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    We invite you to look around and get a feel for our church. If you're not currently  member of our church - we'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to one  of  our weekly services.  And of course, feel free to reach out and call our Priest Father David. Most people think of Greek Orthodox, Russian or other East European Orthodox Countries when they see the term “Orthodox”. We are a community of English-speaking Americans and our services are in English. Our Archdiocese is originally from Antioch, which can trace its roots back to the same Antioch mentioned in the book of Acts where believers were first called “Christians.”
    The Antiochian Orthodox branch of Orthodoxy   was brought to America by immigrants starting more than 100 years ago. Now many parishes in North America are like ours, English-speaking Americans from various religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
   
We invite you to visit our small but growing community. Be sure to check   our calenda
r for service times. If you have any questions, or if you are an Orthodox Christian and plan to receive Holy Communion, please email Fr David directly or call him at (425) 737-6123.
    We hope you and your family will have a warm and spirit-filled experience with us as we worship and fellowship together at our services.   

Many blessings to you,
Fr. David Sommer

(425) 737-6123

         

  

  

What's Happening

  • Women's Group News Women's Group every other Monday evening at 7:00P PM.  Call 425 231-4917 for directions.
    Posted Sep 12, 2017, 11:59 AM by St Thomas
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James the Brother of the Lord (October 23)

On October 23 in the Holy Orthodox Church we commemorate the holy Hieromartyr and Apostle James, the Brother of God and First Bishop of Jerusalem.

James is called God’s brother because he was the son of the righteous Joseph, the betrothed of the Most-holy Theotokos.  When the righteous Joseph was near death, he divided his estate among his sons, and wanted to leave a portion to the Lord Jesus, the son of the Most-holy Virgin, but all the other brothers opposed this, not regarding Jesus as their brother.  James greatly loved Jesus and declared that he would include Jesus in his share.  According to tradition, James traveled to Egypt with the Most-holy Virgin and Joseph, when Herod sought to slay the newborn King.  Later, as soon as he heard Christ’s teaching, James lived by it.  The Lord numbered him among His Seventy Apostles.  James was Bishop of Jerusalem for thirty years and zealously governed the Church of God.  At the instruction of the Lord, James compiled the first Liturgy, which seemed very long for later Christians, and St. Basil and St. John Chrysostom shortened it.  He converted many Jews and Greeks to the Christian Faith, and even the unbelieving Jews were amazed at his righteousness, referring to him as “James the Just.”  When Ananias became High Priest, he and other Jewish elders determined to kill James.  Once, during the feast of Passover, when many people had gathered in Jerusalem, the elders forced James to climb onto the roof of the Temple, and tried to make him speak against Christ.  He climbed up and spoke to the people of Christ as the Son of God and the true Messiah, of His Resurrection and His eternal glory in the heavens.  The infuriated priests and elders pushed him off the roof; he fell and was severely injured, but was still alive.  Then, one man ran up and struck him on the head with a fuller’s club with such force that his brains spilled out.  Thus, this most glorious apostle of Christ died a martyr’s death.

Through his intercessions, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us, and save us. Amen.







Saints of the Day

Venerable Hilarion the Great; Venerable Christodoulos of Patmos; Hieromartyr Socrates; Martyr Theodota; Venerable Philotheos, Barnabas and Hilarion, bishop of Meglin in Bulgaria; New-martyr John of Monemvasia; Venerable-confessors Vissarion and Sophronips of Ciorara and Martyr Oprea of Salistie in Romania



Thought for the Day

"Every other evil is easier to conquer than pleasure, for all other evils are repulsive – while the evil of pleasure is attractive. He who frees himself from desires, frees himself from fear, for fear arises from desire." -- St. Cyprian