Please pray for our parish
- Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,
It is with some reluctance that I write this for public consumption
but, I fear that situation is so grave that I must ask each of you
for your prayers for our parish.
Our parish, St Nicholas Cathedral (ROCOR) in Seattle, is currently
under attack by a small minority of parishioners who are instigating
legal action in an attempt to take over the parish(although they are
claiming to be saving it!). Ours is a parish with a long history of
problems. Want to strike fear in the heart of a Synodal priest,
threaten to send him to Seattle! Bishop Nektary, of blessed memory,
is reputed to have called Seattle his "Golgotha".
Fr. Serafim Gascoigne (a British convert(problem #1); five of his ten
children are monastics) our current priest, has done a magnificent
job transforming the parish from a ethnic social club to the
beginnings of a genuine spiritual community. However, there a
number of long-time parish members (some who show up a few times a
year) who do not like these changes. They want to return to the "old
For instance, Fr. Serafim was recently admonished by a prominent
church member for communing people too often. Others claim that he
is starting a cult because there are a growing number of people who
Prior to Fr. Serafim's tenure it was common to have no adult
communicants on Sundays, now it is common to have 20-30 adults.
I could go on and on. Too many converts, too much English, replacing
old "paintings" with real traditional icons .......
This trouble is without doubt a demonic attack. Needless to say we
are in grave danger due to this and a number of other complicating
factors not appropriate to share here.
Please keep us in your prayers