a Joyous Nativity Season 2018! 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!)


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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A Joyous Feast of St Nicholas to All! Dec 2018

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)


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.

This is a video about St Nicholas from a Roman Catholic source but it does explain his life succinctly.

And an Akathist to St Nicholas Enjoy and it may it be a blessing to all!

The Orthodox Church in Beit Jala will be serving the Divine Services for the Feast Click above to go to their Youtube page.

The Live Liturgy is here starting about 2130 PST:

And the St John the Baptist Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC will be Live Streaming tomorrow morning 06:40 EST:

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Sunday Snapshot! Have you looked at the Pilgrimage page?

Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) (635 B.C.)

Dear readers, have you looked at the Pilgrimage page?  While there are still a few things I would like to include, pending my own travels, it is fairly complete.

I invite you to look and let me know what you think.

St Spiridon’s Cathedral as seen from a public telescope on the Space Needle, Seattle, WA Photo Property of OrthodoxNorthwest.

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Sunday Snapshot: Early Morning Liturgy at Prophet Elijah Mission, Ellensburg, WA 2018

 Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) (635 B.C.)  – A Joyous Advent to All!

Sunday snapshot of an early morning Liturgy at  Prophet Elijah Mission in Ellensburg Washington fb .

The Sun rising in the East during early morning Liturgy at St Elijahś Orthodox Mission Ellensburg, Washington. Photo from their weekly flier The Raven  Nov 2018


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“Christmas in Ukraine” Concert with Cappella Romana Seattle Dec 21, Portland Dec 22nd 2018


Prophet Habakkuk (Abbacum) (7th c. B.C.)  New Hieromartyr John priest (1919).


Cappella Romana (FB) presents:

Click above for more information and tickets!

Christmas in Ukraine

Celebrate the season with traditional Ukrainian carols for Christmas and Epiphany, featuring a choral concerto by Bortniansky, “Glory to God in the Highest.” This festive program is conducted by Dr. Marika Kuzma, one of the world’s leading authorities on Ukrainian choral music.

FREE pre-concert talk with Dr. Marika Kuzma 1 hour prior to each performance.

$15 student tickets available at the door with valid student ID. Limit two (2) per ID.


Dimitry BORTNIANSKY Choral Concerto No. 6 “Glory to God in the Highest”
Trad. Ukrainian carols for Christmas and Epiphany








MARIKA KUZMA guest director

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New Book Offerings from NW Orthodox Author Renee Riva in Time for Christmas! 2018

Prophet Nahum (7th c. B.C.)  Righteous Philaret the Merciful of Amnia in Asia Minor (792)

New Book Release by NWś own Renee Riva, in time for Christmas!  Click books to learn more!

Below is a copy of the First Post About Renee and her writings:

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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St Ignatius of Antioch Church in Twin Falls, Idaho Celebrates 25 Years with Metropolitan Joseph! Dec 15 -16th, 2018

Prophet Nahum (7th c. B.C.)  Righteous Philaret the Merciful of Amnia in Asia Minor (792)  Martyr Ananias of Persia.

St Ignatius in Twin Falls, Idaho  fb is celebrating 25 years with their Bishop and and an Ordination to the Deaconate of Stephen Beck.  Remember him in your prayers!  Many Years!


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Help those Orthodox Families who lost homes in the Recent California Fires. 2018

Holy and All-praised Apostle Andrew the First-called (62)
St. Elias, schemamonk of Valaam and Verkhoturye (1900)

Five of 25 families that attend  St Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church in Chico, California fb lost everything during the recent fires in California.  (Thank you to Fr Gregory of Holy Myrrhbearers for the email)

I do not have a lot of information and may add some more as it becomes available.  Here is the PayPal Link to donate to help the victims.  

St Cyril and Methodius parish in Chico, California. Photo kindly burrowed from the website linked above…

From the OCA Diocese of the West Website:

¨By now many of you have heard of the “Camp Fire” which has been raging here in Northern California. This fire has now become the deadliest and most devastating wildfire in California history. As of this writing, the death toll is at 71 and is bound to rise considering the number of missing persons. The fire has burnt 146,000 acres, it is currently 50% contained. So far 9,844 residences, 336 commercial, 2,067 other buildings have also been destroyed. Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Mission, here in Chico, is only 15 minutes from the town of Paradise, the town which has been completely devastated by this fire. The two towns of Chico and Paradise are closely intertwined, as many people live in Paradise and work in Chico.

Along with thousands of other people, five of our own parishioners have lost their homes as well. Most importantly, we are thankful to God that they all made it out alive! Their stories are harrowing! Many of them drove through flames while evacuating. The fire advanced very quickly and they received no advanced warning from any official source, and fled their homes with very little! We are glad that they are safe and being taken care of by friends, relatives, and fellow parishioners, but they are now left with the task of having to rebuild their lives.

We look forward to helping our parishioners and others within our local community get back on their feet. It will be a long road, but we know that tragedy also has the capacity to bring us closer together and remind us of what is truly important: our unity in Christ and our love for our neighbor. We are setting up a “fire relief” fund to help our parishioners and others affected. We appreciate your prayers and donations to those suffering in our community.

Donations may be sent to:

So. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church
2956 Cohasset Rd
Chico, California 95973-0921

Fr. Ian Shipley¨

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“I Will Walk Among You.” A Nativity/Advent Fast Talk by Abbot Tryphon Repost for Advent

This is the annual repost of an inspiring lecture given by Abbot Tryphon . Wishing all a Joyous Nativity Fast whether you celebrate the Nativity in a few days or a couple weeks.  Editor.

Nativity Fast 2016 A Joyous Fast to All!

 Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery located on beautiful Vashon Island, Wa., offered a Talk during an “Nativity/Advent Fast Retreat at St Barnabas Orthodox Church in Costa Mesa, California last year.  The talk is entitled: “I Will Walk Among You.”

“For many, “Christmas” has turned into a consumeristic frenzy, but for Christians it should maintain its profound and reverential meaning: it is the Advent of eternal life through the Incarnation of God the Word in the flesh (prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures). This is why for Orthodox Christians the Advent period is a time of fasting, prayer and preparation for the Incarnation of Christ! In this Advent retreat with Father Tryphon, we will learn about the coming of Christ; its purpose; the glorious Incarnation of the Word of God; what He accomplished by taking a body like our own, and surrendering His body to death in place of all; and how we can “enter into” communion with Him and participate in His resurrection! ”   From the description on Youtube.   (Part two below)

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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Counselors Needed for Surviving and Thriving Winter Youth Retreat Jan 19-21, 2018 Lake Steven’s WA


Great-martyr Mercurius of Caesarea in Cappadocia (259).  Great-martyr Catherine of Alexandria (305).  A Joyous Advent to All!


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¨The Inspiration for My Prison Ministry¨ An Article by a NW Mother Involved with Prison Ministry for 13 Years

St. Alexander Nevsky (in schema Alexis), grand prince of Novgorod (1263) 

A Joyous Advent to All!

“I was in Prison and ye came unto me.”  Matt 25:36

Icon of Christ the Prisoner: Found on the Internet Original Unk.

Dear Readers if you are looking for a worthwhile charity to donate to this holiday season, take a look at the Northwests own Joy Corey’s blog on Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) at  Joy is a member of the Board of Trustees for OCPM and has been ministering in the Kootenai County Jail for over thirteen years.  Read her blog which is entitled “The Inspiration For My Prison Ministry.  (Thanks to Fr Mark for sharing this information and links)

¨The Inspiration for My Prison Ministry

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.

¨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.¨ Matt 25:40 KJV Christ the Good Samaritan Icon original unk.

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Northwest

“Offering Material and Community support to ALL persons Released from Incarceration


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)



Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry: An Agency of the Assembly of Bishops

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)



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Two Upcoming Icon Workshops in Boise, ID, with Fr Matthew Garrett Jan Feb , 2019

St.Alexander Nevsky (in schema Alexis), grand prince of Novgorod (1263)

A Joyous Advent 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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A Joyous Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos to All! 2018 AD

 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!

A more complete explanation of the Feast can be found here.

and here.

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Everyones Favourite Saint is On His Way! Prepare for the Feast of St Nicholas! 2018

Forefeast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
Venerable Gregory Decapolites (816).

St. Nicholas: Father of Beit Jala by Ian Knowles, Iconographer This Icon was Posted on the St Nicholas Center. Please click it to find the history of this Icon.

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.

Anthony  editor

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.

There are some great ideas how to celebrate the Feast here: “Ways to Celebrate St Nicholas Day” from the blog OrthodoxMotherhood.

St Nicholas cookies, as a Western Bishop. Found on Pinterest from Czech Republic click to go to site.

“Remembering St Nicholas, Recovering a Christian Heritage” From the Orthodox Reformed Bridge.

St Nicholas Cookie, from an artos seal. From St Nicholas site.

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)

And a Miracle of St Nicholas from the 1920s...

If you have a great suggestion for this page please share and it can be updated!  : )

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A Joyous Nativity Fast to All! (2018)

Beginning of Nativity (St Philip’s) Fast 2018 A Joyous Fast to All!

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

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 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.

“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)



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