Last month, our parish hosted a visit from an Orthodox priest from Guatemala and several Guatemalan faithful who live here in Kitsap County. At Saint Elizabeth, we have received and supported two American missionaries to Guatemala in recent years. They are Jesse Brandow and Father Juvenal (Repass), and appear with other missionaries in the photo above. Recently, we heard from Jesse that he is back in America on furlough to tour parishes and speak about the Guatemalan Orthodox Church. On October 20 he will be at nearby Saint Katherine Church in Kirkland and Holy Assumption Church in Seattle. Then, on November 17, Father Juvenal will be visiting our parish. Stay in touch to learn more!
Our pastor was recently interviewed for his new book, The Age of Paradise, on the Ex Libris podcast by host Bobby Maddex. To listen, click on the following link:
Recently, our pastor’s new book was released by Ancient Faith Publications. It is entitled The Age of Paradise and is the first of a four-volume history of Christendom. At a time when many are speaking of a “Benedict Option” in response to the perceived decline of Christian culture in America, the book tells the story of the West from the long-term perspective of the Christian East.
We celebrated the paschal Day of Rejoicing, or Radonitsa, last week by blessing the graves in the graveyard next to our church. As we sang paschal hymns about the Resurrection we sprinkled holy water and proclaimed to the dead that Christ is risen.
We have now completed the holy Forty Days of fasting known as Great Lent. Today we enter into the week of our Lord’s Passion with the commemoration of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Father John’s homily at the Divine Liturgy today can be heard on the Homilies page under the Explore tab of this website.
On the feast of Holy Theophany/Epiphany we again walked down to the stream that runs next to our church and blessed the waters that supply our North Kitsap aquifer.
Deacon Daniel Lattier, our former parishioner, was ordained to the holy diaconate yesterday by Archbishop Michael at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. May God grant him and his family many years of life and ministry in the Church! Axios!
Saint Tikhon's Seminary launched its 2018-2019 year with our former parishioner Daniel Lattier in attendance. He, his wife Kelly, and their five children moved to Pennsylvania over the summer to begin a course of formation that may, God willing, lead to ordination to the holy priesthood. They are all in our prayers!