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We welcome visitors to come and experience the Orthodox Christian Faith. Often described as “the best kept secret” in America, Orthodox Christianity is, in reality, for everyone. The Orthodox Faith traces back to the Apostolic times, after Christ’s Resurrection. There are approximately 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide and 1.3 percent of the population in the United States. Eastern Orthodoxy is the largest single religious faith in Belarus, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Russia and Ukraine. Learn more!

asa_logo_blueSt. John the Baptist Orthodox Church was founded in 1997 by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco to minister to Portland’s westside. Our parish is made up of members who were both raised in the Faith and those who have converted to Orthodoxy. Our current site is in a remodeled building on Walker Road. The parish vision is to purchase land and build a Byzantine style church and supporting facilities.

St. John the Baptist is also the host of Portland’s only Orthodox Christian school, Agia Sophia Academy, currently offering pre-K through 5th grade.

Major Events

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Major Upcoming Events

Major events, mainly from the weekly bulletins, are kept up to date here.  July 5-18, 2015: Mark your Calendars for All Saints Camp on Raft Island, Gig Harbor, Washington. Camper, Staff and Volunteer Applications are now available. Elementary Camp July 5th-11th. Advanced Camp July 12th-18th. High School Camp July 5th- 11th. Register today at ... [Read more]

Articles

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Mandi’s Journey to Orthodoxy

Over the past five years, I have begun to recognize the grace which God has poured over my life from the very beginning. Becoming Orthodox has been the greatest culmination of so many difficult and beautiful events. At the same time, however, my baby steps in Orthodoxy are the start of a whole new journey which is both brand new and yet, at the ... [Read more]

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Pentecost: Stewardship of the Gift of the Holy Spirit

The feast of Pentecost marks the beginning of the New Testament Church, when the Apostles and disciples of Christ received the Holy Spirit. From that time on, every believer who had been baptized and chrismated by the Apostles or their successors, the bishops and priests, received the Holy Spirit, making them members of the Body of Christ and ... [Read more]

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Divine Providence, Divine Intervention, Divine Revelation

The Sunday on which we read the story of the healing of the Blind Man, I offered a reflection on Divine Providence, Divine Intervention and Divine Revelation. During Theology 101 that day, we discussed the content of the sermon a little further drawing on some of your own life experiences. There were a few people who asked for a copy of the sermon, ... [Read more]

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Jillian’s Journey to Orthodoxy

When I was first asked to write about my journey into Orthodoxy, it was hard to pin down any one particular prompt that eventually led to my becoming Orthodox. Christianity has always been a crucial part of my life, but each tradition (or “non-tradition”) seemed to go about worshiping God and pursuing a relationship with Him in a different way. ... [Read more]

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The Reality of the Resurrection

The Orthodox Christian Faith is rich in Holy Tradition. We have many centuries of history, countless Saints, a vast and varied liturgical tradition, and many other treasures. Both from the inside and the outside, the Orthodox Church can seem overwhelming. While this can seemingly be true, the ultimate reality is that the essence of the Orthodox ... [Read more]

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Fasting Guidelines

Let us fast with a fast pleasing to the Lord. This is the true fast: the casting off of evil, the bridling of the tongue, the cutting off of anger, the cessation of lusts, evil talking, lies and cursing. The stopping of these is the fast true and acceptable. ~ Monday Vespers of the First Week A special word must be said about fasting during ... [Read more]

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Simple Tips for Keeping Lent in our Families

Let’s be honest: how do we moms feel when we suddenly realize while we are in Liturgy that the Gospel reading for the Sunday is the Prodigal Son, which cues us that Lent is around the corner? If you’re like me, you start doing a mental checklist of all the meat that needs to be used up in the next few weeks and of what upcoming events are going to ... [Read more]

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Our Spiritual Health

Throughout Great and Holy Lent, we are reminded that this is a special time of the year where each of us is called to look more deeply at our interior condition to assess our spiritual health and to stretch ourselves just a bit more in order to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. During this time we are given the divine medicine of God’s word ... [Read more]

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Houseblessings 101

Beginning on January 6, the Feast of Theophany, Fr. Theodore and Fr. Timothy will start blessing the homes of the members of our Parish, as well as businesses. Blessing our homes is an ancient tradition in our Orthodox Church related to the Service of the Great Blessing of the Waters conducted on Theophany. We take the holy water from the Church ... [Read more]

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A Light Has Dawned

Not too long ago I heard a song that contained the phrase; “we are all only one phone call away from our knees.” When I heard these words I thought “how true.” I reflected on how fragile our lives are. I also realized that for the most part, we go through life day after day not giving much thought that at any given moment things could change. As a ... [Read more]

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Eric’s Journey to Orthodoxy

I have gone to church from the time I was born. As a young kid, the first church I remember going to was the Assembly of God Church. We changed over to a Baptist Church when I was about 7 years old. Most of my life I attended various Baptist churches covering 8 different sects of the Baptist denomination. I was for the most part Baptist most of my ... [Read more]