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. 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
  • Cathehism at the Sommer's Please join us for catechism on Monday evenings at 6:30pm at the Sommer home.
    Posted Apr 5, 2016, 10:57 AM by St Thomas
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Nativity Fast

(November 15 - December 24)

The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods. The first period is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil on Tuesday and Thursday, and for fish, wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday. The second period is December 20 through 24 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed Monday through Friday, but with katalysis for wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday. [Katalysis is Greek, meaning “relaxation”.]


Ignatius of Antioch the God-Bearer (December 20)
Today in the Holy Orthodox Church we commemorate the holy Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-bearer, Bishop of Antioch. 
This holy man is called “the God-bearer” because he constantly bore the name of the Living God in his heart and on his lips.  According to tradition, he was thus named because he was held in the arms of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ.  On a day when the Lord was teaching His disciples humility, He took a child and placed him among them, saying: Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:4).  This child was Ignatius.  As the third Bishop of Antioch, Ignatius governed the Church of God as a good shepherd and was the first to introduce antiphonal chanting in the Church, in which two choirs alternate the singing.  This manner of chanting was revealed to Ignatius by the angels in heaven. When Emperor Trajan was passing through Antioch on his way to do battle with the Persians, he heard of Ignatius, summoned him and counseled him to offer sacrifice to the idols.  If Ignatius would do so, Trajan would bestow upon him the rank of senator.  Ignatius refused, and was shackled in irons and sent to Rome with ten merciless soldiers, to be thrown to the wild beasts.  Ignatius rejoiced in suffering for his Lord, only praying to God that the wild beasts would become the tomb for his body and that no one would prevent him from this death.  After a long and difficult journey from Asia through Thrace, Macedonia and Epirus, Ignatius arrived in Rome, where he was thrown to the lions in the circus in the year 106.

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


Saints of the Day

Martyrs Thyrsos, Leukios and Kallinikos of Apollonia; Martyrs Philemon, Apollonios, Hypatios and Arrianos of Alexandria



Thought for the Day

"When we take our hidden sins to Confession, and admit each of them before God, our Lord removes these passions, little by little, so that the Light of Christ may enter in. We begin to see things as they really are. We see God in everything and everyone, and we give thanks to our Maker that He has so generously blessed us." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH