After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


Haiti requests help paying teachers salaries

From: Jean Ketia <ketiajean32@yahoo.com>
Date: May 9, 2017 at 4:17:58 PM EDT
To: oregdan@hotmail.com
Subject: Fwd: Appeal to rescue the children education

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From: Jean Ketia <ketiajean32@yahoo.com>
Date: May 9, 2017 at 4:09:01
Subject: Appeal to rescue the children education
Greetings in the name of the Lord. I am Alexandra Neptune,The wife of Nicolas Neptune,currently member of Saint Augustin Orthodox Church in Jacmel, Haiti.we are very grateful for the passed 10 years you have been there for our community and want to thank you for  your kindness, your support, your generous contributions to making the school successful. We are asking for help from all the Priests, Administrators and Members who stood by the school during hard times.We are experiencing a lot of difficulties in paying our teachers since the month of April because of lack of funding that usually help with the salaries of the teachers,  They stop coming to work. Please, help us save the children with a much needed education,the reputation of the church and the leaders .
                        Thank you for your kind consideration of my appeal. If you require any further information,I can be reached at phone number:( 631) 507 2743 or at email address:ketiajean32@yahoo.com
    Sincerely,Alexandra Neptune 

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Mon, May 1, 2017 at 7:25 PM
To: Joanna Higginbotham

Homily Archbishop Andrew Myrrh-bearing Women


Archbishop Andrew of Novo-Diveyevo

“And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?” (Mk. 16:1-3).

Brothers and sisters! Can you imagine the state of mind these Myrrhbearing women were in? For those who lived through Soviet times in Russia and through the persecution of the Church, it is so understandable. In some churches, as in the outskirts of Kiev, this service (the Burial of the Savior) was performed at night. People made their way to such a church through dark streets. Anything could happen, you had to be careful of everything. Neighbors might hear that you went somewhere at night; and you could be stopped on the street. And the service itself in church and the carrying of the Shroud around the church could be interrupted by the authorities. One did not know if tomorrow, on Holy Saturday, this already semi-Easter Liturgy would be performed, because the priest might be arrested.

The Myrrhbearers were in such a state of mind. They themselves were in danger of being arrested at any moment. Even in their homes they locked the doors from inside; they were afraid of any knock, any little sound. Two days before, Peter had denied that he too was with Jesus, meaning that he was one of His disciples. And before whom? Before a servant girl, and only because she might report him.

Such was the situation. Their Teacher had been condemned and sentenced to the most terrible death, had been executed. And now it was their turn: as the disciples of the executed Teacher they were outside the law. More than that — they were probably being sought already. The most sensible thing would have been to flee somewhere, to hide. But instead of that, they decided to go while it was still night to the sepulcher which was not far from the place of execution. They knew well that the entrance to the sepulcher was blocked by a stone, which as the Gospel says, was “very great” (Mk. 16:4), that it bore a seal, that Roman guards were guarding the tomb, and that these guards were armed and especially vigilant because they had been warned that the disciples might steal His body.

Actually, in terms of reason, what these weak women wanted to do was not only impossible, but was just a mad risk. And yet they went anyway. How? Why? What powerful force was drawing them? This force was the Word of God expressed in the Law of Moses. And fulfilling what was for them a holy law, they bought perfumes and went to anoint Him. This required their conscience. And this strength of faith in the Word of God, strength of love toward their tortured Teacher, and strength of hope that God would help — proved to be stronger than fear, stronger than reason, stronger than everything else.

And what happened? When they arrived, the guards had run away in fear. And when they entered the tomb, they saw a youth sitting on the right side, clad in white clothes; and they were terrified. But he said: “Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified; He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him” (Mk. 16:6).

Doesn’t the same thing happen in our life? The Myrrhbearers, fulfilling the Old Testament Law, the Law of Moses, bought perfumes and went to anoint His body, the body of Christ. And we, fulfilling the Law of the New Testament, the Law of Christ, must also acquire spiritual perfumes — His commandments: humility, meekness, peace loving — and we must anoint His body with spiritual oil (that is, with love and mercy). And His Body is the Church of Christ. This is all our brothers and sisters in Christ; and more — this is even our enemies. How often in doing this, we subject ourselves to discomfort, losses, mockery, and sometimes even dangers. And what insurmountable obstacles are raised by our cold mind, our egotism! Not infrequently we yield, we retreat, we are afraid to express ourselves loudly and openly as His disciples.

But if we throw off this shameful fear and only begin to fulfill His teaching, only begin to follow in His footsteps, the same will happen to us that happened to the Myrrhbearers: the obstacles will disperse of themselves, will fall away, like the stone from the door of the tomb. All those who would disturb us will run away; we will not even find them. Before us will be one thing — the illuminated sepulcher of Christ. And there will be such a clearness that all doubts will vanish. We will know what to do, how to act; and that which seemed impossible will become possible.

Let us from this day imitate the Myrrhbearers and not fear to fulfill the will of Christ, not fear to be His disciples. Christ always conquered, always conquers, and always will conquer.

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Professor Nicholas Orloff translation of the Horologion 1897

 Something Amusing for folks interested in Liturgical translations

Protopsalti John sent me this after we enjoyed a sharing some differences in the Russian menaion translated by Br. Isaac Lambertson and the Greek menaion translated by Holy Transfiguation Monastery at Brookline.  The subject had come up after we learned that Etna wants to have all the English-speaking GOC use their translations exclusively.  
     One example I mentioned is this one:

The HTM translations are perfectly fine.  I see no reason to replace them.  The Russian translations were tweaked with each new edition, before Fr. Gregory's and Br. Isaac's deaths.  Anyway, here is something interesting the Protopsalti sent me noting some utterly awful translating:

Orloff translation 

John-Peter Presson
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 7:01 PM
To: Joanna Higginbotham

Krestos a uprisin! Seen, him a uprisin fe tru! (Jamaican Patois -wait for the reggae music...)

I thought you would find little blast from the past amusing --it is the 1897 Professor Nicholas Orloff translation of the Horologion (a 1969 reprint obtained on interlibrary loan).  I remember lurching through his rendition of the General Menaion back in the 80's, and my Late Vocations teacher, Fr. Vadim saying, with rolled eyeballs that the translator must have taken a copy of a Slavonic grammar book and a copy of Roget's Thesaurus and .... had at it (he showed me a copy of the Divine Liturgy where the priest says right before the Sanctus " ...shouting, crying and saying:" that Orloff rendered the shouting part "vociferating").  As with a lot of these early books, some of the text actually is passible --some borderline --some horrid.  But it seems like, at least with the clerical prayers, we are "back to the future" with clunky and arcane texts.

These early books are very hard to find. I am taking to archiving them for future reference, since they require an act of God to acquire a scannable copy.

See you Sunday morning.


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Chain Letter regarding Muslim infiltrating and bullying in America

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When we get 100,000,000, that's one hundred million, willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God's help.

Become one of the One hundred million. Then let's get 200 million. It can be done just by sending this email to your friends.

Do the math. It only takes a single willing heart and a fed up SOUL. God Bless America and Shine your light on Her!

In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a "National Day of Prayer."

In 1988 President Reagan Designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.

In June 2007 (then) Presidential Candidate Barack Obama Declared that the USA "Was no longer a Christian nation.

In May 2009 President Obama dismissed our 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of "not wanting to offend anyone."

Sept. 25, 2009, a Muslim Prayer Day was held on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building, the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981. There were over 50,000 Muslims In D.C. that day President Obama dismissed our national day of prayer and now it is okay for an event at our capitol for Islamists??

I, for one, was offended.  But wait, it did not stop!!!

February 17-19, 2015, A Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” but no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press. Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, Minn., recited a “verse from the Quran” following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democrat members of Congress.

Former President Obama encouraged schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, while at the same time, we cannot even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.

The direction this country was headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian. 

How refreshing and beautiful our First Lady Melania Trump was in Melbourne, Florida on February 18, 2017.  Instead of the normal “pumping up” of the crowd, Melania chose to start the rally off with the Lord’s Prayer.  It sounded more like the start of a football game after the National Anthem rather than what we would expect to hear after a prayer. 

Make a “joyful noise unto the LORD thy GOD”!  The “sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” of Madeline Murray O’Hair and ACLU efforts in 1962, "School Prayer was removed from the U.S. public education system by slowly changing the meaning of the First Amendment through a number of court cases over several court cases should be confronted and reversed.                   

Send this to ten people, or even one hundred ten! And send it to the person who sent it to you! To let them know that indeed, it was sent out to many more.

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John-Peter Presson

Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 11:45 PM
To: "John P. Presson"

I am not normally a huge fan of this youth series from the Greek Archdiocese, largely because of the ecumenical tendency of many of the episodes (be selective folks) but on a subject that I am obviously quite passionate about, this one is pure gold.  The psaltis Dr. Karanos has apparently turned the chanting program around at HCHC into something vibrant, but that is somewhat beside the point, and I solidly appreciate the passion in which the program is presented.


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Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo


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Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 6:30 PM
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A blessed Paschaltide to all, and a chanted Pascha-card via my YouTube channel.  Hope everyone's voice has recovered.


John-Peter Presson
Protopsaltis of the Diocese of Etna & Portland (ΓΟΧ)
Director of Liturgical Music -Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Cathedral -Portland, OR
Musicorum et cantorum magna est distantia, isti dicunt, illi sciunt quae componit musica. - Guido of Arrezzo

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After chanting Holy Week Services and Paschal Services, GOC Portland Protopsalti John Presson needed a day to rest and recover.  He said his voice sounded like this:

Popeye The Sailor: Let's Sing with Popeye - "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" (1934) 
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Jordanville Cemetery 2017

Photos taken by Eugenia, a pilgrim to the (captive) Jordanville monastery during Lent 2017.

Bp. Nektary (Kontsevich)

Abp. Andrew (Rymarenko)

Archim. Constantine (Ziatsev)

Brother Joseph Muñoz-Cortes

Archbishop Averky tomb

Photos taken by Eugenia, a pilgrim to the (captive) Jordanville monastery during Lent 2017.

Archbishop Averky understood that, like the deeds of the false servants whom Christ rebuked  (I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matt. 7:23-24), the outward form of the Church and even of "true." "traditional" Orthodoxy could be imitated so cleverly, so exactly, as to be capable of "deceiving the very elect" (Matt. 24:24).

Hegumen Philemon tomb

The coffin is Hegumen Philemon’s. He was originally a monk on Valaam; but he left Valaam when the New Calendar was introduced there. He later joined the Brotherhood of St. Job of Pochaev in Slovakia founded by Archbishop Vitaly (Maximenko). Eventually he came with other monks from Slovakia to Jordanville after WW2. He is buried in the same crypt as Archbishop Averky.

Jordanville Church 2017

A visitor standing in front of Holy Trinity Church which was captured by the ROCOR-MP in 2007.


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John-Peter Presson
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 5:43 PM
To: Joanna Higginbotham

I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of this statement:

"On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of the conditions. . . . It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares;.." -- Annie Dillard

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