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Re: Fw: [orthodox-synod] Parish in Spokane?

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  • cantor71
    Bless, Father! 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
    Message 1 of 7 , Nov 29, 2002
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      Bless, Father!

      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
      Toronto

      --- 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
      patronal
      > feast. Some photos from the weekend should be posted to the
      Synodal
      > 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
      of
      > lots, etc.. Someone suggested that since this was in St. John's
      > diocese, perhaps he should make the selection. Prayers were
      offered
      > to the Saint, and over the next week, a number of rather remarkable
      > "coincidences" brought St. Martin to the fore, though he had not
      been
      > 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
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