A Native American Prayer – We will fly on wings like eagles

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A Native American Prayer

We will fly on wings like eagles

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Dear God

I bow my head

and ask,

If it be Thy will,

please save this land

from those who seek

to destroy it.

-Amen-

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So we are truly on a wing and prayer. What an incredible symbol. When I was in Alaska as part of Alaska Team 2001 sent by the Orthodox Christian Missionary Center (http://www.ocmc.org) I saw a bald eagle, everyday, and if I saw one, I ALWAYS saw three minimum.

I’ve always loved our national symbol and spending the time that I did in Alaska gave me such a feeling of peace and love for this land in which I was born and for it’s Native Peoples that I can’t even express. Seeing Eagles everyday gave me a feeling like I was sharing my experience with them.

I am aware that such atrocities were committed against the Indigenous Populations here in both North & South America (let’s not forget the Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders as well), by Western Europeans in the name of God and of “Progress”. While Alaskans were not totally exempt from all that, it should be noted that the Orthodox Church in Alaska more often helped and protected the Alaskans (where & when they could).

Anyone who is interested can check out our website at: http://www.NAOCF.org for more information and through that site you can reach out to our Spiritual Adviser Fr. Thomas Andrew who is a Native Yupik Priest. Also, I’ll refer you to a PDF of our Journal (also available on our website) in particular an article written by Fr. Michael Oleksa, another Native Priest living and serving in Alaska. They are just two of the Native clergy serving Our Lord and their People in the North.

 

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The evangelizer of the Yup’ik Eskimo & Athabascan peoples of Alaska

July 26

Saint Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of Alaska, was a native of the Aleutian Islands who became a priest of the Orthodox Church and continued the missionary work of St. Innocent among his and other Alaskan people. His feast day is celebrated on the day of his repose, July 26.

Father Jacob was born in 1802 on Atka Island, part of the Aleutian Island chain in Alaska. His father, Yegor Vasil’evich Netsvetov, was Russian from Tobolsk, Russia, and his mother, Maria Alekscevna, was an Aleut from Atka Island. Jacob was the eldest of four children who survived infancy. The others were Osip (Joseph), Elena, and Antony. Although not well off, Yegor and Maria did all they could to provide for their children and prepare them to live their lives. Osip and Antony were able to study at the St. Petersburg Naval Academy and then were able to become a naval officer and ship builder, respectively. Elena married a respected clerk with the Russian-American Company. Jacob chose a Continue reading “Saint Jacob Netsvetov of Alaska (+1865) – The evangelizer of the Yup’ik Eskimo & Athabascan peoples of Alaska”

Άγιος Ιάκωβος Νετσβέτωφ της Αλάσκας (+1865) – Ένας Αυτόχθονας Αμερικανός ιερέας που αγίασε (+1865) – Ο ιεραπόστολος των Εσκιμώων Γιούπικ – 26 Ιουλίου

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Άγιος Ιάκωβος Νετσβέτωφ της Αλάσκας

Ένας Αυτόχθονας Αμερικανός ιερέας που αγίασε (+1865)

Ο ιεραπόστολος των Εσκιμώων Γιούπικ

26 Ιουλίου

Ό Άγιος Ιάκωβος Νετσβέτωφ της Αλάσκας γεννήθηκε από πατέρα Ρώσο και Άλεούτια μητέρα στή νήσο Atka της Αλάσκας τό 1802. Ολοκλήρωσε τις σπουδές του στήν ιερατική σχολή του Ιρκούτσκ στή Σιβηρία. Μετά τή χειροτονία του σε πρεσβύτερο, επέστρεψε στήν Αλάσκα, οπού επί τριάντα πέντε χρόνια άσκησε τά ποιμαντικά του καθήκοντα μεταξύ των αυτοχθόνων, υπό συνθήκες διαβιώσεως ιδιαιτέρως επισφαλείς, συνεχίζοντας ετσι τό έργο του άγιου Γερμανού [13 Δεκ.]. Μόλις τό επέτρεπε ο καιρός, επιβιβαζόταν σε εύθραυστα καγιάκ η φόρτωνε τις ισχνές του άποσκευές σε κυνήλατα ελκυθρα και συνοδευόμενος από μερικούς κατώτερους κληρικούς, ξεκινούσε τις ιεραποστολικές του περιοδείες γιά νά φωτίσει τούς διάσπαρτους αυτόχθονες πληθυσμούς των Άλεούτιων Νήσων. Διέδωσε επίσης τό φώς του Ευαγγελίου στή φυλή των Έσκιμώων Γιούπικ, oι όποιοι κατοικούσαν στήν κάτω κοιλάδα του ποταμού Γιούκον (μεταξύ 1845 και 1863). Υπήρξε ό δεύτερος Όρθόδοξος ιερέας πού τόλμησε να εισδύσει στις περιοχές αύτές, μετά τον Άγιο ίερομάρτυρα Ίουβενάλιο. Κι ενώ γενικά συναντούσε καλή υποδοχή και γρήγορα προσηλύτιζε τούς αυτόχθονες στήν αληθινή πίστη, πολλές φορές άντιμετώπιζε την έντονη άντίθεση των σαμάνων μάγων. Δεν ηρκείτο μόνο Continue reading “Άγιος Ιάκωβος Νετσβέτωφ της Αλάσκας (+1865) – Ένας Αυτόχθονας Αμερικανός ιερέας που αγίασε (+1865) – Ο ιεραπόστολος των Εσκιμώων Γιούπικ – 26 Ιουλίου”

Yup’ik Orthodox Language Texts ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Yup’ik Alaskan

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Yup’ik Orthodox Language Texts

Sacred History
From the Creation of the World to the Entry into the Promised Land
by St. Jacob (Netsvetov) – manuscript 1862 (0.2 MB)

Apostol (Epistle) Reading at the Divine Liturgy of Christmas
Galatians 4:4-7
by Fr. Zachary Bel’kov – manuscript 1880 (0.1 MB)

Word-Lists of Church-Related Terms
by Fr. Zachary Bel’kov – manuscript 1880-1890 (0.2 MB)

Hymns of Holy Week & Pascha
by Fr. Zachary Bel’kov and John Orlov – manuscript 1881 (0.2 MB)

Three Liturgical Gospel Readings
St. Mark 1:9-11, St. Matthew 4:23-5:13, St. Mark 16:1-8
by Dcn. John Orlov – manuscript 1887 (0.1 MB)

Prayers & Hymns in the Kwikpagmiut-Kuskokwim dialect
Selections from the Weekly, Festal, and Paschal cycle of services
by St. Jacob (Netsvetov) and Fr. Zachary Bel’kov – published 1896 (0.6 MB)

Prayers & Hymns in the Aglemiut-Kuskokwim dialect
Pre-Communion Prayers, Beatitudes, Selections from Matins
by St. Jacob (Netsvetov), Fr. Zachary Bel’kov and Fr. John Orlov – published 1896 (0.5 MB)

Liturgy of the Faithful
Prayers from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
by Fr. Nikifor Amkan and Fr. Matthew Bereskin – manuscript 1909 (0.4 MB)

Liturgy of the Catechumens with Holy Gospel Reading
Prayers from the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Holy Gospel Reading: St. Mark 6:14-30
by Fr. Nikifor Amkan – manuscript 1911 (0.2 MB)

Four Liturgical Gospel Readings
St. Matthew 9:1-8, St. Matthew 16:13-20, St. Luke 10:38-42 & 11:27-28, St. Matthew 5:13-20
unknown translator – manuscript 1930 (0.1 MB)

Father John Veniaminov & Father Jacob Netsvetov
by Fr. Michael Oleksa, tr. Marie Blanchett, il. B. George Smart – published 1975 (2.2 MB)

Lenten & Paschal Handbook
Hymns of Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha
by Fr. Martin Nicolai and Fr. Hieromonk Yakov (Nicolai) – published 1995 (0.3 MB)

Orthodox Choir’s Handbook
Hymns of Vespers, Matins, Divine Liturgy and Resurrection Tones
with Select Hymns and Selections from the Panakhida, Funeral and Marriage Services
revised by Fr. Martin Nicolai (original edition published 1974) – published 2002 (0.4 MB)

Thrice-Holy Hymn (Holy God)
by the Orthodox Diocese of Alaska – published 2003 (0.02 MB)

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