TIGRAN HAMASYAN Jazz Virtuoso Performing March 3rd in Portland.

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two.  Maslenitsa. Meat is excluded.   Venerable Shio Mgvime (6th c.) (Georgia) (movable holiday on Thursday of the Cheese-fare Week).  St. Scholastica of Italy, sister of St. Benedict (543).

SoulPatch Music Productions is proud to present composer and virtuoso pianist, 2006 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition winner TIGRAN HAMASYAN in a solo performance at Michelle’s Piano Company on FRIDAY, March 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm.  The Portland performance is a part of his world tour through some 20 countries on four continents promoting his new solo recording “An Ancient Observer”.  (Yes the editor of OrthoNW really appreciates Jazz : )

Tigran… Amazing! He is now my teacher

— Herbie Hancock

A mature, and great, and rich, and deep artist

— Chick Corea

Tigran really grabbed me, in this really cool way

— Brad Mehldau

Born in Gyurmi, Armenia in 1987, Tigran showed an extraordinary interest in music at age two, and by three he was playing rock and jazz standards on the piano. The next 10 years were spent intensely studying classical piano in Armenia’s prestigious school for gifted children, along with an in depth private study of works of jazz masters Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and others.

Discovered by a French-Armenian jazz promoter, young Tigran was invited to participate at several European festivals, where he became an instant sensation. He met and garnered rave revues from legends like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, and others. He also won the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, and the 2005 Monaco Jazz Piano Competition.

Tigran was still virtually unknown in the States when he entered the world’s most prestigious jazz competition– the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition in 2006. The panel of judges made up of Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Renee Rosnes, Billy Taylor, and Randy Weston awarded him the 1st place against the more well-known and more accomplished competitors Gerald Clayton (2nd place) and Aaron Parks (3rd place). Since then Tigran has appeared at virtually every major jazz festival and concert hall, and has recorded for labels such as Nonesuch, Verve, and most recently for the legendary ECM. He also won the French Grammy Award in 2011 and German ECHO award in 2016.

Tigran’s music is heavily influenced by folk, traditional, and spiritual Armenian music, Armenian medieval poetry, literature and fables, as well as the jazz and classical music cannon, thrash metal, rock, electronic music, and the traditional music of many countries such as India, Morocco, and Norway to name a few. To call his work jazz, or ethno-jazz is to severely understate and limit what it truly is– a uniquely individual musical voice unlike anything else on the scene. This is a performance not to be missed!


WHERE: Michelle’s Piano Company 600 SE Stark St, Portland, OR

WHEN: Friday, March 3rd, 2017. Doors at 6:30. Show at 7:30

Tickets: $15 in advance (includes all fees) through Tickettomato.com

$17 at the door


Check out some great videos:

Interview with Tigran for Italian TV about his first solo album “Fable”

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Ladies Tea and Silent Auction to Benefit “Open Arms Pregnancy Care Center” March 18th at St John the Baptist, Post Falls

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two. 

Martyr Nicephorus of Antioch (ca. 257).
Uncovering of the relics (1805) of St. Innocent of Irkutsk (1731).

St John the Baptist in Post Falls, Idaho  (fb) presents:  This is an early post because they expect to sell out so buy your ticket now!

Please help us spread the word! This would be an excellent event to invite neighbors, friends or family members to. You may forward the electronic invitation via email, or there will be printed invites at St. John. There is also a Facebook event which you may use to invite people to: 

We do expect to SELL-OUT – so please buy your tickets soon.
With much love in Christ,
Ladies’ Tea Committee”

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Please help us spread the word! This would be an excellent event to invite neighbors, friends or family members to. You may forward the electronic invitation via email, or there will be printed invites at St. John. There is also a Facebook event which you may use to invite people to:
We do expect to SELL-OUT – so please buy your tickets soon.
With much love in Christ,
Ladies’ Tea Committee
Tickets may be purchased:

or click the Announcement to go to the web page with links!


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Gala Dinner and Auction Fund Raiser for Agia Sophia Academy in Beaverton, OR May 7, 2017

Week of the Last Judgment. Tone two.
Maslenitsa.   The 1,003 Martyrs of Nicomedia (303).

Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy FB-ed) presents:





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Upcoming Icon Workshops Boise, ID, Bozeman, MT, and Goldendale, WA, with Deacon Matthew Garrett in 2017

The Saturday of the Dead. Tone one.  Holy Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily (251).
Theodosius, archbishop of Chernigov (1696). 

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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Special Patristic Greek Reading Class Join Now! Offered by The Classical Learning Resource Center

The Classical Learning Resource Center (FB) presents:  Patristic Greek Reading Class.  An excellent opportunity and offering for those interested.

There is no charge for this class and if there are people in the area with a sufficient background in Greek we’d love to have them join us.  The class began yesterday but it would be fairly easy for new students to join us beginning next week.  

+ Patristic Greek Reading Class Begins Today – Monday, February 13th!

It’s not too late to join (ed) the Patristic Greek Reading class, which started Feb 13th (updated-ed), taught by Professor Evie Holmberg Professor of Classics & Ecclesiastical/Patristic Greek Language and Literature at Hellenic College.    course-description

For more information please contact: Anne Van Fossen

Here is page 1 of the course description,



Of all holy works, the education of children is the most holy. 

– St. Theophan the Recluse

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All Saints Summer Camp Registration is Open Register by March 1st for Discount 2017!

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

All Saints Summer Register now!


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A Joyous Feast of the Presentation of Lord in the Temple to All! 2017

The Meeting of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Wishing all a Joyous Feast!  

Troparion, tone 1: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, Mother of God and Virgin, for from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, to give light to those in darkness. Rejoice thou also, righteous elder, who didst take in thy arms the Redeemer of our souls who also gives us the grace of resurrection.


The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Icon in the Monastery of St. Catherine

12 Century Icon from St Catherine’s of Sinai Monastery. Click on the Icon to learn more about the Feast on the Website of the NW’s own Holy Resurrection Church in Tacoma.


Kontakion, tone 1: Thou Who didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb by Thy birth and bless Simeon’s hands as was fitting, hast now come to us and saved us, O Christ our God. But grant peace in the midst of wars to Thy community, and strengthen the Church which Thou hast loved, O only Lover of men.

Maronite Icon of the Feast. Found on Website Creavit.

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GOYA Portland Retreat March 17 -19th, 2017 Registration Open Now!

 Saint Demetrios in Seattle

GOYA Lent Retreat – Portland Amazing Race
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!  March 17 – 19, 2017!  
Young Adults Needed to Chaperone Teams


This year’s Lent Retreat sees the return of the Amazing Race where our teenagers will not only see Portland through an amazing journey on foot but also learn about the journey we take during Lent that leads us to Pascha.
  • WHO:  Teens in Grades 7 – 12
  • WHAT:  An Amazing Race around Portland!  Discussions with our Clergy!  Fun with Friends, New and Old! Confession and More!
  • WHERE:  Holy Trinity Cathedral:  3131 N Glisan St. Portland, OR 97232
  • WHEN:   March 17, 18, 19, 2017.  Bus leaves for Portland from St. Demetrios on Friday, March 17th at 4 pm.  Returns to St. Demetrios on Sunday, March 19th around 3:30 to 4:00 pm
  • COST:      $90 per person.  Scholarships available for those in need.
We invite youth from all of our Orthodox Parishes to attend.  Teens from outside of Portland will be hosted by Portland families on Friday and Saturday night.  Please fill out separate registrations forms for EACH child attending.
REGISTER HERE  Registration closes on March 6, 2017.2017
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The Classical Learning Resource Center Fall Class Registration Opens Feb 15th 2017!

The Classical Learning Resource Center (FB) presents:

Of all holy works, the education of children is the most holy. 

– St. Theophan the Recluse

Fall 2017 Registration Opens Wednesday, February 15th!
We’re almost there – Fall Registration will open this week on Wednesday, February 15th. Please check back later this week to find scheduling information and to register for Fall 2017 classes.
CLRC buried in SNOW!
We’ve been slowed down a little this last week by the need for several hours a day of extra snow shoveling work so we could get out the front door, down the barn to milk the goats, and down the path to feed the chickens! It’s beautiful but the freezing rain that followed made walking (not to mention driving) a bit hazardous.
+ Patristic Greek Reading Class Begins Today – Monday, February 13th!

It’s not too late to join the Patristic Greek Reading class, which begins today, taught by Professor Evie Holmberg Professor of Classics & Ecclesiastical/Patristic Greek Language and Literature at Hellenic College.

For more information please contact: Anne Van Fossen


ACT Workshop Begins Monday, February 27th!

This workshop will help students prepare for the math section of the ACT.  Concepts from Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 will be covered along with helpful test-taking strategies.  The course will use previously administered ACT tests.

Dates: 6 weeks from Feb 27 – April 3rd (in preparation for April 8th test)*

Grade Level: 10-12

Day/Time: Monday 11am – 12pm Pacific

Cost: $130

Text: 5 previous ACT exams available online.

        Students will need to make a copy of these.

Since we are in the midst of a transition with our website we have been unable to post this class for registration as we usually do. For more information or registration details please contact: Matthew Gallatin

Live, Interactive, Online Classes with Exceptional Teachers
 CLRC online classes are live, interactive, and available to anyone with internet access. Most CLRC teachers have advanced degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or Teaching Credential) and extensive teaching experience.
Class schedules, enrollment information and more are available on the Classical Learning Resource Center website: http://www.clrconline.com/

Please forward to anyone else that might be interested in CLRC classes!


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“God is Wonderful in His Saints” A Book of Akathists to Benefit Three Hierarchs Mission in Wenatchee, Wa

Week of the Prodigal

Three Hierarchs Mission (fb) in Wenatchee,Washington presents: “God is Wonderful in his Saints”  A book of Akathists.

“This beautiful, hard cover compilation is uniquely comprised of Thirty Akathist Hymns (see list below) to many of the most beloved Saints of the Orthodox Church, male and female, from east and west, both ancient and more recent.  Many are being published for the first time and have been kindly contributed by various contemporary authors and translators, including Reader Isaac Lambertsen.

Each Hymn is preceded by an icon and brief Life of the Saint meant to enhance one’s experience of prayer and devotion.  We have also included instructions on how to pray an Akathist for personal devotion. ”  ( from the website)

“This book of prayer is especially dedicated to all missionary priests and their devoted flocks, who labor and sacrifice to plant the seeds of the true faith throughout North America and other English-speaking regions.  All proceeds from the sale of this book will be contributed to the building fund of Three Hierarchs Orthodox Church in Wenatchee, WA.

This Book of Akathists has been graciously blessed for use in personal devotion and prayer by His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Akathists included are:

  • Andrew, Apostle
  • Anthony the Great
  • Athanasius
  • Barbara, Great Martyr
  • Catherine, Great Martyr
  • Chad of Lichfield
  • Cuthbert of Lindisfarne
  • David the Prophet & King
  • Demetrius
  • Elijah, Holy Prophet
  • Gregory Palamas
  • Herman of Alaska
  • Innocent of Alaska…  ( see website for full list)

(from the website)



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2017 Registration Opens Feb 15th, for Camp St Mary in July, in Post Falls, ID for Campers Ages 10-17

Week of the Prodigal Son

Camp St. Mary Registration is OPENing the 15th!



Camp is July 17-22, 2017

Registration opens Feb 15th for campers ages 10-17
Calling all campers ages 10-17, starting Feb 15, ONLINE Registration for St. Mary of Egypt Summer Camp is OPEN! CSME will be held July 17-22 on the beautiful Spokane River at Ross Point in Post Falls, Idaho.


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Sunday Snapshot: Liturgical Concert from 2016 Bazaar at St Spiridon’sSeattle, WA

Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Tone one.  Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom.

Sunday Snapshot:

Video of the beautiful 2016 Bazaar Concert at St Spiridon’s Cathedral (FB)  in Seattle, Washington.  St Spiridon’s is one of the oldest, and a true multicultural parish since its conception in the Northwest.  It’s history of all Orthodox worshiping and working together is an inspiration.    A Large Thank you to a parishioner for sharing!  Enjoy!


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“Va invitam la Balul Martisorului”- Biserica Ortodoxa Romana Sfanta Treime-Sambata , 18 Februarie, New Westminster, BC


Week of the Publican and Pharisee,  Fast Free:   Translation of the relics of Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, bishop of Antioch (107), Venerable Andrew (Rublev) of Russia, iconographer (1430).

Biserica Ortodoxa Romana Sfanta Treime (FB) presents:

Sambata, 18 Februarie incepand cu orele 5:00 PM va invitam la Balul Va asteapta
care va avea loc in sala comunitara a bisericii Sfanta Treime, din strada Carnarvon nr. 220, New Westminster.
Va asteapta muzica live cu formatia condusa de Florin Balan, preparate culinare traditionale
si de la restaurantul La Villetta intr-o ambianta romaneasca si voie buna.
In pretul biletului de 40$ pentru adulti, $25 pentru seniori si studenti (copii sub 12 ani gratuit) este inclusa
si participarea la tombola.
Fondurile stranse cu aceasta ocazie vor fi ajuta la construirea extensiei bisericii.
Va asteptam cu bucurie.
Donatii pentru proiectul parohiei si sponsorizari pot fi facute la Biserica sau online folosind PayPal.

Bisericii Sfanta Treime posted from their Facebook Page.


Bisericii Sfanta Treime, din strada Carnarvon nr. 220, New Westminster. From FB.

On Saturday, February 18, there will be music, dance and Romanian food, at the Church of Saint Trinity, Carnarvon no. 220 Street, New Westminster.
The price is 40$ for adults,  $25 for seniors and students, children under 12 years old can come for free. Everbody can participate at the raffle. The money is to help the Church extension programme. The Church also accepts donations through PayPal. For more information, you can contact the Church at: https://www.sfanta-treime.org/contact
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Asking forgiveness of all my Readers for the lack of updates….

Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free

Venerable Ephraim the Syrian (373), Venerable Theodosius, abbot, of Totma (Vologda) (1568),  Venerable Isaac the Syrian, bishop of Nineveh (ascetic writer) (7th c.).

Greetings to all readers and subscribers of OrthodoxNorthwest.  I wish to ask forgiveness for my lack of posts and updates for over a year.  This has been a difficult and trying two years for personal reasons.   I am planning and beginning to  maintain this site again.  I ask your patience and prayers.

Anthony “intermittent” editor of OrthodoxNorthwest.


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Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee 2017

Wishing all a Joyous Fast Free Week!   I believe this is an Icon and Feast Day we can all relate to.

Updates Coming soon to Website.

Troparion, tone 8: Open to me the doors of repentance, O Life-giver. For my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy holy temple, bearing the temple of my body all defiled. But in Thy compassion, purify me by the loving kindness of Thy mercy.

Theotokion: Make straight for me the paths of salvation, O Mother of God. For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins, and have wasted my whole life in easy-going indifference. But by thy intercessions deliver me from all uncleanness.

Tone 6: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassions, blot out my transgression. When I think of the multitude of ghastly things I have done, wretch that I am, I tremble at the fearful day of Judgment. But trusting in the mercy of Thy loving kindness; like David I cry to Thee: Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy.

(Note: These penitential songs are sung on Sundays during the Great Fast from the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee to the fifth week.)

Kontakion, tone 4: Let us avoid the proud speaking of the Pharisee and learn humility from the groans of the Publican, and let us cry in penitence: O Saviour of the world, be merciful to Thy servants.


Image posted originally by Fr Ted, https://www.flickr.com/photos/frted/5445613926

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Right to Life Post 2017


For Thou hast possessed my reins; O Lord, Thou hast holpen me from my mother’s womb.  I will confess Thee,  for awesomely art Thou wondrous; marvelous are Thy works, and my soul knoweth it right well.

“All the sins against humanity, abortion, euthanasia, war, violence, and victimization of all kinds, are the results of depersonalization.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message  Metropolitan Jonah 2009


My Bone is not hid from Thee, which Thou madest in secret; nor my substance in the nethermost parts in of the earth.

My being while it was still unformed Thine eyes did see, and in Thy book shall all men be written; day by day they are formed, when as yet there be none of them.  Psalm 138: 10- 15


The National Right to Life March will be held in Washington, DC on Friday, 27th.

Here are some Links for the support of Life.  These will be included in the links on the side.

Birthright International “We Love them Both” Find a local location near you.

National Right to Life

Washington State March for Life

Human Life of Washington

January 22, 2013: The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (Statement of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America)

BlackGenocide.org (this website details the abortion assault on the Black Community)

NoAbort.net a Russian Language site by a Russian Orthodox in the NW.

Zoe for Life!  An Orthodox Christian Initiative


O Virgin, Theotokos Pray for us.

As Orthodox Christians, we strongly affirm the value and sanctity of all human life, from the moment of conception to the final breath one takes.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message Metropolitan Jonah 2010


22 Week old during operation to repair Spina Bifida

“Thus, however we have sinned, we can be forgiven. Whether we have aborted a child, or consented to it, we can be forgiven. If we bear a child as a single mother, we can be accepted in the community of the Church with love. If we have judged and condemned others, and burn with resentment, we can be freed through repentance. No matter what we have done, no matter how broken we are or how completely we have messed up our lives, we can be healed, forgiven, accepted and loved. And then maybe we can forgive ourselves, and attain to that true freedom.” Excerpt of ArchPastoral Message Metropolitan Jonah 2011 


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Go Tell it on the Mountain and Everywhere! Christ is Born! Glorify Him! A.D.2017

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! 

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!)

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Wishing all on the New Calendar a Merry Christmas and a Joyous Nativity Season 2016! 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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Joyous Feast of St Nicholas to All! Dec 6/19th 2016

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)  Northwest Parishes dedicated to St Nicholas:

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.

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

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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