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

  


Saints of the Day

Martyr Matrona of Thessalonika; Martyrs Philetos and Lydia; Paul, bishop of Corinth; Venerable Euthychios


Thought for the Day

"There can be no rest on earth for those who desire to be saved." -- St. Ephraim the Syrian





   

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 ...
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  • Cathehism at the Sommer's Please join us for catechism on Monday evenings at 6:30pm at the Sommer home.
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Great Lent:

REMEMBER ME, O LORD, WHEN THOU
COMEST INTO THY KINGDOM!


O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. (The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian)







   

Fifth Sunday of Great Lent: Commemoration of Mother Mary of Egypt (April 2)

On this day in the Holy Orthodox Church, the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, we have arranged to make remembrance of our godly mother, Mary of Egypt.

Once, during the Honorable Fast, the priest-monk Zosimus withdrew into the wilderness beyond the Jordan. Suddenly, he caught sight of a human being with a withered and naked body whose hair was as white as snow. Zosimus then tossed his outer garment to her which she wrapped around herself and then showed herself to him. Mary then told Zosimus that she was born in Egypt and at the age of 12 began to live a life of debauchery in Alexandria for 17 years. One day, she went to Jerusalem to enter the church to venerate the Honorable Cross. However, some invisible force restrained her and prevented her from entering. In great fear, she gazed upon the icon of the Theotokos in the vestibule and prayed that she be allowed to enter the church, all the while confessing her sinfulness and uncleanness. She was then permitted to enter the church. Having venerated the Cross she again entered the vestibule and, before the icon, gave thanks to the Mother of God. At that very moment she heard a voice saying: “If you cross over Jordan you will find real peace!” Mary left for the wilderness and remained there for 48 years in repentance. Zosimus visited her every year, bringing her Holy Communion. About the year 530 A.D., he discovered her lifeless body, and buried her. Thus, the Lord glorifies penitent sinners. The Church exalts and exemplifies Mary to the faithful in Great Lent as an incentive for repentance.

Through her intercessions, O God, have mercy upon us and save us.  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