This is great news - I look forward to seeing the pictures and
reading about you parish on the Synod site.
Now where is Corvallis?
Rdr. George Skok
--- In orthodox-synod@y..., "James Baglien" <jbaglien@a...> wrote:
> I was not aware of the custom that Fr. John mentions, until now.
> Our church was named at the time of its groundbreaking, some time
> ago. The coincidence of its consecration and patronal feast was
> planned. We observe the date of the Saint's repose (Nov 11 OS) --
> Martinmas, an eight-day feast in the ancient West -- as our
> feast. Some photos from the weekend should be posted to the
> website soon.
> To Fr. Sergei's question: to be short, Vladyka John named the
> parish. Back when we were getting ready to break ground, there was
> much discussion amoung our families as to who we should select as a
> patron. There were long lists, short lists, discussion of drawing
> lots, etc.. Someone suggested that since this was in St. John's
> diocese, perhaps he should make the selection. Prayers were
> to the Saint, and over the next week, a number of rather remarkable
> "coincidences" brought St. Martin to the fore, though he had not
> on any of our lists before.
> Upon consideration, this is perhaps not surprising, as Vladyka John
> had a great veneration for St. Martin of Tours, with whom he has
> sometimes been compared.
> To the best of my knowledge, our parish is the only institution so
> dedicated in the Russian Church, or in North America. There was, I
> have heard, an Antiochian mission dedicated to St. Martin long ago,
> but since defunct. LECOF, as one might expect, has or had some
> churches in France dedicated to him.
> Our church was recently presented with a gift of primary relics of
> St. Martin, through the agency of Rdr. Peter Karakozoff and his
> connections in Rome.
> Of your kindness, please pray for our mission, and for its sinful
> Pr. James Baglien
> St. Martin the Merciful Orthodox Church
> Corvallis, Oregon