Welcome to our Christian Orthodox Mission website





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.    

Although most people think of Greek Orthodox or Russian Orthodox etc. when they see    the term “

Orthodox,” we are a community of English-speaking Americans an       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 calendar for service times. If you have any questions, please feel free to 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 Tuesday evening at 6:30-7:45pm beginning September 26. We will meet at Lisa Krauter's and Fr. David will lead as we read ...
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 10:32 PM by St Thomas
  • Cathehism at the Sommer's Please join us for catechism on Monday evenings at 6:30pm at the Sommer home.
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Saints of the Day

Tarasios, archbishop of Constantinople; Hieromartyrs Reginos, bishop of Skopelos, and Markellos, bishop of Apamea in Syria; Martyr Alexander of Markianopolis

Scheduled Events






Sunday of Forgiveness [Cheese Fare] (February 26)


Today, in the Holy Orthodox Church, we make remembrance of the exile of the first-fashioned, Adam, from the Paradise of delight.

It is the Sunday of Forgiveness, known also as Cheese Fare Sunday. Today’s lesson from the Holy Gospel teaches us about forgiveness and fasting, and how both are crucial to our own return to Paradise. The divine Fathers also set the anniversary of the exile of Adam from the Paradise of bliss on this day, at the entrance of Great Lent, to show us by deed as well as word how great is the benefit that accrues to man from fasting and repenting; and, on the contrary, how great the harm that comes from destructive gluttony and from disobedience to the divine commandments. The sin of gluttony resulted in Adam and Eve’s banishment from Paradise, because they disobeyed God by eating from the tree which He had forbidden them. The Church reminds us of this event to encourage us to return to that ancient glory and primeval happiness by means of fasting and obedience to God and His commandments.

By Thine ineffable compassion, O Christ our God, make us worthy of the delight of Paradise and have mercy on us, as Thou art alone the Lover of mankind. Amen.
                           

His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH's
Pastoral Message for the Great Fast 2017

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever." Isaiah 40:8


Beloved Clergy and Faithful of this God-protected Archdiocese:

The season of the Great Fast is upon us in preparation of the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ! Now is the time when the Orthodox Church invites her children to live His passion and sacrifice on the Cross to conquer sin and death, and take up abode in His Father's mansions (John 14:2). The Church calls us during this season to a clearheaded reexamination of our lives and relationship with Christ; her Bridegroom. Now is the time to ask: have I been walking with Christ? Will I crucify the "old me" during this time and rise as the "new me" with a pure heart, mind, soul and body with the risen Christ, worthy to inherit the His eternal kingdom? During this time, the soul is renewed every day and made beautiful with fasting, prayer and repentance. These days are also a sanctuary in which we all gather more frequently for worship in our churches and find spiritual stillness. One of the famed "doctors" of the Church explains this period for us:

"Dedicated to the purification of the soul, let us be careful to fulfill the Apostolic command that we cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit (II Cor. 7:11), so that ...the soul, which in the Providence of God is meant to be the ruler of the body, may regain the dignity of its rightful authority.... With just contempt shall we be tormented by those who have no faith, and from our wickedness evil tongues will draw weapons to wound religion, if the way of life of those who fast be not in accord with what is needed in true self-denial. For the sum total of our fasting does not consist in merely abstaining from food. In vain do we deny our body food if we do not withhold our heart from iniquity, and restrain our lips that they speak no evil." – Saint Leo the Great, Lent the Season of Purification

I pray this Great Lent will be for all of us a time of mercy given and received. I hope that we will focus our minds and our entire lives on Christ this Lent, both as a Church and as individuals, for He is the way, the truth, the Resurrection and the life.

Wishing you all of God's blessings, I remain,

Your Father In Christ,

+JOSEPH
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America





Thought for the Day

"When children make noise in the Church we must forgive. The more we focus our attention on the prayer, the more the noise becomes for us a blessing. The Church is not only for us, but for the children. They are 'The Tomorrow' of the Church." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH